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Casual Observer
04-11-2009, 3:01 PM
Fellow service calgunners,

Just as the title implies, looking to buy some new gloves and knee pads. Main criteria is that they be light and flexible. I prefer thinner gloves to the thicker ones.

Suggestions?

ISCIN6
04-14-2009, 10:23 AM
I know it sounds strange, but depending on the application you can get some great "tactical" gear dirt cheap at Harbor Freight. I deployed with NSWU-2 and was told to avoid the "gear-queer" stores and go get a dozen $1.50 rubber coated gloves, they are light, cotton on the back (in the desert you can douse them with water and keep yourself cool), and give great dexterity and let you grip things. As far as knee pads they have both the foam (~$1 each) which can be cut down and put in pad pockets if your pants are equipped, and the plastic capped (~$10). Might not have the cool name, fancy plastic knuckles (gay!), or even hold up as well as the expensive gear, but you can buy multiples and when they wear out (which the expensive crap will do as well) you can chuck them and not feel the pain.

Good luck.

ZeroNine3
04-16-2009, 7:26 PM
Kneepads:

Alot of guys I know used these, no personal experience though:
http://www.uscav.com/prodinfo/images/30920.jpg
Hatch XTAK Knee Pads
They don't provide much protection [whole thing is probably a bit thicker than 1/4"], but when its mandatory to wear knee pads... you try and get away with as little as possible.

I've used these kneepads:
http://www.uscav.com/prodinfo/images/21872.jpg
Blackhawk Neoprene Knee Pads
They're comfortable when taking a knee, but thats about it. They get real hot too. Oh, yeah each strap is double velcro[ed] so they almost never came loose.
I still have these.

I've also used these:
http://www.uscav.com/prodinfo/images/21870.jpg
I don't know what brand I had since they were issued, but the ones pictured are Blackhawk. Basically the same deal IMO. Didn't get as hot as the ones above, but the front plastic piece tended to rip off after a while, and the velcro starts dying on you. Other than that though, they worked pretty good. Threw these away before leaving Iraq.




Gloves:

I personally used these gloves:
http://www.uscav.com/prodinfo/images/27938.jpg
Hatch Operator Shorty Gloves
Real thin, don't really provide much protection, but better than nothing. What I Loved was that the wrists weren't real long [just barely goes over your wrists bones when you stretch them]. Not as much protection, but you stay a little cooler. Threw away before leaving Iraq.

I also used these:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3146/2570817432_087426aee7.jpg?v=0
Camelbak Magnum Force Gloves
These are probably the thickest tactical gloves I've ever owned. Don't get me wrong they're not snow gloves or anything, but still thicker than what I'd like to wear on a regular day to day basis. Still have these today.

I have also used these:
http://www.uscav.com/prodinfo/images/21857.jpg
These were the issued gloves, worked pretty good for being issue. Not too thick, not too thin. I'd say these fit right in between the two above. Last for a while too, if you take good care of 'em.


Basically, I used the thin ones for patrols, and the thick ones when doing hits or raids [better chance of putting those hard knuckles to use. haha]. Hope this helps out a little.

dwa
04-16-2009, 10:34 PM
I know it sounds strange, but depending on the application you can get some great "tactical" gear dirt cheap at Harbor Freight. I deployed with NSWU-2 and was told to avoid the "gear-queer" stores and go get a dozen $1.50 rubber coated gloves, they are light, cotton on the back (in the desert you can douse them with water and keep yourself cool), and give great dexterity and let you grip things. As far as knee pads they have both the foam (~$1 each) which can be cut down and put in pad pockets if your pants are equipped, and the plastic capped (~$10). Might not have the cool name, fancy plastic knuckles (gay!), or even hold up as well as the expensive gear, but you can buy multiples and when they wear out (which the expensive crap will do as well) you can chuck them and not feel the pain.

Good luck.

until your on fire after you get blown up or touch something hot and the rubber melts to you.

get an account on usstandardissue.com and you can get discounted oakley products hatch makes good stuff and Arc'Teryx has some cool looking kneepads.

ZeroNine3
04-17-2009, 7:33 AM
until your on fire after you get blown up or touch something hot and the rubber melts to you.

get an account on usstandardissue.com and you can get discounted oakley products hatch makes good stuff and Arc'Teryx has some cool looking kneepads.

yeah, usstandardissue.com rocks. There were also like two or three people I knew who used those Arc'Teryx kneepads [forgot about those]. They're probably between 1/4" to 3/8" thick. Real lightweight. Don't know how comfortable they are though as I never tried them.

grnt
04-29-2009, 7:27 PM
Nomex flight gloves. The construction kneepads at homedepot are great. They are sewn in, not riveted. The plastic part is white, but you can paint them black. The crap issued by the Army tears through the rivets.

arfan66
05-03-2009, 6:15 PM
I've have good luck with Alta knee pads.....

http://www.uscav.com/productinfo.aspx?productid=8458&TabID=548&cs=1

They stay in place pretty well (when knee pads fall down to your ankles they aren't much good) and are a breeze to 'don & doff'.

Good Luck & Stay Safe!

Matt C
05-03-2009, 6:44 PM
Just as the title implies, looking to buy some new gloves and knee pads. Main criteria is that they be light and flexible. I prefer thinner gloves to the thicker ones.

Sounds like a recipe for a good time. :D