For a while now I have been looking for some decent winter gloves that I can use while riding in the winter and still be able to operate the functions on my smartphone. I have it connected to my stereo and use it mostly for navigating and for the mp3 player. I had been directed to Aerostitch by Bob W but I didn't like the prices. Too high. Well the other day I was at Cabelas using some of my gift cards I got for Christmas. I stumbled on these: Cabela's Data-Tip™ Dry-Plus® Insulated Gloves.
They are normally $69.99 but are on sale for $39.99. They had the most Thinsulate (200 grms) of other similar style winter gloves plus they allowed me to use my smartphone. I actually got a chance to use them today on a ride with Parman. We were traveling along in 15-18 degree weather for a couple hours. Now I did also use my Gerbing glove liners in the gloves. (I found that the smartphone also works through the liners as well) My hands tend to get cold real easy along with my toes. My hands though, stayed very comfortable. These also have a nice fit and are not too bulky unlike a lot of other winter gloves I have used in the past. I had no problem using any of the bike controls with them on. I still want to try them without the liners and see how my hands will do but so far I am very happy with them. Just wanted to pass this find along.
I tried adding the foam to a finger tip with limited results, then I purchased a stylus and installed it onto a small leash beside the phone mount. I also installed a black pen top beside it as a 'holster' for the stylus. I find this very easy to use and then replace into the holster. Occasionally I will just drop the stylus when I need to reach for the grip/clutch in a hurry, then I simply come back and re-holster it again later as it is hanging on it's 6" leash.
I bought some of that conductive thread before and gave it a try. This was on a pair of leather gloves I used for warmer weather riding and I ended up with less than stellar results. I had a hard time stitching through the leather and my seamstress skills are rather lacking. Maybe winter gloves would be easier to stitch through.
I did find out something interesting with these cabela gloves. Most smartphone gloves have a small panel on the tip of the first finger and on the thumb. That means only the first finger tip and thumb tip will work. These cabela gloves do not have that and appear to be just regular gloves. But they do have something called Touchtec leather that covers the palm and full bottom of all 4 fingers and thumb. It then wraps around the tips of all 4 fingers. I can actually use any finger to perform a function on the phone. With this Touchtec, it almost makes the phone think that the glove is like a bare hand. Pretty neat. I really don't know how or why it works but it does.
This updated harmonica holder goes around your neck and holds your Smart Phone right in front of you.
It always keeps your hands totally free. BIG PLUS
Never have to worry about local "Hands free Driving laws". BIG PLUS #2
You simply use your tongue to navigate.
Only downside is, if it gets REALLY cold outside... . . .