The North Face - ETIP Pamir Windstopper Touchscreen Gloves (2013) Women's

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The North Face – ETIP Pamir Windstopper Touchscreen Gloves (2013) Women’s

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Price: $65.00

The North Face ETIP Pamir Windstopper gloves are relatively warm, solidly constructed gloves that offer poor two-finger conductivity and design. At $65.00, these are expensive and not recommended.

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The North Face ETIP Pamir Windstopper gloves are relatively warm, solidly constructed gloves that offer poor two-finger conductivity and design.  At $65.00, these are expensive and not recommended.

Conductivity

The conductivity of the ETIP Pamir Windstopper gloves is not particularly good.

Interestingly, this flaw does not lie on the silver metallized nylon used in the two touchscreen compatible pads, which actually conducts quite well.  Rather, the conductive material on the index finger is recessed due to the actual design of the glove, making it fairly difficult to engage a touchscreen device.  Indeed, the name ‘ETIP’ is a misnomer as they are really ‘EPADs’ at best.  The lack of material on the tips of the fingers makes most of the tasks you would want to use the gloves for (think texting, typing in a map locations, or dialing a number) unnecessarily challenging.

Construction

As with most products from The North Face, the actual construction is excellent.  The seams, stitching, connections and materials are all of superior quality.  As regular gloves, the ETIP Pamir are a solid and comfortable product that will last for a while.  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 had the occasion to use them in colder weather, though I can imagine that they might be a little bit thin for any extended period of time.  The ETIP Pamir straddle a slightly awkward place between heavy winter gloves and lighter gloves or liners.  Unfortunately, this means that while they are not the warmest gloves out there, they are also bulky and somewhat difficult to move in.

Design

The best feature of these gloves is a silicon pattern that sweeps across part of the palm up onto the the middle and index fingers.  This traction material, which is designed to look like an enlarged finger print pattern, not only incorporates the actual silicon into the design of the glove (which is very smart), but it also is the ‘stickiest’ traction material on a touchscreen glove that I’ve encountered.  If nothing else, The North Face should make sure to incorporate this feature in the rest of there conductive gloves.

The rest of the design could be improved both aesthetically and functionally.

First, the use of the generic power button logo on the index finger of both hands seems to have been an afterthought to make the gloves look high-tech.  Extra touches like this are what a design professor I had in college referred to as ‘Art Sauce’:  they add nothing (and usually detract) and are dumped onto substandard designs to distract.

Similarly, 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, the finger pads would benefit from a complete overhaul.  The index finger is so recessed that it fails in its primary mission: allowing a user to interact with a touchscreen device.  While the thumb does not suffer from the same setback, both conductive fingers would benefit from a larger conductive area, particularly in the actual tips of the fingers.  Indeed, the design of these gloves forces users to conform their actions to the shortfalls of the product – never a good sign.

Overall Value and Conclusion

The North Face ETIP Pamir gloves are well constructed gloves that fail at their intended purpose.  Moreover, at $65.00, they are expensive.  I would not recommend purchasing these gloves.

Specs

Materials

Shell

  • 100% polyester laminated to ePTFE

Palm Patch

  • 60% nylon
  • 40% polyurethane

Conductive finger tips

  • 100% silver metallized nylon

Styles

  • vaporous grey
  • black

 Sizing

  • Extra Small
  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large

Gender

  • Women’s
  • For men’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
2 stars
Construction
4 stars
Warmth
3 stars
Dexterity
2 stars
Design
1 stars
Overall Value
1 stars

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