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Recently I was sent a killer pair of Saucony running gloves. I haven’t seen “real” winter weather in about 10 years, so my current status as a “totally unprepared winter running newbie” left me excited to do this review. And, did I mention, the gloves were pink?
|Note: Trail dirt on gloves not included. Must be purchased separately for the cost of one hard fall during run.|
So here’s what you need to know about the Saucony Protection Glove:
What I like:
- ViZiPRO pink. Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is an entire winter (spring, summer, and fall) running wardrobe in this shade. Heck, if they even made the Snuggie I’ve requested under the tree in ViZiPRO pink, I’ll take that too. OK seriously, if you haven’t checked out Saucony’s ViZiPRO line (men, if pink isn’t your thing, it also comes in Orange) I would highly recommend it, especially if you run before the sun comes up or after it goes down. ViZiPRO isn’t always the brightest at first glance during broad daylight, but at dawn, dusk or if you shine a light towards it (think, car headlights) it almost glows. According to Saucony: “Independent testing by color experts showed ViZiPRO® Orange and ViZiPRO® Pink to have the highest reflectance factor of any color in the industry, including neon yellow and green.”
- Plush Cloth “wipes” on thumb exterior. Alright Saucony, I’m not sure what you are getting at with the “wipes” part. But I’m going to go ahead and assume…that’s for my nose. Because, let’s face it, gross or not, if it’s cold enough to run with gloves, chances are your nose is running too. And you’d all be lying if you said you have never used your gloves to wipe your nose on a run, even if you are stellar at the “snot rocket” (or, if you are in the upper mid west, I hear it’s referred to as a “farmer blow”. Tomatoes/tomahtoes.)
- Comfort. The gloves are extra light weight and WARM. The only slight problem I experienced was that the size Medium womens gloves are way too large for my baby hands, and thus my hands got sweaty, since the wicking fabric wasn’t really getting a close fit on my hands. However, as this cold weather chicken will tell you, I’d take sweaty-jacuzzi hands over frozen finger-cicles ANY day! If you
- the LED light is BRIGHT. I found it a little more “bouncy” to run with compared to a headlamp, so I’m not sure i would use that ALONE if I were somewhere that I needed a large beam of light (such as a trail). But for a well lit road or a road that I was very familiar with, the LED light would be perfect form a safety point of view, to alert cars and other pedestrians of my presence. (If you run with steady arms, this may not be such a problem for you)
Discussion time: What features do YOU look for in a pair of running gloves?