Get a grip: 18 winter gloves that work with smartphones, tablets

Smart gloves with conductive fabrics let you operate smartphones, tablets and e-readers without exposing your digits.

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 (which include half of the adult population in the U.S., according to Pew Research Center). Conductive fabric lets you type, swipe and scroll on your capacitive touchscreen devices without exposing your digits. Escape winter’s chilly grip with these 18 touch-friendly options.

Related: Eye candy for IT: 25 award-winning designs 

Who are tech’s highest paid CEOs? 

Fave raves: IT pros name their favorite products

Agloves Sport
Agloves Sport

Agloves’ silver-coated nylon technology is woven into every fiber so the entire glove is touchscreen-friendly, not just the fingertips. The Sport version ($25.99) is thicker and warmer than the original style.

Agloves Grip Touch
Agloves Grip Touch

Agloves added “gripper dots” to its new Grip Touch glove ($29.99) to give the wearer a better hold when handling slippery smartphones, tablets and e-readers. Like the rest of the Agloves lineup, the entire Grip Touch glove is touchscreen friendly.

REI Tech-Compatible Switchback Gloves
REI Tech-Compatible Switchback Gloves

The fleece glove 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 PhD HyFi Training Glove
SmartWool PhD HyFi Training Glove

SmartWool’s wind- and weather-resistant PhD HyFi Training Glove ($40) incorporates touchscreen technology. It’s made of a blend of nylon, wool and elastane.

SmartWool Liner Glove
SmartWool Liner Glove

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.

Isotoner smarTouch Wool Back Gloves
Isotoner smarTouch Wool Back Gloves

The thumb, index, and middle fingers of Isotoner’s smarTouch gloves have conductive thread that’s designed to work with touchscreen devices. The Wool Back version for men ($31.50) is lined with fleece.

Isotoner smarTouch Mini Stripe Allover Gloves
Isotoner smarTouch Mini Stripe Allover Gloves

Conductive thread woven throughout Isotoner’s smarTouch Mini Stripe gloves ($21) can convey electrical impulses to a touch screen.

Grandoe Sports Messenger Men's SensorTouch
Grandoe Sports Messenger Men's SensorTouch

Glove Grandoe’s Messenger SensorTouch glove ($64.99) has a softshell exterior with a leather palm, an elastic strap at the wrist, and Thinsulate insulation.

180s Down gloves
180s Down gloves

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 smartphone/tablet users want.

180s Lush gloves
180s Lush gloves

180s put its Tec Touch pods on the index finger and thumb of the fleece Lush gloves for women ($30).

Burton Touchscreen Liner Glove
Burton Touchscreen Liner Glove

Meant to be worn under another glove or mitten, the Burton Touchscreen Liner Glove ($17.95) 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.

The North Face Etip Glove
The North Face Etip Glove

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. It’s available in women’s and men’s versions ($45).

The North Face Etip Facet Glove
The North Face Etip Facet Glove

Facet adds a warm, waterproof shell glove to The North Face’s original Etip Glove. The outer glove tackles the cold, while the interior liner glove delivers the touchscreen-friendly conductive fingertip patches and gripper palm. It’s available in women’s and men’s versions ($85).

Echo Touch Wool Gloves
Echo Touch Wool 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 index and middle fingers to prevent slipping.

Echo Touch Warmers Ruffle Gloves
Echo Touch Warmers Ruffle Gloves

For women, Echo offers ruffled ($38) and ruched ($42) versions of its Echo Touch gloves. They’re made of acrylic and polyester.

Timberland Touchscreen Glove
Timberland Touchscreen Glove

Timberland’s stretchy Touchscreen Gloves ($30) for men and women have touchscreen-friendly pads on the index finger and thumb. The shell and lining are polyester, and there’s a silicone patch on the palm for gripping.

L.L. Bean Touchscreen Casual Leather Gloves
L.L. Bean Touchscreen Casual Leather Gloves

There’s no obvious fingertip fabric on L.L. Bean’s Touchscreen Casual Leather Gloves ($59.95). Instead, the touchscreen technology runs throughout the leather fabric. The men’s and women’s gloves are lined with microfleece and insulted with Thinsulate.

L.L. Bean Touchscreen Multisport Power Stretch Gloves
L.L. Bean Touchscreen Multisport Power Stretch Gloves

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 the first finger and thumb for operating a touchscreen.