Review: Outdoor Research Sensor Gloves

A smartphone-compatible glove for staying in touch on the slopes

A fact of life in this digital age is that we are almost always connected, whether in the office or on the slopes. Smartphones, in particular, are our constant companions, for better and for worse. Outdoor Research recognizes the utility of the touchscreen and supports it with its Sensor glove.

The Sensor features TouchTec leather on the fingers and palms, allowing you to operate a touchscreen without taking your gloves off. This features works as advertised, and it's a novel feeling to be able to zip around your apps fully gloved. The tips of the fingers are tailored in such a way that accuracy is not a problem, and you quickly forget you're not using your bare finger.

The Sensor is not a one-trick pony however. The glove is well constructed, with a minimum of cold-leaking seams and a nice trim fit that feels true to size. The soft shell material is very wind-resistant and provides decent water resistance, and the inside has a brushed tricot on the palm side that feels warm and plush.

The elastic cuff slides over your hand easily and fits nicely into your sleeves. The thin leather provides a solid grip, with good tactile feedback and a solid but not sticky contact. One feature that is greatly appreciated is that the Sensor folds fairly flat to stow easily in a jacket pocket. Overall, the Sensor is a great daily wear glove for light duty or as a liner under a heavy mitten for very cold (or long) days on the slope, and the touchscreen compatibility is perfect for staying in touch with family or friends without unneccesarily incurring frostbite.

Hits: perfect for touchscreens, warm and weather-resistant
Misses: palm leather is a bit on the thin side
Buy It ($60 at Campmor)

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