The North FaceApex Etip Glove - Men's

Touchscreen-friendly gloves for hiking and light work.

Keep your hands warm, dry, and comfortable in the lightweight and versatile Apex Etip Men's Glove. The shell is made of light and breathable TNF Apex ClimateBlock softshell and finished with a water-repellent DWR coating to keep you dry when you're hiking or shoveling the driveway, and the synthetic suede palm has a gripper print to help you keep a firm grasp on your shovel. Bonus feature: the palm is outfitted with UR Powered Conductive technology so you can snap pictures of your shoveling handiwork without having to take off your gloves to work your phone.

  • TNF Apex ClimateBlock shell and palm with a DWR finish
  • Brushed tricot lining
  • Synthetic suede palm overlay with a silicone gripper print
  • UR Powered conductive technology
  • Radiametric articulation
  • Five-dimensional fit
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Not for cold weather

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted to believe the reviews from people who talked about how effective these gloves were in the cold. Unfortunately, I should have believed those who said they didn’t do anything for keeping hands warm in cold weather. This was my family’s experience. All four of us gave them thumbs down for cold protection. Even in temps in the 30s the cold was immediately noticeable. In the 20s? Forget it - nearly worthless.

Good gloves for weather above 35 or so or short exposure outside. Otherwise, buy something heavier with thermal lining. In retrospect I could have figured this out by looking at the materials used.

This is accurate. My girlfriend got these and didn't like them. They felt and looked ok to me, like a windproof softshell material with a nice grip area on the palm. So i tried them and immediately realized why she didn't like them -- they are like having a plastic bag on your hand, with no perceivable vapor transport. Result is your hands end up moist and freezing. My hands actually felt warmer when i took them off, if this gives you an idea. If you bought them too large and then used a liner, you might get a couple hours use before wetting out. Just the wrong materials for the job, imho -- no breathability and no stretch. There are some great windproof softshell gloves (Arc'teryx Venta) and even more nice fleece ones (RAB Phantom Grip, Arc'teryx Rivet) around this pricepoint. Steer clear of these Apex Etips unless your hands are always warm and dry!

Get the job done

    Not so comfortable to wear

    Not breathable

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I liked the feeling of the soft-shell material and liner -- the glove fits well and is comfortable. But the first time i wore them was a chilly (30ºF) morning commute. Almost immediately my hands felt cold, but i wasn't worried until they got all clammy and sweaty -- the exact opposite of the way most soft shells feel -- the main reason i'm a softshell fan-boy: Breathability. I never really gave much thought to breathability of handwear, but after this experience i can say that it's a key quality to staying comfortable (not necessarily warm, which can lead to perspiration) and dry. Without the membrane, these would probably be a great piece of clothing, but they are not insulated enough for the kind of temps where you start to think about wanting a vapor-barrier. I hope this helps!

    Great gloves

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I used them in a hiking trip in the low 30s F and they worked out pretty good. The gloves are pretty confortable.

    Great

      Awesome light weight glove. Warmed my hands right up which I didn't really expect based on their weight. Using my phone was great too.

      Fits small around the wrist

        I ordered a medium and they fit around my fingers and hand very nicely. The problem is trying to get my hand in through the bottom that has been designed to be skin tight just below your wrist. He fabric doesn't have any give to it so it's a struggle to actually get the glove on unless you have tiny skinny hands.

        I love these gloves!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        They are true to the size, soft and warm. I'm very happy with them.

        Excellent Gloves!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        1) these are warm, soft and awesome snow gloves. They are warm with fleece lining and not bulky at all (I can use my iPhone and juggle my keys just fine) 2) said iPhone use is AMAZING with the tips having the ability to use touch screens and lastly 3) the rubber grips on the palms are AWESOME! They are perfect for driving in the snow to grip the steering wheel while keeping my fingers warm and the same goes for my ski poles, no more twisting in my hands :) highly recommend, and N. Face gloves for that price? Let's get real! What a deal.

        step up

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I wanted something a little bulkier and warmer than the other etips I own, something I could shovel the walks in and not feel the cold. These do the job. I don't think I would wear them for much more unless I layered them. Anything below 15 degrees I can feel the chill easily.

        Love these gloves

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Gloves are not too bulky, and are very warm. Have been wearing them in approximately 20 degree weather thus far and they have been very warm.

        Being able to use the touch screen on my phone is nice, but still somewhat difficult. Only good for basic functions like unlocking, making calls.

        Dimpled palm.

        Grippy palm.

        Dimpled palm.

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        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        The e-tips are sooo cool you don't have to take your gloves off to use your phone anymore!! Nice light duty glove. Fit is nice true to size.

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