Product Review: Turtle Gloves Flip Running Mittens
Disclaimer: I received a pair of Turtle Flip Running Mittens by Turtle Gloves to use and review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (Ambassador) at BibRave.com, the best place to find and write race reviews.
Over the last few weeks I've had the pleasure to use these gloves, aptly named Turtle Flip Running Mittens and made by Turtle Gloves. They're named that way because you can flip them to either the open (fingers exposed) or the closed (fingers covered) positions as I show on the following video:
Last year I learned about the effectiveness of mittens to retain warmth, in that by having your entire hand inside the same compartment, more of the heat is together at the same time and circulated between all the fingers, as opposed to what happens with regular gloves, where each finger is separated from the others and only has the heat from itself to keep warm.
I live in Southeast Texas, in a Houston suburb, and the temperatures down here have ranged wildly during this time, from the low 30s all the way to the high 60s. As you can see from the table below, the temperatures we've had this fall have been lower than the typical range we see in this region during this time, so the conditions have allowed me to test how well these flip mittens can help keep my hands comfortable while running in varying conditions.
In literally all the runs I've used them, I've started with them in the closed position. I estimate that for most of those runs, at some point between miles 2 and 3, I felt that there was enough heat in there to flip them open for a bit to allow some cool air in and balance the temperature out and keep my hands comfortable. Then there were also a few times in which one of my thumbs started to feel cold while I had the mittens in the open position, so I would then cover only that thumb and keep the other fingers in the open.
I love that versatility---the way in which you can adjust them as needed (with flaps closed or open) as the weather conditions change and on how you feel. You just can't do that with traditional gloves; they have to be either worn closed, on all fingers, or not at all.
I also found the these Flip mittens to be very easy to carry and wear and not bulky. They are made with a Polartec® Power Stretch Pro® fabric, which is a 93% polyester and 7% spandex blend that I found to be very comfortable each and every time I wore them. The material is not too thick nor too thin; it feels perfect and allows for easy movement and closing/opening of the hands as well as handling when I wanted to flip them open or closed.
My hands NEVER got cold at any point during my runs with them. There were a couple of runs in which the temperature warmed up enough where I decided to take them off altogether, and I found them to be very easy to fold up and store on my waist belt. They also have 2 clip-on loops (1 on each glove as you see on the photo below) so that you can easily hook them on a lanyard, backpack tie, etc.
While these ones I tested were in this awesome BibRave orange, there are several other colors to choose from at www.turtlegloves.com. I'm sure you can find one of your preference there, and you can use code TURTLEGLOVESBR for a sweet 15% discount off your order.
Overall, I feel that these are outstanding, high quality gloves, not just in terms of the warmth and protection they offer, but also in the way in which you can easily adjust them to your personal preferences in cold weather. Perhaps you'd like to wear yours on the open position for most of your runs, but for those days in which temps get really low, you'll be able to simply flip them closed to quickly gain the warmth and keep your hands comfortable.
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As always, your comments/feedback/questions are welcome below; happy running!