While most mechanics aren’t really style conscious — otherwise they’d remember when sleeves like this were popular womens’ workout attire back in the ’80s — they can tell you what you need to wear to protect yourself in the shop. Work boots and shop shirts are the order of the day. Sometimes, though, you require an an extra degree of protection — like when you’re changing the oil filter on a Miata.
The damn thing’s way the hell down at the bottom of the engine compartment, and ‘lest you want to jack it up and try to get at it through the wheel well, you’re gonna burn the crap out of your arm — unless you’re wearing one of these 17″ heat sleeves from Mechanix.
Heat sleeves are made of 100% heat-resistant woven Kevlar with “Fibreshield-treated” knit material that repels oil, fuel and liquids. An elastic bead secures thumb and finger openings, providing a snug-fitting silhouette that allows for comfortable use gloves over the sleeve.
The way we look at it, sleeves are much preferable to burning the living tar out of your forearm on a hot motor. Sure, the “old motor scar” story is cool, but come on — you’ve got those already.
Street Pricing starts at $25