Mechanix Wear Lightweight Gloves

Mechanix Wear FastFit Gloves

Weighing in at a mere 1.75oz for a pair, the Mechanix Wear Fastfit gloves make for a great way to add an additional layer of protection to your hands while on the trail. I like to carry a pair of these with me when I go on longer multi-day hikes or when I know I’ll be scavenging around for firewood.

These gloves are very thin and nimble so I can still tie knots and open zippers with these on. However, they don’t really provide any real level of cold weather protection.

Mechanix Wear FastFit Gloves

The gloves have a Clarino synthetic leather palm, stretch panels between the fingers, and a two-way stretch Spandex padded back for additional protection.

I picked up a few pairs at my local Walmart the last time they were on sale, just to have some spares. I consider them to be somewhat of a luxury item, but have noticed that when I have them with me they get a lot more use than I thought they would.

Disclosure: The author owns this product and paid for it using their own funds.

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  • http://www,takealonghike.com/ Ray Anderson

    This sounds good, but I wear gloves to keep my fingers warm. These look to thick to be liner gloves, but I’ll give them a try next time I’m at Walmart.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09628095804170935682 Brian

    Ray, yeah they’re too thick to be used as liners and too thin to provide any real warmth – they’re just perfectly in the middle of a gray-zone of usefulness. But they are superb for hand protection on those rough or thorny campsite jobs.

  • http://pig-monkey.com/ Pig Monkey

    I had heard about Mechanix gloves for a few years and was attracted to the price, but I always avoided them because they’re made of synthetic materials. One of the main things I use gloves for in the backcountry is for working around fire — rearranging fuel, grabbing pots, etc — so I like materials like leather, nomex and kevlar. But a couple months ago I was in need of a new pair of gloves. I decided to give Mechanix a shot. I’m glad I did! They’re a great lightweight glove with pretty darn good dexterity. I haven’t used them too much in the backcountry yet, since we’re still in the season where I wear insulating gloves, but the Mechanix are my go-to bike glove.

    I went with the covert model so that the advertising would be subdued. My size mediums weigh 2.33 oz.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09628095804170935682 Brian

    Wow, I really like the Covert model. Much nicer than the ones I have, but that was all they had at Walmart. Maybe I’ll have to shop around to get a pair of those. Were they especially expensive?

  • http://pig-monkey.com/ Pig Monkey

    Nope! The standard price for them is $25. I found them at EMI Supply for $17.

    EMI took something like 3 weeks to get them to me (turns out they just drop ship straight from Mechanix) and they didn’t respond to my emails about the order status in the meantime, so I can’t give them a strong recommendation. But the gloves did get here, and they have (or at least had) the best price.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09628095804170935682 Brian

    That’s not a bad price considering. Yeah I’ve noticed you generally get what you pay for when it comes to customer service these days, at least they showed up and we good quality. I’m gonna look for some online.

    Thanks again for the heads up on these.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04380958324541306917 JERMM

    LOL…I’ve been wearing Mechanix gloves most of the day while doing yard work and now I see them here…pretty funny.

    I too carry a pair year around mainly for camp use, my hands get fairly beat up with gathering firewood, breaking up small kindling, rearranging the rocks around the fire ring unless I’m wearing them. They also make pulling up thin bear line a lot easier to grip and not worry about it cutting into my hand.