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Touchscreen gloves contain conductive fabric that allows you to use your smartphone or other devices with a capacitive screen while keeping your fingers protected from cold weather, snow or rain.
I live in Atlanta, GA where temperatures can drop below freezing during winter. In January of 2019, we recorded 21 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 Celsius) on the coldest day. Needless to say, I was glad I had a decent pair of gloves that didn’t get in the way of me using my phone. I owned several touch-enabled gloves in the past, but I never got genuinely excited about a pair.
For me the perfect touch screen gloves have to fulfill the following requirements:
All of the gloves I had owned so far, until I discovered the ones from Mujjo, looked too sporty or were too thin to prevent cold air from penetrating the fabric and reaching my fingers. Others, such as the North Face Etip gloves, are warm enough but still look too casual for my needs.
Before capacitive touchscreens became a thing, consumer device manufacturers relied on resistive technology, which registered the force of you pushing down on the screen.
The touchscreens of modern smartphones and similar devices (i.e., an Apple Watch) use a capacitive touchscreen, which has an inner- and an outer layer that conducts electricity. A middle layer acts as an insulator between these two capacitors. Your skin also conducts electricity, and so when your finger (or fingers) touch the screen, you alter the electric current. Those fluctuations in the electric field of the screen tell the software in your device the exact location(s) of where you touched it.
Plastic pens or regular gloves don’t conduct electricity, but instead, act as an insulator and thus don’t work with capacitive touchscreens.
Touchscreen-capable fingertip gloves use traditional (non-conductive) materials in combination with a conductive coating or fibers that the manufacturer weaves into the fabric surrounding your fingertips. Many glove makers use copper or graphite as the conductive material to allow electric current flow from your fingertips, through the glove, to the screen.
All of the gloves I had in the past looked sporty and too casual compared to my traditional, non-touchscreen-enabled, leather gloves. Plus, they only had conductive fabric for my index finger and thumb. While that is usually sufficient, there were cases where having been able to use any of my other fingers, or the palm of my hand, would have been convenient.
But the primary downside of most touchscreen gloves is that they don’t keep your fingers warm and they let wind through. Mujjo has addressed all of these issues in their all-new touchscreen gloves, so continue reading to learn more.
Mujjo is an emerging Dutch designer label that I previously only knew for making iPhone leather cases. But it turns out they do so much more, including sleeves for MacBooks, Surface Laptops, and iPads as well as various types of touchscreen gloves, including the type I own.
Mujjo uses a triple-layer top that the company laminated with a 3M™ Thinsulate™ fabric to make those gloves wind-resistant. The other day, I wore these gloves while riding my biking to my CrossFit box. The temperature was just above freezing and wind was blowing while I was riding downhill. The cold wind felt uncomfortable in my face and even penetrated my workout pants. My fingers were slightly cold too but nowhere near as cold as my legs felt and I never felt like the cold air was reaching my hands.
Additionally, the company has added a fleece on the inside that stretches four ways and thus perfectly fits the shape of your hands. To me, the winter gloves feel like the Lululemon Commission pants I use for traveling.
I’m sure you know the saying “fits like a glove.” Unfortunately, most touchscreen gloves I have tried in the past don’t live up to that saying. However, the stretchy material in the Mujjo gloves provides a perfect fit. Even the cuff forms a snugly seal around your wrist to keep out the cold air.
What attracted me to Mujjo’s new gloves in the first place is their slick look. When I first saw the pictures I couldn’t tell what material Mujjo had used for their gloves because it didn’t look regular fabric.
What I think makes Mujjo’s gloves so cool is the fine-textured 3M fabric that the company used to laminate them. Another unique feature that gives those gloves a high-tech look is the silicone grip lines that Mujjo strategically placed in the areas that touch your device. Besides their look, those sticky lines dramatically improve your grip, especially when your gloves get wet.
Style and comfort mean not much if you can’t use your gloves with a smartphone or another touchscreen-enabled device, such as an Apple Watch.
I mentioned above that most gloves in this category feature conductive material to enable you index finger and thumb to manipulate a capacitive screen. Mujjo has impregnated the fabric of the entire bottom of the glove with a highly conductive treatment. As a result, you can not only use all five fingers to touch the screen of your device but also the palm of your hand, if you wish.
While you might never use your middle finger or other parts of your hand to scroll through Instagram in the cold, making so much of the gloves’ fabric conductive, significantly improves the reliability of your touch and it makes each tab or clicks more precise.
The other day, I wore my Mujjo gloves while driving my car, which is equipped with a touchscreen display. Unsurprisingly, I could operate the entertainment system without taking off my gloves.
While writing this review, it occurred to me that the Apple Magic Trackpad that came with my iMac Pro also uses capacitive technology. So I put on my gloves and swiped my index finger across the trackpad. Unsurprisingly, it worked. So if you have ever to use your MacBook out in the cold, know that you could wear touchscreen gloves.
In conclusion, the Mujjo gloves are the most comfortable, stylish and functional touchscreen gloves I have ever owned. I wore them a couple of times this winter already and even on the coldest days they kept me perfectly warm. Note that the Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves for Winter are available in four sizes:
The medium size fits me best, but you can check out Mujjo’s sizing guide to find out what size would work best for you!
While I can highly recommend the Mujjo gloves, you might have just purchased new gloves that don’t work with touchscreens. If that is the case, there are some (more or less clumsy) ways to convert traditional gloves into touchscreen-capable gloves.
In an article from 2014, PCWorld suggests using thermal paste, which is not only messy but incredibly stupid in my opinion. They also propose weaving in a conductive thread, which I’m sure works but it’s probably not super reliable, depending on how good your sewing skills are.
The best solution I have found is AnyGlove, a liquid that you can apply to either leather or fabric gloves to turn them into touchscreen gloves. I have never tried AnyGlove, but I would probably try it on a pair of cheap gloves first before you smother your $200 leather gloves with this liquid.
Do you own touchscreen-enabled gloves? If so, how do you like them? Let me know by leaving a comment below!
I was born and raised in Austria. I speak German, English, and Spanish. Since moving to the U.S., I have lived and worked in the greater Atlanta area. In my twenties, I was a professional 100m sprinter. These days I do mostly CrossFit. I'm a technologist and Apple fan. I love science and don't believe anything unless there is proof. I follow a Ketogenic Paleo diet and intermittently fast every day. I'm married and have two trilingual kids. My goal with this blog is to share what I learn so that you can spend time on something else. Check out my latest Diet, Fitness, and Technology articles.
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