Manzella Men's Sprint Touch Tip Touchscreen Gloves

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Manzella Men’s Sprint Touch Tip Touchscreen Gloves

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Price: $20.00

Manzella Men's Sprint Touch Tip Touchscreen Gloves are decent running gloves with good connectivity at a reasonable price. While they may not be the most durable gloves or everyone's cup of tea aesthetically, they are some of the best value for money out there at the moment for touchscreen compatible running gloves.

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Manzella Men’s Sprint Touch Tip Touchscreen Gloves are decent running gloves with good connectivity at a reasonable price.  While they may not be the most durable gloves or everyone’s cup of tea aesthetically, they are some of the best value for money out there at the moment for touchscreen compatible running gloves.

Conductivity

These gloves get the job done – the bright silver pads are responsive and wide enough to accommodate pretty much any type of tap, swipe or pinch a runner might need to use while training.

That said, it appears that the conductive areas of the glove were simply attached to a pair of existing gloves (in this case the Manzella non-conductive Sprint Glove).  This, unfortunately, is not an uncommon practice for many well-known and respected companies such as Manzella.  Indeed, rather than starting from scratch and treating these gloves as a completely new type of clothing with a unique purpose, glove manufacturers often simply slap conductive material onto the fingers of regular gloves they already make.

Unsurprisingly, this does not usually make for the best touchscreen glove.

Construction

The non-conductive areas of these gloves are fairly well constructed for light running gloves – the seams and stitching seem relatively tight and the material should be sturdy enough to last a season or two.  In addition to the long, fitted cuffs which can be tucked under or over the sleeves of a shirt, the outside of the thumb has a terry fabric that is good for wiping off sweat (or the occasional runny nose) during your run.

The conductive patches on the thumb and index finger, however, are not as well made.  As noted above, they seem hastily attached and not as well planned out as the rest of the glove.  This can be seen in the use of a visible seam on the bottom section of each conductive patch, which contrasts the invisible seam used on the sides and top of those same areas.

Warmth and Dexterity

These are light-weight running gloves, so they should be fine for temperatures down to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit.  Any colder and the majority of runners will probably want to go with a warmer glove.  On the plus side, the thin material allows users to move freely and easily interact with their touchscreen device.

Design

As running gloves, the Manzella Sprint are fairly well designed.  The breathable polyester and spandex and decent tailoring afford users some warmth while still preventing hands from getting too sweaty once up and moving.  Of particular note, is the inclusion of fourchettes (the strip of material that connects the front and back of the fingers).  On some running models the front and back of the gloves are simply sewn together, while on the Manzella Sprint gloves, these areas are connected by these extra pieces of material.  This design makes for a more three-dimensional fit, though those with thinner fingers may prefer the tighter fit of other gloves.

Both palms are emblazoned with scores of tiny Manzella logos made out of what is supposed to be a reflective traction material.  Manzella is on the right track with this idea, but it could be improved dramatically by using a much stickier material.

These gloves could be improved by redesigning the touchscreen compatible areas. In addition to the stitching mentioned above, the patches themselves are bright silver and loudly scream ‘Touchscreen Glove’. There are a number of dyable touchscreen compatible materials now available, so it is possible to more cleanly incorporate the conductive areas into the gloves’ overall aesthetic.  Finally, the design would benefit from eliminating the unnecessary graphic of a phone on the fingernail area of each index finger.

Overall Value and Conclusion

Manzella Men’s Sprint Touch Tip Touchscreen Gloves are some of the least expensive touchscreen compatible gloves made specifically for running on the market right now.  Although they could benefit from a redesign of the touchscreen compatible areas and the omission of some of the ‘high-tech’ logos on the fingers, they offer some nice features like a terry cloth area on the thumb and decent conductivity.  For overall value, these are among the best at the moment.

Specs

Material

Body

  • 92% polyester
  • 8% spandex

Touchscreen pads

  • 100% [material not disclosed]

Styles (2013 line)

  • Black

Sizing

  • Men’s M/L
  • Men’s L/XL
  • Women’s S/M
  • Women’s M/L

Gender

Washing

  • hand wash cold
  • lay flat to dry

About Manzella

I was unable to find any information about Manzella, nor did they respond to any of my inquiries.

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

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