Wiretap, not only one of the coolest names in cycling, but one of the most fitting. Yes, that was a ‘fits like a glove’ pun. The Specialized BG Gel Wiretap long finger allows you to use the touch screen of your iPhone or other touch screen device right through your glove. Of course, none of us ever use our phone while riding. But when we have safely pulled over, looked both ways and set up a few road flares, taking off our gloves to get a call or scroll through songs is a pain.
Touch screens can be activated by a number of things including sound waves, vibrations, changes in light. The iPhone and many other devices use a change in the electrical charge initiated by your fingertip. The down side is a glove can deaden that charge making your fingertip an impotent digit. Specialized Wiretap technology allows that current through. It’s a subtle thing but one that really makes a difference and removes yet another headache of riding in the cold.
The rest of the glove is chocked full of the features that have made Specialized gloves some of our favorites, gel in the right spots to reduce numbness and foam padding across the rest of the palm. The synthetic leather at the palm is baby calfskin supple with out the guilt and they have the all-important soft nose wipe panel at the thumb. A favorite feature is the low profile at the wrist giving your wrist unobstructed movement as you answer your phone, of course, after you have safely dismounted. We also never drink from the hose.