Glove.ly Touchscreen Gloves

3_5stars

Glove.ly Classic Touchscreen Gloves

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Price: List $25.00

Designed and raised in New York City, the Glove.ly Touchscreen Gloves are super comfortable, conductive knit gloves for your day-to-day adventures around town. Their understated design and clever magnet connection system mean that you can look good while never worrying about losing your touchscreen gloves.

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Designed and raised in the city that never sleeps, the Glove.ly Touchscreen Gloves are super comfortable, conductive knit gloves for your day-to-day adventures around town.  Their understated design and clever magnet connection system mean that you can look good while never worrying about losing your touchscreen gloves.

Conductivity

Glove.ly has adopted a full-glove conductivity approach to their gloves, weaving silver coated thread throughout the entire design.  And while they require a little bit more pressure than other gloves I’ve tried, they conduct well and it’s more a matter of getting used to a specific feel than any functionality issues.

Gloves made for specific activities (e.g., skiing, running, equestrian, etc) needn’t have more than two or three conductive fingers since users will be focused on the activity rather than complicated interactions with their touchscreen device.  However, for everyday gloves like these, ten-finger or full-glove conductivity should be mandatory.  For Glove.ly customers, this means that they will happily be able to thumb text on smaller touchscreens like their phones just as easily as they can type with all ten fingers on virtual tablet keyboards.

Construction

Overall, these gloves are well made.  The connections, most of the stitching, and seams are solid and appear to be carefully manufactured.  The sturdy cuffs double back for a snug fit around the wrists, complimenting the gloves’ overall comfortable feel.

On the pair that I tested, I noticed a small weak spot on the webbing between the thumb and index finger on the left hand (a very common issue with knit gloves) and the logo patches which house the the connector magnets would have benefited from more stitching to secure them better.  That said, Sol Hedaya, one of the co-founders from Glove.ly, addressed the latter issue without my bringing up, noting that the stitching had been improved in the newer models and that Glove.ly offers a replacement policy for any customers whose magnets may have slipped out.

Warmth  and Dexterity

Although these gloves are not meant for skiing, snowboarding, or extreme temperatures, they are actually relatively warm (think down to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit).  Moreover, the lighter design allows users to easily move around, something that is a huge benefit for gloves that are intended for day-to-day activities like getting out wallets, picking up keys, driving cars, and using touchscreen devices.

Glove.ly intends to introduce the “Glove.ly Cozy”, which will look the same, but have a warmer, softer lining inside.

Design

Glove.ly has done a nice job with the design of these gloves.

First, the overall aesthetic of the gloves is refined, unpretentious, and elegant.  Unlike many gloves that simply attach silver patches or conductive thread caps to the tips of the fingers, Glove.ly has opted for the much more attractive full-glove approach.  This not only prevents the gloves from looking silly, as many touchscreen gloves do, but it actively makes the gloves look nice.

A second nice feature is Glove.ly’s unconventional system to connect the gloves when they are not in use.  By including the magnets that are attached under the logo patches on each glove, users are able to easily attach the gloves to each other to avoid MGS – missing glove syndrome (not unlike MSS – missing sock syndrome).  From a functional standpoint, this is a smart, interesting, and refreshing design. Given the subtlety of the rest of the glove, it might be nice to see a lower-profile, non-yellow version of the patch.  Additionally, it seems a bit odd that the logo appears to depict the very type of traditional, two-finger conductive tip glove that they are not.

I should note that my initial reaction to the inclusion of magnets was concern that they could damage my touchscreen devices if stored too close, or maybe even erase the memory.  Never fear, as Glove.ly explained to me these magnets will not have any negative impact. Accordingly to co-founder Sol, while there are historical issues about strong magnets interfering with traditional spinning hard drives, this does not affect flash drives in today’s tablets and smartphones.  Additionally, and probably most compelling given the size of the sample audience, Apple’s iPad comes with a magnetic case.  Therefore, the relatively small magnet included in Glove.ly’s glove should not have any impact on your touchscreen device.

It may also be worth mentioning that in some situations magnets can affect the magnetic strips on credit cards and hotel keys.  Although Glove.ly is unaware of this having been an issue for any of their customers (I asked them directly and they have been very up front with everything else, so I trust them on this), some online forums suggest that the iPad covers with magnets may be attributed to the demagnetization of cards with less robust magnetized strips.  I’ve been wearing my gloves on and off for a couple of weeks now and have kept them in the same pocket as all of my credit cards without incident.  Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, it may be better to not sandwich the gloves in directly next to these types of cards.

Finally, since these gloves are meant to hold slick touchscreen devices, these would benefit significantly from some form of traction material on the palms and fingers.

Overall Value and Conclusion

The Glove.ly Touchscreen Gloves are attractive, well-designed gloves with an innovative connection system and good conductivity.  Although the $25.00 price tag comes in on the higher side of knit touchscreen gloves overall, for full-glove conductivity, they fall reasonably in the middle in terms of price.

Specs

Materials

  • 90% acrylic
  • 7% conductive fiber
  • 3% spandex

Styles

  • One style

Sizing

  • One size fits all

Gender

  • Unisex

Washing

  • Machine washable, however, as with any knit garment, repeated washings are not ideal. Therefore, in order to extend the life of the gloves, hand-washing is recommended.
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Iron low
  • Dryclean, any solvent except trichloroethylene

About Glove.ly

Founded in New York in 2011 by brothers Oscar and Sol Hedaya, Glove.ly aims to balance function, design, and technology.  The company is based on the principle that accessories can achieve this harmony in the same way that tech devices, Glove.ly’s gloves are designed around an active lifestyle: warm, yet lightweight; beautiful, yet functional; simple, yet great.  I’ve chatted over email with both Sol and Oscar and they are up front, enthusiastic, and a pleasure to deal with.  I would recommend reaching out to them if you have any questions, comments or concerns about their gloves.

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

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