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The best touchscreen gloves are no longer a convenient upgrade from basic hand-warmers — they’re essential. No matter the gloved activity – be it commuting, hiking or running errands – easy access to our smartphones and/or smartwatch is a must. With a pair of touchscreen gloves, you can send texts, take calls, check maps and change music without the hassle (and cold) of removing a glove.
Because touchscreen gloves are relatively new, there’s a large discrepancy between the good, the bad and the best touchscreen gloves. Some brands haven’t nailed the technology, so their gloves might work with your smartphone, but good luck typing a coherent sentence. However, a handful of innovative brands have taken the time to craft touchscreen gloves that work almost as well as your bare fingers.
How do touchscreen gloves work? Touchscreens use something called a transparent conductor for capacitive sensing. Because our fingers are conductive, touchscreens can sense when we touch the glass. Touchscreen gloves use a conductive coating or conductive threads in the fingertips which allows them to interact with the screen.
What Are the Best Touchscreen Gloves?
To stay warm and connected, we’ve rounded up seven of the best touchscreen gloves. You can find almost any type of glove (leather, skiing, knit, etc) with touchscreen-compatible fingertips. Below are a few considerations to keep in mind while shopping for the best touchscreen gloves.
Warmth: Most gloves are designed for moderately cold temperatures that might make our hands uncomfortable. If you want a glove for prolonged protection against serious cold (I.e. below freezing), consider finding a heavy-duty glove (for example, our pick from The North Face).
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Palm: Because it can be harder to hold a smartphone with gloves on, some brands have fitted their gloves with palm grips to keep your phone secure. This is a notable plus, so be on the lookout for any such upgrades.
Fabric: We’ve picked a variety of gloves made of everything from knit wool to leather to nylon. Also, be sure to check if a glove is lined and what the lining is made of. Some fabrics are cozier and more stylish while others are warmer and more rugged.
Style: Consider your personal style before buying a pair of gloves. Even if you love the way a pair looks, it might not go with your typical outfit. For instance, knit gloves are stylish and cozy, but leather gloves work better with dressy office attire.
1. Moshi Digits Touchscreen Gloves
These Moshi gloves have been fully engineered for use with a smartphone. All ten fingertips are fitted with conductive fiber that allows for accurate, responsive touchscreen use. On top of that, the Moshi gloves feature S-shape grips on the palms to ensure that your phone doesn’t slip.
Modern features aside, the gloves still deliver in terms of warmth and comfort. The exterior is a flexible wool knit that’s warm enough for most uses. The inside boasts a cozy microfleece lining, meaning you might be reluctant to take these off once at your destination.
2. Arc’teryx Venta Gloves
Arc’teryx knows a thing or two about quality outdoor gear, and these Venta gloves stay true to the brand’s craftsmanship. Arc’teryx also knows that smartphones are necessary even while enjoying nature (think, pictures, maps, etc), so they’ve fitted these gloves with touchscreen-compatible panels on the thumbs and index fingers. Plus, a TPU palm panel provides some extra grip on your smartphone (and anything else you need to carry or grab).
The gloves are built for outdoor use with a rugged Windstopper fabric and warm high-loft fleece, but the gloves are still totally usable in the city as well. The all-black look, paired with Arc’teryx’s logo on the back, gives the gloves a style that works with just about any outfit, save business attire.
3. Canada Goose Workman Gloves
Black leather gloves are a versatile staple in any wardrobe. And they become even more wearable when outfitted with touchscreen-compatible fingertips. These Workman gloves from Canada Goose are one such pair with conductive index fingers and a sleek, classic look.
The gloves are made of a premium goatskin leather that’s softer than cowhide, and faux fur lining means they’re ridiculously cozy. This double-layer design, plus ribbed cuffs, translates to enough warmth for most everyday uses. They’re ideal if you wear a suit often, and also make a great gift for any well-dressed gent.
4. The North Face Montana Etip Gloves
Heavy-duty touchscreen gloves are hard to find, as thicker gloves are more difficult to outfit with touchscreen fingertips. However, The North Face has accomplished this with their Montana Etip gloves. The nylon gloves are good in the rain or snow thanks to a water-repellent finish and warm enough for any adventure with North Face’s polyester Heatseeker insulation. There’s also a special insert on the interior that helps wick sweat while you ski, hike or shovel snow.
5. Pendleton Gloves
It’s no surprise that these cozy, old-school gloves come from Pendleton. But, despite the throwback look, the gloves have a modern side in the form of touchscreen-compatible fingertips. The casual knit gloves are made of 100% lambswool, which offers a seriously soft feel. The cuffs are ribbed to trap heat, but the gloves are still not meant for super harsh weather. Think of them as a cozy, technologically adept treat for your hands.
6. UGG Shearling Tech Gloves
These shearling gloves from UGG somehow bring together heavy-duty warmth, style and modern usability. The index and middle fingers use conductive leather panels for touchscreen compatibility, and the classic, unique styling is eye-catching. Genuine sheepskin on the exterior offers a nice alternative to regular leather and a genuine shearling interior makes these gloves about as cozy as they come. The style is actually quite versatile, but we think they look best with a western-inspired look such as jeans, boots and a wool or denim jacket.
7. Smartwool Liner Glove
If you’re looking for a lightweight, no-frills glove for everyday use, check out this pair from Smartwool. The knit is a merino wool-blend that incorporates acrylic and elastane for better flexibility and less weight. A special conductive knit on the index and thumb tips let you use your smartphone while commuting, running errands or just walking the dog. And although the gloves are straightforward, they nail the minimalist look that many dudes are going for right now.