In a prior article I discussed my thoughts on what “tactical” implied, you can find the article here. You may be wondering what tactical gloves are and whether you would find them useful for anything, especially some of my readers that may not be not be in one of our martial arts classes.
All gloves are worn for hand protection, whether it be from abrasion or cold temperatures. Tactical gloves are identical in this regard. There are two major differences that a typical tactical glove will provide for the wearer. The first is a thinner contact surface on the index finger which allows better trigger control. The second item is hard knuckle covers. The hard knuckle covers allow the wearer to punch other combatants or hard surfaces (windows) and thus reduces potential bone breakage in their hand. Tactical gloves usually come with full finger coverage or half finger coverage (like a bicycling glove).
These are my Oakley tactical gloves. You can see they are a half glove with knuckle guards and a lightly padded palm. Another nice feature is the velcro closures on the wrist.
This is a non-removable knuckle guard. I had another pair that allowed the knuckle guard to be changed out to a softer version. It was a poor design and I do not like the overall concept. This really allows you to do some serious smacking!
The velcro wrist closure is important in the event that you want to wear a light weight pair of gloves underneath this glove. It reduces the pressure on your wrist.
I am not in the Military or a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO), so you might be wondering what I use these gloves for. The number one reason I use these gloves is for trail running. I cannot tell you the number of times that these gloves protected my palms when I tripped while trail running. The most notable occasion was when I stumbled and had my left palm land in a prickly pear patch. Without the gloves I would have been seriously hurting. Another issue that comes into play when trail running is unleashed dogs. I have had serious encounters with said dogs, the hard knuckles adds one more self defense tool to your kit.
In the article I linked in the first paragraph, I had the following talking points about what “tactical” means…
- It has to provide some sort of combat advantage
- It has to be reliable
- It has to be durable
- Does it Function as Designed (FaD)
These tactical gloves by Oakley do all of these things very well. The only real negative to these gloves is that the palm covering is some sort of synthetic, I would have preferred leather. So if you are looking for a useful tool to add to your toolkit a set of tactical gloves might be just the thing.