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Those of you seeking cold weather touchscreen gloves for this coming winter will find few better options than Glider Gloves “Urban” touchscreen gloves, also available for $24.99 at Amazon.

In all respects, Glider Gloves feel like the Cadillac of touchscreen garments. They’re beautifully designed, protective against the elements and provide a grip quality akin to Spiderman or perhaps G.I. Joe. But does its superiority justify a $15 premium compared to other products in the market?

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Initial Impressions

My initial impressions of the Glider Gloves are good. It features a combination of clean, elegant design and solid construction quality.

Glider Gloves (Urban Style) design come packaged in a thin, plastic box. There’s a brief text blurb explaining how Glider Gloves offer touch-screen compatibility. Its fabric contains woven copper fibers, allowing its wielder to operate capacitive touchscreens. Capacitive touchscreens, which differ from resistive screens What Are the Differences Between Capacitive & Resistive Touchscreens? What Are the Differences Between Capacitive & Resistive Touchscreens? Modern touchscreen devices come in two forms: the capacitative touchscreen and the resistive touchscreen. Here are the pros and cons of each kind. Read More , run a weak electrical current through its surface. Your finger possesses weakly conductive properties, which through touch activates the touchscreen. The conductive fabric emulates this effect.

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Upon first inspection, the Glider Gloves come off appearing quite handsome. They feature minimal, horizontal striping throughout the entire glove. The interior hemline of the glove uses bright blue thread. I particularly enjoy the hexagonal rubberized grip, which lines the interior portions of the glove. Overall, its appearance places Glider a touch above of its competitors.

Testing the Glider Gloves Out

To get a benchmark to compare the Glider Gloves with, I picked up a brand Glider claims to outperform: Agloves, available from Amazon at $5-16. Agloves use a silver nylon, instead of the copper fabric used by Glider Gloves, to activate capacitive touchscreens. I evaluated it on the basis of its touchscreen performance, warmth and comfort, and overall functionality.

Touchscreen Performance

Using the Agloves, I found that the overall touchscreen performance was good, although frequent problems showed up. For example, I couldn’t drag down the notifications menu using my second generation Nexus 7 tablet. However, the touch sensitivity worked well enough on all my other Android devices.

Glider Gloves, on the other hand, functioned without issue for activating the notifications menu. Granted, there have been reports of touchscreen issues on the Nexus 7. Unfortunately, I can’t explain why this would fail to work properly with one glove and not with the other. This is particularly confounding, as silver provides superior conductivity, compared to copper. As silver also offers anti-microbial properties, it makes me wonder why Glider Gloves went with copper. Perhaps silver is too conductive?

Glider Gloves did seem to experience some difficulty activating small icons, although it still marginally outperformed the Agloves using the touchscreen keyboard. Using the outstanding SwiftKey (read our review of SwiftKey Enjoy A Better Typing Experience With SwiftKey 3 [Android] Enjoy A Better Typing Experience With SwiftKey 3 [Android] We type a lot on our mobile devices. We constantly text people, browse the web, type up documents, and so much more. Therefore, keyboards have become one of the most important apps on your device,... Read More ), I couldn’t tell the difference between either glove. Overall, I prefer the snugger fit of the Glider Gloves over Agloves.

Warmth and Comfort

Glider Gloves provided warmth in 46 degree Fahrenheit weather, with a wind speed of 12 mph while using my bicycle. It’s important to note that the Agloves performed equally as well providing comfort. The difference between the two lies primarily within the texture and snugness of the fit. Glider’s product feels noticeably snugger than Agloves’s. On the other hand (pun intended), Agloves feels softer, providing a pleasant, fuzzy feel. Ultimately, it’s apples and oranges. If you like a softer, fuzzy feel, go with Agloves. If you prefer a snug, smoother sensation, go with Glider.

Functionality

Functionality is where Glider Gloves comes out far ahead. The hexagonal rubber grip on its palms and fingers allow for more active use. While bicycling, I often reach for a metal sports bottle – the Agloves did not provide much of a grip. The soft, fuzzy feel made it difficult keeping hold of slick metal objects.

Glider Gloves, on the other hand, make you feel like Spiderman.

On the Downside

Glider Gloves aren’t perfect. There are some very minor build quality issues as well as special washing instructions.

A few errant strands of thread stuck out from the Glider Gloves, requiring trimming. While these were just minor aesthetic imperfections, I expect a bit more from a $24.99 pair of gloves. However, Agloves featured far worse thread work, including a defective finger. Glider Gloves again come out far ahead of the competition.

Special Washing Requirements

The biggest problem I had with Glider Gloves is that they require hand washing. However, to my knowledge, all touchscreen gloves require special treatment.

Should You Buy It?

If you’re living an active lifestyle, involving activity such as bicycling or jogging, or you need extra grip, Glider Gloves come out far ahead of cheaper touchscreen apparel. I would dare say that you should probably pay a bit more just for the grip alone. On the other hand, if you’re just looking for an inexpensive means of interacting with your devices while keeping your hands warm, cheaper alternatives may fit your wallet a bit better.

Our verdict of the Glider Gloves (Urban Style):
MakeUseOf recommends: Buy them.
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  1. Paul Kim
    December 16, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    This is pretty neat, but I think more people would enjoy Nanotips (nanotips.com) as it is a far better solution that allows you to turn your normal gloves into touchscreen gloves.

  2. Pamela E
    December 14, 2013 at 3:37 am

    no i do not use havent been able to find any I like

  3. Nero T
    December 13, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I'm using some Perri's Magic Gloves glove but it isn't touchscreen compatible, which a little bit uncomfort when I need to use my phone.

    Both Glider and Agloves are snug and compatible with touchscreen, but I'm cyclist and I love Glider for the grip.

  4. JTT
    December 12, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Not yet. It depends on the weather of the country I'm currently at :)

  5. Travis Faulkner
    December 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I've got some leather gloves that bleed through a little but I would love something better

  6. DAN J
    December 11, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I have a light lycra pair but they are not warm enough for winter.

  7. Arsen G
    December 11, 2013 at 10:23 am

    No, I have not.

  8. Paul Y
    December 11, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I rarely use touch screens out doors, because it is -35°C with the wind chill over here - gloves might help for about 5 minutes...

  9. Nikita K
    December 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Haven't got them yet, but am thinking about getting them.

  10. Tom S
    December 9, 2013 at 6:20 am

    I would love to own a pair of these type of gloves, I currently did not find need for such a thing...but it is winter and I was out during the cold and needed to use my smart phone...and guess what, I had to take my glove off and use my phone, so now I realize the use for these.

  11. Ismail K
    December 8, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Don't have any Hope to win this one.

  12. Brad Merrell
    December 8, 2013 at 2:36 am

    I have some but it's a very small spot that works for the screen

  13. Dany B
    December 7, 2013 at 2:41 am

    No I dont have those kind of gloves yet, but I plan to get a pair soon. Jus did not have the time to search for a good pair that fits my hands.

  14. Marguerite O'Connell
    December 7, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I do not have a pair of smart phone gloves ... yet. Living in the South, I have been able to get away with this, however the weather here in Texas this week has me considering purchasing these. Thanks for the review.

  15. Simona
    December 6, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I've never tried a touchscreen compatible gloves, I usually wear half finger gloves to be able to use my smartphone even when it's cold outside

  16. Rachel P
    December 6, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I just got a touchscreen phone this past year and haven't thought about this problem before now.

  17. Bogdan D
    December 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    No

  18. benjamin kilar
    December 6, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I have in the past, but they were too bulky. These look better!

  19. Kawiks
    December 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I do not own touch screen gloves.... yet! ;) hoping to win a pair sometime.

  20. bill kocken
    December 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I can always use a pair of gloves, although it is -10F today. These will not be warm enough

  21. LisaB
    December 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Haven't tried them... have mostly gotten by ok without them. Would be nice though!

  22. Mohamed S
    December 6, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Never tried before

  23. John D
    December 6, 2013 at 7:45 am

    never tried before

  24. Lori P
    December 6, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Haven't got around to getting them yet, although I'll be missing them when I need them!

  25. Bnag
    December 6, 2013 at 3:30 am

    Just know this thing now!

  26. Stephanie Bonck
    December 6, 2013 at 12:45 am

    I never did have gloves like this, no.

  27. Kathleen S
    December 5, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I have never had a pair, finances have not permitted this non essential purchase

  28. Ron A
    December 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I tend not to use touchscreen devices outside.

  29. ifigeneia katsagoni
    December 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    had no idea they existed.

  30. bong
    December 5, 2013 at 3:02 am

    No! Haven't known suck a device exists!

  31. Daniel Ooi
    December 5, 2013 at 1:39 am

    I have not use it before because it is not that cold for me to use it

  32. Rick
    December 4, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I don't own a touchscreen device, but may consider using one after I win.

  33. Jacques P
    December 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    i shoould in order to protect my hands from the cold while surfing online

  34. Daniel Perez
    December 4, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I have a few pairs of touchscreen gloves, but they're too slippery to hold the phone securely. My old arthritic hands need warmth to function well.

  35. James Horne
    December 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    No because I didn't know they existed...

  36. Sam K
    December 4, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    i don't have any touch screen compatible gloves. didn't thought of buying one.

  37. Baldo S
    December 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    beautiful

  38. Tate S
    December 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I haven't tried one yet, it's already hot here in the philippines haha

  39. Stephan H
    December 4, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I wasn't convinced that they're good enough.

  40. Mihir C
    December 4, 2013 at 8:35 am

    No because it doesnt get that col here!

  41. Dan D
    December 4, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Honestly I'm too frugal to invest in them. I have always just took off my gloves , cut a small hole, or wrap something over the glove that would work just as well.

  42. Edmund S
    December 4, 2013 at 6:34 am

    I do not use any yet because I have not found a pair that provides the same amount of warmth as my current non-touchscreen friendly gloves.

  43. Julian
    December 4, 2013 at 6:26 am

    no. haven't used anything like this because i've always tried to avoid using gadgets out in the cold. now that i rely on public transportation for my commute, I can see how these would be useful.

  44. Va D
    December 4, 2013 at 6:17 am

    I use my hands or my own DIY version constructed of piece of other gloves and materials.

  45. Stephane
    December 4, 2013 at 5:54 am

    I use touchscreen gloves because they're pratical.

  46. Sachin Chandran
    December 4, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Haven't tried them before, but winter has started and I would like to try it out.

  47. Aaron
    December 4, 2013 at 4:35 am

    No, don't need them in Florida, but I will in NC.

  48. Jan Mark Ferrer
    December 4, 2013 at 3:06 am

    I have never used a glove for touch screen but i really want to try it. Maybe this is the right time to have one!

  49. Sean M
    December 4, 2013 at 2:37 am

    I don't use touch screen compatible gloves because it hasn't been cold enough yet

  50. Bill M
    December 4, 2013 at 2:35 am

    No, I've never tried them, but winter has arrived...

  51. Andrew
    December 4, 2013 at 2:32 am

    I use touchscreen compatible gloves, because they're useful, and I need to keep my hands warm.

  52. Jamie S.
    December 4, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Haven't had a reason to use any yet and never saw them in stores before this year.

  53. christian
    December 4, 2013 at 12:20 am

    I didnt even know that there were such things as touchscreen compatible gloves that is so awesome

  54. Joseph Mark
    December 4, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Haven't tried it but if I will give it a try.

  55. Krastan D
    December 3, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    i use touchscreen gloves already, because they are warm

  56. charity de meer
    December 3, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    yes i am too cold to take off my gloves to type on my phone. but i lost one of mine :(

  57. Mike
    December 3, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    i need goes that will work with otter box case

  58. Mike
    December 3, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    i have some but they do not work through my otter box case.

    Need gloves that will work.

  59. magykmaster
    December 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I do. when they work, they provide make life easier and when they don't, I just take off the gloves like you would with any other gloves

  60. Linda P
    December 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I do use them. Otherwise I have to keep taking off my other gloves to use my phone.

  61. Tammi Laney
    December 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I would love to try them.

  62. Jason P
    December 3, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I've not worn them. Wouldn't mind trying them. :)

  63. Quilting Tangent
    December 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    No, don't own any.

  64. matt
    December 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    not yet

  65. RonL
    December 3, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    haven't tried any yet, no reason not to though.

  66. Lori
    December 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I haven't tried them yet, but living in Alaska I definitely plan to try them soon!!

  67. Cassie S
    December 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I just got a pair - checking the train schedule on the platform doesn't have to be so uncomfortable anymore! I got the Isotoner Smartouch Tech. Compared to these, they look warmer, but the touchscreen part doesn't always work perfectly.

  68. Brian D
    December 3, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Never tried them, but in Wisconsin, I absolutely should!

    • Cheryl S
      December 3, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      I don't use touchscreen gloves because I lost them!

  69. Howell
    December 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I don't have a pair yet. Hoping to win one.

  70. Eugenie
    December 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I have not used touchscreen gloves yet. I am in the market to acquire a pair.

  71. Faith
    December 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I live in Maine, of course I do!

  72. Carlos
    December 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Nice!

  73. BrianP
    December 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Don't own a pair yet

  74. Tomasz
    December 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    No, because I can`t find a store, when I can buy it in my town.

  75. Adrian K
    December 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Didn't use any gloves like that before cause most smartphone compatible gloves are way too thin to actively use them outside at the temperatures we have here.

  76. Larry
    December 3, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Do not use them because I have never heard of the previously. Would like to try them.

  77. Beto Vega
    December 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    No, but I would love to try these! :D

  78. Francisco Nunes
    December 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I did. But got stolen :(

  79. Mike A
    December 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I do. very useful when taking the train.

  80. Sagar Sanjeev
    December 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    No .Becoz i Didn't Knew Something Like This Existed

  81. pceasies
    December 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I have a pair of Isotoner gloves I got as a gift. I really like the gloves although you have to make sure they are pulled on all the way for the touch compatible fingertips to work.

  82. Catherine M
    December 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I have not used any but I would sure like to give these to someone who is very active outdoors and takes "a lot" of electronic gadgets with him.

  83. Chay P
    December 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I did till I lost them :/ it's just common sense to have a pair for winter

  84. Sam T
    December 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    i dont have any,,,

  85. Nadira Š
    December 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I don't use them, but I'd like to.

  86. Stefan Y
    December 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Well, I do need gloves and I just recently got my first touchscreen smartphone. I don't really feel like freezing my hands and browsing around when I'm away...

  87. Waleed B
    December 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I don't use them but i would like to specially in winters

  88. Rick M
    December 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I don't use them...was not willing to buy a pair not know if they work as advertised....winning would great!

  89. Stephen Cowan
    December 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I have never used them, I did not know they existed

  90. Jorge B
    December 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I don't, yet

  91. Mark R
    December 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I don't use them yet. But would love to try.

  92. Tobias
    December 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Would love to use them, but never found it worth spending money tbh :D

  93. Mike D
    December 3, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Do NOT use them now, just b/c it generally doesn't get THAT cold where I use a touch screen !

  94. Richard Bonifacio
    December 3, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Yes, but I need another one.

  95. Bonny Dixon MacIsaac
    December 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    No, I don't but I would sure like to try them. Look very handy!

  96. David L
    December 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I do. They are IsoToner SmartGloves and work rather well, especially against windchill. I wish as much of the fingertips were conductive as the pads though.

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