If you are looking for some mechanics style gloves with a little bit of attitude then these are it! These have a great mix of dexterity, durability, and protection.
- TPR deflects knuckle busting impacts and scrapes
- Padded palm with Tena-Grip™ reinforcement
- Tena-Grip™-reinforced fingertips and thumb saddle
- Technical hex-strech poly knit construction
- Molded hook and loop closure with ID space
- EN 388: 3132 X
- Patent pending
Black and orange gives the feel of the OC Choppers. Asmetrical DIR looks give some attitude to these performance utility gloves.
The reinforced Tena-Grip palm and finger accents is a smooth and flexible PVC rubber material which provides a useful dry grip but may slip a little when wet but is balanced by the surrounding leather suede . I tend to prefer a more non-slip grip so I am satisfied. The grip on the pinky finger seems to go up too high but doesn’t get in the way, but my knuckles are not as in-line but more of an arc with the pinky metacarpal being about an half inch shorter then my ring finger metacarpal.
The glove seems to fit a little small, perhaps I may have longer than average fingers, but the stretchy “hex-stretch poly knit” fabric on the back allows for some size difference. My hand is about 8.5 inches circumference (snug) around the my knuckles and 8.5 inches from the base of palm to the end of middle finger. According to Ergodyne’s sizing chart, I would be a Medium, but from past experience with other gloves, I usually fit more comfortably in an XL. In this case, I decided on Large and it fit fairly well, main comment is that the thumb saddle is a little tight for me. These gloves also have a very short “stretch-in” time thanks to the hex-stretch fabric. Also, the palm feels a little wide and when you pull the wrist strap closed the hex-stretch fabric stretches a lot and you might pull the strap further than there are hooks, thus you might have a bit of the strap hanging off. Additionally, because of this stretching, the fabric gets bunched up a little which can be uncomfortable.
These gloves have a surprising amount of dexterity but the tip of index finger seams get in the way a little. The middle and ring finger have sort of a gusset fabric which travels to the tip, making two seams which fall right above and below of the fingernail and seem to have more dexterity. Another key to the dexterity with this hex-stretch type glove is getting a snug fit, otherwise you will likely have to much room in your finger tips.
The DIR, thanks to the many breaks and disconnected segments, is very flexible, which I am very happy about. The DIR has a low profile which keeps the glove lite and nimble enough to get into tight spaces without getting snagged. As a result of the low profile, the DIR doesn’t have much cushion so it’s mainly for protecting from pressure from sharp corners rather than bashes to the back of the hand. I do wish there was just a little bit of DIR on the thumb metacarpal.
- The wrist strap uses micro hook and loop so you won’t get scratched.
- The pull tab works pretty well
- The inside of the palm is unlined so it will have a leather/suede feel
- The wrist strap has some cutouts which gives the loop side a natural curve which makes it easy for cinching up the gloves
These gloves currently cost about $33 on Ergodne’s website here.
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Ergodyne provided the featured product free of charge for testing and providing honest feedback.