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Mechanix gloves are a popular topic here at Toolmonger. We like their excellent protection, improved grip, and Robocop aesthetic, but there’s an offering coming that’s more up Spiderman’s alley. The spiny knuckle ribbing and web-like hex grid over the heavy fabric of their soon-to-be-released MRT 0.5 M-Pact gloves wouldn’t be out of place on a Marvel villain’s hands, but there are some new tricks beyond looks built into these gloves.

They use a new material called TPR for the finger grips (visible here), a feature shared with only one other pair of gloves in the lineup — Safety Oil Rigger HDs, also not yet available. The Rigger HDs are made from high-visibility fabric with patches of 3M reflective tape, so frantic nighttime arm-flailing in the headlights of an oncoming truck is guaranteed to get some attention.

Given the already-excellent grips on Mechanix gloves, it’ll be interesting to see how the new TPR material pans out. With prices for the MRT 0.5s at $45, and Rigger HDs at $57 from Mechanix themselves (comparable to other models in the lineup) it shouldn’t take long after the release date to see a pair of these taking hits in the real world.

MRT 0.5 M-Pact gloves [Mechanix]
Safety Oil Rigger HD gloves [Mechanix]

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9 Responses to Coming Soon to Knuckles Near You…

  1. The problem with the mechanix gloves is their bulk and non-disposability. Working on a truck or heavy equipment, they’re great. For me, though? Not so much.

    I can’t think of a single job I’ve done on a car in the last 10 years that didn’t involve reaching into a space that was too small and installing a nut in a place where dropping it would be like sending it on a mission to Mars, recovery is so difficult.

    The need for dexterity and compactness trumps my need for protection, and I’ve got the scabs to prove it. 🙂

    A box of disposible nitrile gloves is great, though. Keeps you presentable at the office and helps prevent some of the smaller scrapes and cuts.

  2. Dave P says:

    what’s an office?

  3. Gordon DeWitte says:

    “…office?” which — for some strange reason — reminds of those lines from the movie Airplane:

    – We have a problem in the cockpit.
    – The cockpit! What it is?
    – It’s that little room in the front of the plane, but never mind that now…

  4. _Jon says:

    The office?
    — It is a cubicle farm where gophers live.

  5. ttabob says:

    I wont take anyone on my job sites seriously if they show up with these clown gloves on.

  6. Lex Dodson says:


    Therein lies the problem with some Mechanix gloves. Still, better to look a bit of a fool than bash up your fingers.

  7. JH says:

    From experience, I’d say your fingertips are more likely to get crushed than your knuckles.

  8. AJP says:

    Am I the only one who thought that spray-painting a pair of these black could turn them into a hell of a set of mittens for finishing off a batman costume?

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