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Touchscreen gloves offer a cozy connection

Winter tweeters, texters and talkers often sacrifice hand warmth for finger dexterity by taking off their gloves to use a touchscreen.

Jan. 3, 2013   |  
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You no longer have to choose between frozen fingers and using your device.
You no longer have to choose between frozen fingers and using your device. / GLOW IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES

Winter tweeters, texters and talkers often sacrifice hand warmth for finger dexterity by taking off their gloves to use a touchscreen. But technology has caught up: Gloves with touchscreen-capable pads let wearers check e-mail while their fingers are snugly covered.

We tried out several touchscreen gloves and found hits and misses:

Nike Women’s Thermal Tech Running Gloves ($25, dickssportinggoods.com). For joggers who change tunes often on their iPods, these will do just fine. The thermals are not thin, though, which impedes precision typing.

City Sports Commuter Gloves ($30, citysports.com). They’ll keep you warm, but aren’t ideal for sidewalk Googling. A bulky thumb pad protrudes and works spottily.

ETip Pamir Windstopper Gloves by The North Face (men’s or women’s, $65, thenorthface.com). The brand prides itself on warmth, and these gloves are. But when it comes to touch, they’re not so hot. Because of their thickness, it feels as if you’re typing with swollen fingers.

SmartWool Liner Gloves, above ($23.95, backcountry.com). Both the thumbs and index fingers of these gloves have touchscreen capability, and the texture is razor-thin, so fingers can dance across screens without a hitch. But the thinness of the gloves sacrifices some warmth.

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