SwypeGloves 'Streets of New York Touchscreen Gloves (2012)

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SwypeGloves – ‘Streets of New York’ Touchscreen Gloves (2012)

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Price: $19.99 (list price $19.99)

SwypeGloves ‘Streets of New York’ (2012) touchscreen gloves pair a knitted Australian wool glove with ten-finger conductivity and some subtly stylish cuffs. But with premium features, comes a higher price.

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The SwypeGloves ‘Streets of New York’ touchscreen gloves have paired a knitted Australian wool glove with ten-finger conductivity and some subtly stylish cuffs. But with premium features, comes a higher price.

Conductivity

The conductivity of these gloves is excellent.  SwypeGloves uses a highly responsive soft conductive fiber that is woven into the tips of all ten fingers.  I had no trouble using them on either a touchscreen phone or tablet. Interestingly, the gloves are quite precise owing in part to a raised ridge on the tip of each finger (a byproduct of the manufacturing process), so even typing on an iPhone was accurate and easy.

Construction

The overall construction is relatively good with particular attention having been paid to the cuffs.  The combination of Australian wool, spandex thread and soft conductive fibers combine to make a snug glove that functions well.

I did, however, find the gloves to be a little short in the fingers (though according to co-founder Vik Colaso, this sizing issue has been addressed in the 2013 line) and construction on some of the the finger and thumb crotches would benefit from reinforcement.  The latter is classically difficult to do well with stretch knit gloves, and I experienced a similar issue in my first glove manufacturing venture.  Additionally, while I ended up liking the ridges on the the tips of the fingers, they each had slightly loose threads which I worry might unwind in the long run.

Warmth and Dexterity

While the knit wrist cuffs are double-layered and warm, the main body of the glove is a single layer of wool and stretch material.  As such, these gloves would be fine for Fall and early Winter weather, but I would not recommend them for temperatures below freezing. They could, however, be used as liners while skiing and what the gloves give up in warmth, they make up for in dexterity and mobility.

Design

SwypeGear has several nice design features, one of which you will see and two of which you may not notice (for the right reasons).

First, the reversible two-tone cuffs look great and provide an attractive contrast of color between the outside and inside of the gloves.

Second, the SwypeGear gloves incorporate a dyeable conductive thread, which gives them an aesthetic edge over much of the competition.  Ordinary conductive thread, to which dye does not take well, results in gloves having bright silver finger tips which stick out like, well, a silver thumb.  Since SwypeGear is able to control the color of the conductive thread, it allows them to choose when they accent the tips of the gloves as a design decision and when they inconspicuously integrate them into the rest of the glove by matching thread tones. For the fashion conscious, this may well justify paying the higher price.

Finally, there is a small, clever logo invoking five outstretched fingers on the back of the right glove.  I appreciate that they only placed this on one hand as it gives a nice asymmetry and subtle branding to the gloves.

The gloves would be improved with some subtle form of non-slip material on the palm side of both hands.  Touchscreen devices are notoriously slick (literally and metaphorically), so any gloves specifically designed to handle these devices should address this issue.  Additionally, as noted above, strengthening the finger crotches and tips would improve both the utility and the aesthetics of these gloves.

Overall Value and Conclusion

If you’re looking for a subtly stylish conductive knit glove to wear in Fall and early Winter, SwypeGloves ‘Streets of New York’ touchscreen gloves fit the bill, though the $24.99 price tag ($29.99 on their website) is on the high end of this type of glove.  The gloves would be improved by addressing the sizing issue and the loose stitching in the finger joints and tips.  Additionally, some form of traction material on the palms could help to avoid phones and tablets accidentally slipping out of hands.

Keep your eye on this company.  If SwypeGloves brings down the price and addresses the issues above, they will have a killer product.

Specs

Material

  • Australian wool (note that the SwypeGlove ‘Adrenaline Sport’ is made of acrylic fiber)
  • spandex & rubber stretch yarn;
  • conductive thread.

Styles (2012 line)

 

 

 

 

  • Grand Canyon’  (dual-tone weave of brown and black with raspberry cuff liner)
  • ‘Amazon Rainforest’  (lime-green with brown fingertips and brown cuff liner)
  • ‘Adrenaline Sport’ (all-black with red cuff liner)
  • ‘Streets of New York’ (black with grey cuff liner)

Sizing

Gloves are unisex and come in small, medium and large (with the exception of ‘Grand Canyon’ which is a limited edition and is currently available only in large).  For the 2012 line, SwypeGear website suggests that small/medium will fit most women and medium/large will fit most men.

  • Large Gloves (15-17 cm from base of palm to middle fingertip)
  • Medium Gloves (14-16 cm from base of palm to middle fingertip)
  • Small Gloves (13-14 cm from base of palm to middle fingertip)

Gender

  • Unisex

Washing

  • Machine wash cold
  • Air dry

About SwypeGear

Founded in 2009, SwypeGear is based out of the Washington DC metro region, but sells online to customers worldwide.  While their primary product is SwypeGloves, they are involved in the research, manufacture and sale of smartphone and tablet accessories. SwypeGear are an eco-conscious company.  I corresponded with co-founder Vik Colaso and was impressed with the company’s genuine effort to respond promptly and thoroughly to any questions. I highly recommend contacting them directly if you have any questions.

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

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