MEC are selling a new line of light gloves that have touchscreen compatible pads on the thumb and index fingers, for today’s connected generation. I wanted to see if they worked for biking. I’ve been using a pair of the midweight “Söche” gloves for a couple of weeks now. In terms of warmth, they are on par or maybe slightly less warm than the neoprene gloves that I generally use this time of year. For my 30 minute commute, they’ll do down to about 0°C, but they are definitely cold at —5°C, meaning that they are slightly colder than the neoprene gloves.
I have mixed feelings about these for cold weather biking. You are paying a premium for the touchscreen compatibility. Also, in the back of my mind I know that electrical conduction implies thermal conduction (via the Wiedemann Franz Law) i.e. poor thermal insulation. I don’t know if it was my imagination, but I could feel the tips of my thumbs and index fingers getting cold faster than the rest of my hands. Also, I’m not sure if the midweight glove is a good compromise. When I do more than gross gestures on the phone, I was generally removing the gloves anyways. Perhaps the thinner Göto gloves would be a better compromise.