Glider Gloves - Winter Style (2013)

3_5stars

Glider Gloves – Winter Style (2013)

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Price: $29.99

Glider Gloves - Winter Style (2013) review

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The Glider Gloves – Winter Style are a unique, smart take on knit gloves, and as compared to other gloves in the same style, these are the warmest I have tried.  At $29.99, while not inexpensive, they are comparable to other gloves that offer full-gloves conductivity.  But make sure to double check the manufacturer’s sizing chart as these gloves seem to run a bit small.

Conductivity

Glider Gloves integrates copper-based conductive thread throughout their entire design to make a fully conductive touchscreen gloves.  This means that every part of the glove, from the finger tip to the cuff, is able to pass a user’s natural charge to a touchscreen.  While you may never need to dial your phone with your wrist, this manufacturing approach does offer a number of benefits.

First, you will never have to adjust your movements to your glove’s design in order to use it.  Some touchscreen glove manufacturers have made the mistake of choosing form over function.  While such gloves may look cool, their performance can suffer because the conductive material is placed awkwardly or there is simply not enough of it.  Not so with the Glider Gloves; these are extremely conductive gloves that are easy to use.

Second, as discussed below, weaving conductive material throughout the entire body of a glove allows manufacturers to better control the look of the glove.  In other words, you don’t run into off-color finger tips or poorly integrated silver patches.

Finally, a number of manufacturers argue that full-glove conductivity actually conducts better over all because there is more contact with the user’s skin over a greater area.  While I have not personally seen this as a noticeable benefit, it at least bears mentioning.

Construction

The construction of the Glider Gloves is some of the best that I have seen on the knit glove market. These gloves are extremely tightly knit with excellent seams, connections, and stitching.  The inside of the gloves enjoy a soft-brushed material that rather comfortable.

Warmth and Dexterity

As noted, these are some of the warmest knit gloves that I have come across.  As Glider Gloves notes in their promotional material – they are Canadian and they know cold!  With the added layers and warmth, however, comes a small deficit in dexterity.  The fingers are a little thicker in the tips than other knit gloves that I’ve tried and this means that the accuracy and nimbleness suffers a bit.  That said, at this point there is simply no way to avoid these trade offs, so this is not a criticism as much as it is an observation.

Design

In many ways I really like the design of these gloves.  They are well crafted, sturdy, and interesting looking.

One great feature, and something I recommend that every touchscreen glove manufacturer get on board with, is that Glider Gloves has included traction material on the palms and fingers.  This makes sense when you are creating clothing intended to hold and interact with slick touchscreen phones and tablets.  Moreover, Glider Gloves has gone one step further and even incorporated this traction material into the overall design of their gloves.  This is a smart move and a step or two ahead of most of the gloves out there at the moment.

Another great design element of these glove is the long, snug, and very warm, cuff.  Although the top of the cuff might benefit from being brought down slightly at the base of the hand, I like the length, strength and feel of the design.

Finally, it’s great to see Glider Gloves going out on a bit of a limb and trying out different colors.  It’s refreshing to see non-traditional hues outside of the safe greys and blacks typically associated with winter wear.

The design could be improved significantly from a couple of adjustments.  The main issue I encountered was with the sizing.  Typically, I wear a size large and these gloves were simply too tight for my hands – especially around the fingers.

I addressed this with Glider Gloves co-founder and President, Saleem Najarali, and he explained that they were aware of this and therefore provide a detailed size chart for guidance on their website (see www.glidergloves.com/size).  Additionally, Saleem suggested that the gloves break in over a few days.  I have average sized hands for a male, so this is definitely something that consumers should consider when purchasing them and you probably will want to go at least one size up. While the gloves did break in to some degree over the course of several days, I would prefer gloves that fit from day one.

Another suggestion that could help these gloves would be to make the traction material on the palms ‘stickier’.  While I am a huge fan of it being there in the first place and the fact that they have managed to merge form with function, there are a number of materials currently available on the market that have significantly better traction.

These gloves may simply be going through an initial patch of growing pain.  I’m sure by next year they will be well on their way to making a superior and outstanding product.

Overall Value and Conclusion

The Glider Gloves – Winter Style are very warm, smartly designed, fully conductive knit gloves.  For $29.99 they are not the most affordable choice on the market, but for the warmth and quality user’s will get good value for their money.  It is recommended, however, to review the size chart on the company’s website before purchasing, as the sizing seems to run a bit small.

Specs

Material

Inner Shell

  • 100% acrylic

Outer Shell

  • 43% nylon
  • 40% acrylic
  • 15% copper thread
  • 2% lycra spandex

Styles (2013 line)

  • Basic Style – Dark Gray (only available in S/M and M/L)
  • Urban Style – Black
  • Urban Style – Grey
  • Urban Style – Olympian Blue
  • Winter Style – Black
  • Winter Style – Grey
  • Winter Style – Olympian Blue (only available in Small, Medium, and Large)
  • Winter Style – Phlox (only available in Small and Medium)
  • Winter Style – Deep Tiel (only available in Small and Medium)

Sizing

  • S/M (only for Basic Style)
  • M/L (only for Basic Style)
  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • X-Large

Gender

  • Unisex

Washing

  • Hand wash
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Flat Dry

About Glider Gloves

Glider Gloves was founded in September, 2010 Toronto, Canada with the primary purpose of meeting the growing demand for touchscreen gloves.  Being a Canadian company, Glider Gloves is well aware the importance of making gloves that not only work well, but are also warm.  After researching the issue, developing the product, and happening upon some good fortune, the first Glider Gloves were born.

The Glider Glove team is comprised of a small group of young entrepreneurs with big ambitions, and  a wide range of skills ranging from electrical engineering to business administration.  Glider Gloves reached out to me and was very eager to answer any of my questions promptly and thoroughly.  They seem genuinely excited about what they do and make a good-faith effort to assist whenever they can. I would recommend reaching out to any of the staff if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

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

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