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We’re back to our old faithful engine heat test where we heat up an engine to normal operating temperature and grab a hold of some hot steel.  And the M-PACTs did quite well, holding out a full 58 seconds before the heat became uncomfortable.

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The extra finger tip and palm pieces really helped in this test, soaking up heat so our hands didn’t. 

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Incredibly, all the M-PACTs’ extra padding didn’t adversely affect our ability to work with small objects at all.  We were able to pick up both the 7/8” washer and the 1/2” washer on the first try.  The rubber finger tips stuck like glue to anything we grabbed and didn’t give us any trouble — even after some extended use in the shop.

Read on to page three for our conclusions.

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5 Responses to Hands-On: Mac Tools’ M-PACT 2 Gloves

  1. PutnamEco says:

    Not every one uses gloves exclusively in the shop. I would be interested to know how waterproof they are, how quick they dry out,(and what colour they turn your hands, when they do get wet) Do they absorb grease and oil, and if they have any warmth to them when the weather turns cold?
    Picture working on a car in a parking lot on a day when the temp doesn’t go over ten degrees and there is a foot of snow on the ground, or spending all day out in that kind of weather, swinging a hammer on the jobsite.

    Maybe try holding on to a block of ice for ten minutes?

    Otherwise, a great series. I really liked the dexterity testing.

  2. jeff says:

    Re: PutnamEco

    I used both the Mechanix Padded Palm and M-Pact gloves for riding snowmobile. Let me tell you that they don’t dry very fast when the are wet and they get very cold when wet too (in the winter that is). You may be thinking that these gloves are a little thin for winter use but they work awesome for snowmobiling (provided they stay dry). I don’t have to turn on the handwarmers until it dips below 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Although I have hand guards on my bars too to block the wind.

  3. PutnamEco says:

    Re: Jeff
    Thanks for the info. I mention water because I had a rather unpleasant experience of having a wet pair of gloves stain my hands black. It talk a week for the colour to wear off.

  4. Clinton says:

    Wash them before you use them and you’ll be fine. I can’t comment on this specific model but the older version of these gloves are nearly useless in wet cold conditions. I’m from Florida so I don’t own cold weather gloves. I never need them even on the coldest days. That said I went to Manchester, NH in the first week of Jan one year. I was told that it was actually rather warm that week if you can call 30 degree weather warm (I don’t). I brought my M-Pacts with me because they were the only gloves I owned that were somewhat presentable in public. They worked great- that is until you touched anything covered in frost or snow. Once they got even slightly damp they were worse than not wearing gloves.

  5. Randy says:

    I wasn’t impressed and these are worthless once they get even slightly damp. The seams start unraveling and our mac guy won’t warranty them.

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