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Moshi Digits Touchscreen Winter Gloves Review
One dilemma facing drone pilots who operate in the winter is finding a pair of decent winter gloves that will work with a touchscreen. Either they're not warm enough, or they have poor response on the touchscreen.
After trying a bunch of different gloves from hardware stores and sporting goods stores, I think I've finally found a pair that represent a good balance between warmth and usability. They're certainly the best ones that I've come across.
Moshi Digits Touchscreen Winter Gloves are far and away the best winter gloves I've come across for drone pilots.
By way of description, these are knitted gloves with a conductive material woven into the fiber, and a comfy lining that feels like fleece. I ordered the large size thinking they might be too big, but they fit my hands perfectly. If in doubt about the size, I suggest you go bigger.
Because the entire glove is conductive, they're a lot less fussy about which part of your finger you use to tap the screen. The video on this page was shot the very first time I used the gloves, and I'd guesstimate that about 90 percent of my taps and pinches worked on both my Autel Evo II Smart Controller and my iPhone 13 Pro Max.
The palms have non-slip surfaces on the palms that should help prevent your dropping your phone or drone controller in the snow. They're also the easiest way to tell which glove is for which hand.
As for warmth, I'd rate these gloves at four out of a possible five. After about 20 to 30 minutes in below-freezing weather, my fingers need a warming break. In fairness, though, I don't think they could make them much warmer without also making them more bulky, which would reduce dexterity. They're still much better than the ones I was using previously, which I always wound up having to take off halfway through the shoot because the touch responsiveness wasn't good.
Still, if your fingers are especially prone to getting cold, you may want to consider hand warmers that you can use to periodically warm up your fingers during a long shoot.
Another nice thing about these gloves is that they have a 10-year limited warranty, which can be upgraded to a lifetime limited warranty by registering the gloves. Every pair has a serial number, by the way. There's a QR code under a scratch-off sticker that will pre-fill it in the registration form if you aim your smartphone at it.
One possible drawback is that these gloves don't appear to be waterproof. That really isn't a problem for me because I don't fly in the rain; but it may be important to you.
Other than that, the only criticism I have about these gloves is that the liner doesn't feel as if it's attached very securely. It feels as if it might turn inside-out if I pull my hands out too quickly. Time will tell.
I also wonder about the durability because they're knitted; but the lifetime warranty makes me feel a bit better about that. They also look and feel as if they're well-made. It's just the fact that they're knit that gives me pause,
In summary, the Moshi Digits Touchscreen Winter Gloves aren't perfect, but they're the best gloves I've tried so far for winter drone flying.
Here's a video of the first time I used the gloves, using both my Autel Smart Controller and my iPhone 13 Pro Max as demonstration devices. I used the drone to record the video of me using the controller to keep the video framed while juggling the controller and the phone, so it's a little clumsy in places.
This video was shot with an Autel EVO II Pro 6k drone, using a PNY Pro Elite Micro SD card, and edited using DaVinci Resolve Studio.
Revised November 25, 2022
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