Gear Watch: Touch Screen Gloves

The first of several posts highlighting cool new gear introduced at Winter Outdoor Retailer 2011—the industry's biggest gathering of gear manufacturers, retailers, and outdoor media. The event took place January 20-23 in Salt Lake City.

Touch-screen technology is awesome. Except when it's not. Like when it's cold out and the only way to operate your treasured device is by exposing your digits to Old Man Winter's bite. Next winter, however, you can slap the Old Man in the face with the Sensor Glove from Outdoor Research.

The Sensor Glove incorporates a new type of touchscreen-compatible leather fabric from TouchTec, a small company specializing in fabrics for our modern age. Unlike previous "touch screen gloves"—which require special fingertips (here's a good round-up of current options)—the TouchTec fabric works without any special accessories. According to the company's web site, it's all thanks to unspecified "patent-pending nanotechnology" and "the use of special patented equipment, treatment, and processes." But if it works, it works, eh.

TouchTec technology can be incorporated into both leather and knit fabrics and is currently available in a variety of more casual, around-town styles—check out current retailers and options. The forthcoming OR models, which include both the Sensor (a midweight softshell) and Ambit (a beefier waterproof) ski glove, mark one of the first appearances of it in the outdoor gear world. Prices have yet to be announced.

Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid