Outdoor Research Biosensor Touchscreen Liners Women's

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Outdoor Research Biosensor Touchscreen Liners Women’s

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Price: $24.95

For just under $25 you can get a pair of form-fitting, well-constructed liners (which easily double as light gloves) that have excellent conductivity and look great. And all this from a company with a kind soul.

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Wow!  To date, the Outdoor Research Women’s Biosensor Touchscreen Liners  (click here for the Men’s Biosensor Touchscreen Liners) are hands down the best glove liners I have tried.  For just under $25 you can get a pair of form-fitting, well-constructed liners (which easily double as light gloves) that have excellent conductivity and look great.

And all this from a company with a kind soul.

Conductivity

Outdoor research uses a blend of 80% polyester and 20% stainless steel thread to make the tips of these liners.  Before you have visions of scratching your touchscreen device’s surface apart with wiry strands of stainless steel poking out of the gloves, you need to know that this is incredibly soft and delicate fiber that will not hurt your screen.

The one down side with regard to conductivity is that only the thumb and index finger are touchscreen compatible.  While those wearing glove liners may not typically use more than two fingers at a time, with the likely integration of multi-finger gestures (similar to those on track pads) and introduction of increasingly larger mobile touchscreen devices, I think they should plan for the future (particularly in light of their ‘Infinite’ guarantee).

Construction

Made of Merino wool for warmth and elastane (spandex) for form, these gloves are incredibly well constructed. Particular attention appears to have been given to the spaces between the fingers (a tricky area that is often weak in knit gloves), and all of the fingertip  connections are relatively smooth, whereas they can be lumpy and ridged in lesser gloves.  The generous cuffs are comfortably snug at the wrist to ensure that snow doesn’t pour in, and the fingers are well-knit and the correct length (often knit gloves are too short).

Plus, Outdoor Research products are guaranteed forever, so get ready to have your first conductive family heirloom.

Warmth  and Dexterity

Although OR Biosensors could hold their own as light gloves, they are intended as liners.  As such, they are plenty warm.  The company lists a temperature range from 25 to 40 degrees fahrenheit (-4 to 4 degrees Celcius), though I’m not sure I would wear them on their own for any great amount of time below freezing.  Since they are lighter, they allow for ample movement of the hands and fingers.  Using a phone or other touchscreen device is easy and accurate.

Design

With their professional and smart design, these gloves are simply great.  The fingers have a superior fit to most conductive knit gloves I’ve tested and the Merino wool is pleasantly soft.  Plus, the clips on the side of each hand are a useful addition.

However, while I love these gloves, they might be improved in several ways.

First, the gloves would benefit from making more of fingers touchscreen friendly.  One option would be to sew the conductive thread throughout the entire glove to make a fully conductive liner.  This would have the added benefit of a subtler design by avoiding off-color conductive finger caps.

Second, the branded tags on bottom right side of each glove are a little bit redundant given the “OR” on the back of each glove.

Finally, I’m of the opinion that all gloves, liners or otherwise, should have some form of traction/grip material on the palms to avoid accidental dropping of   touchscreen devices.  This can be very subtly done and needn’t detract from the overall minimalist appearance.  Indeed, the grip pattern could even be a signature aspect of the design.

Overall Value and Conclusion

If you want get terrific touchscreen friendly liners that are comfortable, easy to use and incredibly well made, I highly recommend the  Outdoor Research Women’s Biosensor Touchscreen Liners (click here for the Men’s Biosensor Touchscreen Liners) .  For under $25 they are worth the price.

Specs

Materials

Shell

  • 95% Merino wool
  • 5% Elastane

Conductive Fingertips

  • 80% Polyester
  • 20% Stainless Steel

Styles

  • One style available – Charcoal

Sizing

  • Men’s – Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
  • Women’s – Small, Medium, Large

Gender

Washing

  • Machine wash cold separately
  • Powdered Detergent
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not use fabric softener
  • Drip dry
  • Do not machine dry
  • Do not dry clean

About Outdoor Research

Outdoor Research (OR) began 27 years ago in Seattle, Washington. Today, as outdoor enthusiasts who practice what they preach, OR focuses on creating functional products for ‘human powered adventure’, much of which is informed by their legion of “Lab Rats” (users who give product feedback), who send their suggestions directly to their product development department.  I reached out to OR with a number of questions and found their staff/PR team to be open and responsive.  This company has a good soul, a positive message, and they care about what they do.

Beyond creating wonderful products in niche areas, OR stands behind their work with OR’s Infinite Guarantee.     Yes, that’s right, it’s guaranteed forever

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

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