iPhone Glove Battlemodo

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The iPhone is great, until, one frosty day, you realize its capacitive touchscreen doesn't work through gloves. So we tested three pairs of iPhone-friendly gloves to decide which were best.

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Freehands Stretch ($21)
Gimmick: Finger tip flaps allow your real fingers to do the typing.

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Finger tip hinges allow actual finger to touch iPhone screen, 100% responsiveness

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Finger tip hinges are made of non-breathing wetsuit material

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The tips, predictably, leak air in

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Build quality is generally low


The North Face E-Tip ($40)
Gimmick: Shimmery gold finger tips activate the iPhone's capacitive touch screen.

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Palm design is grippy, makes me feel like Iron Man

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Touch responsiveness is at about 85%, though typing is futile

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Thin enough to work as lining under additional glove for skiing, etc

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We just got word that E-Tips are sold out nationwide with no plans for additional production. UPDATE: They'll come back in the Fall 2009 line.


tavo Gloves ($30)
Gimmick: Like the North Face E-Tips, the shimmery gold finger tips activate the iPhone's capacitive touch screen.

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Minimal black design looks like a normal glove

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Finger responsiveness at about 70%, usable, but worse than E-Tip

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So our conclusion is a sad one. The North Face gloves were our favorite if you can stand the overly-techie design (which my wife hated but I loved). However, the tavos do come in a close second, offering a passable way to check your email in the cold.

Brian Lam: Snowmodo is our snow sport winter meet up at Lake Tahoe, with prizes, discounts, tons of fun snow activities, a party and GADGETS. If you can make it (and people are coming from TEXAS) please RSVP.

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DISCUSSION

barnabynorwood-old
barnabynorwood

Just a little warning: 2 big problems with my North Face eTip gloves:

1. They are falling apart, after having them just 3 months. The actual gloves are fine (although, not that warm) but the special finger bits are coming off! So even through the 'tip' fabric is still attached, it just doesn't work.

2. The finger tips don't keep you warm - the cold goes straight through. Why is that important? Well the whole point of these gloves is that you don't have to get your finger out. So it's basically pointless tech.

Aside from their awesome geeky looks, these gloves are a big disappointment. I have a bag from North Face (Terra 40) which is excellent quality so I'm annoyed.