There are a lot of tactical gloves / shooting gloves on the market, each with pros and cons, each with good and bad reviews.
The goal was to find gloves with enough dexterity and finger control for shooting / firearm manipulation, light maintenance work, etc. Light duty gloves, but also inexpensive.
The kind of gloves you should always have around, whether at home, in the car glove box (sorry, couldn’t resist), in your daily backpack / grab ‘n go bag, etc.
Much research led us to the Mechanix Wear Tactical Original gloves.
From the manufacturer: Extremely hot or humid conditions can cause sweaty hands leading to loss of valuable control. Don’t let the heat get to you with The Original Vent glove. It’s designed to perform in the hottest weather and minimize heat build-up with a breathable mesh top and fully perforated synthetic leather palm.
- Form-fitting mesh lets cool air in and minimizes heat build-up.
- Perforated reinforcement panel on the thumb increases durability.
- Vented reinforcement panels are strategically placed for comfort and protection.
- Nylon cord loop provides convenient glove storage.
- Machine washable (cold water only, air dry).
These are great light-duty gloves for light-duty tasks around the home or office, whether you’re beating materials into submission with your handy sledge hammer or assembling outdoor scaffolding, etc.
Some reviews complain these gloves fray easily, or ar not for heavy duty work. These gloves are meant to protect your hands while still giving you great tactile feel and control. That means thin materials so easier fraying, although I’ve not yet really found this to be an issue. It’s important to understand the tool, it’s strengths, and it’s limitations.
Mechanix Gear provides a variety of glove styles for different applications, from these lightweight gloves to heavy-duty and even fire-retardant gloves.
For tactical / light-duty gloves, I prefer the vented version for breathability, but for those who prefer the original, get the non-vented version, which is also a little cheaper.
Many also purchase these gloves (both the vented and not-vented variety) for CrossFit style sports.
This is still very preliminary, but these gloves seem to check off each of the above requirements.
And at roughly $20 delivered, these gloves are awesome. Get yourself a pair, you’ll be glad you did.
Look for the full review coming soon.