I’ve been using the same pair of Mechanix Wear “Covert” gloves for years, and they’ve served very well for working on engines, keeping splinters out of my hands, and other general-purpose needs. I have no complaints, but since I’ve started riding the trails more than hiking them, I decided it was time to upgrade. I wanted something that would stay cool in our 90-degree weather while giving me a bit of extra protection should I bash my hand into a tree or a bear. I also wanted to maintain digital dexterity, because it’s really annoying when you have to take your glove off every time you want to use your phone or open a ziplock bag.
The new M-Pact series of gloves from Mechanix immediately caught my eye. First of all, they say “impact” right in the name (more or less) so there you go. They also look pretty awesome, which isn’t something I can say about many gloves. So, I ordered up a pair and give them the run-through.
After numerous rides with these gloves, I’m going to give them the best possible compliment: I can’t even tell I’m wearing them. Even at high-noon on the hottest days, five miles out on the trail with sweat pouring off of me, I forget I’m wearing these gloves.
But I’ll say more anyway. The protection afforded is pretty exceptional for gloves that don’t have hard shell armor. The molded Thermal Plastic Rubber guards provide impact resistance without hindering movement even slightly. There is plenty of padding on the palms to absorb shock while I’m riding (far fewer “numb palm” incidents than my last pair) yet they don’t get in the way of a solid grip.
Dexterity is – for lack of a better word – perfect. I don’t have to take off the gloves to handle small items, open little containers, or operate zippers. Of course, your mileage will vary depending on how your hands match up to your chosen size, but they nailed the fitment spot on for me.
I recommend them, hands down. (Yeah, kind of a pun.) The Mechanix M-Pact gloves come in a variety of colors and styles and list for $34.99 a pair. The best deal I’ve found on them so far is here on Amazon, where you can get most of the colors and sizes for around $23.
I chose MultiCam for maximum “tacti-cool” points. Photo taken with ContourHD 1080p helmet cam.