Touchscreen Gloves & Co. GRIPZ 6

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Touchscreen Gloves & Co. GRIPZ 6

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Price: $10.00

The Touchscreen Gloves & Co. GRIPZ 6 touchscreen gloves are filling a surprisingly neglected niche within the touchscreen glove market - inexpensive, but good quality gloves. Warm, comfortable, and with smart rubber grip features on the palms, these gloves offer three-finger conductivity at a very affordable price.

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The Touchscreen Gloves & Co. GRIPZ 6 touchscreen gloves are filling a surprisingly neglected niche within the touchscreen glove market – inexpensive, but decent quality gloves.  Warm, comfortable, and with smart rubber grip features on the palms, these gloves offer three-finger conductivity at an affordable price.

Conductivity

The GRIPZ 6 gloves are very conductive.  In an effort to blend dyed wool or acrylic with the traditionally silver touchscreen compatible yarn, many glove manufacturers have interwoven conductive yarns with non-conductive materials.  While this can look great (and even work well if it’s done correctly), in some cases it leads to a slight reduction in conductivity due to the blending of materials.  The GRIPZ 6 do not suffer from this issue as they use fully conductive copper-based thread on the tips of the thumb, index and middle finger.

One way that Touchscreen Gloves & Co. could improve the conductivity is by making all five fingers touchscreen compatible.  While a large percentage of touchscreen interaction does not require more than three fingers at this point, with the increase in tablets and larger screens that implement virtual keyboards, five-finger conductivity, especially for everyday around-town gloves like these, is a good idea.

Construction

Given the price of these gloves, the construction is quite good.  Indeed, they are better crafted than a number of touchscreen gloves that I’ve tried that are two to three times as expensive.

One impressive aspect was the fit.  For one-size-fits all knit gloves, this is unusual.  Indeed, not only did they fit my hands relatively well (I usually wear a men’s large), but the were snug and comfortable on my wife’s hands, which are much smaller.  In my experience these types of gloves usually are too small in the fingers for men and to wide in the hand for women, but that is not the case here.

Another area that Touchscreen Gloves & Co. have done well is the webbing areas between the fingers.  On almost every knit glove I have tried, these areas are weak and usually have gaps and/or holes.  Indeed, it’s the first thing I check when I’m testing out a new pair of knit gloves.  On the GRIPZ 6, these areas are solid and well made.

Warmth  and Dexterity

These gloves are relatively warm and would be appropriate in weather down to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit.  That said, they are not intended for Arctic adventure or off-piste skiing, so for what they are, they are just right.  With the light profile and flexible acrylic material comes superior dexterity and maneuverability for users’ hands and fingers.

Design

While the GRIPZ 6 will not win any awards for looks, they are simple, straight-forward looking touchscreen gloves.

Without question, the best part of these gloves’ design is the rubber grip dots that cover the palm and palm-side of the fingers.   It constantly amazes me that more manufacturers have not caught on that some form of traction material is necessary on gloves that are intended to hold super slippery, extremely expensive devices on which we rely for almost all of our communication, navigation, and documentation.

While I am a fan of the traction dots, they could be improved by using a ‘stickier’ material – there are some silicon materials that are remarkably useful for this.  Additionally, the profile of the dots is a little bit too high – in other words, they stick up too much.  For work gloves, this would be fine, but for hanging out and doing your daily tasks, they are a bit much.

Lastly, as noted above, the GRIPZ 6 would benefit from the addition of ring finger and pinky conductivity.

Overall Value and Conclusion

The Touchscreen Gloves & Co. GRIPZ 6 are affordable, comfortable, and practical gloves.  For $10.00, these are some of the best touchscreen gloves you will get for your money.

Specs

Materials

  • 85% acrylic;
  • 5% spandex;
  • 5% copper-based conductive fiber;
  • 5% polyurethane (traction dots).

Styles

  • pink;
  • black

Sizing

  • one size fits all

Gender

  • Unisex

Washing

  • machine wash cold;
  • air dry;

About Touchscreen Gloves & Co.

Touchscreen Gloves & Co. was founded three years ago with a mission to provide low cost, high quality touch screen gloves. Low cost, high quality gloves with an industry standard money back guarantee have proven a successful combination for this company.

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

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