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Midwest winters can be some of the harshest running weather that you can find, especially if you are located near one of the Great Lakes. Weather can be very unpredictable with lake effect snow and just the cold winds that blow off the lakes. Weather changes here day to do or even hour to hour in some cases.
With Turtle Gloves, it is easy to keep your hands cold and protected as well as change with the ever changing weather. Turtle Gloves have a wide range of mittens to help meet your needs. They have mittens that are made for spring and fall weather, waterproof mittens, heavyweight water repellent mittens, and some in between. The Turtle Glove mittens that I have been testing out over the past month are the Midweight Winter Soft mittens.
I had some questions about the Midweight Winter Soft mittens when I first got them, and most of them got answered over the past month. One question, I feel like still needs to be answered.
How well will the Turtle Gloves Midweight Winter Soft mittens protect my hands from strong winds? This is actually an area that I am really excited to tell you about. I did get the opportunity to run in some pretty stiff winds that were above 20mph and I can tell you, I could not feel the wind through the mittens. While these are not the thickest mittens that I have tried on, the winds were still unable to penetrate through the mittens, keeping my fingers warm.
How well will the Turtle Gloves Midweight Winter Soft mittens keep dry from the snow? Honestly, not an area that I got to experience too much while I was out running. However, just the other day, my son and I were out running and his hands were getting cold from the cheaper gloves that he was wearing. Even though they were huge on him, I gave him my Turtle Gloves. Being the 8 year old that he is, he was picking up snow, he was knocking it off hand rails and such. His hands never got cold or wet. So while I didn’t test out too much the Turtle Gloves in the snow, my son sure did. And if and 8 year old doesn’t complain, they must have been working great!
How cold can it be outside and the Turtle Gloves Midweight Winter mittens to still keep my hands warm? I don’t feel like I have been able to give a complete answer on this yet. Obviously some things are out of my control, such as the weather. It just hasn’t gotten cold enough for me to feel like the mittens did not do a good job (I am not complaining about that). With the windchill, the coldest I have ran in so far this winter, with the Turtle Gloves is about 8 degrees. During that run, my hands stayed plenty warm. In fact, I don’t believe that there has been a run yet where I have actually kept my fingers covered for the whole run.
Here is what I like best about the Turtle Gloves:
1. The softness: These gloves feel great while you are wearing them. Plus, have you ever tried to wipe your nose with your gloves while running (come on, we all do it)? It can be rough sometimes. These are very soft and comfortable
2. The amount that you are able to move your fingers. There is so much room in these mittens. The main advantage to mittens over your normal gloves is that you are using the heat from each finger to keep all your fingers warm. You do this by movement as well. In no way to I feel that these mittens or too tight, or too lose that I feel like they are going to fall off.
3. They are convertible. What I mean by this is that I am able to remove the flip part of the mitten to expose my fingers to the elements. As I mentioned earlier in this post, this happened on about every run. My fingers get warm very easily and so I need to let them out into the air. Its great that I am able to do so without taking the whole mitten off of my hand. I don’t have to worry about carrying my gloves or shoving them into my pockets making for a bulky mess.
Overall, I love this product. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about them. They do the job that they state that they would do. Now, as I said, I want to get some colder runs in them soon, but I don’t have any control over that and will have to wait to see if we get that cold this winter. As much as I would like to test that out, I am in no hurry. If you are a runner that expereinces cold winter months, these are the mittens for you. You can get yourself a pair by going to https://turtlegloves.com/. When you place your order, use code TURTLEBIBRAVE and you will get 15% off your order including any sale items!