zensah smart touch running gloves review

November 27, 2012

I have a confession to make. Are you ready?

I’m a chronic glove loser.

Seriously, I don’t know what my problem is but I can never find my gloves. I’m not sure if I’ve always been this way. I am the kind of person who does like for things to have a specific place, even if it means that “those clothes go on the dresser because that’s where they go” (seriously, just as the Husband. It drives him crazy). But with gloves, it’s a free for all. Sometimes they are stuffed in my purse. Sometimes they are in my pockets. Sometimes they fall out of my pockets. Sometimes I throw them in the washing machine, and I swear to Bob they never return. What is it with washing machines anyway? Sheesh.

It’s so bad that I don’t even buy expensive ones anymore – $1 gloves from the drug store do me just fine. This way, I never feel bad about losing my glove(s) – usually it’s just one. Then you’ll find me walking outside with a mismatched pair of crappy gloves. Hey, I never claimed to be a fashionista over here.

Which is why when Sarah from Zensah asked me if I wanted to review a pair of their gloves, I hesitated. She didn’t know what she was getting herself into over here.

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Zensah is well known in the running world for selling compression products, and they are most popular for their leg sleeves. While I have never tried the leg sleeves (or any compression products), I have heard they are awesome. So while I didn’t trust myself to care for such a nice pair of gloves, I accepted Sarah’s offer to try out the new Smart Touch Running Gloves.

… And I’m so glad I did. These gloves seriously have it all. I don’t know how Zensah though about everything, but they did. Some of the features I enjoyed on these gloves are:

  • Touch Screen Capability (no taking off the gloves to swipe the smart phone!)
  • Glove Clip (so the gloves never lose their mate – THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER)

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  • Reflective stripes on the fingers (in case you’re in the dark)
  • Palm Grips (so you don’t drop what you’re holding)

Most importantly…

  • fleece material on the thumbs

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Now, let me just explain this to you – and you’re not allowed to get grossed out. We all know that once you step foot outside in the cold whether you’re walking, running, or sledding (we should all do a little more of that), your nose starts to run the second you walk out the door. The fleece material is perfect if you forget a tissue (or two) for a little wipe while you’re on your run. Don’t even pretend like you’ve never wiped (or blown – ew, guilty!) your nose on your run. It’s inevitable when it’s freezing out there! Whether or not that fleece material on the thumbs is meant for nose wiping, that’s what I found it to be most convenient for.

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Other than those features, I was surprised at how warm the gloves kept my hand. The material is pretty lightweight and breathable, so I was concerned my hands would get cold outside. Nope, they stayed perfectly toasty! The gloves fit perfectly too – I ordered a medium, but they also have a small or large option. There is even a size chart on the website to help you decide what size to order.

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I’ve decided that if this is any indication of what Zensah has to offer, I am definitely going to be purchasing some of their gear for myself. They really seem to take everything in consideration to make their customers happy.Can we just talk about their Revive Wrap and (pink) Argyle Compression Socks for a moment?  Amazing.

Question: What do you look for in running/workout gear?

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles November 27, 2012 at 6:10 am

As a fellow glove loser (and-ahem-running nose wiper) I think these babies are keepers! They really did think of everything! I need a pair for these cold Kansas runs!

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Becky Przy November 27, 2012 at 6:46 am

Haha–I alwasy lose gloves too! I have no idea how that happens. I usually can scrounge up 2 black gloves, but they never match;-)

In workout clothing I look for length/comfortable fit! Its the worst working out in clothes that don’t fit correctly. I am about 6 feet tall so it can be hard to find tank tops that are long enough. Also, I don’t like tank tops w/built in bras …I hate wearing 2 bras, I don’t need that much support;-)

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cleaneatingchelsey November 28, 2012 at 6:52 pm

ha! Mine never match either!

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Linz @ Itz Linz November 27, 2012 at 6:51 am

ooh those do look cool! and you know darn well everyone has done the nose wipe while out on a cold run!!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Darn right!

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles November 27, 2012 at 7:03 am

That clip to take them attached would definitely be useful – I’m a glove-loser too!

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Lauren November 27, 2012 at 7:11 am

I just realized I have NO gloves this year and last year, I swear I had 8 pairs. WTH happened to them all, I have no idea. It’s like the sock vortex. They just disappear and never return.

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cleaneatingchelsey November 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm

ugh, i know!! we have that sock vortex as well!

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Nicole @ Simply Nicole November 27, 2012 at 7:21 am

I just did a short review on these as well today! I love them so much. Sometimes I wear them in the house :) shhh, don’t tell anyone.

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cleaneatingchelsey November 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm

ha! too funny!

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Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 27, 2012 at 7:35 am

BAHAHAHAHAHAHA I’m sure Zenash appreciated that you talked about wiping your snot on their gloves. And yes, I most definitely do it, although I try and wipe it on my sleeve since I wash shirts more often. I’m also an expert at blowing snot rockets. You’re welcome for that image.

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cleaneatingchelsey November 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm

hey, i’m honest! And thanks for the visual.

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Lindsey November 27, 2012 at 8:01 am

Thanks for the review… I have been looking for a good, warm winter running glove. I have tried a few but I none have been warm enough for the cold winters up here. I think the key for me with winter running gear is wicking and wind proof!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm

get them!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots November 27, 2012 at 8:01 am

I want to kiss you right now! My dad was just saying that for xmas he wanted some good running gloves and I had no idea where to look, I was about to put a call out to twitter but now I dont have too!! I love that they are touch screen capable!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm

haha! hilarious!!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl November 27, 2012 at 8:34 am

That is so genius that the gloves clip together! Why haven’t more companies thought to do this?!? And I totally understand where you are coming from on a good use for the fleece side of the glove….hey, these things happen! ;)

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cleaneatingchelsey November 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I don’t know! I think it should be mandatory!

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Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian November 27, 2012 at 8:35 am

Great review! I’ve never tried Zensah products, but I’ve heard great things about all their products (especially the calf sleeves – I’m a big compression fan!). What a great holiday gift idea!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I need to try compression socks/sleeves!!!

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Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy November 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

I love their compression sleeves! These sound great, though — I always lose my gloves too, so I’m a fan of the clip that holds them together!

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Claire @ Live and Love to Eat November 27, 2012 at 9:43 am

Haha I love your honesty – I’ve been thinking about gloves with the touchscreen capability.

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cleaneatingchelsey November 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm

i do what i can! ;)

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kim@hungryhealthygirl November 27, 2012 at 9:48 am

I wish I would have read this sooner. I just purchased some similiar gloves from North Face. I hope that they keep my hands as toasty as these…..that’s what I’m worried about.

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cleaneatingchelsey November 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I’m sure they will! And if not, you’ve got a back up with these!

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Annette@FitnessPerks November 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I love them too!

These look amazing.

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Spencer November 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Chelsey,
How did you start your blog? I am so interested after reading yours! I have been researching and understand you can do it for free or pay a yearly fee for a host. Did you start off with this yearly fee?

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cleaneatingchelsey November 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm

It was on a whim actually! And you don’t have to pay a fee if you’re not self hosted!

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Rachel@Running Daze November 27, 2012 at 2:46 pm

OK so I was searching for this type of smart touch running glove all morning! Thanks for the review. I’m going to add this to my Christmas list. :)

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Erica @ For the Sake of Cake November 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Oooh I’m jealous! I have a pair of Zensah socks and I love them! I’ve been meaning to buy gloves to wear while running and these would be perfect!

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Devon @ Health in Equilibrium November 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Those look awesome! It always sucks running outside with freezing cold hands, they never warm up! Also if you wear gloves that don’t breath, you just get sweaty runner-hands…along with sweaty runner-everything else.

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kaity @ kaityscooking November 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

these are going on my xmas list! i just got a smart phone and cant stand when im on my run i cant change any music with my gloves on..and totally relate with the snot comment hahhah

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Andrea November 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I was running around the house this morning searching for my gloves! I always lose them too! It made me late for work…ugh. Just found your blog and I’m definitely going to enjoy reading it!
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Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily November 28, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Cool!!! My daughter is a chronic one glove loser…I have no idea how she does it.

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