Disclaimer: I received a pair of Turtle Gloves TURTLe-Flip Mittens to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews.
Winter in Chicago is not for the faint of heart, but as a lifelong Chicagoan, I’ve gotten pretty used to it. Over the years, I’ve figured out the two most important things that help me stay warm: Keeping my feet dry, and keeping my hands warm. However, trying to stay warm while working up a sweat in the dead of winter is a whole different animal. The trick is to stay warm without getting too sweaty because at that point, the chill goes all the way down to the bone and when that happens, it’s really hard to shake.
When the opportunity to test out these flip-mittens came up, I jumped at the chance. I’ve only been running for about seven years, and for the most part, I’ve relied on my treadmill for winter running. But now that Ole Milly is dead and buried, if I want to keep running year-round, I have no other choice but to take it outside. I’ve tried so many types of gloves and mittens that kept my hands either too warm or too cold. I was hopeful these would be the Goldilocks’ porridge of running gloves I’ve been looking for.
I received the WINTER SOFT Midweight Mittens to try, but there are several other styles and products available on the Turtle Gloves website. The first thing I noticed was that they are incredibly soft. Made from a polyester, nylon, and spandex blend, they are high-wicking, breathable, and have a nice stretch to them. I generally wear a women’s size large in gloves or mittens, but the unisex size small fit me like, well, a glove. I loved the custom-made style in the deep BibRave orange color with the BibRave logo prominently featured on one of the mittens. They are a perfect match to my favorite running shoes!
I received my flip-mittens in early November, and wouldn’t you know it, we were seeing unseasonably warm temperatures in the mid-60s. But as things often go in the midwest, within weeks the temperatures dropped to single-digits. That right there is one of the best features of this product ~ they can be used to keep the hands warm with the fingers exposed in milder weather, but once the cold weather hits, with a simple flip they can be converted into mittens to fully cover the entire hand. I also love the flexibility of having my fingers exposed when walking my girl Blue, so I can keep a better grip on her leash the moment she spots that nearby squirrel.
I’ve been wearing my Turtle Gloves TURTLe-Flip Mittens for more than a month now, and I couldn’t be happier. They are perfect for slightly cold temperatures or for temperatures in the single digits. I haven’t had the opportunity to wear them in the rain or snow, so I can’t speak to how well they would perform in wet conditions. Still, they will be permanent fixture in my winter running arsenal.
And I might have already bought this incredibly cute pair specifically for my walks with Blue. Interested in trying these out for yourself? Save 15% off of your entire purchase (including sale items) using Code “TURTLEBIBRAVE” at checkout!
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