Gear Review: Mizuno Breath Thermo Gloves

As I’ve mentioned before, I am cold pretty much all the time, including when I run. I spend most winter runs at least a little cool. I wear gloves for every run under 40 degrees to keep my hands from freezing and falling off. I’m always on the lookout for new running gloves. After hearing rave reviews about the warmth of the products in the new Mizuno Breath Thermo line, I was excited to get the Mizuno Breath Thermo Windshell Gloves.

The gloves feature a polyurethane top shell with Breath Thermo fabric on the palms and between the fingers. The manufacturer claims that the Breath Thermo material “changes body moisture for heat”, making the material feel warm in cold weather. The top shell is designed to be wind resistant for added warmth. They have a reflective logo on the back of each glove for visibility. Sizes small, medium, and large are available. I got the medium and found it a bit too big, but the small was too small.

I wore the gloves for a run this morning. It was 28 degrees with a light wind. The real feel temperature, according to my weather app, was 26 degrees. To be perfectly honest, I did not like these gloves. My fingers were frozen little sticks for the vast majority of the run. I started the run with a mile warm up. I hoped that the gloves might warm up as I warmed up and generated “body moisture”. It really didn’t happen. The wind was blocked on the back of the glove, but the wind went right through the Breath Thermo material on the palm side. The gloves are quite thin and felt thin. By the end of my speed work I had generated a good amount of body moisture but my hands were still frozen. Worse yet, my hands were wet. The gloves didn’t seem to wick away that body moisture, making my hands even colder. All things considered, I think I might haven been better off with those synthetic, stretchy “magic gloves”.  These gloves just didn’t work for me.

Grade: D-

Retail Price: $24.99