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I've worked offshore in the Oil and Gas industry for 8 years, and where I'm allowed Mechanix have been my glove of choice. They are also the standard glove issued by my company for general use when working on equipment or for any work where impact gloves are not mandatory.
The equipment I work with is in and out of the sea all the time so covered in salt water, and I regularly work on hydraulics, so I have to put my gloves into the laundry after every shift with my coveralls. The regular Mechanix gloves usually will start to come apart within the first 4 weeks. The stitching at the fingers starts to fray and then the seam splits open and they have to go in the bin.
Now these are only a few £'s more, but of course my work won't buy them due to the extra cost, so I decided to buy my own to try them. Well, I'm glad I did, I've now used the same pair for 6.5 weeks being washed every day and they are still in excellent condition. My only caveat to this is that the first time I got these covered in 22 weight hydraulic oil it took several washes to get the oil completely out, where as the regular gloves seem to wash better, although this could have been due to different laundry crew doing the washing different.
I liked these so much I've ordered a fair few pairs and I will now just supply my own gloves for work as I can't go back to the regular ones.
Best work gloves I've ever had. Believe the sales pitch, it's all true! I have small hands (size 6.5-7) and usually work gloves are either miles too big and clumsy on me or are dainty delicate ladies gardening gloves which disintegrate faster than you can say six pound sledgehammer. A size Small in these is a roomy fit, which allows a thin pair of cotton gloves underneath in cold weather and stops them sticking in hot weather, while retaining impressive dexterity throughout. Seriously, when I first tried these gloves they felt so thin I expected them to shred on the first brick I picked up. Instead they've withstood all the abuse I've put them through and hardly a mark on them to show for it. They machine wash just fine, air dry pretty quickly, and are just as supple as before, no hardening/ cracking/shrinking nonsense to worry about. They just so happen to be vegan friendly too, since they're not made from leather. I can't recommend these gloves enough, especially to ladies and vegans/ vegetarians who have precious few alternatives available, and none of this calibre.
These are an nicely made pair of gloves at a reasonable price.
So far i've used them for nearly 8 months at least a few times per week. The fit is very comfortable (obviously that can vary depending on the individual - check the size guide) -- but for me the large fits very nicely. They're soft and flexible which helps with finger dexterity on the more fiddly job, but the out fabrics appear to be tough enough not to tear or fall apart at the site of a semi sharp edge!
The materials appear to be holding up well to the job and although it does stain that doesn't impact the durability of the fabric. They probably can be washed, but who's going to do that! They're meant to get dirt and be used well.
I've used them for a variety of jobs from general DIY, Basic Mechanic jobs, chopping wood etc -- if they continue to hold up to regular use without ripping or falling apart within a year or two I'll buy another pair.
I've tried various Mechanix gloves and these are the best by far. The palm 4X material resists soaking up fluid were as the Originals absorb a lot. They also seem to be harder wearing than the others. I use these for work in aircraft engine maintenance and I have purchased more for when I need to replace them. Machine washable is also a bonus as my others tended to fall apart after a few washes.
I own these and another pair of fastfit without the 4X material. the 4X material is slightly thicker than the original material (on the palm) but still allows for good dexterity. The material seems more hard wearing but time will tell. great fitting work gloves, would use for all DIY work but not for things like gardening where thorns may pierce the glove as the material is not suited to protect from this.
The 4X material is stronger than normal Mechanix for sure, but it does feel thinner. Don't let that fool you though. I got these to replace a pair of FastFit originals that were getting torn up by heavy tapping nail drilling. So far these are scratched but not ripped. The screws I'm using are made for wood, but can churn through metal too. I am very impressed with these.
These are actually very good gloves, just a little pricey (I know you get what you pay for) and they get a lot of abuse probobly a lot more than they were designed for, but will keep buying them when my old pair are worn out as I can still do delicate jobs with them on as other makes can be a little tricky!
Gloves like this marketed for trail bike riding will cost you a lot more to procure. These are more than capable of protecting your hands should gravity decide it's time for you to fall off as you test the envelope of physics & science just that little bit much too far......
I bought these pair of gloves to do cellar work, moving kegs if beer around. They are quite slippery, specially when damp. They don't feel like leather at all. I think they'll be fine for gardening or for someone that doesn't use them every day
Use these for gardening. Not thorn proof like leather ones are but very comfortable and easy to get on and off. I think the sizing comes up a bit big. I have big hands and ordered the large and they are a little “baggy”. Expensive!