HWI Gear KTS100 Touchscreen Hard Knuckle Tactical Gloves
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- 100% Leather
- Touchscreen capable synthetic leather in fingertips utilizing our Touch Tool design
- Ergonomic palm reinforcement of highly abrasion resistant Clarino grip material
- Durable, flexible, moisture-wicking knit material on back of hand
- Rugged premium Clarino synthetic leather palm
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The KTS100 is a rugged, tactical, hard knuckle glove with touchscreen capable technology. As part of our Touch Extreme series of gloves, the KTS100 utilizes our Touch Tool design features so you don't have to take your gloves off to operate touchscreen devices in the field. With a rugged hard knuckle design and touchscreen capable fingertips this glove is always on duty and you are always protected.
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The biggest was that the stitching is not flat and I could very clearly feel all the seams on the inside as I wore the glove. Unlike Blackhawk's all-fabric S.O.L.A.G. glove variant or various coldweather tactical gloves, this doesn't feel as much like a smooth, even cloth tightly covering your hand. The synthetic leather, which is harder and tougher than the softer fabric in the Blackhawk all-fabric S.O.L.A.G. glove variant, gets stitched together into these ridges you can clearly feel against your hand and that I at least initially found distracting from trying to feel things outside the glove with the glove on. It was an immediate disappointment and I hope in the future to avoid other gloves with such prominent leather stitching on the inside. If I wore a liner underneath the HWI glove, it would likely resolve my complaint.
I additionally noticed that while the touchscreen feature worked at first, after a while it did not work so well (and eventually stopped working) on my dominant hand. I eventually pinned it on handling medical tape with the fingertips: whenever I handled the adhesive side of medical tape, the tape would be covered in black fuzzies from the glove where I had touched it with my fingers. In doing this, it seems like I removed some kind of treatment or component of the fingertips that provided the touchscreen feature. Other than loss of the touchscreen feature, there was no damage or obvious wear to fingertips from repeated handling of medical tape adhesive backs.
All other aspects of the glove seemed fine, and I had no other issue with durability or toughness. I especially appreciated the relatively low-key branding. They were lost at a hospital after under a year of wear.
I need tactile response, the ability to use touch screens, Protection against harsh elements, breathability, and the ability to easily shoulder and fire my weapons.
These fit the bill perfectly in every category.
I would recommend these for any type of field engineer, technician, or tactical operator. I have personally never heard of this brand (HWI) but they clearly knew what they were doing with these gloves.
They are not insulated, but do provide excellent wind break in cold climates. Use a larger insulated over-glove for warmth. It is practically impossible to have tactile response and thick insulation.
Ironically, I forgot them on a train -- it was so hot inside the car, I took them off and left lying on the seat, when I exited. Will buy another pair.