Mechanix: Original Grip Glove
Jake // June 28, 2020
The original grip glove, from Mechanix, is a lightweight glove designed for impact protection rather than weather resistance. Mechanix uses its trademarked Tekdry material to provide protection and breath ability. Although designed as tradesman gloves, the brand has been picked up by outdoor professionals and should be considered by someone looking for a thin glove for activities such as scrambling or belaying in warmer weathers.
The outer Tekdry material is thin but rugged which allows breathability while protecting your hand from cuts and scrapes. It offers no protection from wind or rain. However the material dries very quickly when it becomes wet. The palms are covered in a thin rubber coating which combined with the very thin inner fabric makes small items like zips very easy to use.
The gloves are comfortable, thin and fit snugly, which makes them perfect for fiddly activities such as sorting kit and playing with guy lines. The cuff is secured by a solid velcro strap, the cuff is very short which could be seen as a positive or a negative.
The durability of the gloves has been disappointing and although I have worn them quite a lot I have only subjected them to rope/ scrambling activities three times and the rubber grip is flaking off. They will still be usable but will not be particularly gripy which is the gloves namesake!
In terms of price I have found these for as little as £10 for that price these gloves would be a good pickup, however recently I have seen them retailing at £18-25. I like these gloves but they are definitely not worth that much. If you’re looking for a thin pair of gloves for summer use where hand protection is a concern I would pick a pair of these up if you see them around the £10 price point. I would avoid these gloves if they are priced above £12 or you are looking for a glove that provides weather protection.
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