Tactical Gloves Tested and Reviewed

Tactical Gloves

Tactical gloves serve many purposes and can be the difference between an aborted or successful operation. They come in a variety of materials, each style built for maximum comfort and protection using high strength and flexible materials. Fire or extreme heat, cold weather, and dirt creeping into the gloves are just a few of the hazards encountered when actively engaged in the field.

With the latest advances in technology, tactical gloves provide the best grip you can get for your gun, knife, or whatever your situation requires.  Some of the major vendors of tactical gloves: Mechanix, Blackhawk, 5.11, Line of Fire, and Viking, have their top brands compared here to determine the best gloves available.  There seems to be no agreement about a single glove meeting all the requirements for every operation. As customized as the materials and technologies are, the manufacturers appear to be willing to make tradeoffs to focus on a specific aspect of the functionality of the glove.

I would have to say that these are the finest tactical gloves on the market  -AR15-News.com

The Top 10

We researched and tested plenty of the major vendors of tactical gloves out there; Oakley, Wiley X, Mechanix, Blackhawk, 5.11, Line of Fire, and Viking, just to name a few and found plenty of differences between these manufacturers.

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Construction
Flame protection
Hard Knuckle
Price
5.11 Tactical Screen Ops Gloves5.11 Tactical Screen Ops GlovesKevlar Knit
Tactical Touch, Seamless
Goatskin, Velcro
NoNo$$$
HKTG 100 Hard Knuckle Tactical GlovesHWI Gear Hard Knuckle Tactical Glove Prices and ReviewsKevlar Leather Palm
Aniline goatskin
Molded hard-knuckle piece
YesYes$$$
Tactical gloves 5.11 Scene One Glove5.11 Scene One Glove Prices and Reviews
Flexible Molded Thermoplastic Rubber KnuckleYesNo$$$
Blackhawk Men's Fury Commando HD Glove with KevlarBlackhawk Men's Fury Glove with Kevlar Prices and Reviews
Cowhide leather protection
Nylon loop
NoYes$$$
Blackhawk S.O.L.A.G.HD Glove with KevlarBlackhawk Men's S.O.L.A.G. HD Glove with Kevlar (Black, Large)
Cowhide leather Palm
Molded hard-shell knuckle
Nylon loop
NoYes$$$
Factory Pilot Glove from OakleyOAKLEY Factory Pilot Glove/Gloves 94025 Black, Large
Pittards Leather Palm
Airprene Joints
Carbon Fiber Knuckles
NoYes$$$
Oakley Factory Pilot Gloves CoyoteOAKLEY FACTORY PILOT GLOVE COYOTE SIZE LARGE
Pittards Leather Palm
Airprene Joints
Carbon Fiber Knuckles
Yes$$$
Mechanix Wear M-Pact GlovesMechanix Wear M - Pact Gloves Prices and ReviewsTrek Dry Stretch fabric
TPR (Thermal Plastic Rubber)
Synthetic leather palm
NoYes$$
Station Grip Glove 5.115.11 Station Grip Glove Prices and Reviews
Ironclad Leather
Four Way Stretched Padded Knuckles
NoNo$$
5.11 Tactical A2 Gloves5.11 Tac A2 Gloves Prices and ReviewsSynthetic Leather suede palm
Neoprene and Velcro
NoNo$$

Before trying to determine the best of the best, the distinguishing characteristics of both the manufacturer and the individual glove itself must be examined to be able to recommend what sets them apart. There are four broad categories to evaluate:

Finger dexterity – This is the ability to move and flex the fingers inside the gloves to enable placing the finger inside the trigger guard or being able to pick up smaller objects with the gloves on.

Fire resistance – There are situations where a fire or flame retardant quality will save a person from severe injury.

Price – The thinking is, the higher the price, the more features it will have and be constructed of superior material. Equal or similar prices gloves will cost about the same.

Special technologies – Each manufacturer has created special technologies to enhance the quality of their gloves, some that will distinguish it from its competitors.

In assessing special technologies, it is important to note that a superior technology can immediately eliminate the competitors for the best tactical glove. Here are the gloves from each of the major manufacturers and their specialties.

5.11 – The high-end glove has a patented Tactical Touch fingertip construction which provides superior dexterity for the wearer.

Blackhawk – The SOLAG (Special Operation Light Assault Glove) features a fire resistant model with a dual-layer palm for water repellency and increased abrasion resistance.

Line of Fire has TEGS technology in most of its gloves. The Technology Enhanced Grip System has a high-friction gripping material built into its glove providing excellent gripping capabilities regardless of the type of surface.

Mechanix – The company offers no patented special technology, but does claim to have a 20 year proven track record of its Original Woodland Camo Glove, sold in various styles and sizes. The special technology lies in the combination of materials and construction.

Viking – Zoombang is polymer, soft and pliable but when a sudden shear force or impact is encountered the material will morph its physical characteristics, behaving with solid-like properties to dissipate the energy of the force. After the danger is gone, the material returns to its original state. Temperatures cannot affect this characteristic of the material.

The Best Tactical Gloves

Cold Weather

The Mechanix entire line of Original series gloves are constructed for cold weather environments, keeping the hands and fingers warm. With knuckle protection, reinforced fingertips, and the padded palm layered with a second ply of Poron XRD, the warmth comes with protection for the entire hand. The biggest advantage of choosing The Original line is it’s very affordable price range along all lines and styles.

Protection

The Viking Tactics Assault Glove with its patented Zoombang technology is the easy choice here. The idea of a material that can change to resist the impact of shock and return to its original state is the best of technologies to afford the wearer both protection and a comfortable fit. The cost of the glove is moderately higher than the Mechanix line but still reasonable.

Grip

Line of Fire’s TEGS system is advertised to maintain the same gripping power on all types of surfaces. It’s Stryker high end line of gloves offer a 4-way stretch Kevlar and digital goatskin leather material, and includes a 36 inch roll of TEGS tape.

Flexibility/Dexterity

5.11’s XPRT HardTime Gauntlet glove incorporates the Tactical Touch technology, adding to the Kevlar construction, comfortable fit, and three cuff stretch zones that aid in keeping dirt and debris from penetrating the glove. This particular glove has a long length to it, making it ideal for operations that demand the most of your equipment.

Fire Resistance

The Blackhawk SOLAG model is one of the few tactical gloves that have a fire resistant construction backed by a quality manufacturer. Their Full Finger Gloves with Kevlar style, reinforced with leather fingertips and a dual layer palm pad for extra protection makes this the perfect choice for a quality short glove.

The question at the end of this selection is whether technology actually makes a tactical glove superior to another that does not incorporate a similar technology. There seems to be no agreement about a single glove meeting all the requirements for every operation. As customized as the materials and technologies are, the manufacturers appear to be willing to make tradeoffs to focus on a specific aspect of the functionality of the glove.

An operator may choose more than one type of glove to fit his particular need. What has been shown here is that the right tool for the fight job holds true for tactical gloves as any other piece of equipment.