Today is the Vernal Equinox. For those of you who don’t know what this means, it’s the first day of Spring. If you live here in New England, you wouldn’t know it was Spring. You probably think it’s still Winter with all the snow around. With that said, when an opportunity came along to test what could be the best touchscreen gloves for cold weather, I replied “There’s such a thing?” The short answer is Yes, there is such a product. So without further delay, let’s take a closer look at one particular pair of touchscreen gloves in this Moshi Digits review.
Are Moshi Digits the Best Touchscreen Gloves available today?
Fall and Winter present challenges to a tech-mobile lifestyle. Most of us are addicted to texting, some more so than others. Even as the temperatures get colder, we continue to text, regardless of our surroundings.
Picture this scenario. You’re outdoors in Cold City, USA. I happen to live just outside of Boston. Feel free to insert your city: Chicago, Minneapolis, Missoula, etc.
You would prefer not to text in 20-degree weather, but you just received a text, and you’re compelled to respond. We already established the addiction.
You receive a text, remove your gloves, respond to the text, maybe send another or two, put the gloves back on, and repeat the cycle over and over again. At some point, this removing and putting back on your gloves gets tiresome. Maybe, you decide to keep them off altogether and brave the elements. Now you’re just asking for trouble, i.e. frostbite.
What if there was a smartphone/tablet touchscreen glove for the cold times of the year? It turns out there are, with many choices available. This is where Moshi Digits come into play.
Made by a collective of elves, dwarfs, and the last surviving descendants of the Salem witches, these gloves are woven from long-forgotten mystical fabrics enchanted with Pixie dust.
Some of you are shaking your heads wondering ‘What did he just say?’ You may have even said that thought out loud.
If you believe what I just wrote, just know that none of it is true. I mean, come on. Everyone knows that North America’s last community of elves and dwarfs died in the great San Francisco Fire of 1906. And there are no descendants of the witches of Salem, having been snuffed out since 1693.
Instead, Moshi Digits are dual-layered gloves. The polyester outer layer fingertips have conductive fiber with a micro fleece inner layer. To say these touchscreen gloves are soft and comfortable may be an understatement.
They also have this feature called GripTrak™. You see a pattern of dots and lines across the inside of the gloves. This feature adds a level of grip to prevent you from dropping your mobile device. Not all of us use shatterproof cases, so GripTrak™ comes in handy.
Two of us tested the Moshi Digits touchscreen gloves. We both found the gloves function as advertised. My niece enjoyed the gloves more than I, and she’s in a slightly colder environment. In her case, best use of the smartphone gloves is in the commute between college buildings.
My situation is a bit different. The accuracy of your texts with touchscreen gloves is dependent on how well you actually text. I say this because I don’t text very well. I’m a bit clumsy with the fingers. In my testing, the accuracy of the texts was no better with or without the gloves on. Either way, my texts survive with the use of the AutoCorrect feature.
Regardless, the gloves, and I do mean all ten fingers and thumbs, yield accurate results on the mobile screen. Some of us just need to focus more than others on what we’re actually typing.
I used the gloves while shoveling snow from the driveway and while driving. If you think the slip-free feature works well on a mobile phone, try it on a shovel handle or a steering wheel. It works too well.
A Few Drawbacks
While these gloves are manufactured for outdoor use, they aren’t meant for all day use, especially when it’s truly cold outside. In fact, I would limit wearing up to 30 minutes at any stretch when it’s below freezing temperature. Woven fabrics will keep your hands warm, but only for so long. The material is not ideal for blocking the wind, especially a cold wind. This is why I carry two pairs of gloves, one for texting and one for longer outdoor exposure.
As these gloves are fabric-woven, they aren’t water-resistant so don’t go making snowballs. I doubt you want to text with soak-and-wet gloves. On the flip-side, they are hand-washable. You can feel good about that.
Also, keep them away from Velcro, which is the enemy of fabric-woven products everywhere. A lot of Winter clothing have Velcro straps, so be mindful before making contact between the two materials. One material will fray the other.
Moshi Digits weigh in at 2.43 ounces and are available in two sizes/colors: dark gray (L/XL) and light gray (S/M).
In our testing, Moshi’s Digits performed quite well. They happened to be super-comfortable too. In fact, these gloves are quite comfortable even after many hours of continuous use. Just be mindful of the outdoor conditions especially when you plan to be out for a lengthy period. At $29.95, these touchscreen gloves are well-priced in the marketplace in addition to outperforming much of competition within its category.
Do you think Digits are the best touchscreen gloves available today? Have you tried or currently own a pair of Moshi’s Digits? Let us know if you agree or disagree with our analysis in the comment section below or via social media. We’re eager to hear your thoughts.
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FTC Disclosure: Moshi provided Beantown LLC with two (2) sample pairs of Digits smartphone gloves, one in each color. This writer’s opinion is 100% his own and not a paid product ambassador.
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