Gamer Gloves Product Review
by Dave Vogt
What are Gamer Gloves? Well, that’s a good question. They’re essentially high performance gloves for high level gaming. With their Temperature Control Technology and moisture wicking material, they keep your hands dry and at an even temperature, regardless of the ambient temperature of where you’re playing. The firm, sturdy material and added thumb grips provide a better hold on your controller of choice.
What does all that mean?
When Gam3r Glov3s LLC and their CEO Blake Friesen generously sent some pairs to Gaming World Wide as prizes for our St. Louis Food Drive, I had to give them a serious test drive to find out what it all meant.
TEST 1- The Sweat Test
During our Under Appreciated Games stream of Maximo, I strapped on a pair and went to town. This is a notoriously difficult game, and paired with the sweltering summer heat, there was some serious sweating going on. Except my hands. The gloves performed beautifully.
TEST 2- The Cold Test
Being as I suffer from poor circulation in the cold, I really wanted to test them under these conditions. To simulate this out of season, I soaked my hands in ice cold water until they were completely numb, and went for it with a game of the (rather insane) Wii U twin stick shooter Nano Assault Neo. By the time I finished the first cluster, (about fifteen minutes or so) my hands were back to normal. Solid tech or magic, they worked. This is also where the gloves really shined as a performance tool.
TEST 3- Performance
After running the gloves through a whole slew of game genres and different controllers, and disregarding the temperature control factor, I came up with the following conclusions. Some control methods such as d-pad and arcade joystick showed no immediate benefits; they were comfortable (allow some time to adjust) and are useful for marathons, but negligible for a quick sit down. When used with controllers with analog sticks, the strengths were obvious. They made dual analog FPS more bearable. My preference falls with keyboard/mouse and wiimote/nunchuk for FPS games, so being a stickler I could appreciate the improved precision. The best part for me personally was with twin stick shooters. I’ve spent countless hours on the likes of Robotron and Geometry Wars, and hold the world record on I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES 1NIT!!!1. Once I adjusted, thumb slip was a thing of the past, and I could even relax my death grip on the controller a bit and my game flowed better. The only real weakness was that they don’t work with capacitive touch screens, such as the ones used on the iPhone.
I’m a believer. For $20 these are a tremendous bargain. The gaming benefits are fairly impressive, the temperature control is exactly as advertised, and they’re sturdily built; like little glovey tanks for your hands. They look good, and have utility for most anything you want to do.
Minnesota-based Gamer Gloves LLC (yes, the company is named for its flagship product) believes its creation is just what gamers need to advance the skill of their game and increase the comfort in which the sacred lifestyle is enjoyed. Using lightweight material reinforced with the company’s proprietary “Temperature Control Technology” and their patent-pending palm and finger grips, Gamer Gloves promises to remedy hindrances ranging from cold and sweaty hands (enter the “Temperate Control Technology”) to loss of hand and finger traction.
As I waited for my own pair of Gamer Gloves to arrive, I spent a lot of time reviewing the company’s origin story and studying the testimony of the company’s creator and CEO, Blake Friesen, who happens to be a former professional hockey player in addition to an avid video-gamer. Friesen’s motive behind developing Gamer Gloves seemed legitimate enough. During his college years and in between hockey games, he would spend his free time much like any other young adult male might – he would video-game his boredom away for hours on end. However, during these stretches of intense, action-packed gaming, this young, soon-to-be entrepreneur’s enjoyment was tainted by blistered thumbs caused by prolonged contact with the gaming controller. This led to Friesen’s self-proclaimed “aha” moment; thus, Gamer Gloves LLC was born.
Now, despite the sound logic and rationale behind Gamer Gloves, I have to admit that I was somewhat skeptical about the practicality of the item. I’m not as young and nimble as I was in my prime, but I still consider myself a fervent disciple to the refined art of hardcore video-gaming. But gloves for gaming? Really? I’m not even sure I believe in the practicality of gloves for yard work or prostate exams (OK, the last one was a joke, but you get my opinion on gloves), let alone for video-gaming. I was going to give these gloves the benefit of the doubt, though.
First impressions are an important aspect of establishing a final opinion of a new toy. Admit it, we all love the nifty little boxes in which iPhones are packaged, and don’t even try to kid yourself by claiming that you’d gladly eat Pez candy without your favorite Yoda dispenser. Gamer Gloves didn’t disappoint! They arrived neatly bundled in their own smart-looking box bearing the company’s label.
How did they handle during a 4-hour game session? Surprisingly well, as a matter of fact. The gloves were so lightweight that I barely even noticed they were on my hands. What I did notice was the superior grip I was able to maintain on my controller as the hours rolled by. The traction on the analog sticks afforded by the patent-pending thumb grips was a particular advantage, and was by far a favorite feature.
Overall, I believe Gamer Gloves are a valuable addition to any gamer’s tactical arsenal. Are they the most practical accessory in the world? No, not really. But, if we’re honest with ourselves, neither is a $30 Chatpad or a state-of-the-art gaming headset that will set you back a whopping $300. And at only $20 a pair, Gamer Gloves are a whole lot easier on the pocket than just about anything else out there.
Written by Matt Barber
Matt Barber writes directly from the heart, often lending his voice to topics for which he has much zeal. He is devout in his faith to all things geek, but movies, comic books, and videogames are his true forte. Most of Matt’s spare time is spent reading, writing, and going to the movies with his family.