When the cold weather arrives, we want our hands to be as warm as possible against the winter chill. Keeping your fingers toasty while using your phone can be a bit of a hassle. But, that feeling of frozen fingers while using your phone is a thing of the past. Touchscreen gloves not only keep your hands warm for any outdoor activity, they also allow you to use your phone without hassle. These next-generation accessories incorporate conductive materials into the fingertips to give them touchscreen capabilities without exposing your hands to the cold. For more winter warmth, consider adding a new winter coat or a fresh pair of snow boots to your wardrobe.
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Brooks Fusion Midweight Gloves
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Some touchscreen gloves work better than others, so we consulted a team of outdoor enthusiasts, travel experts and our very own shopping editors to see which of these hand warmers truly deserve a round of applause. Considerations included grip, coziness, durability and, of course, how swiftly and smoothly they allow for swiping. Keep reading to learn more about the best touchscreen gloves, including options from beloved retailers and brands such as Isotoner, Glider and Muji.
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How do touchscreen gloves work?
“The fingertips of the gloves are made with conductive material, allowing the absorption of electrical currents produced through touchscreen devices,” Warren Young, Backcountry gearhead told us: “When you interact with a touchscreen while wearing a touchscreen glove, the surface allows for the absorption of electrical currents, much like the use of a bare finger.”
How to increase touch sensitivity on your smartphone
Go to the “Settings."
Scroll down and tap on "Accessibility."
Tap on "Touch Accommodations."
Open your "Settings."
Tap on "Extensions."
Toggle on "Increase touch sensitivity."
What to consider when shopping for touchscreen gloves
Conductive threads are key for touchscreen gloves, as they “mimic human touch so you can use your phone without exposing your fingers,” said travel expert Jackson Groves. They are usually made of silver or copper as these types of threads will transmit electrical impulses from the skin to touchscreens the best.
Groves recommends opting for gloves made from spandex or fleece blends as they “offer stretch and snugness for dexterity,” while Young says water-resistant options like polyester or nylon are ideal if you will be spending a lot of time in the snow or working up a sweat.
While thicker gloves tend to keep your hands warmer, “for better touch accuracy, opt for thinner gloves,” said Lisa Ockinga, chief product officer at Ling app. “Thicker doesn't always mean better performance," agreed Groves. "You want warmth plus touch sensitivity. [Anything] too bulky may compromise precision. It's about balance.” Spandex or fleece blends offer stretch and snugness for optimal dexterity.