Archive for the ‘Handwear’ Category

Warrior EAST – Mechanix Wear Covert M-PACT Gloves Now Have NSN

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

You can now order five packs of Mechanix Wear’s most popular glove, the Covert M-PACT via National Stock Number. These are TAA Compliant.

X-small 8415-01-610-7322

Small 8415-01-610-7325

Medium 8415-01-610-7323

Large 8415-01-610-7324

X-large 8415-01-610-7326

XX-large 8415-01-610-7327

For more information, contact

US Army Seeks New Cold Weather Glove System

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Earlier today, Product Manager for Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment (PdM-SCIE), issued a pre-solicitation to Industry, announcing their intent to procure, on a full and open basis, a new modular and scalable hand wear protection system for extreme cold weather operating environments. Expect the actual Request for Proposal (RFP) for an Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity Contract to be released on or about 1 July 2019, with proposals due 30 days after RFP release. The proposal solicitation number is W911QY-19-R-0026.

For the past few years, the US Army has issued an interim Army Glove System, manufactured by Outdoor Research and based on protective handwear used by Special Operations Forces. This new Cold Weather Glove System will replace it along with other legacy cold weather handwear.

The new CWGS must meet the following requirements:

1) Environmental Protection in the temperature ranges of 40oF to -40oF Threshold (T), 40oF to -60oF or below Objective (O).

2) The CWGS shall provide flame resistance and not melt or drip when exposed to heat or flame at the next to skin level (O).

3) Hand Dexterity to allow the Soldier to write clearly, easily adjust or use radios and other equipment (optics) with small knobs or levers in temperatures 40oF to 14oF (T), 40oF to -20oF (O). Gloves must not restrict the ability to place the trigger finger cleanly inside the trigger guard at 40oF to -20oF (T), 40oF to -60oF or below (O) of individual issued or crew served weapon systems.

4) Capacitive Touch that is compatible with capacitive touchscreens or resistive screens in temperatures 40oF to 14oF (T), 40oF to -40oF (O).

5) Made of materials that contain no health hazards or Toxic Industrial Chemicals/Toxic Industrial Materials (TICs/TIMs) Threshold=Objective (T=O).

6) Don & Doff of any component of the CWGS in less than 8 seconds.

7) A camouflage pattern or solid color “over-white” capability to potentially replace the current Army over-white mitten shells (NSN 8415-01-481-3434).

8) Back of the hand comfort fabric that is a flexible pile-like fabric, which remains soft in cold conditions and shall not generate electrical static charge when rubbed. The comfort fabric will not freeze with ice and readily shed frost when shaken, and will not ignite, melt or drip in proximity to open flame. The comfort fabric shall contribute to the insulation of the cold weather glove system to protect against cold conditions and be dimensionally stable to laundering.

9) System durability for a minimum of 270 (T), 365 (O) days of operational use, in the systems intended environments/conditions without weakening of inner and outer components or separation of any parts of the CWGS.

10) Suspension & adjustability feature at the wrist that is capable of being adjusted using the free hand wearing the other glove and the capability to secure the hand wear within close proximity to the hands after removal (T=O).

11) Constructed of quick-drying materials to allow for drying time within 4 hours (T), 1 hour (O) under standard lab conditions in a heated environment.

12) Provide a slip-free grip palm and fingers, while affording sensitivity during delicate tasks in the temperature range 40oF to 14oF (T), secure grip for tools and weapons during extreme weather conditions in the temperature range 14oF to -20oF (O).

13) Compatible with all equipment and items issued to the Soldier as individual equipment or PPE (T=O).

14) Accommodate unisex hand sizes XX-Small, X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and XX-Large.

15) Resistance to water, wind, petroleum, oils, lubricants, and detergents at a level equal to existing cold weather gloves.

16) Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate (MVTR) rate of greater than 7.0 grams/hour (T), greater than 10.0 grams/hour (O).

Based on drafts of these requirements, industry has developed quite a few new handwear concepts. Regardless of what the Army procured, we will all benefit from the development that has gone into this effort through new product offerings.


Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

During last week’s Rampart Range Day I saw EWOOL’s product offerings.

They are based in Quebec and produce electrically heated wool clothing, like the gloves and socks you see here. Once turned on, they warm up within three seconds. They also produce a vest, which can be powered via an onboard battery, or via 12 V on a snowmachine or motorcycle.

EWOOL clothing is available in Canada from Rampart International.

Helikon-Tex Makes a Big Move in Innovating Shooting Gear – Check Out Their Brand-New Rangeman Gloves

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Those plain-looking gloves are made to give you an enormously precise fit, no matter what you do. No sudden movements will knock your weapon loose, as the characteristic, “sticky” kangaroo leather keeps your grip safe and sound.


“These gloves were designed for those who appreciate the great features of genuine leather,” said Marcin Jedrzejczak, shooting instructor and the man responsible for developing Helikon-Tex Range Line. “Using natural leather lets us improve the breathability of the gloves while keeping the protection values and durability of the product. As a final result, we have a gear that’ll allow the user to handle a weapon freely, maintaining his safety. Protection and comfort, with no compromises – these are the main advantages of those gloves,” he adds.

The brand-new Helikon-Tex Rangeman® Gloves are there for you when the stakes are high, but you need a discrete – almost low-profile product.

– Kangaroo leather palm construction for durability
– Durable leather on finger tips for extra protection
– Gripper hook on wrist adjustment
– Elastic and durable external fabric
– Functional loop hanger
– Adjustable on the wrist

Price: $35.90

A7 Defense & Aerospace – Outlaw Tactical Gloves

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Outlaw™ tactical gloves are made from the highest quality materials available and are designed for extreme environments with protection in critical areas, high dexterity, a non-slip grip, comfort, and durability. A7 Outlaw™ gloves are very robust with tops of genuine leather, flexible knuckle protection, and a breathable 4 way stretch material with palms and thumb cradle made of a proprietary silicone webbing that is extremely durable, flame resistant, chemical resistant, and provides extreme grip even when wet.

Warrior West 19 – Mechanix Wear Leather Heat Resistant Glove

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

The Leather Heat Resistant Glove protects the back of your hands with FR Kevlar and safeguards your palm with FR Kovenex to create EN 407: 2004 Level 2 contact heat resistance.

Quite a few folks have started using them to deal with warm suppressors, machine gun barrels and for breaching.

Mechanix Wear gloves are available for agency and unit order through ADS.

Warrior West 19 – Clime & Place

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

Clime & Place offers protective handwear for military abd tactical applications. SSD readers who are Marines may recognize the name of the company from the “Marine Corps Hymn.”

For those of you who checked out the Drifire handwear, this is the result of that work, but in a new, unaffiliated company. For example, this is a wool contact glove.

We will take a deep dive into the full line of hand where soon on SSD, which was initially developed for SOF customers and has been tweaked for the upcoming Army Glove System solicitation.

Clime & Place products are available for agency and unit order through ADS. If you’re attending Warrior West, be sure to check them out

Mechanix Wear – Leather Heat Resistant Gloves

Friday, April 5th, 2019

These EN 407: 2004 Level 2 contact heat resistant gooves are made from Heat Resistant Goatskin to rotect the back of your hands and FR Kevlar and FR Kovenex to safeguard your palms. Although they are intended for welding and other metal work, there are loads of uses in our space as well.

For those of you interested in the various glove certification standards, visit