Posted on January 10, 2013 AT 01:33pm
Losing that perfect shot when your hands slip on the controller is always a depressing experience. To come so close to getting that ridiculous final kill, only to fail miserably because your thumb glided off the joystick at a crucial moment. It’s happened to everyone at least once and to some it happens daily. That’s where GAM3R GLOV3S come in. They are exactly as the product name would suggest: they’re gloves for gamers!
GAM3R GLOV3S are a lightweight form fitting glove with double layer grips on the thumb pads that let the player keep a better handle on their console controller joysticks. The gloves stretch to match the size of your hand and can remain tight by using the velcro strip that’s attached to the glove’s wrist. But there are different sizes available for those who may prefer a looser or even tighter fit.
The first thing you notice when you slip on a pair of GAM3R GLOV3S is that they feel… well. The material is based on the same concept as compression gloves, fitting tight to your hand to help increase blood flow but allowing breathability so your hands don’t sweat. The thumb pads on the gloves work as advertised, easily grabbing the joysticks and making it quite difficult to slide off accidentally (or intentionally as I learned while testing them) while you’re playing. On those aspects the product delivers. However, the stitching on the edges of the fingers is quite thick and will sometimes shift under your fingertips while you’re playing, making things a little uncomfortable from time to time. It’s nothing that a quick adjustment can’t fix, but it was a bit annoying. Another thing to keep in mind is that the thumb pad grips are great on your controller, but lousy if you plan on operating any kind of touch screen in between matches. For those of you that check your smart phone frequently or fiddle with your iPad while you’re playing, you will need to take the GLOV3S off as thumb pads and fabric don’t register against a touch screen.
If you’re planning on using GAM3R GLOV3S with an Xbox 360 controller you’ll find yourself more than happy with the product. The gloves easily provide extra traction on the analogs and the controller doesn’t feel odd against the smooth fabric. If you’re using a PlayStation 3 controller you may find yourself having a very different experience. After using GAM3R GLOV3S for an equal amount of time with both controllers, I found that they are not a good fit with a PS3 controller. The PlayStation controller was continuously slipping in the palm of my hand. The controllers design wouldn’t allow for me to hold it in any way that didn’t leave me feeling like it would pop out of my hand if I gripped it too hard while wearing the GAM3R GLOV3S. The thumb pad portion did work great with the PS3 analogs, but the general feel of the controller while wearing the gloves was uncomfortable.
Summary: GAM3R GLOV3S can be purchased from their website for $19.99. I recommend GAM3R GLOV3S for players who are prone to getting cold or sweaty hands while gaming. The thumb pads of the gloves work well and grab the analog sticks to help prevent slipping. The gloves are not good for someone that tends to multi-task while they game by using touch screens for various devices. They may not be a good fit for PS3 players as the controller tends to shift a lot due to the soft fabric of the gloves. On the whole GAM3R GLOV3S are a good product that do exactly as they advertise, but may not be a good choice depending on the consumer’s preferences for console gaming.
- THE GOOD: The product grants the player a better grip on the analog sticks and increases blood flow to eliminate cold hands, great for a competitive gamer.
- THE BAD: Thumb pads do not work with touch screens, which can be an inconvenience for casual players who like to multi-task during games.
- THE UGLY: The stitching on the gloves can shift around and become a bit of an annoyance under your fingertips, be sure you are using the correct size. The soft fabric can make holding certain controller types uncomfortable for some players.
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