The main purpose of tactical gloves is to protect your hands, provide increased grip and keep your hands warm & dry. You want dry hands to be able to handle a weapon accurately. You want your hands protected from fire, scrapes, and cuts. So what are the key aspects you need to consider to choose the right tactical gloves?
Modern tactical gloves are made of synthetic materials which are key ingredient of dexterity, grip, and protection. Higher-end tactical gloves still incorporate leather in the gloves for added comfort. while some gloves even have materials, such as Nomex, that are fire-resistant for added protection.
The top tactical glove manufacturers have patented materials that offer special features. For example, the Line of Fire glove range has the Technology Enhanced Grip System, which is high friction material providing excellent grip.
The most effective tactical gloves need to allow you to move your fingers freely and without restriction. This is especially important for the trigger finger that you would want to be able to move quickly. For dexterity, look for gloves that are not too loose fitting and is not constructed from overly thick materials (especially around the fingers).
Full Finger vs 1/2 Finger Gloves
Full finger gloves will provide the warmth and dryness that 1/2 finger gloves will not. Also, full finger gloves will provide the increased protection for your fingertips. However, 1/2 finger gloves let the wearer use his/her fingertips for increased sensitivity and to grasp fine/small items (example adjusting the small dials of a rifle scope). Also, if you need to operate a touch screen device, the 1/2 finger gloves are a much better option than the full finger gloves, which you would have to take off each time you want to use your touchscreen device.
Some tactical gloves have additional features that could either be beneficial for the purpose you want to use the gloves or could be a hindrance.
- Reinforced fingertips – Added protection for your fingertips. This could, however, affect your ability to handle small items with precision.
- Knuckle protection – Molded protection for your knuckles. This could make the gloves a bit bulkier but provides the additional protection for your knuckles in hazardous situations.
- Special materials – The top quality tactical gloves have Kevlar materials to protect you from cuts and shrapnel; and Nomex materials to protect you from fire and heat. These materials will make the cost of the gloves a bit higher but will give you the protection you need from tactical gloves in dangerous situations.
The Top Rated Tactical Gloves
Below is an overview of the top rated tactical gloves currently available. The reviews are based on comments from hundreds of person who have used these gloves and provided feedback.
Blackhawk Men’s S.O.L.A.G. HD Glove with Kevlar
These gloves are made by a reputable manufacturer, namely Blackhawk, who is known for producing quality gear. The gloves contain Kevlar material as well as dual-layer cowhide leather palm and fingertip protection. It has the added features of knuckle protectors, wrist adjustments and a nylon loop for easy attachment to carabiners. Users who have worn and used these gloves highlight that the gloves are comfortable, provide excellent grip and hold up well in terms of quality. The users that have used this on deployment found the loop for attachment to carabiners especially useful.
One negative common theme from user comments that seems to come out is that the stitching is not what it should be. A number of users commented that the stitching came apart on parts of the gloves. This is of course not ideal if you plan to take these gloves out for long deployments.
5.11 Station Grip Glove
The 5.11 tactical glove range was developed by former Navy SEAL Jeff Gonzales. These gloves have some nice features, which include:
A back panel that stretches four ways for increased dexterity in the glove.
- Reinforced palm and fingers.
- Machine washable and dries quickly.
- ID tags so you can identify your gloves easily.
Feedback on these tactical gloves is really positive. The users who have used these gloves commented on the gloves’ high quality, comfort, grip, and durability. Users have noted that the size of the gloves tend to be small and as these gloves are not made from natural leather they do not stretch much more over time and use; so it might be a good idea to pick a size slightly larger than you would normally wear, to have the right size for a good fit.
These gloves are padded for heavy duty usage, so they are not ideal for use when shooting small weapons. However, many users commented that the gloves work fine on regular size weapons.