The best gloves I've ever owned.
I love these gloves!!!!! I spent days on the internet looking for gloves that would allow me to easily access to my samsung galaxy s3 smart phone. These gloves were exactly what I was looking for. I didn't want bulky gloves, so I expected to compromise with thin gloves that wouldn't keep my hands as warm. However, these gloves are unbelievably WARM! The magnets are such a great add on, I didn't even think of them when searching for a glove that allows you to expose the fingers. Also there's a clip at the base of the gloves that allows you to clip the gloves together, so you don't lose them as easily. I would've gladly paid triple for these gloves; they blow other famous brands out of the water. They're also incredibly good looking, and go great with my north face jacket.
Perfect form follows function
I use these primarily while using my telescope in the winter. I needed mittens that folded back so I could have the dexterity I needed to switch eyepieces and manipulate smaller parts. These were perfect in that they use a nice magnetic holder to keep the mitten open. I have used Velcro versions but those catch on everything. Not these! They are soft warm and smooth all around. Nothing to catch anything on. I wear a silk under glove to keep my fingertips warm when the mitten is folded back. My hands have a hard time keeping warm with any sort of gloves so I really needed a mitten. And when you are just sitting under a clear dark cold sky not moving you need all the heat you can get. These have served me well for almost 2 years.
I wear these mittens while walking around Boston, and they do a good job of keeping my fingers warm in mitten mode. When I need more dexterity (to grab my wallet or phone, for instance), I can peel back the mitten. For convenient smart phone use, you can also expose your thumb. The covers are held open by magnets, which is definitely a step up from the velcro of days gone by. Sometimes it can be a little tough to get to thumb cover back into mitten mode, but it's not a big deal. Unsurprisingly, these mittens aren't waterproof and they are only so warm; you'll need something more technical for really cold/wet/snowy days on the trail.
The previous pair I had 2 years ago were a cross between a heavy duty glove and this fleece one EMS is making. The magnet snaps were actual snaps. And the thumb flaps had snaps - which is something I have not been able to find. These have been a good replacement, but I still miss the warmth of the old ones.
My favorite golves
I have renauds syndrom and find these fleece convertables the best solution. I can keep handwarmers in the mitten part to apply heat directly to my fingertips and still poke my fingers out when I need them. I often wear liner gloves under them. I got extras just so I will never be without them.
Love the Magnets!
Most convertible mittens have buttons to hold the mitten part back when you want to use your fingers - but who has the patience to fuss with buttons? With the magnets, you don't have to! Even the thumb has its own flap with its own magnet.
Black Gloves/mittens are warm
I specifically use the gloves or run outside when the temperature is below the freezing mark. Very light gloves that wick the sweat away. I would recommend these mitten/gloves to anyone needing the option of being able to convert from mitten to fingerless gloves.
Second purchase of these gloves in the past few years. First pair were a women's pair, and I loved them so much, have found them so perfect, that I had to order a pair for my partner.
Men's Fleece convertible Mittens
I have another pair, that are much thinner. I like to wear them under my men's (size small) when shoveling snow or using the snowblower.
Mitten flat can be awkward to wear in the back position ... have to tuck it under your coat sleeve