A few weeks back a mysterious package showed up at my door. I hadn’t been expecting anything, so it was a welcomed surprise. Upon opening it I found a pair of Original Mechanix Wear insulated covert style gloves with the retail packaging and a zip-loc bag. The ziplog bag was marked Pre-Production Original 0.5mm, size large. Both are brand new offerings from Mechanix Wear.
The new 0.5mm gloves are thinner in the palm and fingers, actually 50% thinner then the original gloves. They are also made from a breathable vent back that helps to keep your hand cool. The vent back is nothing new, it has been available on the Original line for some time. The only real difference is the palm and finger covering is much thinner.
They are designed for greater dexterity, and dexterous thy are. I was actually able to pick up coins from a hard floor with them. I am also able to do manipulations on every firearm I own without any issues. Being a precision shooter, I also wanted to know how they would feel with a high end precision rifle trigger. I was able to feel my trigger better, and with more crisp responses just like I was not using gloves at all. I am also able to handle, draw and manipulate my daily carry handgun without any problems at all.
Also featured is a small paracord loop under the velcro for donning purposes. It helps to be able to quickly don the gloves and not pull on the strap. It also disappears when being worn, and doesn’t interfere with movement. At first I was a little apprehensive as things hitting my wrist tend to bother me, but I have yet to have any problems, or even feel the donning loops that are sewn in.
For shooting they are amazing. Many of you probably saw my post about three weeks back about a Mechanix Wear glove saving me from a burn, if you missed it you can find that here. I am someone that almost always shoots with gloves on, especially where guns are going to be heating up. The benefit to having protection far outweighs the negative of not “fighting like you train.” Being able to train hard, and heat things up without worrying about burning yourself in my opinion is much more beneficial. Plus, I have always trained with gloves, they are a part of my protective wear like eye and ear pro.
Having been able to wear them several times for being out at the range the last two weeks, and even for everyday wear I have found my new favorite glove in the 0.5mm gloves. Being able to use my phone, take things out of my pockets and handle small things makes them very everyday wear friendly. I was even able to disassemble and reassembly several firearms as a test without any problems.
Also in the package was some of the new Original Insulated, which feature some insulation for colder weather. They are also a fantastic everyday wear glove for colder days. While they aren’t nearly as dexterous, it is pretty rare to insulate something and keep fine motor skills. On colder days I wear the insulated gloves that keep my hands warm, but also provide protection.
Just recently available on Mechanix Wear’s site, info and ordering can be done here for the 0.5mm: http://www.mechanix.com/tactical/the-original-05mm-covert and for the Original Insulated here: http://www.mechanix.com/tactical/the-original-insulated