There aren’t many situations or locations that preclude pulling out your smartphone. Your anniversary dinner with your wife should probably be at the top of that list. Out on the ski slopes the phone also doesn’t see much daylight, but because of the chore it requires versus the acrimonious stink eye. Outdoor Research Stormsensor Gloves ($85) use TouchTec™ water-resistant leather on the fingers and palm, allowing you to keep your mitts warm while texting away to your heart’s desire.

Okay, so they’re probably not quite as precise as your meaty index finger, but our guess is you’ll appreciate the compromise between comfort, convenience and connectivity. The Stormsensors are lined with fleece and are water repellent with a soft poly/nylon back — so they work great even on wintry outings without (gasp!) your technological best friend. Chances are your iPhone 5 won’t fare as well in the elements. Pretty sure your insurance plan doesn’t cover dropping it off a ski lift.

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