|Item Weight||3.5 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||12 x 5 x 1 inches|
|Item model number||MG-55-009|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||90 day warranty against manufacturer defects|
Mechanix Wear - Original Covert Tactical Gloves (Medium, Black)
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- Form-fitting TrekDry helps keep hands cool and comfortable.
- Thermal Plastic Rubber (TPR) closure with hook and loop provides a secure fit.
- Seamless single layer palm improves fit and dexterity.
- Nylon web loop provides convenient glove storage.
- Machine washable.
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The Original glove revolutionized the hand protection industry with its versatile design and has faithfully served its users ever since. Durable microfiber extends the life of the glove and breathable TrekDry forms to the back of the hand, creating an exceptional fit with superior dexterity. Keep your gloves secure to your gear or pack with the nylon web loop conveniently positioned beneath each wrist. The Original provides unmatched fit, feel and functionality so you can focus on what lies down range.
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A little about me: I'm an SF (Army, not Air Force) medic with eight years' team time and almost four years of deployed time, 31 months of which have been in Afghanistan, the rest of which have been in South America.
Tactile Feedback: This is a huge consideration for me. I like being able to feel, as accurately as possible, what is going on under my gloves (think handling an M-9 with gloves vs bare hands). This is a draw. The Mechanix gloves have a similar but less pronounced palm feel and response to the Oakleys. You can just feel minor details better with the Oakleys. You can wrap a piece of coarse (100-200 grit) sandpaper around a cylindrical object and rub the gloves against it to increase the tactile feedback to improve the tactile feedback of the Mechanix gloves (recommended) to that of the Oakleys. This will significantly reduce the life of both sets of gloves, however if you do it to the Mechanix gloves to the point that there is a similar feel between these and (new) Oakleys you will only reduce these to the effective lifetime of a fresh pair of Oakleys. The Oakleys come with additional padding under the fingertips on the index and middle finger along with some (I think) useless dots that are meant to increase grip. I find this Oakley feature to be superfluous and I cut this part of the glove off. *Caveat - I DO take my gloves off any time I perform medic duties. Neither glove, sanded down or not, allows me to accurately assess a casualty as well as I can with bare hands or with latex gloves.
Protection: The Oakleys win here. The Oakleys have knuckle protection; these do not. There exists a version of Mechanix gloves with knuckle protection, however, those come with a double layer on the palm that reduces tactile feedback. As far as protection goes, the Mechanix with the additional padding on the knuckles have more protection, but you sacrifice tactile feedback to get the protection. The beefed up Mechanix gloves have extra layers in the palmar area which significantly reduces tactile feedback. The problem is that the knuckle protection on the beefed-up Mechanix is soft whereas the knuckle protection on the Oakleys is hard, and when I say hard it's like brass knuckle hard. I have literally had to punch people in the face to protect myself and my teammates; the Oakleys with their "brass knuckle" effect easily win the battle against the Mechanix's knuckle protection. This brass knuckle feature isn't strictly necessary (in my experience) as I could have simply punched them in the face again, and again, if necessary.
Durability: Mechanix win. These Mechanix gloves have a slightly thicker palm and underside of the finger area. The Oakleys have a better "out of the box feel", but only by a slight bit; the Mechanix gloves break in quickly to the same feel as the Oakley gloves (especially if you use a pipe lined with sandpaper) and they have almost twice the life (in my experience) as the Oakley gloves.
Other Factors: This is where Mechanix win by a long shot. The Oakley gloves have a tendency to, when subjected to repeated wear in hot environments where your hands sweat profusely, stiffen up after wear which reduces the tactile feedback received through the glove. This stiffening isn't relieved the next time you wear them until several hours have gone by and gets worse the more sweat you pour into them. The Mechanix gloves do not suffer this malady, and they somehow retain their feel despite months of hard use. The Mechanix gloves also (to me) fit better and more consistently; the Mechanix gloves seem to have a more elastic back of the hand area and a palmar area that doesn't constrict after it has been sweated into which hugely improves the overall comfort and usefulness of the glove over time. It also seems like the quality of construction is better as I have had multiple pairs of Oakley gloves that had stitching that was off (especially in the thumb and the inside of the index finger) which caused me to render those gloves unserviceable. This inconsistency alone is enough for me to choose the Mechanix gloves without going into the price difference which is significant.
TL;DR: I prefer the Mechanix gloves because they are cheaper, better made, more durable, comparable in regards to tactile feedback, and, unless I'm punching through brick walls, don't offer a whole lot of improved protection; that being said, I would strongly prefer a version with hard knuckle protection.
I have exactly two complaints about this configuration of Mechanix gloves: 1) Why, oh why, did they put the fastener on the bottom of the glove (inside of your wrist)? I'm constantly knocking loose the fastener by brushing up against stuff or just knocking it against my body. They need to relocate that sucker to the top of the glove. 2) The stitching on the fingers, while thick and seemingly sturdy, is the first thing to go. Granted, I'm very hard on these gloves and I think they were only $18 or so when I bought them, but it's still slightly disappointing to see the stitching wear out before the rest of the glove is showing signs of serious wear.
If Mechanix fixes the strap issue alone, I'd give these gloves a 10. As it is, they receive a still solid: 8/10
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