Agloves Grip Touch Touchscreen Gloves (2013)

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Agloves Grip Touch Touchscreen Gloves (2013)

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Price: 13.99

The new Agloves Grip Touch are a smart addition to the 2013 line of very popular gloves from this rapidly growing company. Well constructed and suitable for moderately cold weather, the Grip Touch touchscreen gloves add much needed traction material on the palm and fingers to help hold things like slippery phones, tablets... and après-ski pint glasses.

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Editor’s Note: Agloves closed shop in 2013 after a brief, but incredibly successful run. While this is a major loss for the touchscreen glove industry, it means that the stock of gloves remaining are being sold at a steep discount (we’ve seen them as low as $3.00 a pair, which is a massive bargain).

The new Agloves Grip Touch are a smart addition to the 2013 line of very popular gloves from this rapidly growing company.  Well constructed and suitable for moderately cold weather, the Grip Touch touchscreen gloves add much needed traction material on the palm and fingers to help hold things like slippery phones, tablets… and après-ski pint glasses.

Conductivity

In short, these gloves have excellent conductivity. As with all of Agloves’ models, the entire glove has conductive silver thread interwoven with the non-conductive materials (in this case acrylic, spandex and rubber thread).  This means that all five fingers have touchscreen capability, so these gloves are are just as at home double-thumb texting on your smart phone as they are typing with all ten fingers on a virtual tablet keyboard.

As they explained to me, Agloves opted for the whole-glove approach because the bio-electricity of the human body transfers more effectively if larger portion of the hand is touching conductive fibers.  While I have never had issues due to the conductive thread only being placed in the fingertips, this feature certainly does not detract from functionality.

Construction

Agloves uses a mix of acrylic, spandex, rubber thread, and conductive silver thread for the body of the glove.  The webbing between fingers and thumb is relatively strong, and the connections at the fingertips are robust and smooth, though a small ridge is formed where the two sides connect.  The doubled back cuffs are warm and a good length to keep the cold out when sleeves don’t do the job.

One small issue I have is that the M/L were a bit tight on my hands, while the XL were a little big.  Indeed the size difference between the two is substantial, so a size Large would be a great addition.

Agloves offers a 90-day return policy, so if you find you don’t like them for some reason you can always send them back without any hassle.

Warmth  and Dexterity

These gloves are relatively warm and would be suitable for moderately cold days down to about 32 F/0 C.  Below freezing, however, they would probably not suffice for any extended period of time.  That said, since the gloves are not bulky and cumbersome, they offer the user a wide range of motion and dexterity and could easily be used as liners.

Design

The design of these knit gloves is a terrific step forward in terms of user friendliness.  The addition of the PVC traction material on the palm and fingers are a feature which most touchscreen gloves, knit or otherwise, have failed to include, but which makes an enormous difference.  Not only is the traction useful for holding any touchscreen related device, it makes day-to-day activities like hanging onto a commuter bars on a train, or indeed the bar itself at a pub, much easier.

I also just recently noticed (and I’m probably the last person) that the logo incorporates the periodic table symbol for silver, Ag, into the design.  I love smart touches like this.

The design could be improved by reducing the number of traction grip dots on the palm and fingers, and perhaps even using the material to making a pattern or unique design as some manufacturers have.   These aren’t necessarily supposed to just be utility gloves (Agloves makes a Heavy Duty glove which suits this purpose much better) so it might make sense to make them just a little more elegant.  Additionally, the traction material itself could be improved on by choosing something a little stickier (there are a few materials out there).  Finally, the label, which is folded from the outside of the cuff into the glove, is a bit irritating and I would probably cut if off if I was wearing these on a regular basis.

Overall Value and Conclusion

The Grip Touch touchscreen gloves are a welcome edition to the ever-widening selection from Agloves.  These conductive gloves are sturdy and effective, though at $29.99 they are on the high end of knit gloves.

Specs

Materials

  • 68% acrylic
  • 15% silver yarn
  • 12% spandex
  • 5% rubber thread
  • PVC dots

Styles

  • Grip Touch
  • Sport
  • Original
  • Natural
  • HD Grip Touch

Sizing

  • Grip Touch – S/M, M/L, XL
  • Sport – S/M, M/L, XL
  • Original – S/M, M/L (short cuff), M/L (longer cuff), XL
  • Natural (previously Bamboo) – XS, M, L
  • HD Grip Touch – S/M, M/L, XL

Gender

  • Unisex

Washing

  • hand washable or machine washable on gentle cycle.
  • Lay flat to dry, do not machine dry.

About Agloves

Agloves was founded in 2010 and has been growing exponentially, both in terms of the gloves they offer and where they are sold.  They take a smart approach that not all new products need to be elaborate – simple designs that offer simple, good solutions are also important. At present, Agloves are focused on expanding and hope to improve their glove design by filing for a few more patents in the area of durability.  I reached out to the company and was impressed with the quick and thorough responses I received from one of the co-founders, Jean Spencer.

Conclusion Rating
Conductivity
4 stars
Construction
4 stars
Warmth
3 stars
Dexterity
3 stars
Design
4 stars
Overall Value
3 stars

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