The Etre Fivepoint gloves add a touch of tech to touch tech

By , Feb 27, 2013

FIVEPOINT maps

Inevitably, we all need to use our iPhones in the cold and our tiny little fingers hate the cold. Thankfully, technology entered the clothing world and taking off our gloves to use the phone is a thing of the past. Etre entered the scene after successfully establishing themselves as a web design company. Turning toward fashion, they promise “each piece is lovingly crafted in the British Isles, using responsibly sourced, time-honoured British materials.” There are many implementations of the “connected” glove and some companies get it right, others do not. Today, we take a look at the Etre Fivepoint gloves, and thankfully, these guys got it right….

Wrong

There are many more ways to do something wrong than right. Before describing the Fivepoint, I wanted to pause to complain about how other glove companies try to enable their handware. My biggest pet peeve regarding capacitive touch gloves is the inclusion of an actual hardware piece. There are a few retailers that sell regular gloves and they come with a type of push-pin or button looking add on. To operate, one must place the button additions onto the glove by pinning it on the inside. Once the user touches the inside piece, it conducts electricity through the hardware.

Extra tipsWrong!

More often, companies have a separate material section on the thumb and pointer finger, as seen above. The material is different from the rest of the glove and are almost always awkwardly designed to draw unnecessary attention to the “e-tips,” or whatever dumb name has been created and registered as a trademark. Moreover, I have seen other people with these types of gloves and the special tips are not sewn properly or adhered correctly, consequently causing them to peel off.

Right

After a quick lesson on the wrong glove, let’s chat about the right glove. Etre Fivepoint gloves, for starters, are active on all five fingers across both hands. For the math challenged, that is ten total touch points for interacting with your devices. The inclusion of all fingers is especially helpful when using multitouch gestures on an iPad, or trackpad for that matter. Some companies solely worry about the right hand thumb and pointer finger, leaving lefties out in the cold and multitouch gestures in the dark.

The Fivepoint gloves boast capacitive thread, which is woven into each tip through the woolen fibers. As the thread is the conductor, there is no need for modified appliqués or button-like additions. While the tip thread is different from the rest of the glove, it is sewn directly into the existing glove base. This provides a continuous threaded material that has no seems at the connection point, further preventing the separation of the two pieces. It appears as one continuous threaded material, as seen below.

FIVEPOINT iPhone

I have used the Fivepoint gloves for a while and in several different scenarios. As they are not extremely thick, they are not going to replace your big snow gloves, but do act as a nice base layer. Then, when accessing your iPhone, you can keep your hands warm by only removing the top layer. I did notice during an extremely frigid night, about 19F/-7C, the responsiveness decreased, but I assume it is due to my extremely cold finger tips producing too little electricity to make it through the threads. I had to resort to taking off the gloves to use the iPhone that night, but it was an extreme case.

Otherwise, I find no trouble using the gloves or placing accurate taps. It takes a little getting used to, but eventually you can adjust. As with any wool gloves, there is a seam on the very tip of each finger, which sometimes gets in the way. Most importantly, make sure that you get the correct size and, if in doubt, get the smaller size. It is imperative your fingers completely fill the glove tips to ensure an accurate capacitive response.

Conclusion

Overall, I am a big fan of the Etre Fivepoint gloves. Sewn from a nice wool, the gloves have a high-end feel. As they are 100% wool, they do fuzz up a bit during normal use, but that is standard across the woolen glove family. If you are looking for a capacitive glove with a bit of class and style, these are the gloves for you. As they are located in England, you will have to shell out 30£/$46 (only $39 on Amazon) and we thank Etre for sending out a pair for review. Head over to the shop to find your own pair in Blue/Pear, Black/Charcoal, Victoria/Pearl, Blue Fairisle/Pearl, Sage/Charcoal, or Camel/Charcoal.

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  • http://TechToTalk.com/ Ali Wadi

    I’m just wondering if this is a sponsor review because it looks so ugly to me… I bought “Agloves” they works perfectly on any touch screen and their appearent looks way better than the one on the review.

    Sorry, this is my personal view, so really it’s depend on the person, but thanks for the great review :)

    • Lordthree

      You beat me to it. I thought this was an ad as well. There are hundreds of brands of similar products.

      • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

        We’re aware of that. Unfortunately we can’t review hundreds of brands of similar products. Etre happened to send us these gloves and Jim liked them, hence the positive review.

      • http://twitter.com/OneyOzFest182 Kevin Osborne

        LoLoLoL still seems sponsored to me too. I love you guys I really do but this was the first “hard to swallow” post for me, because I’ve purchased 4 pairs exactly like this at Wal*Mart for $4 once on clearance, and $8 the rest of the time. Same fabric, woven into the main glove just the same way, and I found them there for the first time a couple of years ago. If they were the first to come up with this it would be one thing but being a technology blog, you should really post NEW technology. When Tommy Hilfiger comes out with these amazing gloves that keep all your fingers together in one combined pocket and just give you your thumb separate so your fingers can keep each other warm, and you guys review them as being amazing and just $40, we’d all laugh at you and tell you they’re just mittens and they’ve been around a long time. This case is a less extreme version of that.

      • JimGresham

        Kevin, Thanks for reading. Sorry you found the post hard to swallow. Sure there are many gloves out there for a lower price. I mean, I could buy sunglasses at a gas station or I could buy the same ones at Nordstrom with “LV” stuck on the side and they cost more because they are designer.

        Etre is a designer brand in UK and they bill themselves that way. Just because they are designer, doesn’t make them amazing but it does increase the price. I never said they were affordable or that everyone should go buy a pair. I do like them, however. They are well built gloves.

        Also, Etre has been making these gloves for a good long while. They were one of the firsts when they came to the market.

        Finally, just because we write a positive review doesn’t mean everyone should assume it is sponsored. As you can see in all of my reviews, I state the items were sent for review by the company. If there is a sponsored article, of which there are few, it is clearly labeled as a sponsored article.

        Again, thanks for reading and for the feedback. It challenges us to provide great content for our readers!

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    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      No it’s not a sponsored review. Sponsored reviews are always labeled as “sponsored”. Etre sent us some gloves to review and Jim liked them. We’re not saying Etre is your only option and we’re not saying these are the only gloves you should buy. Jim liked the product and wrote a positive review about it. We don’t make a buck of everything we recommend.

      • JimGresham

        Thanks Seb. …and if you guys are thirsty for some not-so-positive reviews, try reading the Swann security camera article, or the ZAGG headphone reviews. …or the ID America skin review.

        These gloves are the first positive review I have written in a few weeks!

        http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/jimgresham

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gaugeprower Jonathan Matias

    Got mine for less than 10 bucks =P

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      Good for you. I got some Tommy Hilfiger gloves (a brand I usually dislike) for like $20 a few months ago. They work great. But again, I live in California, so I don’t really wear gloves that often.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jpmarinjimenez Juan Pablo Marin

    I got mine for €1 xD at Carrefour. And they work perfect!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=539480065 Leslie Kwan

    I’m from Canada and this is a must have. I got mine from eBay and they work great. And it doesn’t have different coloured fingertips. :P