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It’s day two of glove week, and today we’re trying on Mac Tools’ Foose-branded work gloves.  One thing even the most casual observer will notice is that these gloves are stuffed full of logos.  Foose Designs, Mac Tools, and a little yellow tag on the edge seam that reads “Mechanix Wear” all fight for hand-space like NASCAR sponsors. 

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We’d imagine that at least a few hardcore deals went down to bring these gloves to the public, but (as always) we ask only one question:  “Are they worth a crap in the shop?”  There’s only one way to find out, so we put ‘em to the test.  Read on past the jump for our experiences and lots of pics.

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Toolmongers will immediately recognize the Mac gloves as Mechanix-brand work gloves.  Mac really didn’t try to hide this, which makes sense because it’s not anything to be embarassed about.  We’ve had pretty decent experiences with Mechanix’ products in the past.

These gloves have the same soft Lycra palm and fingers on the bottom side — and stretchy nylon on top of the hand and fingers — as other Mechanix gloves we’ve owned.  Mac’s version includes an index finger knuckle band for added strength as well as a thermal plastic rubber (TPR) molded cuff with a hook and loop flap to comfortably secure the wrist band.  The benefit of all that synthetic material: these gloves are machine washable.  This is a huge plus if you actually plan to use them.

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Beyond Mechanix’ standard offering, the Mac/Foose gloves also offer orange stitching and a large custom hotrod logo with palm trees behind it where you’d normally find the big white Mechanix logo.  We found this to be a pleasant improvement and an overall nice touch.

General Feel

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These work gloves are as comfortable as they are stylish.  The fingers have inside seams, but you simply don’t feel them with your hand in the glove becuase the soft materials aren’t intrusive in the slightest.  The whole glove breathes very well and feels more like a comfortable dress glove than the no-nonsense workhorse they are.

In short: they feel great on your hand.  Basic Mechanix work gloves have been a Toolmonger favorite for a few years now and sport a pattern that’s been imitated by others time and again for good reason.  It works.

Protection

We fired up the car and stuck our hand down in the mess for a heat torture test.  We weren’t surprised at all to see that the Mac work gloves stood up to a hot engine just like our trusty old Mechanix gloves.  We managed to hold a hand in harms way (read: touching a hot engine) for 37 seconds on average before ouch time.

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To be fair, this isn’t a world record by any stretch, but these gloves manage to absorb quite a bit of heat absorption considering how thin they are.  And that thinness pays off; read on to page two for our dexterity test.

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9 Responses to Hands-On: Mac Tools’ Foose Work Gloves

  1. Mel says:

    Sears has basically the same gloves (also made by MechanixWear) on sale for under $10.

  2. Old Donn says:

    Interesting. The picture shows a pair of Mac Tools Foose workgloves on a pile of Craftsman tools. Like Mel says, they’re made by Mechanix, same as Craftsman. I’ll bet Foose’s cut is more than the Craftsman glove’s sale price.

  3. gillsans says:

    I don’t suppose anybody has used mechanic’s gloves for bicycling? They look about the same as bike gloves, but are considerably cheaper. I’ve been thinking of getting some…

  4. Jaxx says:

    Mechanics gloves will most likely lack the padding in the palm that bike gloves have, not to mention the snot wipe on the back and the thinner index fingers, if you don’t like padded palms these are probably a good idea though!

  5. jeff says:

    I would get either the m-pact or m-pact2 ones because they have padding in the palms. My biking gloves breathe way better than my mechanix though. And the bike ones have small pieces of towel sewn into them for drying off the face on hot days (or snot in Jaxx’s case). You might even be able to find some bike specific ones on clearance since it is nearing the end of the season. At least it is ending soon where I am.

  6. Actually, a lot of mountain bikers have in fact moved to using Mechanix gloves for biking since they’re affordable and offer reasonable protection. When I was looking for full-fingered gloves, I considered getting a pair of M-pacts but since I couldn’t find them locally I opted for motorcross gloves.

    You have to be careful though – certain mechanics gloves are a bit too rigid to be comfortable while biking.

    If you take a look at their site, you’ll see that Mechanix breaks down their product line according to application. The M-Pact line are listed in the racing category, and most others.

    http://garage.mechanix.com/detail.aspx?ID=2

    When my biking gloves wear down, I’ll probably get a pair of these. Since I don’t face too many hazards elsewhere, I’ll stick to cheap Craftsman or the basic Mechanix gloves for all other uses.

  7. Abdullah bennakhi says:

    I Like It , Where I can buy one (online store )
    Thankx

  8. ivan says:

    where do you buy this glove ?

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