Staying warm through winter is key, but for tech junkies, keeping connected to your favorite devices is even more important. While texting addicts once had to remove their gloves and face the season’s bitter chill just to send a message, some phones such as the Galaxy Note 4 allow you to text through cloth. However, if your phone doesn’t have this feature, there are now a plethora of winter gloves that will interact just fine with a touchscreen. Whether you’re a professional snowboarder or are seeking the finest in snow-season fashion, you’ll probably find something to like in our breakdown of the best tech-friendly gloves.
For the playful texter in the family, these panda-themed gloves are a perfect fit. Conductive threads woven into the thumbs and index and middle fingers allow for quick touch-screen typing. Plus, they are so inexpensive that you may be tempted to also buy the bunnies, kittens and teddy bear versions for a more complete animal kingdom.
Options — that's what you get with the Cyanics Wizgloves. You can choose between small and large, but also among 10 color and pattern combinations. I'm partial to the yellow-and-blue pattern, but the red-and-white stripes have a distinctly festive look. A mix of wool, polyester, spandex and silver nylon mean these will be warm and touch-screen friendly for all 10 fingers.
Elegantly styled for both men and women in muted grays, the Glider Gloves Urban Style feature 10-finger functionality for touch screens. That's because they are made with a blend of copper, nylon, spandex and acrylic. Plus, you won't have to worry about your phone falling from your cozy warm hands, thanks to the anti-slip grip on the palms.
Classic looking, lightweight and available in four colors and four sizes, the Timberland Men's Fleece Touchscreen Glove's sell for just $28. On the index finger and thumb sit special pads that make sure your finger makes the necessary connection with your smartphone's display. Plus, the fleece material will keep you warm even in the dead of winter.
While there are plenty of gloves that break the barrier between your fingers and touchscreen, Zensah's Smart Running Gloves are built specifically with techy athletes in mind. These black gloves have reflective white stripes on the outer fingers for staying visible in the dark, as well as a shiny, sleek fabric across the thumb, pointer, and middle fingertips for easy touchscreen usage. The gloves are made out of Zensah's 4-way stretch material, and feature an anti-moisture suede thumb for wiping away sweat after an intense session of texting while running.
Made from a soft cotton mix, the NuTouch Gloves feature a conductive fiber in all 10 fingertips, so you can swipe, tap and scroll with any fingers you choose. Available in Charcoal and in small, medium, large or X-large, the gloves come with a one-year warranty. Normally $17, these tech-friendly gloves are on sale for just $9 during the holiday season.
These 10-finger touch gloves not only let you text and use your smartphone outside in the cold, but, with their gripper dots, also ensure that your slippery iPhone 6 doesn't slip out of your hands and shatter. Real silver was integrated into the gloves for maximum warm and high conductivity. A snug cuff keeps the wind out, while the ergonomic design has a unisex fit.
Joy Factory's eGloves have strategically placed sensors in their fingertips that respond to the users' touch on their smartphone or tablet. The gloves are made from a knitted acrylic fiber, so users will experience comfort while they're completing tasks on their touch-screen devices. Available in Gray and Gray/Black Strip.
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Made of 80 percent wool and 20 percent nylon, these fashionable hand accessories will keep you warm and dry. The Velcro tab makes for a fun accent as well as being a practical way to secure your gloves. The touchscreen pads on the index finger and thumb are very subtle. I also like the leather hand pad, which helps secure your grip on your smartphone. You can choose from grey, purple and blue, or black and tan.
The $62 Mimeo Touchscreen Gloves mesh two gloves in one; a cashmere-angora-blended glove and a super soft and stylish arm warmer. The two can be separated for slightly less cold weather. I particularly like the subtly of the hand-embroidered thumb and index finger pads that incorporate conductive thread for use with touchscreen devices. The black and white are my favorites, but you can also pick them up in red and black, or yellow and green.
These sleek gloves allow you to tap your phone or tablet without freezing your fingers off. The TouchPoint's elastic wrists create a seal to block out cold air, while giving you the perfect fit. Though they are not made for wet weather conditions, the gloves are perfect for urban travelers and commuters who need a little protection and don't want to break the bank. Also available in women's sizes.