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With the cold weather comes the smartphone owner’s challenge: how to keep hands warm while handling a touchscreen in freezing temps. Fortunately, there are plenty of winter gloves made for smartphone- and tablet-toting people. Conductive fabric lets you type, swipe and scroll on your mobile devices without exposing your digits. Escape winter’s chilly grip with these 25 touchscreen-friendly options.

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The entire palm and every finger on the Foundation glove ($32) from 180s is made to work with touchscreen devices. The stretchy glove also features the company’s QuantumHeat fabric, which is engineered to retain body heat and wick away moisture.

Down fill brings warmth and insulation to the 180s Down glove ($65), and the company’s QuantumTouch technology — which is worked into the leather palm — provides the conductivity.

Stand out from the crowd in Mujjo’s chic Double-Layered Touchscreen Gloves ($33.54), which add an extra layer for very cold conditions. Silver-coated nylon fibers are knit into the fabric to make the entire surface of the gloves conductive. Silicon dots on the palms aid in gripping. The extra wool layer acts as an insulator and doubles as lining. Leather detailing creates a snap closure at the cuff.

Dutch glove maker Mujjo kicks up the style quotient with its Leather Crochet Touchscreen Gloves ($100). The crochet pattern on the top contrasts with leather on the palm; the gloves are lined with cashmere. Nanotechnology integrated into the leather enables touchscreen control.

The Pyro Glove from Burton ($49.95) combines weatherproof warmth with touchscreen technology that’s build into the synthetic leather palm so it won’t fray or wear off. The insulated gloves have a waterproof shell and moisture-wicking fleece lining.

Meant to be worn under another glove or mitten, the Burton Touchscreen Liner ($16.95) has a membrane on the tip of the index finger and thumb to let you manipulate touchscreens. The liner is made with a stretch jersey fabric for flexibility.

BearTek takes things a step further with Bluetooth-enabled functionality that lets you control your phone without taking it out of your pocket. Once the phone is synched with the gloves, six silver touchpoints on the index, middle and ring fingers let you do what you need to do — answer the phone, hang up, record or stop a video, play music, and other functions. The lineup includes Snow sporting gloves ($120), Classic all-purpose gloves ($95) and Moto motorcycle gloves ($145). The interchangeable Bluetooth module, sold separately, costs $140.

There’s no conductive fabric or integrated nanotechnology in Etre’s Touchy Wool gloves ($65). Instead, the London-based design shop lopped off the thumb and index finger, so you can freely phone, text and take pictures while the rest of your hand stays warm. The wool gloves are made in Scotland at a family-run mill.

The tip fabric on The North Face’s Etip gloves has metallic silver bonded to the face. A silicone pattern on the palm is designed for a better grip. The stretchy, knit gloves are available in women’s and men’s versions ($45). 

To make the most of winter sports, Facet combines a waterproof shell with touchscreen-friendly leather palms. The insulated ski gloves are available in women’s and men’s versions ($120).

Aerostich makes gear for motorcyclists, and its U.S.-made Touch-Screen Elkskin Ropers ($63) are designed to work with touchscreen devices thanks to rows of conductive stitching. The gloves are made of medium- to heavy-weight elkskin for durability.

Meant to balance warmth plus dexterity, REI’s Tech-Compatible One gloves ($36.50) are made with a polyester soft-shell fabric and have conductive leather at the thumbs and index fingers. The leather palms are also designed to give the wearer a solid grip on ski poles and other winter gear.

The fleece liners inside REI’s heavy-duty Switchback gloves ($69.50) have conductive material at the tips of the thumbs and index fingers. The liners can be worn on their own or paired with the outer, waterproof gloves when you need more protection.

SmartWool’s knit PhD HyFi Training gloves ($45) have silicone grippers on the palms and fingers. The gloves are made of a blend of nylon, wool and elastane.

Serious chills call for serious mittens. The Alpine mitten ($140) from SmartWool keeps hands dry and warm with a mix of wool, leather and nylon. The TouchTec leather palm is touch-screen compatible, and the mittens are lined with wool insulation.

To be worn under another pair of gloves or on its own, SmartWool’s lightweight Liner Glove ($24) is 95% merino wool and 5% elastane. Touchscreen-friendly fibers are knit into the fingertips.

180s put its ALLTouch technology on the fingertips of the Lush gloves for women ($30). Made of soft plush fleece, the Lush glove also has a faux suede palm patch for added grip.

Timberland’s Fleece Touchscreen Gloves ($30) for men have touchscreen-friendly pads on the index finger and thumb. The shell and lining are polyester. The women’s version ($60) is leather with a fleece lining.

The TapPinchZoom gloves (regularly $29.99, on sale for $19.99) from Griffin Technology are made from acrylic knit. Silver capacitive thread is woven throughout the gloves.

Echo’s eLink fabric is knit into the index finger and thumb of each men’s Echo Touch wool glove ($78). The gloves are made of wool and spandex with leather detailing on the palm and fingers to prevent slipping.

For women, Echo offers pleated ($38) and ruched ($38) versions of its Echo Touch gloves (among many other styles).

Made of Polartec fabric, L.L. Bean’s Touchscreen Multisport Power Stretch Gloves ($29.95 for women and men) are water resistant and have conductive fabric on palm, fingers and thumb for operating a touchscreen.

The thumb, index, and middle fingers of Isotoner’s smarTouch gloves have conductive thread that’s designed to work with touchscreen devices. The Tech Stretch version for men (regularly $45, on sale for $31.50) has a wool back with fleece sidewalls, jersey palms and a silicone grip.

When you want a simple knit glove, Isotoner’s smarTouch gloves (regularly $30, on sale for $21) are warm, conductive, and available in more than a dozen bright colors.

Classic leather gloves from Isotoner (regularly $110, on sale for $77) are lined with fleece and sewn with a conductive thread that works with touchscreen devices.

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