Save your Skin: Mechanix Wear Gloves
|Mechanix Wear Original Gloves
By: Jeff Yokomura - 10/2000
|Drew Barber of Team Rumore-Sniper at Vernal, UT
|Drew Barber of Team Rumore/Sniper at Vernal, UT
Have you ever had to work on your engine while it was still
hot? Or perhaps your trying to remove a suborn bolt and it lets loose unexpectedly.
Well, if you're like me you've burned, poked, smacked and cut you're hands on
everything imaginable while working under you truck. Not only that, when you're
done your hands are so dirty that even Gojo won't clean them off on the first
pass. Many people use latex gloves but those don't hold up well to the sharp
parts in your engine bay.
Well now there is Mechanix Wear. They have come out with some
gloves that are made from Clarino, a soft but durable synthetic leather. The
main difference from other gloves is that the Mechanix fit tightly around the
hand. This allows you the flexibility and dexterity to unscrew bolts. The thumb
and forefinger have been reinforced to reduce wear and the padded backhand resist
anything that would cause you to otherwise bleed. This is very helpful when
working with anything heavy. I've used my Original Mechanix gloves extensively.
So extensively that I've worn holes into the index finger and thumb. I've used
them to install my suspension, rotate my tires, swap my axle and the list goes
on. The gloves act as a second skin. There were many times I had hit my hand
on something sharp but because of the gloves, there was not even a mark on my
hand. The only draw back to the gloves is when they get wet. The gloves act
like a sponge when wet and they feel like a wet chamois. Another problem I found
was gear oil. This stuff stinks bad after it's been in the axle for a while.
Get this on the gloves and the gloves will smell just as bad. Mechanix Wear
does sell gloves meant for solvent but these are more cumbersome.
|Brandon Gillen and Dallas Stumph is spotting at Vernal,
|Here I am wheeling around a Dana 35c
Mechanix Wear has a full line of gloves. For those who need
more protection there is the M-Pack line of gloves. For those who need protection
from fire there is the M-12 and M-16 Nomex gloves. If you want a glove that
is easier to put on the Fast-Fit gloves may be what you're looking for. These
have many of the same characteristic found on the Original have but also add
a easy entry elastic opening. As you can tell there are many jobs that the Mechanix
gloves can be used for. They are not limited to working on a car. They also
work great for working around the house. Also because of their tight fit, they
can be used as driving gloves. Many Teams use Mechanix Wear gloves -- many teams
in many race series, including Winston Cup,Bush Series, CART, NHRA, Motocross
Mechanix Wear backs most of their products by a 100% Satisfaction
Guarantee. This means that if you are unsatisfied for any reason you can send
the gloves back for another pair. Since I had worn a hole in my first pair I
had emailed their customer service asking if they had addressed the wearing
of the fingers. They quickly responded by saying send them back for to the warranty
department. Mechanix Wear stand by their products and for about $25 to $90 they
aren't a bad deal.
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