For: Mechanix Wear M-Pact Gloves 2012 Version (Tan/Small)Product Information:
I got these gloves (this version as well) off of Amazon for a tad cheaper (but they were on sale). I primarily got them as work gloves with airsoft in the back of my mind. They are insanely comfortable, offer great dexterity, and decent protection. The palms are a perfect texture and because of that, they have become my winter driving gloves. The pads on the palm are wonderful when mountain biking to help absorb shock, as well as the rubber, which saved my knuckles last time I was out and nailed a tree with my right handle bar. They have amazing abrasion protection, especially on the palm and work well for landscaping, wood chopping, brush clearing, moving angle iron, etc. Now, the texturing on the thumb and index finger didn't offer much and wore out incredibly fast. I would have preferred the old fingertip style, but this offers greater dexterity and the base palm material is quite durable and I don't see it blowing out anytime soon. One thing that I heard from other reviews is that you should reinforce the stitching on the parachord attached to the wrist, so I did right off the bat and I haven't had a single issue with it. I have heard (but not experienced) that with the newer Mechanix gloves, the Velcro on the wrist wears out quickly, but with this 2012 version, it has held up quite well, even after putting them on and off several times a day and washing them frequently. I suppose I should also mention that they are great weapon gloves with enough sensitivity and dexterity to use in airsoft, hunting, and recreational shooting. Also, getting shot in the knuckles will not cause the pain of putting an angry hornet in your glove! And whoever decided to put that foam pad on the knuckle of the index finger is a freaking genius (The very first time I wore these, I hit myself with a hammer right on the pad and didn't feel a thing)! I initially regretted spending almost $30 on a pair of gloves and had a hard time justifying it, but based on the insane amounts of abuse that I have put these things through, and the fact that they don't show it, these gloves are definitely one of the best purchases I've made in a long time and worth every penny!!! (at the very least, I saved a lot in emergency room costs from three or four instances that would have needed stitches if I hadn't been wearing these)
-Great texture on fingers and palms
-You don't even notice the rubber guards
-Excellent design (everything you need, nothing you don't)
-PHENOMINAL value, worth every penny and then some!
-I wish I could give these more than a 5 star review, Mechanix hit it out of the park with this design!
-Texturing on the fingertips of the thumb and index fingers wears off very quickly
-Kind of pricy for gloves (if you're a poor college student like me), but they pay themselves off very quickly if you do any amount of work with your hands or drive in a cold climate