Dockhead, with the gloves-on-gloves-off dilemna, you might want to look for "shooters' mittens". These are lightweight mittens designed for shooters. The covering for the four fingers is made like a pocket, so you can pop your fingers out (by the palm) and then pull the pocket back over them to keep them warm.
As to the price of electronics
...On the one hand, yes, daylight readable screens are damned expensive. Development costs are a financier's game
, if you split them over one year, or three, or ten, all of a sudden profit and loss swap around. The software, if well written, might very well be amortized over a 25-50 year period. Or someone might say it has to be written off in three years and the next 47 years of product can be sold at a reduced price because the software is now paid off. Pick your game
But when it comes to hardware
costs, there's a lot of FUD in the information you get about those. Here in the US the cellular companies routinely say they need to "subsidize" the $600 "cost" of a smartphone. And yet industry trade
magazines typically de-construct them, price them out, and show they can be built and are bing built for under $200 each. And clones for some of these are being retailed out of China
for $100. So, who's lying? You think a chartplotter
has any more or better electronics than a high end cell phone
? Other than that expensive daylight readable screen?
Or perhaps this is also a tariff issue, we've all seen tariffs that neatly double the price of goods. Compare petrol in the US to the EU, we pay about half what you do simply because it isn't taxed
I don't disagree with their right to a profit and I certainly don't want them to cheap
out on quality control, but sometimes we are simply being told "You don't need this, you want this. If you want it badly enough, you'll pay our price." Until someone in Shenzhen decides to sell it at 1/3 the price and eat their lunch, anyhow. If the Chinese clone-makers ever figure out what just a little quality can do, there's going to be a lot of missing lunch.