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Sunday, January 17th, 2021

Having the right pair of gloves will make your life so much better when working in the water, whether you are doing a two-hour dive in Norway or driving a zodiac for a long-range OTB. The right pair of gloves will depend on what you are doing and how long you are doing it. One of the other factors is the water temperature/ weather. Suppose you need to use your hands a lot during a dive, like pushing a button on a Navigation board, or be able to use your hand right after the dive, like climbing a ladder, shooting a gun. Lastly, how is your tolerance to the cold?  

These will be the main factors to take into account when choosing the thickness of the gloves. The colder the water, the thicker you might need to go.

1-3mm: water between 60- 75 ° F (16-24 ° C)

5-7mm: water between 45-60° F (8-16 ° C)

Here are the two main things you might want to think about when choosing a pair of gloves for military use. 

• Freedom of movement with a minimum amount of thickness that allows you the thermal comfort and protection you will need.

• What is material is on the palm and fingers? Can the gloves be used to grab and hold metal or plastic?

Make sure when you are trying them out to grab different things to make sure they will work. If I am in a store, I will always grab the medal racks to see how they work. They need to be suitable for everything for climbing, shooting, and holding onto different things.

Dive gloves come in a variety of thickness levels between 0.5mm to 7mm. A pair of 1.5mm Tropical gloves that have a leather palm is an excellent place to start. Gloves are like booties because even in warm water, you can have a thicker bootie on, and your feed will not get hot. Always have a warmer glove on without is being that much of a pain. Some tactical gear companies are making gloves designed for being in a wet environment that are also good for diving. The WETWORX gloves from S&S Precision come in two styles. One is thinner for warmer water, and one is a little thinker (2mm) for colder. I know they have put a lot of work into them, and they are nice gloves as more units get back into the water.

That said, S&S makes all their stuff to be used in the water as the owners come from a water background. I like gloves that can hold onto something medal, like if you have to climb a caving ladder or hold onto a gun—also holding plastic like a navigation board or working plastic buckles. Many dive gloves have small plastic beads on them that are not the best for working in the water. It is hard to find a good pair of thick dive gloves that meet the above requirements. If you have to be on a boat or mostly about the water, you can get a pair of dive gloves that are a couple sizes bigger than you usually would wear and put wool gloves on as a base layer. Even when wet, Wool will still hold heat in, and the dive gloves will help keep your hands warm and dry. The same trick works with gloves you will see fisherman use. You can also bring a thinner set of gloves like 1.5mm with you and change them out a couple of minutes before hitting the target. You can try with a thinker pair of gloves to put a set of work gloves on over them. That way, you always have the right grip.

When choosing the right glove, they should fit well enough to avoid water circulation inside as much as possible this will help keep the heat. They should not be so tight because that will cut off circulation to your hands. The thicker the gloves, the more insulated you have, but the tradeoff is this might give you less mobility. So, it will be difficult to manipulate the equipment and also to done and doff them. Choose the gloves that you think will protect you enough for the type of water you will perform most dives. You will want gloves to fit your wrist close to reducing the bulge that can happen if there is too much material between your sleeves and gloves. If you don’t do this right, just moving your hands will let water in, and it will make your hands and you cold.

Dive Gloves Maintenance Tips

Treat dive gloves like you treat anything you want to last. It would help if you cared for gloves like you treat your wetsuit. They should be soaked in freshwater after each dive and not just rinsed. You want to force the salt out. Please do not put them in the washing machine or use detergents to clean your wetsuits or gloves. Allow them to dry in a ventilated place until completely dry. Textile gloves take longer to dry. Do not dry them in the sun, as with all neoprene, it will cause them to age faster.

Images by Paul Wildman (@builtbywildman) ©Paul Wildman

FirstSpear Friday Focus: Cold Climate Glove and Tactical Hand Warmer

Friday, December 18th, 2020

With Christmas right around the corner, don’t wait to order these stocking stuffers. This is not your average winter glove. The Cold Climate glove from FS is built with a keratin leather palm patch, Primaloft Gold insulation, and a waterproof breathable insert.

Incredibly warm with excellent dexterity allowing basic trigger control. Additionally, we removed the insulation from the upper half of the trigger finger to increase basic trigger manipulation and make it easier when using a touchscreen. In fact, touchscreen sensitive index fingers and adjustable wrist cuffs come standard on this premium cold climate glove from FirstSpear.

Overall the glove is incredibly light weight compared to how warm it will keep your hands. Impressive dexterity including reduced insulation in the trigger finger to increase basic fire control manipulation. Touch screen capable index fingers and adjustable cuff with a perfect amount of stretch. Available and shipping now in fatigue green and black.

Additionally, if you need another cold-weather item that’s more mission-specific, look no further than the FS Tactical Hand-Warmer. The Tactical Hand-Warmer is a perfect way to keep your fingers warm on a cold day. The fleece-lined interior is soft and retains heat exceedingly well.

The Tactical Hand-Warmer can be attached directly to your platform or worn on its own. When not needed, the included attachment strap stows inside. An attached storage bag allows the system to be packed up small and tight. The Tactical Hand-Warmer has additional pockets to hold “air activated hand warmers” or other essential items. Cuffs allow for changes in length.

To check out more gear from FirstSpear, check out episode four of FirstSpear TV’s X-RAY Team.

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PIG FDT Alpha+ & Delta+ Gloves from SKD Tactical

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

SKD Tactical has launched new gloves, the PIG FDT Alpha+ & Delta+ which offer premium leather palms (like the Alpha FR & Delta FR).

Bridging the gap between the popular PIG FDT Delta Gloves and the PIG FDT Delta FR Glove, the PIG FDT Delta+ combines the affordability of the Delta with the all-leather palm of the Delta FR model.

The new PIG FDT Alpha+ combines the affordability of the Alpha with the all-leather palm of the Alpha FR model.


Hatch Debuts Best-in-Class Cut and Needle Puncture-Resistant Friskmaster MAX Gloves

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Jacksonville, Florida – Hatch®, a brand of The Safariland Group (“Safariland”), a leading global provider of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, announced today that it has released the new standard in needle puncture and cut resistant gloves: The FMN500 – Friskmaster™ MAX – Cut & Needle Puncture Resistant Glove.

Built for those who need a glove that provides maximum protection without impeding the ability to complete routine tasks on the job, the new FMN500 (Friskmaster MAX) glove is tested to ANSI Cut Resistance A9, the highest rating for cut resistance, and provides Level 5 ANSI Needlestick Puncture Resistance, the NIJ’s highest-rated level of protection.

“The Friskmaster MAX gloves are a lifesaver for public servants who come into regular contact with cut and needle threats,” said Vince Abrams, Category Manager at The Safariland Group. “Safariland® has drawn on our success with PROTECH™ Armor to bring PROTECH Resistance Layer Technology to our Hatch gloves. The FMN500s provide robust protection from daily cut and needle threats and maintain superior dexterity. With the FMN500, you can complete all of your routine daily tasks and still be protected from the unexpected.”

The FMN500 gloves also maintain the clean lines and unobstructed surfaces that make Hatch gloves ideal for uniform compliance. The construction process of the PROTECH Resistance Layer Technology is seamlessly built into the FMN500 gloves, keeping the palm free of superfluous stitching that can compromise the protective features of the gloves where it is needed most.

Hatch’s new FMN500 line will be available in classic black and a gray version (FMN501) for any agency or individual who requires gray gloves for uniform compliance. Glove sizing will range from XS to 3XL. $MSRP is $49.00.

Sneak Peek – Berry Compliant Handwear by Beyond

Friday, November 6th, 2020

In addition to the new TAA compliant gloves we showed you yesterday, Beyond is also introducing a standard five finger glove a s a two-piece three finger mitt system that takes you down to -70 F. Both are touch screen compatible.

As an added bonus, Beyond also has a Cordura Gaiter.

Coming soon.


Beyond Introduces TAA Compliant Gloves

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Beyond has introduced a line of Trade Act (TAA) Compliant gloves. Seen here are three of the five styles which are all built for cold weather. Depending on the option, they will protect you down to -17 C / 0 F.

Touch screen compatible, they are available now, in stock, and ready to ship.


Mechanix MPACT Agilite Edition Now Commercially Available in Black

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

The M-Pact Agilite Edition was the result of a collaboration between Agilite, Israel’s top tactical gear company and Mechanix Wear, the world leader in tactical hand protection.  They teamed up back in 2017 to develop a unique glove that meets the needs of Israeli Tier 1 SOF who wanted the best of all worlds, the protection of a Mechanix M-Pact Covert glove but the tactile capabilities of a fingerless glove.

Agilite’s distribution company (Agilite Ergonomics Ltd.) and Mechanix partner since 2015 worked closely with Israel Police and Army SOF units as well as IDF Ground Forces Command who were looking for a hybrid tactical glove with just three fingers exposed and other unique features for better performance.

The MPACT Agilite edition has already been issued unit-wide in several Israeli Army and Police SOF units in both Multicam and Black but has not been available commercially in black till now.

It is available exclusively from Agilite and its distributors-see more here:   agilitegear.com/products/mechanix-m-pact-agilite-edition

Patrol Incident Gear x Presscheck Assault Glove (Pre-Order)

Friday, July 31st, 2020

St. Louis, MO. July 31, 2020- Patrol Incident Gear (PIG) partners with Presscheck Consulting, LLC. to create the Presscheck Assault Glove. 30% of all proceeds from sales of the Presscheck Assault Glove will go to Warriors Heart Addiction and PTSD Treatment Center.

During a Presscheck Consulting No Fail Pistol course in 2018, Instructor Chuck Pressburg explained various instances where he utilized his gloves in non-typical applications as an operator at a Special Mission Unit. Attending this course was a glove designer for PIG who paid attention- and a new glove project was born. After ongoing discussions with Tom Spooner at Warriors Heart, it was decided that a large portion of the proceeds from this project would be donated towards treatment scholarships at Warriors Heart.

Patrol Incident Gear is proud to bring this exciting new glove to market, and is proud of it’s continuing affiliation with Chuck Pressburg and Presscheck Consulting. The Presscheck Assault Glove features a Patent Pending Bite Tab to aid in hands-free removal of the gloves, and like all PIG gloves, they are touch screen compatible. The Presscheck Assault Gloves will be available in Black, Carbon Grey, Ranger Green and Coyote Brown and in Men’s sizes Small through 2XL. 

Pre-orders for this glove will be available exclusively at SKD Tactical. Delivery is expected mid-December, 2020.

Pre-order yours at www.skdtac.com/EXCLUSIVE-Presscheck-Assault-Glove-Pre-Order-p/pig.762.

Free Limited Edition Presscheck Fight Soap Patch for each Presscheck Assault Glove Pre-Ordered by August 15, 2020