iPhone-Friendly Winter Gloves Welcome Deep Freeze

Like many, when I’m out on the street walking my dog, I reach for my iPhone. It’s instinct. The other day I did this while my dog did his thing. It was freezing, and the wind was howling down the street. I answered a text to a friend, then started to respond to an email. Suddenly my hand started going numb, cramping and shriveling into a useless claw. Sure, I could have worn gloves, but unless you have those hobo fingerless numbers, your sensitive iPhone screen will reject your clumsy pawing. Fret not. Just in time for this deep freeze, a handful of companies are offering iPhone-friendly winter gloves.

While nothing compares to the bare finger when it comes to operating your iPod or iPhone, the Wall Street Journal reports there are a few options to prevent frostbite while trying not to fall off the radar.

Dots Gloves for iPhone ($15-$20) have a metal dot at the tip of each thumb and index finger to contact the iPhone’s touch screen. “The design worked for us. Dots Gloves says the dots’ smooth texture should keep them from scratching the screen, but warns not to use them if the dots are scratched. As with most of the gloves we tested, it was a challenge to text. It was also difficult to enlarge and shrink photos or Web sites, which generally requires using the sides, not the tips, of your thumb and index finger.”

Freehands Gloves ($20-$40) “These remind us of hobo gloves. It might be cheaper to just buy any pair of gloves and cut off the fingers, especially since Freehands Gloves come only in black and aren’t particularly stylish.”

The North Face E-Tip Gloves ($40) “At first blush, these gloves’ futuristic design looks more suited for a gamer. The tip of the index finger and thumb are covered with so-called X-static fabric, which contains a layer of silver. Though the action was slightly more awkward than a human touch for the screen and slide wheel, we found these gloves the easiest to use among the ones we tested that still left our hands covered.”

180s Gloves ($35 for EcoTec, $40 – $50) “This active-wear company markets iPod-compatible gloves in different styles, ranging from the lightweight to heavy ski gloves, each of which has static-electricity conductive fabric dots at the finger tips.” But you’re out of luck pairing these gloves with the latest iPod Nano or iPod classic. The company says the gloves aren’t designed to work with iPhones or iPod touch devices.

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