As we wrap up glove week, we couldn’t help but include one pair of fingerless gloves: Milwaukee’s. We suffered through our scary memories of 1980s fingerless driving gloves, reminding ourselves that these are work gloves — not something from 1983 that Eddie Murphy might wear — to bring you some quantitative test results. Read on past the jump for our experiences and (of course) lots of photos.
The materials and build quality of Milwaukee’s fingerless gloves is very similar to their contractor gloves, which we reviewed earlier this week. Mostly the glove is made up of nylon and Lycra with thick nylon webbing areas sewn into the palm for protection.
As the name suggests the main difference between these gloves and the contractor gloves are the missing finger tips. We say finger “tips” because this is an important difference: the fingerless gloves actually do cover your fingers down to the second knuckle.
If you’ve never worn fingerless gloves before, putting them on feels a bit strange. Most of your hand feels protected, but your fingers feel more naked than when you’re not wearing a glove. It’s a strange experience feeling protected but strangely vulnerable. Other than that the gloves feel quite comfortable and don’t restrict movement at all.
In general use we found these gloves to be excellent for carrying lumber and working with power tools. They kept the major parts of your hand protected while leaving your finger tips open for fine work. The tiny bit of finger protection the gloves do offer is just the right amount to wrap around the edge of a sheet of plywood without exposing yourself to Splinterfest 2007.
Read on to page two for our protection and dexterity tests.