i had a swanky pair of these puppies for my california winters:
they were FANTASTIC! but then i lost them during a move at some point... which kind of worked out because i don't think the fingerlessness of them would have done well in this here pacific northwest cold i'm living in. i especially liked the finger/mittened aspect so i could whip out my fingers when i needed better dexterity, but the mitten provided more warmth because my fingers were snuggled together to keep each other toasty.
i searched around on the world wide interweb and narrowed my options down to the isgloves original i mentioned in my post having ordered.
they are really nice gloves and fulfilled all of my requirements: one. mitten gloves, two. touch screen friendly, three. cozy, four. cute with bonus points for sustainable, natural fabrics and such.
the requirements i didn't know i had until i put them on were: one. fantastic fit, two. not snow gloves. these gloves are a bit too heavy duty for my needs (i may get a larger pair later if i end up in the snow a ton) and the small was just a teeny-tiny bit too small. mostly with gloves, i can squeeze by with a snug small and avoid bunchy extra space in the just-barely-too-big medium, but these have another layer at the base of the finger holes that isn't very forgiving, so i sent them back. besides, i wasn't a huge fan of having to button the mitten back to keep it from flopping around when not in use (see: almost impossible). instead of getting the next size up and hoping for the best, i decided to do some in person shopping *GASP* to try some things on.
jacques and i went to recreational equipment incorporated to
stand agape in front of the giant wall of gloves try on some gloves and immediately found these puppies in the man beast section:
i tried them on and the man beast small was a nice fit for my between-the-ladies-small-and-medium-hands that i usually struggle with, so that was nice. the mitten conveniently stuffs right behind the hand, no clasp or other contraption to futz with. i wasn't immediately in love with them though, they're a bit pricey-er than i'd hoped to spend, and they're not waterproof, so i put them back on the shelf and kept my search going.
we ended up on the outside of our apartment on black friday to get the creme filling serviced and thought it worth a shot to see what kind of gear might be on sale. i was in need of cold weather gloves, boots, and pants for my walking to work
almost not quite not really every day. rei's sale was limited to a handful of items that neither of us needed, so we kept moving. the sign on the door of the mountain hard wear store said twenty percent off "select items" and the gloves were not one of them, natch. but it had been getting progressively colder, my prospects weren't looking good, and i felt like i needed to justify being out in black friday awfulness with a purchase, so i decided to pull the trigger. low and behold, the entire inventory was twenty percent off after all (nice of them to tell someone!) AND i wasn't previously a member of their spam squad, so i got another ten percent off for giving them my e-mail address. the sixty-five dollar gloves only cost me forty-six and change, (no sales tax in oregon) thirteen bucks cheaper than what i got the isgloves for on amazon, woot!
wearing them out in the twenty-nine degree weather, with occasional snow flurry, has been very pleasant. my hands are perfectly toasty and the touch screen usability is sometimes better than my fingers... the pos touch screen at target specifically, was much more responsive with the gloves than my fingers usually are. even without the gaudy touch screen finger nonsense of others...
what's up with that? bleck!