Disclaimer: I received a pair of 2020 WhitePaws RunMitts- WicknDry Lightweight RunMitts 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!
When had previously written about RunMitts I addressed a social concern about engaging with a business solely on the basis of who owns the business.
I wanted to use RunMitts not because it is a black-owned business; but because I wanted warm hands. What I have learned since then is that being cognizant of who I am purchasing from is as important as why I am purchasing. Candidly, I don’t think I can make that commitment to everything I buy, but I have learned how important it is to be aware of the potential inequity there is in our current retail space.
Regarding the actual product, o suggest you buy it.. I’m not going to lie, when I first received my RunMitts, it was underwhelming. I opened the package and felt that I was holing a pair of socks. I even said (to myself…) I could have figured that out. But let’s face it.. I didn’t! I ordered the WicknDry version of the convertible mitten because I run in all sorts of weather and I already have a pair of gloves I use. The WicknDry was to prevent my other gloves from getting wet in the snow. RunMitts were created for runners (and walkers) because runners don’t take winters off. I was excited because I felt the WicknDry would be a great cover for my current glove as well as a viable option for those cool spring mornings…
I put them on and realized that they were pretty great. I also realized that my initial needs were not only met, but exceeded. They covered my gloves, and they also worked as a light covering for milder but still cold days.
Wearing them took a little getting used to, seeing as how they don’t have thumb openings. The benefit was my hands stayed warm.
What I love about the RunMitts is that I can push them down around my wrists and not have to worry about tucking them into a pocket or hang off my waist if my hands get sweaty. I’ve dropped many a glove that way.
Thinking about the last few weeks of usage, I’ve run in light rain and snow, which these were great for, but I’ve also run in the bizarre Pennsylvania spring. What I mean by bizarre, today I started my run at 19 degrees; by the time I was finished it was 30…and when I left work it was 60 degrees…. WHAAAAT? During my run, I rolled down my mitts to expose my fingers because i was sweating by the end.
In the past I have wrapped a buff around my wrist when I was running because it helps me wipe sweat and store snacks, but it occurred to me after having run with these around my wrist that I can do the same, wrap it around my wrist and use it to store snacks.
I still think I would like to see a version of these with a thumb-hole. I don’t think a thumbhole version would render the version I have obsolete; but it would make the fit more natural.
Like I said, buy them. They are great.
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Vanessa (She Runs by the Seashore)
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