Top Tactical Gloves: Handle Anything – Updated July 2016

If you are an tactical operator, shooting enthusiast, or even an outdoorsman, you no doubt appreciate a well-made pair of gloves. Furthermore, if you fall into one of those categories, you’ll understand how critical it is to protect your hands. It’s crucial to virtually anything we can think of to keep your hands in good shape, especially when the stakes are high. Therefore, it is important to put it thought and consideration when buying tactical gloves.

Best Tactical Gloves

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How to Choose Tactical Gloves

Factors to consider when looking for the best tactical gloves for your needs:

  • Price – This may seem obvious, but consider your budget and your needs before you start narrowing down your choices. You may not need all the bells and whistles that come from higher priced options, so make sure the value equation is optimized for your needs and how you are going to be using the gloves.
  • Durability – Make sure the materials are suited to your needs and the build quality is good for the price. Pay special attention to the sticking and the seams of the
  • Comfort – Have a good idea of what size your hand is. There are variances between brands, but make sure to order the correct size. Also, make sure the materials are appropriate for the conditions you will be operating in (You would choose much different materials for the Yukon in winter than in Florida in the summer).
  • Dexterity – Fit is absolutely the most important aspect of a glove. To maximize your dexterity, make sure you avoid excess fabric. Also, think about where you will need additional padding and protection, but realize additional padding can complicate the fit. In the end, choose the gloves with the features that fit your needs best, but we highly recommend considering dexterity when evaluating your options.
  • Coloration – Think about where you are going to be using the gloves and make sure they are appropriate to the environment. Luckily, tactical gloves are widely available in many different color options and When in doubt, black is probably the most versatile color, but choose whichever glove color will suit your needs.
  • Weatherproofing – If you’re going to be using these gloves in harsh environments (and why wouldn’t you?), you’ll want something that is up to the task. Waterproof, warm enough to handle snow, or whatever mother nature throws at you. Whatever you need them for, make sure they can handle it when you are buying them.
  • Cut Resistant – If you need your gloves to go beyond general purpose use, and you anticipate having to protect your hands from blades or cutting, make sure to seek out gloves made from fabrics that are specifically made to be cut resistant.
  • Flame Resistant – If you need something that will be sensitive to heat and flame, look for Nomex or Kevlar.

 

The Top Tactical Gloves


Mechanix Wear M-Pact Tactical Gloves

Mechanix Wear M-Pact Tactical Gloves

These tactical gloves are outstanding. These gloves are inexpensive and offer unparalleled features for the price. First and foremost, the gloves are comfortable and have enough to have very high dexterity. Finding magazine releases, gripping a knife, or getting things out of your pocket won’t be a problem if you have a proper fit on your gloves. The top is made from spandex, which really hugs the back of the hand. Overall, the fit is very good.

The palm padding on the gloves, which Mechanix calls XRD open-cell foam, absorbs some impacts, shocks, and vibration. The thumb and index finger have a rubberized feature to improve grip. The padding will add some weight, but might be worth it for you.

The closure is secure and easy enough to use. We like the loop that helps easily pull the gloves on to ensure they are fastened correctly.

In short, if you’re needing a general purpose tactical glove that can handle most tasks, including a moderate level of protection, this is for you.

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Hatch Specialist All-Weather Tactical Glove

HATCH Specialist All-Weather Tactical Glove

This glove is a subtler than some of the others on this list, but don’t let that fool you. It’s tough as nails and can handle almost anything you throw at it. We love that this glove isn’t tactical to the max and can double as a general outdoor glove, or even a driving or racing glove if you have the need. That means the gloves fit snugly, and offer incredible dexterity. The Hatch Specialist gives you enough feel to load a magazine or deploy a folding blade with ease. The tradeoff there is there is not backside hand protection. However, for most uses, we will take that in favor of a lighter weight glove for most use cases.

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Mechanix Wear Tactical Original Covert

Mechanix Wear Tactical Original Covert Tactical Gloves

These are tougher than many options that cost more than twice as much as these. They are light, coming in at 3.5 ounces, which we think you can appreciate if you’ll be backpacking or carrying a lot of gear or a heavy ruck.  Also, these will hold up incredibly well for the price. They lasted us about 6 months in terms of use, which is more than adequate for the price. These are definitely our daily use gloves, and we all agree that for the level of protection, they are very functional and will perform 99% of the tasks you need an tactical glove for. In fact, we would really only advise you to look elsewhere if you know you will need a higher level of protection for things like close quarters battle, or if you are in inclement weather conditions where something warmer would make more sense.

And at the price point these are at, it makes sense to buy a few pair for your car, range bag, and wherever else you might need them. Also, if you want a variation that is even lighter for warmer weather, check out the Vent Covert, which is a mesh version of this glove to reduce heat buildup in hot environments.

All things considered, we can’t recommend this glove enough. If you want a general all purpose glove that has proven itself time and time again, the Mechanix Originals are for you.

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5.11 Tactical Station Grip Glove

5.11 Tactical Station Grip Tactical Glove

 

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PIG Full Dexterity Tactical Alpha Gloves

PIG Full Dexterity Tactical Alpha Gloves

We’re not sure if it’s possible to improve too much on the Mechanix Originals, but if it is, PIG is giving it a valiant effort. They are everything you need in a general purpose glove, and nothing you don’t. They can be seen in action on soldiers deployed all over the world.

PIG Tactical Glove

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The fit is great and doesn’t impair dexterity. There is no excess fabric to bunch and create problematic spots at the tips of your fingers, where you need sensitivity to pick things up and press triggers. Overall, one of the best general purpose gloves on the market, and certainly worth the price.

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