Good question. Here are a couple of thoughts. Principles rather than recommendations.
1. Mittens are better than gloves.
You can buy insulated mittens with a slot for the fingers to poke through when you need to.
2. Mittens/gloves are pretty good until the temperature drops below zero.
3. Make sure that whatever you buy is insulated.
4. Make sure that whatever you buy is durable.
I have in my possession several pairs of knitted mitten/gloves that have fallen apart with moderate to heavy use.
5. Hand warmers are a great idea.
From: E Kulas Personal <[log in to unmask]>
To: VTBIRD <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wed, Dec 12, 2018 7:58 pm
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Cold hands, warm birds
I’ve just seen them at HN Williams general store on route 30 in Dorset, too.
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> On Dec 12, 2018, at 5:33 PM, Cherrie Corey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters (once Army-Navy) in Brattleboro and Keene, NH still carries those convertible rag wool mittens.
> Cherrie Corey
>> On Dec 12, 2018, at 5:02 PM, Jane Stein <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I've always used a nifty kind of glove-mitten, the name of which I cannot
>> remember! They're warm lined wool mittens with sort of half-gloves inside.
>> The top part of the mitten folds back, allowing your fingertips to be bare
>> for operating binos or camera. Amazingly, exposing only the top couple
>> inches of your fingertips to brutal cold is entirely tolerable for a good
>> while, and when they do get too cold, you can fold the lined mitten top
>> back over them and they will warm up pretty quickly. You can also put a
>> hand-warmer packet into each mitten top to speed the warming.
>> Trying to remember what they're called, I Googled "mitten-gloves" and up
>> popped a large number of similar things, though much more expensive (up to
>> $30 or so) than the $8 or $10 I paid for mine many years ago. I think I
>> found mine at that old Army-Navy surplus store that used to be in
>> Brattleboro, but I also saw them elsewhere and bought a second pair
>> somewhere or other.
>> Good luck, and much sympathy!
>> On Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:18:01 -0500, Ann Curran <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Winter Birders,
>>> I'm in need of gloves to keep my frozen fingers warm while I look for
>>> winter birds. Gloves that will also let me maneuver the focus on my
>>> binoculars. Every time I've bought a pair of gloves that looks perfect,
>>> I've been disappointed.
>>> So, I turn to you for suggestions, and you're welcome to reply to the
>>> since there are probably others with the same problem.