A tech-ready softshell glove.
The North Face Canyonwall Etip Glove is a breathable, water-resistant, and lightweight glove to keep your hands comfortable when you're trekking, hiking, or shoveling the driveway. It's made of comfortable hardface fleece that's overlayed with a soft, breathable TNF Apex ClimateBlock softshell and finished with a DWR treatment to repel moisture. The palm also has UR Powered touchscreen functionality, so you can stay connected when you're out of the house.
- Polyester jersey fabric with grid fleece backer
- TNF Apex ClimateBlock softshell overlay with a DWR coating
- TKA 300 fleece palm with synthetic suede overlay
- UR Powered touchscreen functionlity
- Silicone gripper print
- Five-dimensional fit
- Radiametric articulation
- Item #TNF00ID
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Ive had these gloves for about a year now and there Ok depending on the conditions you want to use them for. They keep your hands decently warm in cold weather (30s) for being such a light minimal glove. However that is the only positive.
In cold windy conditions they don't fare as well. In snowy conditions they were simply not cutting it. The material on the back of the hand isn't bad, but the fleece palms and fingers soak water very easily, and let wind through. For example if you decide to brush some snow off your car, or throw a few snowballs, these gloves will become wet and and shortly thereafter will become cold. Even falling snow landing on your gloves will get them wet and eventually they get cold.
Next up is the eTip finger technology. It works ok at first when the gloves are brand new, but the performance decreases quickly over time. And when I say it works ok, I mean you can slide to unlock, click on the camera app, and take a photo, but texting is a real pain (borderline not worth bothering with). Once the gloves have been worn and washed a few times the eTip fingers performance gets much worse. It also doesn't seem to work well at all if there is any snow or moisture on the gloves. After one year mine pretty much don't work for me so I end up talking off one glove to use my iPhone.
So thats it. These are really not too bad for casual use around town in cold dry conditions. But if you plan on using them in snow or for the touch screen ability I would look for something else. I plan on upgrading so something with better performance in snow, and may or may not look for a pair with touch screen ability. I haven't decided how important that really is yet..