There are almost too many choices when it comes to tactical/shooting gloves, so we want to know the gloves you’d like to see reviewed. We are not attempting to decide whether anyone should or should not wear gloves at the range or in the line of duty. We want to select three to five pairs and evaluate them for fit, performance, comfort, grip, workmanship, durability and value.

There are few things more frustrating to gearheads than going through the mental anguish of scouring the internet for a piece of kit — like gloves — only to find out that they aren’t quite what you hoped they would be when you receive your order.

So what do you want to see? Pricey or inexpensive? Flame-resistant or ultra-thin materials? Hot weather or cold weather? We would like to focus on models priced below $45, but anything is possible.

We may do more than one round of reviews if we get enough suggestions. Help us get started.

 

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Travis March 12, 2012 at 4:06 am

I have small hands and tactical gloves don't generally fit me well. The classic camo Mechanix (size small) gloves served me more than well through Scout/Sniper school and combat deployment. They eventually needed to be replaced at the end of that deployment, but for somewhere between $10-$20, I keep a "handful" of pairs around.

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B1148 March 12, 2012 at 9:34 am

+1 on Mechanix! gloves should be kept simple and inexpensive and considered a routine replacement item. For 10 bucks, you can afford to replace a torn set.

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Odin March 12, 2012 at 9:41 am

+2 on Mechanix!

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Belovedveritas March 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm

+3 on Mechanix!

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Juan March 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm

+4 on mechanix. Granted, mine's velcro started coming unstitched after a few months but it's no big deal. And for their price it's actually a minor thing… Best advice is to grab two or even three pairs and forget about gloves for a while.

bbb March 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Mechanix coyote!

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Dave March 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

+5 on Mechanix. I have 3 pairs of the coyote. 2 are the impact gloves and the other a thinner variety. They are awesome gloves and good for the wallet.

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defensor fortissimo March 12, 2012 at 5:15 am

a decent pair of nomex flight gloves are good if you want a pair of all around gloves. For those who want a set with a bit more punch-no pun intended-US cavalry offers a couple different options for hard knuckles from some company i'd never heard of called true trade, all for 30 dollars. I deployed with a pair of ACU patterned gloves that weren't bad, but they weren't that durable and weren't nomex which I normally prefer. So i went with their nomex option next and they're working out great, they have a good bit of dexterity, but they're well padded and very comfortable. http://uscav.com/productinfo.aspx?productid=20479

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Gunner777 March 12, 2012 at 6:15 am

Those gloves look decent for range use or police duty. I may have to give those a try since I'm getting rather tired of spending $60 plus for gloves!

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Tomaso March 12, 2012 at 6:03 am

Ill be keeping my eye on this discussion….I've found many glovEs that seem great…but fail only after a few dozen reloading sessions…seems Reloading magazines is realy abusive to gloves…go figure..lol

I have yet to try any cut resistant gloves…I'm sure they would hold up better.

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Gunner777 March 12, 2012 at 6:19 am

I've been using these 5.11 gloves for range use and they have held up pretty well. http://www.511tactical.com/All-Products/Accessori

I wouldn't advise using them for deployment however.

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Larry Schwartz March 12, 2012 at 6:45 am

For your question of what to cover, I would suggest that you evaluate a range of characteristics and then give your recommendations on a few combinations such as (but not necessarily) lightweight and dexterous but durable, heavy duty knuckle buster protection, special purpose (nomex, etc.), at the range, and general duty gloves.

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mynameisfoxtrot March 12, 2012 at 7:14 am

i use mechanix gloves b/c they are cheap and work well. i'd love to see a write up on a few of the 5.11 options.

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Gunner777 March 12, 2012 at 7:54 am

I've heard some good things about the 5.11 "Hard Time" gloves. Again we are talking about $80 gloves! http://www.511tactical.com/All-Products/Accessori

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Paul March 12, 2012 at 7:47 am

The best generally free gloves are standard nomex flyers gloves. So far, I've had two other really great gloves – 1. (don't laugh) a pair of Blackhawk SOLAG kevlar gloves. They've been through 3 deployments plus the training and wear from inbetween tours. I've just replaced them a few months ago with – 2. OR Firemark gloves – these have been amazing with dexterity and comfort. The leather has formed with sweat and fits perfect now.

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Dave March 12, 2012 at 7:54 am

I'm in agreement with Paul, for all round value, personally, military surplus nomex flyers gloves take the cake for me. They're cheap, and for civilians, you can get them at any army surplus store for $20-40. My pair I've had for about 8 months now have served me fine, the only problem I've found is on hot days they can heat up your hands really fast.

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Nick the Brit March 12, 2012 at 7:55 am

I've tried blackhawk, hatch, Oakley and mechanix gloves and the best and most durable are the issued nomex flight gloves! I won't even bother trying any other gloves now.

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Gunner777 March 12, 2012 at 7:57 am

I use the flight gloves at times and they are effective with very good dexterity. You sure can't beat the price!

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SkiDog March 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

I'm in the same boat – Oakley, Hatch, Mechanix all tried and failed – can't beat the price of old Nomex Flight Gloves from supply.

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B March 12, 2012 at 7:55 am

I don't know if there's such a glove out there, but if there is a glove with the following qualities I would definitely like to see a review:

-Dexterity enough to use a toughbook without hitting the backspace key too many times
-Material suited to protect hands against cold weather found it high desert conditions, but not be too thick that it ruined dexterity
-Some sort of padding on the knuckles (for use when standing up from a kneeling position with a ruck on)
-[Obviously] enough dexterity to function weapons (m4, m9, m1911 etc) through firing, reloads, jams, etc without losing the degree of control you would have when not using gloves.

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Bob Klinger March 12, 2012 at 8:00 am

In Iraq I purchased the Camelback Combat Gloves. They were a little pricey in Iraq at $80 but are a good glove. They have just enough leather to make them good heavy duty gloves to move equipment or wire but thin enough to use as shooting gloves and other things such as writing. the only downside I've seen is they are a little hot in a desert environment but they make some newer models that are ventilated. All around a great glove though.

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Gunner777 March 12, 2012 at 8:07 am

Are these similar to what you had?
http://www.camelbak.com/Military-Tactical/Gloves/

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orlando gomez March 12, 2012 at 8:29 am

then new PIG gloves from SKD and Carhart work gloves. I have had the mechanix impact gloves and liked the carhart work gloves, Fit and dexterity was better

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Jeremy Bingham March 12, 2012 at 8:30 am

I really liked My Blackhawk Fury Commando gloves. I was just a regular grunt, but they held up through Afghanistan and Iraq and the training before both of those deployments. All told they lasted about 16 months of use. I used them for about another year when I got out of the Corps when I would go shooting. I think they got "acquired" by someone when I was helping my in-laws with some housework. Their gloves were durable, fit me well (I've got big knuckles from boxing and martial arts, but overall small hands), let me have good "feel" when rummaging in a pack or pouch at night, and good grip. They also had a little bit of padding that helped my back of my hands from getting bruised/scraped up.

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Tim March 12, 2012 at 8:30 am

Nomex flight gloves. I finally, just this last month, retired my original pair from 2004. These days I do more rope work than trigger work, but I've found the Petzl Cordex work well for both: http://www.petzl.com/us/outdoor/verticality/acces

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AGL Bob March 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

Petzl is good, also check out CMC Rescue's line of gloves: http://www.cmcrescue.com/Personal-Gear-C9.aspx
The Riggers gloves are thin but wear very well.

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AGL Bob March 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

I meant the Rappel gloves are thin but wear very well.

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Gunner777 March 12, 2012 at 11:57 am

The only thing I don't like about the flight gloves is how long they are. Rather than fold them I cut mine a bit shorter and double stitched them like a cuff on a pair of pants. I left them long enough to cover my wrist. They were more comfortable and not constantly unrolling to full length.

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Nick the Brit March 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

The pair I wore in Iraq gradually got shorter and shorter, when I came home they were cut short and had no trigger finger tips (not only for shooting, but also operating the bft)

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Joshua March 12, 2012 at 9:03 am

http://www.uscav.com/productinfo.aspx?productid=2

I actually use those and they work well, I would like to see them reviewed, as well as these
http://www.skdtac.com/PIG-Full-Dexterity-Tactical

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Neal March 12, 2012 at 9:38 am

I used Mechanix FastFits and they stood up to a whole summer of being sweated through, snatched at, and getting caught under furniture every day in the Alabama heat and humidity, then stuffed in a cargo pocket on the way home from work.
By turning them inside out and trimming some of the seams (at the ends of the fingers) with an exacto knife, then going back over it with a THIN strip of hot glue to smooth it out, I wound up with some pretty tough, pretty dextrous, pretty comfortable gloves. Machine-washable to get rid of the sweat and dirt and return the elastic back to its original stretchy state.
Most importantly, I could replace them for $15 and 30 minutes of down time modding them.
For the record, the gloves are still holding up, but the palms are getting pretty thin.

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Jabo March 12, 2012 at 11:00 am

I've used Fox mountain bike racing gloves operationally for years and they can't be beaten for dexterity. They hold up pretty well too, although you have to consider their intended use. They have very little padding on the knuckles for example, so they aren't ideal for mechanical breaching, etc. You can find them in more subtle colors if you research a little too. I'm also very interested to check out the Pigs when they become available again. Dig the site, thanks for all of the good info dudes!

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Lance March 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

I got BIG hands gloves just get in the way I only use shooters mits when its too cold for comfort. Open tip glove are a bit better then full glove though.

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19D March 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I really want to see Hatch Reactor 3/4 Finger reviewed they look like good gloves and I am thinking about getting them for my first tour coming up so if you could review these would be awesome!

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Ryan March 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Take a look at the Wiley X Orion, Aries, DURTAC and APEX(new) gloves. If KitUp would like to see samples of each to review, please let me know.

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straps March 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Please keep us abreast of what OR is doing with their FR gloves. Ungodly expensive (even with military purchasing program) but a GREAT GLOVE, and the standard by which others are judged.

Before that it was the Blackhawk SOLAG. I bought a few extra pair–on sale–before they "improved" them with those hard knuckles.

Flight gloves donever did it for me becasue as they wore out they did scary things like get caught between triggers and trigger guards…

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Lew March 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Gloves, women, beer. This is indeed a needle in a haystack.

My personal fave's:
Camelbak/SWMS makes great gloves for dexterity, Mechanix makes reasonable gloves at a cheap price. I have one pair of Camelbaks I use that are simply great för shooting (I think they're the "hi impact 2" or summat) and a pair of mechanix vent that are great for summer use. A problem I have with Mechanix is that their sizing seems to be a bit off. Some pairs I'm an L and sometimes I'm an XL, sometimes I an M. Wierd.

No FR, that's mainly because I'm flippin' cheap.

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Fletch March 12, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I've been using a pair of Hatch Street Guard gloves for the last 5 years without any issues. I do all my searching, building clearing, tactical shooting, evidence processing.. etc. with them and the only complaint that I have is that they are a bit cumbersome for getting into tight pockets. From 2003-2007 I switched between the regular Nomex flight gloves (thanks Ramstein) to an earlier pair of Hatch and it worked out nicely. For my deployments to the sandbox I found the Oakley gloves with knuckle protection to work good. I've been eyeing some durable Mechanix gloves to try out soon.

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Dave March 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm

some of the camelbak gloves are mechanix gloves with the camelbak logo and higher price tag, fyi.

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Jack March 12, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Oakley fr fast rope. Expensive tho

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Brian March 12, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I have heard that Neptunic Tech has some gloves. I would love to see you review a pair of them

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John Dee March 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I love my Mechanix coyote gloves but they have been replaced for now with the Outdoor Research Ironside gloves. Best glove I've ever worn for all around use to weapons manipulation.

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Amperage March 12, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Just to provide a link for people, I believe these to be the gloves(series of gloves) you are referring to: http://www.massif.com/flame-resistant/accessories

From there I assume you are probably talking about either the Crossbows, Longbows, or Overlords

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John Dee March 12, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Sorry…OR Ironsight glove. Damn iPhone changed what I typed!

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Recon March 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm

+5 for mechanix

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AKMSF March 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm

+7 for Mechanix! Cheap, machine washable if they get funky, good dexterity, can't beat 'em!

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bbb March 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Just never, ever drop a pair in motor oil…it will never come out.

In fact, don't actually use them to work on a car. It's a waste of $20 gloves.

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xcalbr March 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm

never been too picky with gloves. i guess it depends on the weather. for most seasons and applications while shooting, the nomex flyers gloves have never given me any issues. Of course, the mechanix gloves have performed stupendously for what i need them for.

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noah March 13, 2012 at 1:20 am

My first job as a designer was designing gloves for Fox Motorcross…I'd recommend a pair of motorcross gloves as a good starting point-pre-curved fit, ultra durable materials, and designed to have the **** beat out of them riding a dirt-bike.

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Gunner777 March 13, 2012 at 7:06 am

Noah any particular brand you would advise us to take a look at?

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John Crawford March 13, 2012 at 7:25 am

For racquetball gloves, to be used in shooting, I prefer Ektelon gloves. They fit more closely and are comfortable. Beretta's summer gloves are also good.
John

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Phil March 13, 2012 at 4:12 am

Hey if your planing on looking at Wiley X, I have the Combat Assult Glove. A little more expensive, but I personally think the dexterity is better than my flight gloves. They also have knuckle protectors, kevlar weave, flame and cut resistant.

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MarkM March 13, 2012 at 4:48 am

The Nomex crew glove is the standard – and hard to beat. For a three season glove, they work – the thumb is properly inset, the palm doesn't pull away and create an obstacle, the leather is durable, and they breathe reasonably well. Under 45*, no so much for insulation, but they beat nothing.

Mechanix is the next best – but not better. The main problem is the artificial leather, which will fall apart using chlorinated brake cleaners, etc. In the field, that's rare, and it usually takes about a year of casual use working cast iron like brake rotors, etc, to wear them out. But – they will wear out. Anti scuff treatments like neoprene grip could be applied to the fingers, but then, they wouldn't sell you any more, would they? So all the REAL improvements aren't used to protect their market.

I can't say the pricey gloves aren't better, many claim their superiority, but gloves 3X the price simply can't be 3X better. Some, yes, but if you are getting 3X the wear, dexterity, and comfort, then obviously something is horribly wrong with the Nomex or Mechanix. And that's not the case. Good gloves aren't rocket science, they've been around hundreds of years, and protecting your hands is a simple matter of price vs performance. What most decide is what their limit is – after all, they will wear out no matter what. Nobody offers a five year warranty, right?

Since the soldier is the user, the soldiers perspective on price should guide the selection – as noted, the issue Nomex and Mechanix are the top two mentioned, and that's driven by price. Expensive gloves are the exception, not the rule, soldiers buy what is available where they shop, not from a tactical supply catalog in a Master Sergeant's desk drawer. Using that guideline, if it's not retail, then it's likely not a major player to the average grunt shelling out HIS money for a pair. PX, Boxmart, auto parts store, lumberyard – that's where he goes, that's where he buys, that's what we see and read are the major choices.

Any test of a pair of $60 gloves had better be very explicit why they are so good they could replace three pairs of $20 gloves. Anything less and the smell of marketing won't be attractive.

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John Crawford March 13, 2012 at 4:54 am

For a simple shooting glove, that will provide some but not much tactical protection? Racquetball gloves!!! They fit snugly, generally made of a slightly "stickier" leather palm, breathable backing. They are very good on tactile chores such as manipulating individual rounds/magazines, and manipulating firearms/holsters. I'm a federal firearms instructor, and use one all the time. I've tried Blackhawk, 5.11, and a couple of others, and found them to be too clumsy for shooting. Tactically, there may be better choices, and we should always practice with what we will use in real life, but for those who are only learning to shoot, and shoot a lot, the racquetball gloves are terrific.
John

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herb ofseur March 13, 2012 at 6:14 am

completely disagree. Stitching is always an issue with flight gloves, and personally a poor fit for me.

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Gunner777 March 13, 2012 at 7:47 am

I just got an email from US Cav on Mechanix gloves. Have a look:-) https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/13

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shoeshine March 13, 2012 at 8:39 am

Try some Golf Gloves. They fit tight, can be dyed easily and even worn as liners under more "durable gloves. But, they'll fit your hands.

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Gunner777 March 13, 2012 at 8:43 am

Golf gloves will provide a very good grip but very little protection. I have my doubts about how well they would hold up since the leather is so thin???

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Fritzthedog March 13, 2012 at 8:55 am

Nomex crew gloves and Mechanix
I've tried a Oakley's, CamelBaks and a few others including some Pearl Izumi mountain biking gloves for tactical and long range shooting….the Pearls are the most comfortable and offer the most dexterity but I keep going back to my Mechanix gloves. Hard to beat for the price and the durability. The one caveat for all of the ones I've listed is that they absolutely will not work safely for rope work- that's an important distinction. Ive found that it's nearly impossible to have a good rope glove and a good shooting glove in the same item. I've resorted to using an oversized set of ropers over my shooting glove in the event that I have to do rope work…not very often…but it's nice not to burn the crap out of yourself with ropes.
Last thing-I'm in the functional apparel product creation world -we like nothing better than to reinvent the wheel every season…Im not that way with my shooting gear… The Mechanix Gloves work like a charm.

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Josh March 13, 2012 at 10:31 am

I do love the economic Mechanix Gloves but I did have a pair of Blackhawk Solag back in 2004 when Blackhawk still had quality US made stuff. I liked the Solags because of the natural curve of the fingers and the fit they had. I lost them while moving years ago and can only find one but they were a very good field and shooting glove.

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gipb March 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I LOVE my Nomex Flight Gloves! My son is in the US ARMY and gave me 2 pairs. They work exceptionally well and are warm enough for me shooting outdoors in winter.

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bbb March 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Does anyone else have problems with the thumbs in gloves tending to be too short even though the rest of the glove fits OK? This really bugs me since it reduces range of motion. Although it ceases to be a problem when you cut the fingers off…

Nomex flight goves gave me that problem. Also, I found the leather on the pair I had (might have been knockoffs?) got very hard and somewhat slick after a few years.

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Buckaroomedic March 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm

The problem with trying to come out with a definitive fitting list of gloves is that fitting gloves is so very subjective. It's very hard to be objective with glove size, kind of like condoms, one has to find the "perfect" fit and stick with it.

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Sean March 15, 2012 at 2:20 am

Mechanix originals in black or brown , they might call them tactical now but they are plain $25 mechanix. Nothing beats them . I wish I could get a flared long top in the original mechanix. If its super cold Outdoir research make a glove called the Overlord that's thin, warm and very comfy but huge money for something I wear out in two days sometimes .

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red2alpha73 March 15, 2012 at 8:59 am

Good old nomex flight gloves, however, the Blackhawk flight gloves are very nice too but they seem to wear out quickly with hard use. Second would be the hard knuckle gloves by Wiley X.

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red2alpha73 March 15, 2012 at 9:01 am

Nice BHP by the way. Got me one just like it.

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Basement dwelling lo March 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm

What about baseball gloves? I have experimented with them, they are very light and thin which presents durability and warmth issues, but good for maintaining dexterity. Just bought a pair of Underarmor Clean Up IV's because they seemed thin but well-constructed.

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ghosted March 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Outdoor Research Ironsight gloves. Of the 20 some odd pairs of gloves I have tried they are far and away the best. Provide tactile sensation, very grippy, breath well, and so far durable. I am easily able to execute more intricate tasks such as manipulate technical buttons on equipment, write, make weapon adjustments, etc while wearing them.

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Alex March 19, 2012 at 7:36 am

I would like to see a pair of nomex good for shooting and maybe some rope work.

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Jeremy Bingham March 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I meant 26 months

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Payce April 4, 2012 at 6:27 am

For just range use I use Stanley Hidex gloves. They're like $5 at Wal-Mart and have been holding up very well so far. One pair has lasted me over a year, although I don't get to the range all that often any more.

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lynn May 1, 2012 at 6:16 am

I've spent my fair share on gloves that were crap or not versitile enough for the 4 seasons in 38 hours along the 38 parallel.

I have finally settled on leather USGI black gloves ($15) large enough for wool ($5) or nitrile coated gardening or work glove inserts ($2).
Leather glove trigger hand thumb, index, and middle finger cutoff at the first nuckle for dexterity, hand stitched at finger cut off point prevent further splitting of seam.
Leather outers work great as heavy duty work gloves and as the weather changes:
Hot weather – leather glove only.
Cold dry – leather with wool, or just wool
Cold wet – leather with nitrile while working, with wool when burrowed in.

Cheap. Effective. Leather is durable, long lasting. Wool insert – no need to say more. Nitrile gardening glove – cheap, replaceable, water proof at fingers and palm when working in snow and slush.

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lynn May 1, 2012 at 6:22 am

I've tried mechanix. Fell apart after one season of yard work and range time. Worse yet, they soaked up water in cold nasty weather, turned into my fingers into icecicles. Went with layering system, leather, wool, or nitrile gardening glove.

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Ron R August 13, 2012 at 7:50 am

Try Pro Aim shooting Gloves. You will be amazed!

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Ron R August 13, 2012 at 7:51 am

pro-aim.com

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Keith May 7, 2013 at 12:29 pm

i feel that these are a waste they don't hold up and ive spent more time repairing them then actually wearing the gloves. If you dont mind replace a 90 dollar pair every six months then these are for you.

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Chris June 3, 2013 at 1:29 am

Did you ever do a comparison? I did not find it when I searched.

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