We like to bike to and from our destinations, even in the bitter cold. Zipped up in our long, puffy Brooklyn Industries jacket, a scarf wrapped around our heads, and some thick gloves on and we're ready to go. We also like to listen to This American Life
or Notorious B.I.G. while pedaling away. Problems arise when we want to make a quick selection or rewind to something we missed while we're waiting at a red light. Since our iPod is touch sensitive, it won't accept any groping from our gloved hands. To make changes to our tunage requires us to take our gloves off. We always end up with a line of cars beeping behind us as we frantically try to get our gloves back on and our iPod tucked back into the safety of our chest pocket.
Our holiday wish list now includes a pair of iPod friendly gloves, but our choices are surprisingly vast. There's the $10 Dots Gloves, but we're not sure how toasty these fibrous mitts would keep our hands in the -10 windchill. There's the classic Northface glove, now with touchscreen friendly finger pads, or these new babies we just found, the Freehand...Part of Cool Hunting's Holiday Gift Guide, these cozy gloves feature removable tips that fold back and connect to teeny magnets on the backside of the glove. This way, you're only exposing one finger to the bitter cold, which can easily be covered up once you've stopped messing around with your touchscreen.
The gloves come in three materials -- fleece ($20), stretch ($30), and leather ($40).