Burton - Touchscreen Liner Glove

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Burton – Touchscreen Liner Glove Drops of Jupiter (2013)

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Price: $17.95

The Burton Touchscreen Liner Gloves are affordable, ultra-light glove liners from a great company. However, due to certain design issues and the fact that they appear to be conductive by virtue of their thinness, rather than the conductive material, better options exist.

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The Burton Touchscreen Liner Gloves are affordable, ultra-light glove liners from a great company. However, due to certain design issues and the fact that they appear to be conductive by virtue of their thinness, rather than the conductive material, better options exist.

Conductivity

I should note at the outset that I wanted (and expected) to like these glove liners since I generally like Burton as a company and have a lot of their snowboarding equipment and accessories.  Unfortunately, I was not terribly impressed.

There is no question that these liners are conductive.  Why, however, is not entirely clear.  According to their website, Burton’s ‘Touch n’ Go’ fingertips, which are affixed to the thumb and index finger pads and look like poorly placed stickers adorned with a scope’s cross hairs, ‘transfer the electrical charge generated by your fingertip through the fabric to the touchscreen on your phone or music player.’  Perplexingly, however, all of the fingers of the liners are able to be used with a touchscreen… as are the knuckles, palm, and back of the hand.  Indeed, you can use the entire glove.

It would appear that this ten-finger conductivity is at least in part due to the thinness of the liners rather than the conductive material the Burton has used.  I noticed this in the first place because a prototype I had manufactured ‘suffered’ from the same issue, so it is now something I test for on every pair.

For Burton, this means that they can lose the ‘magical membranes’ (as they refer to the stickers) and just rely on the thin material.  For consumers, it means that they might consider looking around for equally thin liners and probably pay less to not have the ‘touchscreen compatible’ surcharge.

Construction

These liners are well constructed.  The stitching seems relatively solid and comfortable, and the stretch material is breathable and well-suited to wick away moisture from a user’s hands while snowboarding or skiing.  They were a little bit narrow on my hand, but I could easily get one size larger and they would fit brilliantly.

Warmth  and Dexterity

As these are liners, they are not very warm, but they are ideal for comfortably nestling inside a glove or mitten and coming out briefly to interact with a touchscreen.  Because they are so incredibly thin, and due to a clever ergonomic pre-curved design, the dexterity is excellent and it barely feels as though one is wearing a glove at all.  This makes sending a quick text from a phone, answering a call, or interacting with any number of apps incredibly precise and easy.

Design

Burton offers a number of different patterns for this glove, ranging from loud to subtle.  I quite like the Tiger Camo design that I purchased, and appreciate that they offer a range of options to suit a spectrum of tastes ranging from the more eclectic ‘Drops of Jupiter’ pattern to the more refined ‘True Black’ model.

Burton could improve the design enormously by removing the unnecessary ‘Touch n’ Go’ membranes from the index finger and thumb since they aren’t functionally valuable and they don’t add anything to the aesthetics of the liners.

Additionally, there was a disproportionately large tag sewn into one of the gloves which included washing instructions.  Though the label suggested cutting it off, humorously invoking the mattress labels by stating they wouldn’t tell anyone, once I did so the resulting stub was so irritating that I ended up pulling the stitching out to remove it.  This unfortunately put a giant hole in the glove.  Since the label is far too large to comfortably leave in, it is not clear what users are meant to do.

Overall Value and Conclusion

While  the Burton Touchscreen Liner Gloves liners are stylish and relatively inexpensive, by paying just a little bit more there are significantly better options.  Alternatively, you could probably spend less on equally light-weight liners which are also just as conductive by virtue of their thinness and skip the the ‘magical membranes’.

Specs

Materials

  • 95% polyester
  • 5%spandex

Styles

  • Mother Russia
  • Tiger Camo
  • Drops of Jupiter
  • Emoticons
  • Quarry
  • True Black

 Sizing

  • Small/Medium
  • Medium/Large
  • Large/Xtra Large

Gender

  • Unisex

Washing

  • Machine wash 30 degrees Celsius
  • Do not bleach
  • Iron low heat
  • Do not dry clean
  • Line dry

About Burton

Founded in 1977 by Jake Burton Carpenter, Burton specializes in products geared toward snowboarders, snowboards, bindings, boots, outerwear, and accessories.  I tried on several occasions to contact Burton, but was very disappointed that I did not get a single reply to any of my emails.

Conclusion Rating
Conductivity
3 stars
Construction
3 stars
Warmth
1 stars
Dexterity
5 stars
Design
2 stars
Overall Value
3 stars

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