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

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

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Price: $95.00

The North Face ETIP Facet gloves are a two-in-one liner/shell combo that combines great outer warmth and water resistance with a decent touchscreen compatible liner. For $85.00, this is an expensive option

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The North Face ETIP Facet gloves are a two-in-one liner/shell combo that combines great outer warmth and water resistance with a decent touchscreen compatible liner.  For $95.00, however, this is an expensive option.

Conductivity

The conductivity of these gloves is a bit deceiving, albeit unintentionally so.  When I first tried these on, I was under the impression that both the liner and the shell were touchscreen compatible – indeed, a salesperson at The North Face told me that they were. However, since the grip pads on the thumb, index, and middle finger of the shell look like they could be,  this is an easy mistake to make. After trying in vain for several minutes to make a connection between the inner conductive liner and the outer shell I realized that only the liner is touchscreen compatible.

While I am 100% sure that there is no intentional deception going on here, had I purchased these online I would have assumed that both the shell and the liner were conductive, so caveat emptor.

Unfortunately, the ETIP Facet liners, which are touchscreen compatible,  lack the silicon traction grip on the palms and fingers included on the ETIP liner gloves that are sold individually.  That said, the conductivity of the ETIP Facet liners is just as good.  While the touchscreen pads on the index finger and thumb of each hand don’t fit quite as well as the rest of the glove, the silver metallized nylon does a great job of conducting the user’s natural charge.

Construction

As one would expect, the ETIP Facet gloves are very well constructed.  The stitching, material choice, craftsmanship and overall manufacturing of these gloves is excellent.  For me, the size large which I typically wear were a bit big for my hands, so I went down to a medium.

Warmth  and Dexterity

These gloves are, if nothing else, quite warm when worn together (they receive a two out of three snowflake rating on The North Face’s website, though I’ve not been able to track down the temperature range that that indicates).  Needless to say, when coupled together, the liner and shell are sufficient for most peoples ski/snowboarding adventures or outdoor excursions.

While the shell is bulky and would be difficult to operate a touchscreen with, this is moot as it is not touchscreen compatible.  Once taken off, the liners are quite nimble and using them to text, take a photo, or use other apps is no problem.

Design

One of the nice features included on most of The North Face’s ETIP touchscreen compatible gloves is the silicone grip material on the palm and fingers.  This design element is often overlooked by manufacturers and should be mandatory for gloves that are made specifically to handle slick touchscreen devices.  While the shell has a polyurethane thumb and palm patch that help with holding slick phones and tablets, the silicone grip dots included on the regular ETIP liners have been omitted from the ETIP Facet liner.

The aesthetic design of the gloves could be improved by altering two elements.  First, while the outer shell is free of ‘high-tech’ logos that seem to plague some of The North Face’s other glove designs, the liners have an unnecessary generic silver power button logo emblazoned on each of the index fingers.  Second, the conductive tips themselves, which are made of a silver metallized nylon are bright silver, are a loud reminder that these are touchscreen gloves.  There are a number of dyable touchscreen compatible materials on the market today that could be used to integrate these areas more tastefully into the sleek, elegant design of the non-conductive elements.

Overall Value and Conclusion

While The North Face ETIP Facet shell and liner are both sturdy and functional, they are expensive and the liner that is included is not as nice as the regular ETIP liner.  As such, if consumers are wedded to the ETIP, they may want to buy the regular liner and a separate shell.

Specs

Materials

Shell body

  • 100% nylon

Shell inner thumb and palm patch

  • 100% polyurethane

Shell lining

  • 70% polyester
  • 30% nylone

Shell insulation

  • 100% polyester

Removable liner shell

  • 93% polyester
  • 7% elastane

Removable liner conductive finger tips

  • 100% silver metallized nylon

Styles

  • black

 Sizing

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • Extra Large

Gender

  • Men’s
  • For women’s click here

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
3 stars
Construction
4 stars
Warmth
4 stars
Dexterity
3 stars
Design
3 stars
Overall Value
2 stars

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