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The North Face Etip Recycled Gloves

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: The North Face Etip Recycled Gloves fleece glove/mitten

Excellent light glove for mildly cold temps, where you need to use your electronics.

Pros

  • Fairly warm
  • Cellphone recognizes most taps
  • Good grip surface

Cons

  • Wearing a bit more quickly than I would like
  • Expensive

These are my go-to light gloves. They are great for ascents where I am working hard and am generating heat, but temps are still freezing. I throw these in my cargo pant pockets so I can quickly thrown them on or off as needed. They weigh just 2 ounces, so keeping them in my pack year round is not an issue. They are also great for summer nights around camp when temps have dropped.

They also work well enough with my phone that I can do minimal operations, like using the camera while wearing them. But if you think you can accurately text while wearing them, think again. They are still gloves and will limit your movement. And they increase your touch surface area, so it's easy to hit multiple characters accidently. 

The palm has grippy dots that keep my poles tightly held.

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Grippy dots in 45-degree temps

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Top side has TNF logo and Etip indicator on index finger
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Cold weather ascents where heavy gloves are too warm

The material is stretchy and can accommodate being too small. I choose a large as I prefer the gloves not be stretched out at all. I feel they are a little warmer if slightly loose.

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Size large on my hand
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My only complaint is that some of the dots on the thumb are wearing. There is minimal pilling on the palm and these have seen many miles with trekking poles in hand.

The polyester material dries quickly and absorbs little water. So, they work well in snow and rain conditions.

I also have a pair of Head gloves from Costco that were $9. The Heads feel cold in comparison. There were days when I felt the Head gloves actually made my hands colder. That is not the case with TNF Etips. More often I have to take them off as my hands got too hot. The Heads are now my driving gloves and these are my hiking gloves.

Overall, these are a great gloves that have lasted fall to late spring without much wear. We hike 2-3 times per week and these have been on and off throughout three seasons, so I think the wear they are seeing is justified. I see these getting at least another year before the dots show significant wear.

My only complaint is the cost. I think these are great for $20, but the $45 MSRP is not justified. 

Background

I have a box full of gloves. These and my Black Diamonds super lights are my favorites.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $35

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Men's
Price Current Retail: $31.99-$45.00
Historic Range: $19.57-$45.00
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Price Current Retail: $44.95-$45.00
Historic Range: $22.00-$45.00
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