What to Look for in Running Gloves

Learn the necessities for these accessories. Find your perfect pair of running gloves with this Pro Tips guide.

Wind. Rain. Snow. These different changes in the weather shouldn’t put a damper on your running routine. Complementing your outfit with a pair of running gloves can help your hands stay warm. And adding gloves to your workout can help you stay on course with your training regime.

Shopping for running gloves can seem overwhelming. Choosing between the perfect color and your favorite brand is already tough enough. Then, throw in the other elements of choosing a glove and you’ve got a lot to decide.

Pro Tips is here to help you in your running glove buying journey. Follow DICK’S Sporting Goods Associate Sami Waters as she explains the differences between glove types and common design options. Using these tips can help you find the right pair for your comfort needs and personal style.


According to Waters, most runners will gravitate toward lighter gloves. However, your gloves should also be able to keep you warm. Polyester, for example, can handle the cold and feature multi-layered insulation. Polyester gloves can be durable options that also provide breathability for improved comfort.

Waters also reminds runners to keep moisture-wicking options in mind, along with thermal gloves. Thermal gloves can help keep your hands warm, while also keeping your hands dry, too. “Even in the cold, a runner’s hands will get sweaty,” she says.

Meanwhile, waterproof gloves are also a good option for days when the weather can be uncooperative. Seek out a glove that has an elastic band around the wrist. The band acts as a barrier between your skin and the elements. This can help prevent against intruding rain or wind that can prove to be uncomfortable on your run.


There’s plenty of technological options in running gloves aimed at making your next run a comfortable endeavor. A great example of this notion is when all your gear works seamlessly with one another.

When you’re searching for running gloves, be aware of touchscreen-compatible fingertips. “Runners typically prefer to have touchscreen-friendly fingertips and a rubberized palm to allow you to operate a phone,” Waters says.

Other technology can include reflective features. When you’re running, you want to stay visible to other runners and drivers. Reflective gloves for running can include reflective strips on the glove to help improve visibility.

Check out these Pro Tips on how to stay visible to others, especially at night, during a run.


Have you ever thought about giving your fingers a little room to breathe? Fingerless gloves can be a great option for runners who want to feel a breeze on their skin. These gloves are made to expose your fingertips, hence the name, while keeping your palms and wrists covered. Covering these areas can still help you keep warm, despite having some skin exposed to the elements.


Mittens are another option for runners wanting total protection for their fingers, palms and wrists. These gloves, usually made entirely of polyester, do not have a separate sleeve for each finger. Instead, a cover keeps your fingers together. Of course, there is a separate cover for your thumb.

Due to their design, mittens are typically the warmest option, but they can lack dexterity, or the ability to use your hands. Mittens can also be more restrictive than gloves, as your fingers are confined to one pocket instead of their own slot. However, mittens can also incorporate a fingerless glove style.

BONUS PRO TIP: There are gloves that can expose your fingers, but with a cover that can slip over them, turning the glove into a mitten.

Now that you know the ins and outs of what to look for in running gloves, be sure to find gloves that fit your personal preference. Bring your own style and seek the comfort you want with these running Pro Tips.

Looking to complete your running gear wardrobe? Pay attention to your other digits and learn how to buy the right running shoes. Are you just getting started on your running journey? Learn some pointers with this running guide for beginners.