Hats and gloves anyone?

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23/11/2011 at 14:32

Finally dragged my arse out of bed for an early morning run today. Had a four or five week break since the clocks altered and only just got re-motivated. Damn it was cold. I'm fairly new to running and this is my first autumn/winter. Where do people stand on hats and gloves? I feel that they'd be lovely and toasty for a K or two but then get all hot and sweaty and urghhh! Any recommendations out there.

23/11/2011 at 15:39

I wore gloves today on my lunchtime run. Your hands and head can get pretty cold when running so I recommend purchasing some.

I wear gloves that I use for cycling and they do me ok - have a look on wiggle or any running websites, plenty of options. You don't have to spend a fortune.

23/11/2011 at 15:40
I'll often wear gloves at the start of a run but I'll take them off once I'm warmed up, and it needs to be pretty cold for me to keep them on. I generally use fairly light gloves, but they have the windstopper material in them. I only use a hat (as opposed to a cap) when it's really cold i.e. well below freezing, and that's just to protect my ears. I use a fleece hat that I got as a race souvenir. I use a cap when it's raining sometimes just to try to keep the rain off my glasses, but to be honest it isn't that successful. If I need to take the hat or gloves off at any point I just shove them down the back of my shorts. As I wear Skins compression shorts they're held in place without problem and they don't cause any discomfort at all, not even the solid brim on the cap.
23/11/2011 at 15:44

Hats and gloves appear when the temperature is 5 degrees or below. Anything warmer than that and they are unneccessary after 10 minutes of running.

23/11/2011 at 15:48

If it's that cold you may well be wearing a jacket or something with pockets anyway. I got a cheap pair of gloves and a hat from Sports Direct, both work a treat, they don't get too sweaty either, I can run a good 15k in them, no problems.

 As always, it is about what is comfortable for you, I used to be able to take the cold easily, no I've lost that thermal padding, I do feel the cold a lot more, I did draw the line at yellow hats and gloves though

23/11/2011 at 15:50

Fingerless gloves are the way forward !

& those headband type things that cover the cold ears x

23/11/2011 at 16:08
well, we're all different - so work out what's best for you. I like to keep gloves on for whole run if under about 8C, otherwise I can't undo my shoelaces afterwards. I guess all my blood is in my legs...or something...
23/11/2011 at 16:10

Been on sports direct and picked up some gloves. Nike only a fiver. Bargain. Longsleeved tops with hi-viz strips too. Always find spending money a great way to motivate myself into stepping over threshold.

Hadn't thought about taking gloves off when you get too warm....what a divvy. Think I'll stick them down the front of my shorts though to compensate for any *clears throat* 'shrinkage'!

cougie    pirate
23/11/2011 at 16:16
Never bother with gloves. Just tuck your hands up inside your sleeves.

Hat - it'd need to be really cold. And even then it would probably come off after a bit. Maybe go for a buff - you can wrap it round your wrist easily if you overheat.
23/11/2011 at 16:25

Agree with Muppley, the headbands that are made to cover the ears are great as your head doesnt overheat but your ears remain toasty

23/11/2011 at 16:28
I use a buff, find it ideal to keep my head warm and also keeps the sweat out of my eyes!!
23/11/2011 at 16:29

Like Cougs I always pull my sleeves over my hands, they warm up after a mile or two.

On long runs where I'm going to be shedding clothes I just build in a circuit past my house and chuck hats and things into the garden - appreciate this won't work for you if you live 15 floors up though!

23/11/2011 at 16:59

I never wear a hat, I get too hot.  I do use a fleece earwarmer though, which keeps my ears from freezing without over-heating my head.

I use thin fleece gloves in very cold weather, but usually take them off after a mile or two.  I has to be very cold indeed for them to stay on the whole run.

23/11/2011 at 17:15

Like many others I get too hot in a 'full' hat so wear a fleece style buff which lets my head 'breath'. but keeps the ears warm.

I do have a pair of 1000 mile lightweight gloves but it has to be really cold to wear them - usually the numbness only last a mile or so anyway.......

Toes get pretty chilly though!

23/11/2011 at 19:18
 I wear a buff thing for my ears in freezing cold and fleece gloves, which are handy for wiping my nose in the cold!!!
23/11/2011 at 20:39

Another ear muff person here. I get earache when I'm running or cycling in the cold even if the rest of me is overheating but it's rarely cold enough for a full hat. 

Thin gloves if it's really cold, then I take them off and put them in my waistband. As a women I don't suffer from shrinkage.

23/11/2011 at 21:55

I wear gloves if it's a bit cold before I head out the door. My long runs go something like - gloves one - gloves off - gloves on - gloves off - gloves on ..... repeat about once per mile!

I've not yet reached hat wearing, but have worn my headband that covers my ears once this year. 

24/11/2011 at 11:06
cougie wrote (see)
Never bother with gloves. Just tuck your hands up inside your sleeves. Hat - it'd need to be really cold. And even then it would probably come off after a bit. Maybe go for a buff - you can wrap it round your wrist easily if you overheat.

I did the same last night for my 5 miler. Thought it was cold when i went out but then took my hat off half way around as my skull was being cooked

24/11/2011 at 11:46
Decathlon £1 a pair fleece gloves work for me. Rarely need a hat, but they do a pretty reasonable runner's beanie as well.

I was expecting to get really cold this morning as well, but was actually pleasantly surprised: probably didn't need the semi-thermal top after all. Nice and sweaty at the end of 5 mile tempo run!
24/11/2011 at 11:51
same as cougs, sleeves and buff, my head sweats so much a hat is a nightmare.  Think I wore one last year on a very snowy run though.
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