I’m pretty tolerant of any weather condition with one notable exception. I hate wind! It stirs up dust, it keeps you guessing as to whether or not you need to take a jacket with you to work, and worst of all, it turns a nice winter run into a fight for your life as it freezes your sweaty clothes directly to your skin. Last week I told you about the windproof/water resistant shell I run in during the winter months. While I was looking for a windproof shell, I was also looking for some sleeves and gloves that would also be windproof. As I searched I thought I would be limited to skiing gloves for my hands if I wanted to block the wind. I even tried skiing gloves for one run. Please learn from my mistake, do not do this. They weighed about 27 lbs a piece when I finally finished because of all the rain and sweat they soaked up.
What I did find though is a company called GORE. I had no experience with this brand before and had only heard of them having some decent cycling gear. It turns out that they also make some pretty top notch running gear as well. I found the Mythos Windstopper Glove and the X-Runner Windstopper Arm Warmers. As you can tell by their names, both items are made using GORE’s exclusive Windstopper material. Intrigued, I researched further.
The Mythos Windstopper Glove is a soft shell, trim fitting glove that allows you to actually use your fingers while wearing them. Immediately I noticed the Windstopper material on the outside of the hand to block the wind. True to their claim, these gloves stopped the wind but they didn’t overheat at all. To allow evaporation of any accumulated sweat, the rest of the glove is made using breathable nylon. They also have fabric on the tip of the thumb and index fingers of each glove to allow you to manipulate the touchscreen of your phone while wearing them. I experienced no problems using my phone with these gloves. The Mythos is available in two colors, black, or black/neon yellow. Both options also provide reflective detailing for increased visibility. One of the smarter features of the Mythos glove is the addition of an absorbent fleece panel at the top of the thumb and wrist to allow you to wipe the sweat from your brow. The placement of this panel is perfect and it allows any perspiration to evaporate as you run without causing frostbite.
The Mythos is a very well thought out glove with some excellent features that I wouldn’t have thought to include. On the Runner’s High scale of 1-5, I give the Mythos Windstopper Glove a 5. They fit true to size so order your regular glove size. I can’t think of any single thing that I would change about these gloves. I was initially shocked at the price for a pair of gloves, but understand that you are getting a premium pair of gloves and you will not regret spending a little bit more for them. They are perfect for the task of providing windproof warmth while running on cold and windy nights.
As with the Mythos gloves, the X-Runner Windstopper Arm Warmers do an excellent job of providing windproof warmth. They are a lightweight arm warmer, but built to be warm and flexible without overheating as you run. The Windstopper fabric is on the outside of the arm while the inside is breathable to allow heat to escape. The X-Runner also has reflective details to provide increased visibility. One problem I’ve had with other sleeves is simply keeping them pulled up on my arms. Granted, in a bit of delusion I could have ordered other sleeves thinking my arms were bigger than they actually are, but with the X-Runner there was enough tension and grip at the top and wrist to keep them firmly in place for my entire run.
As with the Mythos gloves the X-Runner was more expensive than I had expected, but do not let that deter you from purchasing this excellent product. You will not regret spending a few dollars extra to have the right tool for the job. On the Runner’s High Scale of 1-5, I give the X-Runner Arm Warmers a 5. I wouldn’t change a thing.
Do you have any experience with windproof gloves or arm warmers. Do you like them? Do you think they are a gimmick? Leave a comment and let us know.
Respect the Run!
Jonathan Keeth is a proud father of two and the husband to a beautiful and longsuffering wife who tolerates his obsession with running shoes and gear. Jonathan is the author of odyssey100.com where he blogs about his two great goals, training for his first 100 mile race and losing 100 lbs so he never has to register for a race in the hippo class again. Follow him on Twitter: @odysy100