Glider Gloves Urban Style Touchscreen Gloves review

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Ah, winter. When touchscreen phones first became popular, this time of year meant no gloves, or no phone. Now, there are a ton of gloves on the market. My last pair of gloves left the touchscreen sensitive fingertips freezing cold, to where I had to wear gloves over them in order to stay warm. I am hoping that the Urban Style Touchscreen Gloves by Glider Gloves can save the day and have the comfort of my old pair, but keep my hands warm this season. Let’s see if they have managed so far.

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The Urban Style gloves have the same look as the cheap pairs you find in a bin for two dollars. However, they are much sturdier and thicker and also allow for you to use touchscreen devices with any finger you choose. I was amazed with the touchscreen sensitivity. These gloves, by far, had the best touchscreen sensitivity of any I have tried on or used. glidergloves-urban-3

The palms and lower fingers have rubber gripping to prevent your phone from sliding out of your hands while holding it. I found it also very convenient for driving, as it kept a good grip on my steering wheel while I was making turns. glidergloves-urban-4

The gloves come in a variety of colors and sizes. Using their sizing chart, I judged that I was a small. The fit worked out well. If you are on the cusp and have thick fingers, I would recommend getting the bigger size since I have really skinny fingers and they fit around mine perfectly. Glider Gloves also made their tag into a cleaning cloth. I thought that the tag would be annoying and itchy like most tags and I would be cutting it off soon after testing, but I was mistaken. Though, in order to use the tag as a cleaning cloth, you must remove your glove first. glidergloves-urban-5

I had one big problem with these gloves. Their fingers are straight across, which does not conform to what normal hands look like. The cheap gloves you find in the two dollar bin can do this because they are so light and flimsy that they mold to your hands. These gloves are thicker and sturdier, which means you have to choose between your pinky finger being partially out of the fingertip, or have it bunched up around the pinky like the above picture, which will eventually push upward enough to cause your pinky to slip partially out of the fingertip anyway. I checked two pairs of older gloves I had, and checked other people’s hands to make sure mine were not unique, and all arced downwards slightly on the pinky.

Since this was so annoying, I actually stopped wearing these gloves after I was done testing them out. They are great in every way except the fit of the pinky. If Glider Gloves can manage to fix this, I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a pair of gloves, since the price is good, they kept my hands warm, and the touchscreen sensitivity was excellent. Until then, unless you have hands that go straight across (or your pinky is nice and tall) like these gloves, I cannot recommend thes, as there are plenty of other gloves out on the market at this price that fit comfortably. Since gloves are worn for longer periods of time, comfort is very important, and I hope that Glider Gloves can modify their next pair of gloves to fix this issue because they have the potential to be wonderful gloves.

 

Product Information

Price:$24.99
Manufacturer:Glider Gloves
Pros:
  • - Works perfectly on touch screen devices
  • - Stylish
  • - Keeps hands warm
Cons:
  • - Pinky needs be angled down more to fit a hand properly
Posted in: Outdoor Gear, Reviews

3 comments… add one

  • Dawn S November 11, 2013, 11:38 am

    Great Glove Review. I really appreciate you pointing out the straight across problem. I knit wool/alpaca gloves and so far the patterns have been correct. Since you pointed this problem out it made me much more aware of the patterns I use.

    I never knew that was the reason why I would purchase screwy gloves. Gloves that don’t fit, and ones that freeze your fingers is why I started making them. They say there is a liquid you can buy to apply to them to make them touch screen sensitive. I will look into finding it and trying it out.

    All in all this was a very interesting review!

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  • DStaal November 11, 2013, 5:08 pm

    Dawn: There is a link to a blurb about the liquid in the ‘other articles’ section.

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  • Neil Curtis November 12, 2013, 3:23 am

    Hi, I write for a winter sports blog so this article is very relevant. It’s a shame that something so simple as the fit of the glove on your ‘pinky’ let these gloves down so badly. This is definitely something the manufacturer should have got right even before they worried about making the glove touch screen sensitive.

    Great write up though

    cheers

    Neil

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