This is an essential item for those who literally and figuratively run cold. For me, Nathan’s glove/mitt comes along in temps 45 degrees Fahrenheit and below. And if you’ve never heeded the advice from Kelly Cordes (see video below) about how to avoid the screaming barfies — think that nauseating pain from thawing fingers — you might have compromised circulation. Nathan’s Reflective Convertible Glove/Mitt comes to the rescue.
The retractable mitt concept has been around for awhile in the climbing scene. One can flip the mitt covering the fingers and tuck it into a sleeve. That leaves the fingers exposed for situations demanding more dexterity.
In Nathan’s case, the mitten portion covering the fingers can be peeled back and tucked away rendering a slightly less protected glove. Feel a bit chilled, simply cover your fingers with the mitt. It’s like having an added finger/hand warmer along for your digits.
The fabric is wind proof to a point. Fine for running in gusty conditions, not so much if you are helping run shuttle on an early AM rollerski and have a cold bike descent.
For those limited to running in the dark, it’s also a reflective product. In other words, the gloves are criss-crossed with reflective stripes to warn oncoming drivers.
The glove/mitt’s fabric is snug fitting and stretchy. It also boasts a DWR coating to repel moisture. Along the thumb you’ll find a handy “nose-wipe-chamois” which is a nice snot-relief feature in mitten mode. In glove mode, its easy to default to the old snot-snort using your pointer finger. The extra dexterity with the recessed mitt can pay sinus congestion dividends.
A few cold mornings this October, I tried using the glove/mitt while rollerskiing. It’s probably not a wise choice. The fit under a pole strap is seamless. But the fabric is not robust enough to tolerate extended rollerskiing. Stick with the cross-country ski specific glove/mitts with leather reinforcements.
Nathan recommends the Reflective Convertible Glove/Mitt in the 20° to 35°F/-7° to 2°C range. Again, if you have compromised circulation, you can bump the comfort zone into the mid-40 Fahrenheit zone.
For those needing on-demand tech savvy fingers, Nathan claims the glove/mitt comes with “conductive TruTouch™ technology”. That simply means texturing on the fingertips (in glove mode only) to “text” on a smartphone. I had mixed success with that function.
The Reflective Convertible Glove/Mitt retails for $34.99. They can be found on sale for just over $30.00.
And finally, as a precaution, here’s some advice from a master of “The Penguin” to get the blood flowing in your chilled digits. Avoid the screaming barfies at all cost. As Cordes says, “it opens up the chi…”.