The North Face - ETIP Apex Touchscreen Gloves (2013) Men's

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The North Face – ETIP Apex Touchscreen Gloves (2013) Men’s

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Price: $55.00

The North Face ETIP Apex gloves are water-resistant, durable, everyday outdoor excursion gloves, which offer fairly good conductivity for $55.00.

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The North Face ETIP Apex touchscreen gloves are water-resistant, durable, everyday outdoor excursion gloves, which offer fairly good conductivity for $55.00.

Conductivity

The overall conductivity of these gloves is good.  The North Face uses a silver metallized ripstop nylon for the two conductive digits (the index finger and thumb) that functions well.  Additionally, unlike several other models of North Face gloves this year, the ETIP Apex offer a larger surface area for the user to interact with their touchscreen device.  The more generous conductive pads, which wrap around to the inside of the index finger and the tips of both ETIP digits, means that it is easier to type, make calls, or use apps.

Construction

As with most products from The North Face, the construction is excellent.  The seams, stitching, connections and materials are all of superior quality, making the careful thought and effort put into these gloves evident.  It should be noted that the size large men’s, which I typically wear with other manufacturers, were a bit big for my hands, so I went down to a medium.

Warmth  and Dexterity

These gloves are warm and will do the job down to at least freezing.  I’ve not yet had the occasion to use them in colder weather, but given their polyester lining and water-resistant shell, they should be fine in even lower temperatures.  While the gloves are warm, they are also surprisingly dextrous and nimble to move in.  Obviously, they are not as form-fitted as certain knit gloves, but this is a reasonable tradeoff for the warmth and resistance to water.

Design

One excellent feature of these gloves is a silicon pattern on the entire palm and fingers of both hands.  This traction material, which looks like a series of upside down letter y’s, not only incorporates the actual silicon into the design of the glove (which is very smart), but is also some of the ‘stickiest’ traction material on a touchscreen glove that I’ve come across.

The overall design of the non-conductive elements of the glove is smart, thoughtful, and thorough.  From the generous pinched cuff, to the sleek tailoring, these gloves are the product of years of experience.  Wisely, The North Face steered clear of the generic power button logo which (dis)graces the index finger of a number of their other ETIP models.

The design could be improved by redesigning the touchscreen pads.  The bright silver conductive patches are at odds with the sleeker, more subtle design of the rest of the glove. A couple of years ago, it was common practice to have bright silver fingertips on touchscreen gloves.  This happened in part because it was difficult to dye the conductive threads and also served as an inexpensive advertisement for people who were unfamiliar with the new product.  Today that is no longer the case as there are a number of dyable conductive materials out there and the average consumer is aware of the product.

With regard to the functionality of the design, however, the finger pads are well-proportioned and cleverly sweep around to the side of the index finger in order to better serve the user’s natural movement and interaction with their touchscreen device.

Overall Value and Conclusion

The North Face ETIP Apex touchscreen gloves are sturdy, water-resistant gloves that incorporate clever design and good conductivity.  Although the $55.00 is on the pricier side, for everyday outdoor excursions, these gloves will get the job done.

Specs

Materials

Shell

  • 96% polyester
  • 4% elastane

Shell thumb and finger forchettes

  • 96 polyester
  • 4% elastane

Conductive finger tips and forchette

  • 100% silver metallized ripstop nylon

Shell palm

  • 96% polyester
  • 4% elastane

Cuff hem binding

  • 78% nylon
  • 22% elastane

Lining

  • 100% polyester

Styles

  • asphalt grey
  • black

 Sizing

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • Extra Large

Gender

Washing

  • spot clean with warm water and mild detergent
  • air dry
  • do not wash
  • do not iron
  • do not bleach
  • do not machine dry
  • do not dry clean

About The North Face

Named for the coldest, most unforgiving side of a mountain, The North Face began more than 40 years ago  in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood.  Founded by two hiking enthusiasts who resolved to follow their passions The North Face went from small retailer of high-performance climbing and backpacking equipment to a massive company that is in the forefront of everything outdoors for climbers, mountaineers, extreme skiers, snowboarders, endurance runners, and explorers everywhere.

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

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