We Should Have Brought Gloves and Butt Pads is the fourth episode of The Amazing Race 17.


Route Markers

The order of departure from the Home of Awusa Ntso are as follows:

  1. Connor & Jonathan (10:15 am)
  2. Gary & Mallory (11:19 am)
  3. Chad & Stephanie (11:29 am)
  4. Katie & Rachel (12:12 pm)
  5. Nick & Vicki (12:23 pm)
  6. Brook & Claire (12:24 pm)
  7. Jill & Thomas (12:29 pm)
  8. Nat & Kat (1:12 pm)
  9. Michael & Kevin (1:26 pm)

Teams must fly to Kiruna, Sweden. Upon arrival, teams must drive themselves to Jukkasjärvi and find the Icehotel. Inside the hotel's storage unit used for the summer, teams will find their next clue.

Due to limited flights out of Ghana, all teams received tickets on single flight to Kiruna, Sweden connecting through Frankfurt, Germany. However, teams are under no obligation to use them.

At Longhua Temple, Michael & Kevin would receive their clue for their Speed Bump.

Michael & Kevin have to sit on chairs made of ice in the Icehotel for 10 minutes before they are allowed to continue.

Using an engraved piece of ice, teams must translate their destination, the Fjellborg's Lodge in Poikkijärvi, where they will find their next clue.

The team member assigned to this Roadblock would have to choose a sled dog team and hitch them to a summer training sled. They then have to take the dogs on a course and collect five different flags along the course which they will trade for fur pelts at the end of the course. They then would have to bring back the pelts to camp to receive their next clue. If they miss a flag, they have to take a penalty lap for each missed flag.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must drive themselves to Vassijaure Railway Station in Riksgränsen to find their next clue.

Choice A: Sleds
Teams would have to use TechSleds to race down a mountain course in less than 1 minute and 58 seconds to receive their next clue. If they fail to reach the end of the course before the allotted time, they will have to repeat the run.

Brook & Claire, Gary & Mallory, Nat & Kat, and Nick & Vicki chose this task.

Choice B: Beds
Teams would have to build a traditional Sami dwelling known as a goahti, and then furnish the inside with furs and a fire pit. A Sami elder will give the team their next clue if the goahti is built and furnished to their liking.

Chad & Stephanie, Connor & Jonathan, Jill & Thomas, Katie & Rachel, and Michael & Kevin chose this task.

Jill & Thomas used their Express Pass to bypass the Beds Detour.

Teams must drive themselves to the Swedish side of the Swedish–Norwegian Border to check in.

For coming in first place, Nat & Kat won a trip for two to Belize, provided by Travelocity.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forwardϵ Used the Express Pass User of the first Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the first Double U-Turn slot • User of the second Double U-Turn slot • Recipient of the second Double U-Turn slot
S17 NatKat
 1st place 
Nat & Kat
S17 GaryMallory
 2nd place 
Gary & Mallory
S17 BrookClaire
 3rd place 
Brook & Claire
Home Shopping Hosts
S17 MichaelKevin
 4th place 
Michael & Kevin
S17 JillThomas
 5th placeϵ 
Jill & Thomas
S17 NickVicki
 6th place 
Nick & Vicki
S17 ChadStephanie
 7th place 
Chad & Stephanie
Newly Dating
S17 KatieRachel
 8th place 
Katie & Rachel
Beach Volleyball Partners
S17 ConnorJonathan
 9th place 
Connor & Jonathan
Ivy League A Capella Singers


  • This episode marks the first time the Express Pass is used.
  • This episode's title is said by Kevin, referring to the discomfort caused by the ice chairs at the Speed Bump.
  • With Connor & Jonathan's elimination, Michael & Kevin are the last all-male team standing.


  • Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (10/18/2010): "The Amazing Race forgets to make its challenges actually challenging"


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