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

Story

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. Due to the limited number of flights out of Ghana, teams are given tickets to Kiruna via Frankfurt, Germany. However, they are not obligated to use them and may look for another itinerary. Upon arrival, teams must drive themselves to Jukkasjärvi and find the Icehotel, where they would find their next clue.

At Icehotel, Michael & Kevin would receive their clue for their Speed Bump. Michael & Kevin must 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 the name of their destination, the Fjellborg's Lodge in Poikkijärvi, where they would find their next clue.

"Who's feeling kind of mushy?" The team member assigned to this Roadblock must choose a sled dog team and hitch them to a summer training sled. They must then take the dogs on a course and collect five different flags along the course, which they would trade for fur pelts at the end of the course. If they miss a flag, they would have to take a penalty lap around the camp for each missed flag before they could obtain the pelts. They must then bring back the pelts to camp to receive their next clue. The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must drive themselves to Vassijaure Railway Station in Riksgränsen, where they would find their next clue.

Choice A: Sleds
Teams must 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 would have to repeat the run. Brook & Claire, Gary & Mallory, Nat & Kat, and Nick & Vicki chose this task.
Choice B: Beds
Teams must build a traditional Sámi dwelling known as a goahti and furnish the inside with furs and a fire pit. If the goahti is built and furnished to a Sámi elder's liking, teams would receive their next clue. 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 Norway–Sweden border to check in.
For coming in first place, Nat & Kat won a trip for two to Belize, provided by Travelocity.

Leaderboard

Legend:
     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
Nat & Kat
 1st place 
Nat & Kat
Doctors
Gary & Mallory
 2nd place 
Gary & Mallory
Father/Daughter
Brook & Claire
 3rd place 
Brook & Claire
Home Shopping Hosts
Michael & Kevin
 4th place 
Michael & Kevin
Father/Son
Jill & Thomas
 5th placeϵ 
Jill & Thomas
Dating
Nick & Vicki
 6th place 
Nick & Vicki
Dating
Chad & Stephanie
 7th place 
Chad & Stephanie
Newly Dating
Katie & Rachel
 8th place 
Katie & Rachel
Beach Volleyball Partners
Connor & Jonathan
 9th place 
Connor & Jonathan
Ivy League A Capella Singers

Trivia

Reception

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

References

The Amazing Race 17 Episodes

"They Don't Call It The Amazing Race for Nothin!" · "A Kiss Saves the Day" · "In Phil We Trust" · "We Should Have Brought Gloves and Butt Pads" · "Tastes Like a Million Dollars" · "Run, Babushka, Run" · "I Want to Be in the Circus, That's Where I Belong" · "Ali Baba in a Suit" · "There's a Lot of Nuts and Bullets" · "I Hate Chinese Food" · "I'm Surrounded by Ninjas" · "Hi. I'm Sorry. I'm in a Race"

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