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Magpul Flight Glove 2.0

Thursday, January 13th, 2022

Magpul has updated their popular Flight Glove to a 2.0 configuration. The change is mainly due to the addition of touch screen compatible fingertips (three fingers) due to the wide proliferation of digital screens in cockpits and the use of touch screen enabled End User Devices by ground forces. However, they’ve also beefed up the construction a bit without sacrificing dexterity.

They feature Flash-resistant Nomex and Kevlar back of hand for flame and anti-static protection along with durable and soft one-piece goatskin leather palm and finger construction for enhanced feel and control of firearms.

Black, Coyote, and Sage in sizes S-2XL.


FirstSpear Friday Focus: MultiClimate Glove

Friday, November 26th, 2021

This week’s Friday Focus is the MultiClimate Glove. When maximum manipulation and tactility are required while protecting your digits, consider the Multi Climate Glove (MCG) first! The palm of the glove is made from brushed micro fiber suede, while the back uses a premium polyester soft shell material. This lightweight material makes it feel like you’re not even wearing a glove. The trigger finger of the MCG has an advanced patent pending design that will still give excellent transmission of trigger feel, magazine release and other key weapons functions.


• Maximum Manipulation for Peak Performance Feel of Essential Weapon Controls

• Improved Breathability, Low Water Uptake, and Soft Drying

• Digital Texture Enhances Grip

• Strong and Technically Advanced, Remains Comfortable and Flexible

• Pittards Digital Goatskin Palm, with Premium Polyester Soft Shell back

Available in coyote and black.

For more information, check out www.first-spear.com/multi-climate-glove-mcg

FirstSpear Friday Focus: Operator Glove

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

This Friday we are focusing on an FS classic the Operator Glove. When maximum manipulation and tactility are required while protecting your digits consider the Operator Glove (OG) first!

• Patent pending design creates a “no glove” feel
• Touch screen friendly thumb and index finger
• Super high dexterity leather palm (FS-HDLTM)
• Ultra lightweight and breathable
• No Melt No Drip construction
• 100% USA Berry Compliant materials with Core-Spun USA Merino Wool

When maximum manipulation and tactility are required while protecting your digits consider the Operator Glove (OG) first! Comprised of the most technologically advanced materials and modern construction details no corner is cut in this design. The trigger finger of the OG has an advanced patent pending design that will still give excellent transmission of trigger feel, magazine release and other key weapons functions.

The OG can work as a stand-alone capability or when higher durability and toughness is required it can be utilized in conjunction with the Operator Outer Glove (OOG). In order to achieve this amazing level of peak performance, the OG utilizes extremely light, thin materials which by their very nature will not stand up to extremely long periods of hard abuse but will perform through several mission-focused cycles.

Available in commando, sand and manatee in small through 2XL sizes.

For more information check out www.first-spear.com/operator-glove .

SHOP Show Raeford – Mechanix Wear

Thursday, October 7th, 2021

Mechanic Wear has introduced a Berry compliant version of their M-Pact “three finger gloves” they initially created for the Israeli Defense Force.

OpEx 21 – Swany Handwear

Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

Parabellum Prime offers Swany handwear‘s cold weather mittens including their three finger model in addition to the Toaster model in Black and Coyote.

The Toaster features touch screen compatible fingertips, Insuloft-80 fill, removable fleece inner glove, and Soft Tricot lining.

Rampart Range Day 21 – Mechanixwear Nickelbacks

Friday, October 1st, 2021

Mechanixwear Nickelbacks are sweat absorbing nitrile gloves. They cost a little more than standard disposable gloves but the flock lining makes all the difference in the world when you’re putting them on and wearing them for any length of time. Additionally, they are biodegradable. Sold in boxes of 50.

Mechanixwear products are available for unit and agency orders within Canada from Rampart International.

Gryphon Investors’ Mechanix Wear Acquires Chicago Protective Apparel

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 17, 2021 // — Mechanix Wear®, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance work gloves, announced today it has acquired Chicago Protective Apparel (“CPA” or the “Company”), a 108 year-old, family-owned manufacturer of personal protective equipment (PPE). Mechanix Wear is a portfolio company of middle-market private equity firm Gryphon Investors. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Skokie, IL, CPA manufactures and offers an extensive line of over 20,000 products for arc flash, foundry, and welding applications. The Company’s previous owners, Scott and Myrna Sherman, are retiring after 30 years of service. Vice President John Merikoski will remain with the Company as Director of Production, along with other members of the management team.

Mechanix Wear CEO Michael Hale said, “Our two-year partnership with Gryphon has accelerated our growth and positioned us to expand beyond our core line of work gloves. CPA’s culture of quality and focus on innovation synchronize with Mechanix Wear’s mission of bringing the latest design and material innovation to gloves for working hands. Moving forward, we will integrate and expand on CPA’s product portfolio by looking beyond conventional ideas to innovate the most advanced PPE possible. We are excited to collaborate with John and his team.”

Ryan Fagan, Managing Director in the Consumer Group at Gryphon, said, “We’ve been happy to partner with Michael and his team, and see the impressive growth they have continued to achieve as Mechanix Wear celebrates its 30th year of Hand Built Trust. We are excited to welcome CPA into our partnership.”

Mr. Merikoski commented, “We thank Scott and Myrna for building a trusted company that has attracted a loyal following and enjoyed enormous success. We are now in a great position to grow, and we are delighted to team up with such an iconic brand as Mechanix Wear. With their support, and with Gryphon’s capital and operational resources behind us, we expect to invest in continued innovation and customer satisfaction both domestically and abroad.”

EC M&A served as financial advisor to Gryphon and Mechanix Wear. Kirkland & Ellis acted as legal advisor to Gryphon and Mechanix Wear, and Williams, Bax & Saltzman acted as legal advisor to CPA.

Outdoor Research Awarded U.S. Army Cold Weather Glove System (CWGS) Contract 

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

Seattle-based leader in cold-weather clothing and equipment to provide innovative glove system for U.S. Army cold weather units. 

SEATTLE, Wash. (Aug. 5, 2021) – Outdoor Research, LLC. (OR), a leading brand in the outdoor and tactical gear industry, announced that the company, in partnership with Prime Vendor ADS Inc., has been awarded a multi-year $49 million contract from the U.S. Army for the next generation Cold Weather Glove System (CWGS).

The interchangeable system is comprised of five individual gloves with varying levels of temperature protection and is customizable depending upon mission requirements. The Army received several offers from industry for this Program of Record (POR), ultimately selecting Outdoor Research based on the capabilities of the OR glove system and the company’s past performance providing best-in-class cold-weather solutions for American military service members. Army Contracting Command Aberdeen Proving Ground Maryland will oversee this contract.

The Outdoor Research CWGS includes a fire resistant (FR) liner base layer glove, a next-to-skin glove for cool conditions, a trigger-finger mitten for cold to extreme cold conditions, a regular mitten that can combine with other gloves, and a white overglove designed for cold weather and snow camouflage. Each glove within the system is designed as “no melt, no drip” to protect against rapid heating during combat operations.

The CWGS provides protection from 40 degrees Fahrenheit down to -70 degrees Fahrenheit. Each glove can be worn independently or layered to provide scalable protection against a variety of temperatures. Combining elements of the CWGS provides for “fast doffing,” or rapid removal for short-term manual dexterity and combat operations. The individual five-finger gloves provide index finger and thumb touchscreen compliance, while the mittens are waterproof, windproof and seam taped for unparalleled protection against cold weather elements. The over-white mitten is made of Alpine Multicam™ and fits over multiple glove/mitten combinations, providing camouflage in winter conditions.

“The contract award for the OR Cold Weather Glove System is the culmination of three years of work by our dedicated team of engineers and production staff and represents the largest contract award in the history of our company,” said Roger Barton, President of Outdoor Research. “Providing best-in-class cold weather gear to the U.S. Military is one of the most important things we do as a brand.”

Outdoor Research will manufacture the 100% Berry Amendment compliant CWGS in Seattle, Wash., and El Monte, Calif. Both facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art sewing and seam taping equipment operated by highly trained, skilled workers.