E-volve Touch-Glove

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E-volve Touch-Glove Capacitive Material Cold Weather Gear (2012)

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Price: $6.50 (list price $24.99)

The E-volve Touch-Glove Capacitive Material Cold Weather Gear are very straightforward, but decent gloves. Where available for under $10, these gloves will keep your hands relatively warm in Fall and early Winter and let you play on your touchscreen device. However, at the list price of $24.99, I would steer clear.

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The E-volve Touch-Glove Capacitive Material Cold Weather Gear are very straightforward, but decent gloves.  Where available for under $10, these gloves will keep your hands relatively warm in Fall and early Winter and let you play on your touchscreen device.  However, at the list price of $24.99, I would steer clear.

Conductivity

The E-volve touchscreen glove has conductive metal thread sewn into the the tips of the thumb, index, and middle fingers of each hand.  The material is highly conductive and works well on either a touchscreen phone or tablet.  Since these are lighter gloves, users are more likely to use them with a tablet (as opposed to more extreme weather/activity gloves, where users are more likely to be using phones), so not having all five fingers touchscreen capable for virtual keyboards is a real drawback.

Construction

The construction of the gloves is surprisingly good for knit gloves under $10.00.  The crotch areas of fingers and thumb are relatively strong (an area where knit gloves often suffer), and connection points on the tips of each finger, while a bit too ridged for my taste, appear to be relatively strong.  Additionally, the cuff is snug and doubled back for a little bit of extra warmth.

Warmth  and Dexterity

These gloves are fairly warm, though I would say they would be too light for anything below freezing (think one-size-fits-all stretchy gloves you can get at any street vendor or discount store).  The dexterity is slightly limited by virtue of the fact that they were a little bit too small for my hands, but this is often the case with single size stretch gloves, so I wasn’t too fussed (for reference, I typically wear a men’s large).

Design

These are very meat and potato gloves, so while they won’t get any awards for style, they aren’t offensive either.  One downside is that the gloves use silver colored thread for the conductive tips, but a solid black material for the main body.  For gloves that are under $10.00, this is excusable, but I’m not a fan of anything that unnecessarily feels the need to shout what it does (eg “I’m a touchscreen glove!”)

As with many gloves that are now on the market,  E-volve touchscreen gloves would be more user friendly if they provided some from of grip or traction material on the palm and/or fingers, which would help to prevent slick phones slipping out of a user’s hand.

Additionally, since the gloves as one-size-fits-all never really fits all, having a small, medium and large would enable E-volve to serve a wider market.

Overall Value and Conclusion

E-volve Touch-Glove Capacitive Material Cold Weather Gear, are very simple, but functional gloves.  Although they lose points in the style and durability departments, for under $10.00 they are worth the cost.  If, however, they go for the RRP of $24.99, there are far better gloves out there at that price point.

Specs

Materials

  • 84% Acrylic
  • 10% Spandex
  • 6 % conductive metal fiber

Styles

  • One style available

Sizing

  • One size fits all (with a caveat that if you have particularly large hands, these gloves will likely not fit well)

Gender

  • Unisex

Washing

It was not completely clear to me what the symbols on the packaging meant (as they were contradictory), but from this Guide to Common Home Laundering & Dry Cleaning Symbols I gathered the following:

  • machine wash cold
  • do not bleach
  • do not iron
  • tumble dry low heat
  • do not tumble dry (I know, this makes no sense given the above instruction, but this was no the package).

About E-volve

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

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