Product Review: Outdoor Research Hot Pursuit Convertible Running Gloves

Outdoor Research Run Oregon sometimes receives products to review. In this post, Run Oregon's Rachel Peters provides some initial impressions on a pair of Outdoor Research's Hot Pursuit Convertible Running Gloves she received just before the holiday. You would think with how often I run, I wouldn't be such a cheapskate with certain running items, but I totally am. The gloves I would typically use on chilly days are ashamedly those super cheap acrylic gloves you can usually find in a drug store, or sometimes even groceries stores. Luckily for me I was given the opportunity to try out a pretty slick pair of actual running gloves, more specifically, a pair of Outdoor Research's Hot Pursuit Convertible Running Gloves. Prior to receiving the gloves, I was familiar with the brand, Outdoor Research, as they typically provide very high quality hiking and outdoor apparel. The Hot Pursuit Gloves' specifications include:

Fabric: Radiant Fleece™ 63% nylon, 23% polyester, 14% spandex main fabric // 100% nylon, stretch woven lobster-claw cover // Touch-Screen synthetic fleece thumb and index fingertip

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 1.9oz / 55g (L)

  • Breathable
  • Wicking
  • Quick Drying
  • Lightweight
  • Microfleece Lining
  • Reflective Trim
  • Reflective Logos
  • Touch-Screen Compatible
  • Nose Wipe On Thumb

 

So how did the Hot Pursuit gloves fare in this rainy/icy/snowy weather we’ve been having? Amazingly well. The gloves are super lightweight and wick away moisture, meaning dry hands, even after my longer runs. The inside of each glove is lined with micro fleece, keeping my hands super warm, but never too hot. Another feature I really appreciate is the touch screen capability, as I have been using a running application on my phone to track my mileage. I thoroughly enjoy not having to remove a glove every single time I need to access my phone or the running application like I had to with the acrylic gloves.

I also used the Hot Pursuit gloves recently on a super snowy hike, layering them underneath snow gloves for added warmth. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m chronically cold, so being able to use the Hot Pursuit gloves as a layering piece was a huge plus and made all the difference in the world. My hands stayed cozy throughout the entire 4 hour hike, which involved trekking through 3 feet deep snow and, at times, blustery conditions. Another feature I found useful during the hike was the nose wipe on the thumbs of the Hot Pursuit gloves. I’m sure that sounds gross, but let’s be honest, physical activity in cold weather conditions will inevitably lead to a runny nose, so the nose wipe feature can be quite a lifesaver, as was the case during my hike.

The one feature I have used only a couple of times is the lobster-like wind-resistant cover on the back of each glove. In general, I love the idea of wind resistant covers, but am still unclear why they chose the lobster-like shape. The covers are made of 100% nylon and do a fairly decent job of blocking out the wind. They are also thin enough to not affect the gloves’ touch screen capability. For the times where you may opt out of using the wind-resistant covers, the wrist band on each glove offers a nice stowaway pouch that you can simply tuck the covers in.

Overall, I am absolutely happy with the Outdoor Research Hot Pursuit Convertible Running gloves and admittedly have been wearing them out and about (to the grocery store, to work, etc.) in addition to wearing them during my runs. They can be found on the Outdoor Research site and Amazon for approximately $35 and come in sizes extra small to extra large. So if you’re like the old, acrylic glove wearing version of me, do yourself a favor and get some Hot Pursuit Convertible Running gloves by Outdoor Research. You’ll thank me later.

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