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Posted on November 23, 2011
A few months back, I was contacted by the PR contact for Ansell ActivArmr, which is dedicated to producing protective gloves for construction, plumbing, HVAC and military applications. Specifically, ActivArmr’s Mission Critical Gear is “designed and engineered for the real-world extremes of military service.”
Seeing as my hands are not quite large enough to fit the gloves, I had a former Marine put them to the test. We’ll call him Jon, because that is his name. He did a stellar job too, as he wore the Combat glove ($82.41) in a number of situations, including riding his motorcycle and shooting on the range.
[The knuckles of the gloves are protected by polymer plated aramid.]
“The gloves are very grippy and tactile,” said Jon. “They allow for fine manipulation.” Basically, you won’t have to worry about feeling the trigger. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. “I wore them when firing a pistol, shotgun, rifle and carbine. They performed well during all of the firing exercises.”
Not satisfied with just donning them on the range, Jon decided to try them out during his weekend motorcycle trips. “They also made killer riding gloves as they were warm enough, but could breathe when the temps spiked in the 80s and 90s,” he said. “They shed enough wide at 50ish degrees to be comfortable while on the bike at freeway speeds.”
He went on to explain that they were water resistant. And apparently they don’t catch fire easily. I’m curious as to how he learned the latter trait, but he would not disclose his exact method for testing for fire resistance.
“Very nice combat gloves and I may buy another pair with longer cuffs,” he shared.
“I just couldn’t kill them,” joked Jon.
[Palms of the Combat glove are made of reinforced leather. The leather is digitally patterned and flame resistant.]
The gloves meet the manufacturing and performance testing requirements as authorized by PEO Soldier, Authorization Nos. CG090406-01.1 & CG090406-2.1