It’s cold outside. I’m getting tired of saying it, but it just won’t stop being true. The snow eclipsed the outfield wall at Boston’s Fenway Park. The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore has completely lost it. And this guy performed a dive into a snowbank that would make Michael Phelps proud.
A hearty pair of gloves is as essential as a down jacket and rugged boots when it comes to handling the elements. But what happens when you need to use your phone to find out where the hell that damn Uber driver is? (Doesn’t he know it’s like negative 100 outside—without the wind chill???) Gloves can’t keep your hands warm if they’re not on. That’s why you need a pair of touchscreen gloves that allow you to do all your Instagram scrolling and Tinder swiping while your hands stay nestled in a cozy cocoon of toasty goodness.
Here are five touchscreen gloves that will help you get through the rest of this never-ending winter.
THE NORTH FACE DENALI ETIP
The same thick fleece that The North Face uses in its popular Denali jacket is incorporated into these gloves. All five fingers have conductive technology so you can operate your phone and the palm has a sticky grip so you won’t drop the aforementioned phone.
Wearable technology doesn’t have to look like Google Glass. Etre makes luxurious gloves using cashmere from a 150-year-old mill in Scotland. The cashmere is soft enough that it won’t scratch your screen and the entire surface of the fingertips is conductive so your touch will always register.
Leather gloves add a level of sophistication to any outfit. Glovely has figured out how to make the style and comfort of buttery soft sheepskin leather work with your touchscreen device. The gloves are lined with cashmere and the entire surface (fingers and palms) is treated with Invisitouch technology so you can use your whole hand on your smartphone.
On top of having touchscreen-friendly fingertips, these glvoes also have an LED flashlight built into the knuckle to help you when you’re fumbling for your keys after a night out. The outer softshell is water resistant, so they also work well when you’re packing snowballs.
BURTON TOUCH N GO KNIT
Burton’s simple knit gloves are cheap enough that you won’t be too heartbroken if you lose a pair and have to replace them. They also come in a bunch of fun colorways so you can add a little flair to your winter kit.