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As scarred and bruised as my knuckles are, one might think I’m a prize fighter or some sort of perpetual bar-room brawler.  One would be wrong.  Really, I’ve just lost more than my fair share of rounds with cars I’m working on, which is why the padded M-Pact gloves from Mechanix look so attractive.  They look like they’d help take the beating when the bolt I’m wrenching finally gives way and sends my knuckles flying into the nearest metal object. 

Besides all the normal Mechanix glove features, the M-pact gloves have new flexible bonded TPR (Thermo-Plastic Rubber) knuckle and finger ribs that protect the top of your hand.  They also feature Lycra finger panels, and a sensitive fingertip pattern that let you “feel” what you’re doing through the glove. 

You might not notice the M-Pact is doing its job until you find your knuckles are in tact after going a few rounds with a small-block Chevy.  Awesome.

Street Pricing starts at $20.

M-Pact Glove [Mechanix]
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4 Responses to Finds: M-Pact Gloves

  1. eschoendorff says:

    It’s not the knuckles taht I’m worried about…. I just wish that someone would make gloves where the finger tips don’t wear into holes in a month. Oh, and still allow for better-than-average dexterity.

  2. MarkF says:

    After wearing through a couple pairs of regular Mechanix gloves I thought these might be a more durable solution, and add some extra protection. Not so. Yes, the rubber along the back of the hand does offer some better protection, but they quickly broke apart at the seams. The mesh they are made of just cannot handle the stress they are normally subjected to.

  3. Old Donn says:

    I’ll tell you what these things are good for, riding my old Harley. Dampens the vibration and makes long rides a lot more comfortable.

  4. shawn says:

    I bought a pair this past winter, to help keep my hands warm & clean while working out in the garage, & to tell the truth I kept taking them off. They do affect your dexterity. But I wore them when I was cutting metal with my angle grinder, & they kept me from getting burnt when I put my hand on a piece hot piece of metal. Melted the glove a little, but saved me. I try to were them all the time, but they are hard to not want to take off. They have survived a lot of washing though, & haven’t fallen apart yet.

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