It's an age-old dilemma: Winter gloves give you dexterity at the expense of warmth, while mittens do the converse. The requirements of that echt Canadian, the intrepid wintertime bicyclist who needs to hang onto the handlebars and shift and brake, have led to a solution for this cold war of the hands: Virtual fingers.
Stick your hand in Trek's Scissorhands gloves and you'll find five glove-like inner pockets which in turn form part of three mitten-like virtual fingers-- one for your index and middle fingers, another for the ring and little fingers, and a third to house your thumb. While Scissorhands gloves look plenty good, they fail the basic test of warmth. Pearl Izumi's flashy Lobster Therma-Dore model, on the other hand, is toasty enough but far from waterproof. Therma-Dores don't separate your real fingers inside the virtual fingers, instead providing three simple pockets; they also stretch right over the cuff of your jacket, keeping your wrists from getting drafty. The only mystery is why no one bothered to patent the idea in the first place.