Mac Tools’ M-PACT-2 heavy duty work gloves totally look like something Halo’s Master Chief would wear; they just bristles with extra hand “armor” and offer the coolest vibe of any glove we’ve seen this week. But cool vibes don’t mean a thing if the gloves don’t perform. Read on past the jump as we get busy with the M-PACTs and report back with our experiences and lots of photos.
Right out of the package, the M-PACTs scream quality. It starts out with with all the features you’d expect from a mechanic’s glove: a Lycra stretch cuff with a hook and loop flap, a nylon top, and inside seams on the fingers and sides. But that’s where the similarity ends — and the M-PACTs start to pull away.
For example, the M-PACTS sport a heavy-duty, padded, accordion-style knuckle panel that shields the top of your knuckles from almost any bumps and scratches. This makes the glove look a bit “puffy,” even though it doesn’t feel overly thick. The first three fingers and the thumb feature sewn on rubber pads on the tips for extra gripping power. There also a large padded rubber area to protect the outside of your palm. This is great for when you’re wailing on a wrench — the handle won’t hurt your palm.
Arguably the coolest feature, though, are the M-PACTs’ top lower knuckle guards. They give the glove more of a fantasy tactical gear look, but serve to protect against injury, too. They’re molded rubber, and they’re sturdily sewn onto the fingers.
The moment we tried these on, we found ourselves saying things like “boo-yaa” and wanting to punch something solid just to see if it’d hurt. So guess what? We did. And it doesn’t hurt at all. We were able to punch a door frame without any pain. In real terms, that the M-PACTs would easily protect you if, say, you slipped off a wrench and smacked a firewall.
They also feel great inside. And though we were a bit worried about all the extra knuckle and finger protection getting in the way during use, it didn’t pose any problems. The “armor” pieces don’t stick out much.
Given enough time we’re sure that the rubber lower knuckle guards will start to tear away from the finger stitching, but the way we see it, that’s just the gloves taking a beating that otherwise would have landed on your fingers. So we see the guards as a welcome addition.
Read on to page two for our protection and dexterity tests.