Providing superb grip and sensitivity, the MacWet Climatec® Sports Gloves provide warmth for practically any activity, from horse riding to windsurfing, hiking to mountain biking,
fishing to photography, golf to kayaking. They’re also useful if you’re a Personal Trainer outdoors.
My Search For Winter Sports Gloves
I mostly train outdoors on pull up bars for my Calisthenics workouts—no matter the temperature. Many of my Personal Training clients also prefer to do this too.
In the winter, this becomes a little bit troublesome. For example, I was recently training someone at 6am, with the temperature a chilly -1°C / 30°F without gloves on, and our hands froze up like a claw after a few minutes…so we continued the workout in my indoor studio gym instead.
I’ve been testing the MacWet Climatec gloves for a month now, and I’m pretty impressed.
Precision and Sensitivity
This was the most important quality I was looking for in a glove. Many thermal gloves, like ski gloves, have very thick sausage fingers. Whilst those might keep your hands warm, it’s difficult to write, or untie rubber resistance bands—something I have to do with all my clients.
The MacWet gloves are like a second skin—I’m capable of doing everything I could do with bare hands. When I first tried using my iPhone whilst wearing the gloves, I couldn’t operate the screen—however, if you apply just a small amount of water (i.e. lick a finger of the glove), it works!
The gloves are wind-proof, water resistant and have a thin fleece lining. Whilst they’re not as warm as a pair of sausage finger ski gloves, I’ve found that when training clients at 10°C / 50°F, they feel warm enough, and my hands don’t seize up from the cold.
They don’t have a rubberised grip. However, I often demonstrate some gymnastic style exercises on the bars in the process of training my clients, and have had no trouble with grip. I’ve also used them in my personal workouts, but as they have thin palms I don’t use them on concrete.
They’re machine washable up to 40°C / 104°F, so you can keep them looking pristine.
Take the time to measure your palm correctly using the sizing chart on the Sock Shop website, so you achieve a snug fit.
MacWet Climatec® Sports Gloves: £29.99 from Sock Shop
Available in Navy, Black, Green and Brown colours.
George D. Choy
Personal Trainer & Calisthenics Instructor
Gymnacity in Oxted, Surrey, United Kingdom
I was gifted a pair of MacWet Long Cuff Climatec Sports Gloves by Sock Shop. All views and opinions are my own. For more information about my collaborations, please refer to my Disclosure page on the About tab. I was not paid to write this post.