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Using your iPhone in Arctic Weather: Tavo Gloves Reviewed

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I don’t know about the rest of Canada, but here in Ontario it has been a very long, cold, snowy winter. We just received another 20-25cm of snow in the last week, and it’s positively frightful out there. Certainly most of us are bundling up with scarves, touques, and of course, gloves.

Gloves, ah, the Canadian iPhone user’s arch nemesis in wintertime. I’m certain I’m not the one only who has pawed at my iPhone when it’s ringing, trying to answer it with gloves on – a feat impossible! Well, ok, not impossible, if you have the right gloves.

Enter Tavo Gloves. A product geared specifically at this problem. Hopefully by now, this far into winter, most of you have come up with your own solutions (and I would very much like to hear about these in the comments – I suspect our readers are quite creative!) but if you haven’t this might be a great solution for you.

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I had a chance to test the gloves out and I have to say I’m impressed. The tips/pads of the forefinger and thumbs are covered in a special material (The Jazzy name is ‘Playpoint Technology’) made with a conductive metal that conducts the electromagneticwozits (or Capacitance, as it’s formally known) from your finger. One thing that I found interesting was that the inside of the tips were the regular fleece material.

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Lets get to how well they function with your iPhone in a second, first I want to mention that the wind resistant fleece that they’re made out of is super comfortable and extremely warm.

Having only the front of the tips covered did pose a slight challenge to me as I regularly use the very tip of my fingers, but answering and dialing calls with my thumb worked out just fine. Especially useful when driving, as my steering wheel is very cold, and I don’t want to go fumbling with my gloves when a call comes in.

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Additionally the palms and remaining fingers are covered with a non-stick pattern that is helpful. I’m certain I’m not the only person who’s accidentally had their iPhone slip out of their hands wearing regular gloves

Still skeptical on how well they work? Well, check out the video made to demonstrate the usability: Tavo Gloves Test

If you’re located in Montreal, you can pick up a pair at Layton Audio, or check out the ‘Purchase’ section at TavoProducts.com (I believe J&R will ship to Canada).

Overall I think this is a great product, super gloves and generally functional for the iPhone, definitely something Canadian iPhone users could benefit from owning.

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  • Anonymous

    LOL…speaking of snow, we just received another 2-3 THIS PAST NIGHT.

    As for the suggestions, I wanna hear them too! I hate having to take off my gloves to answer the phone.

    As for the gloves, these are badass… I might just have to get a pair or two to keep in my jackets for when it get cold out…

  • Anonymous

    LOL…speaking of snow, we just received another 2-3 THIS PAST NIGHT.

    As for the suggestions, I wanna hear them too! I hate having to take off my gloves to answer the phone.

    As for the gloves, these are badass… I might just have to get a pair or two to keep in my jackets for when it get cold out…

  • LOL…speaking of snow, we just received another 2-3 THIS PAST NIGHT.

    As for the suggestions, I wanna hear them too! I hate having to take off my gloves to answer the phone.

    As for the gloves, these are badass… I might just have to get a pair or two to keep in my jackets for when it get cold out…

  • tony

    for when it cold? I don’t know about you but it’s been cold for roughly the past two months.

  • tony

    for when it cold? I don’t know about you but it’s been cold for roughly the past two months.

  • tony

    for when it cold? I don’t know about you but it’s been cold for roughly the past two months.

  • Guest

    Sweet, these can come in handy! They will work great when shoveling, etc.

    Thanks for the review ChantelleJoy 😉

  • Guest

    Sweet, these can come in handy! They will work great when shoveling, etc.

    Thanks for the review ChantelleJoy 😉

  • Dusty

    Sweet, these can come in handy! They will work great when shoveling, etc.

    Thanks for the review ChantelleJoy 😉

  • Don’t have this problem here in Victoria, but these gloves are a great idea for you folks out east. That would be just about the entire rest of the country! 😉

  • Don’t have this problem here in Victoria, but these gloves are a great idea for you folks out east. That would be just about the entire rest of the country! 😉

  • Don’t have this problem here in Victoria, but these gloves are a great idea for you folks out east. That would be just about the entire rest of the country! 😉

  • bc

    have you seen these other gloves with open thumb and forefinger? saw them recommended by a photographer. kinda goofy looking if you ask me, and I suppose you could even make a pair for yourself.
    http://www.etretouchy.com/

  • bc

    have you seen these other gloves with open thumb and forefinger? saw them recommended by a photographer. kinda goofy looking if you ask me, and I suppose you could even make a pair for yourself.
    http://www.etretouchy.com/

  • bc

    have you seen these other gloves with open thumb and forefinger? saw them recommended by a photographer. kinda goofy looking if you ask me, and I suppose you could even make a pair for yourself.
    http://www.etretouchy.com/

  • RyanG

    Just get gloves with out the fingertips lol remember those. 😛

  • RyanG

    Just get gloves with out the fingertips lol remember those. 😛

  • RyanG

    Just get gloves with out the fingertips lol remember those. 😛

  • M

    Three words: fingerless glove mittens.

  • M

    Three words: fingerless glove mittens.

  • M

    Three words: fingerless glove mittens.

  • Teebs

    Yup, thanks Victoria for not being cold like anywhere else!

  • Teebs

    Yup, thanks Victoria for not being cold like anywhere else!

  • Teebs

    Yup, thanks Victoria for not being cold like anywhere else!

  • Colin Ward (wardo8551)

    These would be verrrrry handy here in Winnipeg. It hit -50 with the windchill about a week or so ago!!

  • Colin Ward (wardo8551)

    These would be verrrrry handy here in Winnipeg. It hit -50 with the windchill about a week or so ago!!

  • Colin Ward (wardo8551)

    These would be verrrrry handy here in Winnipeg. It hit -50 with the windchill about a week or so ago!!

  • Lawrence

    I just press the little button on my headset to answer the phone. I guess for dialing it would be nice. I usually use mitten gloves and just fold back the mitten to free my fingers for a few moments. Anyways they look like a great idea.

  • Lawrence

    I just press the little button on my headset to answer the phone. I guess for dialing it would be nice. I usually use mitten gloves and just fold back the mitten to free my fingers for a few moments. Anyways they look like a great idea.

  • Lawrence

    I just press the little button on my headset to answer the phone. I guess for dialing it would be nice. I usually use mitten gloves and just fold back the mitten to free my fingers for a few moments. Anyways they look like a great idea.

  • I recently got a sample pair of those! Expect a review soon 😉

  • I recently got a sample pair of those! Expect a review soon 😉

  • I recently got a sample pair of those! Expect a review soon 😉

  • dashparr

    Cool review and vid! However, the vid quality could be a wee bit better but I get the picture.

    I used to live in Ontario and I saw this one kid with these gloves that were both mittens and fingerless gloves. The mitten part could velcro to the back of your hand with ease. I’ve included a picture here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001NWUOD2/ref=nosim/?tag=nextag-apparel-tier1-delta-20&creative=380333&creativeASIN=B001NWUOD2&linkCode=asn
    Hope the link works!

  • dashparr

    Cool review and vid! However, the vid quality could be a wee bit better but I get the picture.

    I used to live in Ontario and I saw this one kid with these gloves that were both mittens and fingerless gloves. The mitten part could velcro to the back of your hand with ease. I’ve included a picture here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001NWUOD2/ref=nosim/?tag=nextag-apparel-tier1-delta-20&creative=380333&creativeASIN=B001NWUOD2&linkCode=asn
    Hope the link works!

  • dashparr

    Cool review and vid! However, the vid quality could be a wee bit better but I get the picture.

    I used to live in Ontario and I saw this one kid with these gloves that were both mittens and fingerless gloves. The mitten part could velcro to the back of your hand with ease. I’ve included a picture here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001NWUOD2/ref=nosim/?tag=nextag-apparel-tier1-delta-20&creative=380333&creativeASIN=B001NWUOD2&linkCode=asn
    Hope the link works!

  • Guest

    Cool, gonna check it out 😉

  • Guest

    Cool, gonna check it out 😉

  • Dusty

    Cool, gonna check it out 😉

  • Jim Moore

    I use a Pogo Stylus in the cold weather. It is attached to my iPhone and it works with my gloves on. I also use it to respond to emails in cold weather.

  • Jim Moore

    I use a Pogo Stylus in the cold weather. It is attached to my iPhone and it works with my gloves on. I also use it to respond to emails in cold weather.

  • Jim Moore

    I use a Pogo Stylus in the cold weather. It is attached to my iPhone and it works with my gloves on. I also use it to respond to emails in cold weather.

  • travis

    When my phone rings and i have my gloves on i use my nose to slide to unlock

  • travis

    When my phone rings and i have my gloves on i use my nose to slide to unlock

  • travis

    When my phone rings and i have my gloves on i use my nose to slide to unlock

  • Jimbo2NR

    I use my nose to swipe to answer calls

  • Jimbo2NR

    I use my nose to swipe to answer calls

  • Jimbo2NR

    I use my nose to swipe to answer calls

  • ChantelleJoy

    I have to admit — I’ve done this too! LOL

  • ChantelleJoy

    I have to admit — I’ve done this too! LOL

  • ChantelleJoy

    I have to admit — I’ve done this too! LOL

  • ChantelleJoy

    This seems to be the most popular alternative way so far of answering calls with gloves on. 🙂

  • ChantelleJoy

    This seems to be the most popular alternative way so far of answering calls with gloves on. 🙂

  • ChantelleJoy

    This seems to be the most popular alternative way so far of answering calls with gloves on. 🙂

  • Jim Moore

    I use my Pogo stylus with my gloves to answer the phone and to do email

  • Jim Moore

    I use my Pogo stylus with my gloves to answer the phone and to do email

  • genny

    i don’t know…these gloves look pretty awesome, but kinda big.
    i read a review that recommended buying a size smaller than you would usually buy…and i have pretty small hands, so i’m going to guess that even a small would be way too big. =/

  • genny

    i don’t know…these gloves look pretty awesome, but kinda big.
    i read a review that recommended buying a size smaller than you would usually buy…and i have pretty small hands, so i’m going to guess that even a small would be way too big. =/

  • genny

    i don’t know…these gloves look pretty awesome, but kinda big.
    i read a review that recommended buying a size smaller than you would usually buy…and i have pretty small hands, so i’m going to guess that even a small would be way too big. =/

  • ChantelleJoy

    I did have the Small version, and I did find them to be a bit big, however once I wore them for a few days they felt much more comfortable. As you said, if you have really small hands the Small size might still be too big – they really are Winter Gloves built for warmth, so they’re bulky.

  • ChantelleJoy

    I did have the Small version, and I did find them to be a bit big, however once I wore them for a few days they felt much more comfortable. As you said, if you have really small hands the Small size might still be too big – they really are Winter Gloves built for warmth, so they’re bulky.

  • Kirill

    I use my nose to answer calls in an emergency case.

  • Kirill

    I use my nose to answer calls in an emergency case.

  • Tim

    Heh. I’ve used my chin, cheek, and nose to unlock the phone. 😛

  • Tim

    Heh. I’ve used my chin, cheek, and nose to unlock the phone. 😛

  • fisherg

    My solution, was to make my gloves iPhone compatible by sewing a small conductive area on the index finger of the gloves. This works like a charm on all 3 pairs of gloves that I did it on (both lightweight gloves and thick skiing gloves).

    Conductive thread can be purchased here: http://www.robotshop.ca/sfe-conductive-thread-1

    For directions, follow these two articles:
    http://www.cultofmac.com/sew-a-needle-pulling-c
    http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-news/692854-mak

    Tip: use a thimble to prevent injuring your finger

  • fisherg

    My solution, was to make my gloves iPhone compatible by sewing a small conductive area on the index finger of the gloves. This works like a charm on all 3 pairs of gloves that I did it on (both lightweight gloves and thick skiing gloves).

    Conductive thread can be purchased here: http://www.robotshop.ca/sfe-conductive-thread-1

    For directions, follow these two articles:
    http://www.cultofmac.com/sew-a-needle-pulling-c
    http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-news/692854-mak

    Tip: use a thimble to prevent injuring your finger

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