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December 3, 2009

Sugoi Glove Review; Wilderness Gift Card Giveaway

I haven’t made any secret about my affinity for Wilderness Running Company this year, and that’s why I’m excited about the next few giveaways over the upcoming week. Along with a product giveaway, two separate winners will receive $15 WRC gift certificates, which I’m more than happy to award because:

1) It’s like cash (which, in the words of Yogi Berra, is just as good as money!), so you can apply it to any kind of trail running gear you want: shoes, clothes, lighting, or whatever else is in stock. You don’t have to worry about sizing, and I don’t have to worry about shipping – so everybody wins. Also …

2) This is kind of a long one, but … in my little town there’s a small, independently-operated video store that’s owned by one of the nicest guys around. He knows he faces a constant challenge, and possibly even the threat of extinction from nearby mega-retailers like Blockbuster and huge online outlets like Netflix. For that reason, he works about twice as many hours as most folks, and always goes out of his way to get to know his customers and make sure they’re satisfied. He survives on dedication and quality goods (always having new titles available) and customer loyalty. For that reason, I don’t rent movies from anyplace else.

I sometimes think of Wilderness Running Company like I do that local video store. They’re not REI, and they’re not RoadRunner Sports (honestly, they’re not even ZombieRunner), but the owner is a very friendly, stand-up guy, and he seems to be working twice as hard to share his passion for trail running and outdoor gear with anyone who stops by. He relies on top quality gear and outstanding customer service to distinguish his business – and although I haven’t purchased a ton of gear lately (for obvious reasons), I have bought stuff from WRC, and I’ll continue to do so in the future. And these gift cards are my way of encouraging you to do the same.

(Of course, you don’t need a gift card to do it: you can find sale prices there and/or use my coupon code anytime you’d like. I’ve mentioned the coupon code before, right?)

Today’s post is a product review as well as a drawing for a $15 WRC gift card; enter by leaving your name in the comment box below. The winner will be announced on Sunday night. Next week there will be a WRC headlamp giveaway, as well as another gift card giveaway at the end of the week. ‘Tis the season.

As for today’s review, it highlights two styles of Sugoi gloves that I’ve put to heavy use since our weather has turned cold recently. They both are remarkably thin and light in comparison to the warmth they provide in low temperatures.

The lighter of the two is Sugoi’s thermal knit glove, which looks like any other knit glove you’d pick up in a discount store (which was pretty much my modus operandi for many years), except they outperform regular knit gloves by a mile. I actually don’t know what the difference is – whether the material or the construction, or probably both – but these are highly breathable and still kept my hands warm even as the thermometer dipped in to the 30s.

WRC states the temp range for these is mid 20s to mid 40s, but the low end seems a bit of a stretch (especially considering the next glove that I also have). It’s also very likely that I’m just not that tough. At any rate, the thermal gloves also have ribbed cuffs and anatomical seaming for a snug, comfortable fit, and rubber palm nubs in case you need to open a jar of pickles on your way out the door or something. They’re a surprisingly warm yet lightweight glove, and are available for $16 from WRC.

The gloves I’m most impressed by are Sugoi’s Firewall LT, which provides both wind- and waterproof protection for harsh conditions. My coldest morning runs so far this year have been 30 degrees, and these gloves kept my fingers quite comfortable the entire way. Yet they’re still thin enough that you have dexterity to push watch buttons or operate zippers while wearing them – a very nice contrast from the snow gloves I normally wear when it’s below freezing outside.

The Firewall LT also features a very soft, highly absorbent synthetic nose wipe on the thumb (for those of you who are unschooled in snot rocketry) and a contoured neoprene cuff with a velcro tab closure. It has a couple of reflective accents for better visibility from oncoming traffic.

WRC sells the Firewall for $35, which isn’t remarkably high for solid windproof and waterproof insulation. Having used them multiple times already this season, I’d say that they’re definitely worth the price. Check them out here, check out WRC’s other winter apparel (including the GoLite shirts that are still on sale), and check back with me on Monday to see if you’ve won a gift card.

*products provided by Wilderness Running Company
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TK 12/4/09, 5:34 AM  

Count me in for the Wilderness Running gift card giveaway!
Tracy K

Al Nye 12/4/09, 6:20 AM  

Did you say gift card? Whoo, Whoo.


Turi 12/4/09, 6:26 AM  

Timely glove review - I just ripped my winter gloves in a fall in the dark yesterday morning. Put me down for the drawing, too, please -


Bob 12/4/09, 6:28 AM  


Again, great review...will look into the Firewall gloves. Would love to get a gift certificate too!


Ray 12/4/09, 8:31 AM  

I'd have to second your thoughts on the Firewall LT glove. They are excellent gloves - I've worn them in really cold weather, as well as not so cold and my hand were always comfortable - even in rain.

Nice write-up.

Oh, and I'll put my name in for the WRC gift card too :-)

- Ray B

I Pull 400 Watts 12/4/09, 8:43 AM  

I could use a pair of colder weather gloves!

Spokane Al 12/4/09, 8:52 AM  


30 degrees mornings? - Oh the horror! Yesterday I did some intense outdoor interval sessions in temps of 19 degrees - I could have used your recommended gloves.

If possible, I would like to be considered for your drawing.

Alisa 12/4/09, 10:23 AM  

Gift card! Yay! Totally like money.

I really need some new gloves and ones that have a nose wipe are great...I'm one of those unskilled snot rocketers =).

Scott Cullen 12/4/09, 12:09 PM  

Nice review. Its starting to be glove-and-hat-weather here in Atlanta, so these may be worth checking out.

Jamie H. 12/4/09, 6:56 PM  

Stopped by to check out an older product review that I'm going to mention in a blog post and I find a great glove review... living in the great northeast US I'm always looking for a good pair of gloves for running and snowshoeing, so I'll be checking these out. Please include me in the gift card drawing as well. Thanks for some great product reviews!

Darren,  12/5/09, 3:41 PM  


WRC seems like a good company and the gear arrives at your door pretty darn quick! Last time I ordered from them I used your discount code so...thanks!

You can leave me out of the drawing this go round (maybe put and extra vote in for Turi as it's about to get REAL cold on his morning runs; he'll need new gloves).

Thanks for all the reviews.

Darren Young

Sarah 12/5/09, 3:46 PM  

Please sign me up for the gift card giveaway! My hubby could use those heavy duty gloves.

常法 12/6/09, 6:46 AM  
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QF 12/6/09, 8:03 AM  

Timely glove review. I have been making do with ordinary gloves for cold weather running.

And yes please sign me up for the gift card giveaway.


21stCenturyMom 12/6/09, 9:11 AM  

Your feed is not showing in my bloglines - I cry foul!!!

If you haven't done a drawing yet please toss my name in the hat.

Now off to read the other gazillion posts I missed.

BK,  12/6/09, 6:19 PM  

Good review, and a great time for it. I could
have used those gloves last night (33, heavy winds, and snow & sleet... It was awesome!)
throw my name in the hat please, if I did not already miss the drawing.

Doug,  12/13/09, 10:36 AM  

I am in also.


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