You are in a freezing cold condition with a thick glove on. How do you use your touch screen GPS, touch screen phone or a touch screen media player without taking your gloves off? Well, you can if you are wearing the new North Face Etip gloves. They feature the company’s "X-Static" fabric on the tips of the thumbs and index fingers which allows you to operate any touch-screen device, without having to take them off.

X-Static fabric has a layer of all natural pure silver permanently bonded to the fiber face. It is bonded to a high-tech looking circuit pattern on the palms which is actually made from slip resistant silicone, providing an extra bit of grip so you don’t accidentally drop your touch screen toys. Etip also features a waterproof shell, protective enough to repel rain or snow but breathable enough to allow moisture from the hand to escape to the surface for evaporation; and a stretch-fit liner for a precise fit against the hand inside. The X-Static fabric inhibits the growth of bacteria, and helps manage moisture and regulate temperature, allowing the user to stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

The gloves are made of stretchable, comfortable fleece material, come in four sizes and are available only in black. The gloves are priced at USD40 and is available in all North Face direct outlets and outdoor gear retailers.