TACTICAL CLOTHING – FIELD TESTED: Oakley Factory Pilot Glove – 2 Day FAIL

2 days of light use is all it took for these Oakley gloves to come apart

After years of just using cheap construction work gloves [Stanley is my favorite] as tactical gloves I was convinced by one of the guys on my team to buy a pair of “real” tactical gloves. So I hit up the PX and looked at the different brands of tacticool gloves they had.

The first thing I noticed were the prices, fucking 60 bucks, 100 bucks – all I could think was “come on, these cost 4 dollars to make in China”. The second thing I noticed was they all looked stupid, when did tactical gloves have to have all sorts of plastic shit all over them, I threw-up in my mouth a little when I saw the carbon fiber knuckles they all had.

After washing my mouth out I went with a pair of Oakley “Factory Pilot Gloves’ because I have used Oakley sunglasses before and I was satisfied with the quality and brand [they also make some pimp fedoras]. They were also the cheapest at 45 bones.

Then next day I spent about 10 hours on the range here in Iraq training a group of guys to shoot the AK. That included shooting a bit myself, loading up the gear, prepping the range, cleaning the range, opening a dozen sardine cans of ammo and loading a couple hundred magazines. The next day was the same except no training, my team just shot a few thousand rounds each and did the usual loading a couple hundred mags and prepped and cleaned the range.

The next day I was sitting around our team room playing some Call of Duty Black Ops with my teammates when one of the guys said “Damn bro, you need to get some new gloves”, I thought he was talking about my old Stanley gloves so I said “Already dude, I gots a pair of pimp ass Oak’s”.

He said “Bro, these are your new Oak’s” and tossed them into my lap

The stitching and material on the tips are also frayed and coming apart after only 2 days

I was floored and pissed at the same time when I saw them, they were trashed – all of the fabric was frayed, the stitching around the finger tips was torn-up with the stitching coming out and when I put them on I saw that the stitching had come out between my thumb and index finger [basically a big ass hole].

They looked like gloves that had been worn for a year – but I had only worn them for 2 days of intense training.

It is just completely unacceptable that a pair of so-called “tactical gloves” can’t take just 2 lousy days of hard use. My 15 dollar Stanley work gloves lasted 3 months under conditions just as hard before they started coming apart.

And the fact that they sell and market these cheap ass shit gloves to members of the military who make modest salaries just fucking pisses me off. I don’t care about myself; I am a Security Contractor who makes a fair salary so I will just throw these turds in the garbage and buy a different brand of gloves. But for an Army private who takes home 1500 bucks a month, having to buy another pair gloves after he just spent 45 bucks on these would hurt him in the wallet hard.

From Oakley to the deployed American solder and contractor

The bottom line is Oakley Gloves are a lousy product that may be good for 1 hour a day, once every 2 weeks of soft-use at your local range. But when challenged with real man-work with a gun in a war zone they failed in only 2 days. And quite frankly this experience along with the ethically questionable marketing will make every Oakley product suspect to me from here on out.

If you are thinking about buying a pair of Oakley Factory Pilot Gloves just give me the 45 bucks instead and I will stuff it in a strippers g-string. Then at least your money will go towards something useful like supporting single moms instead of some commie Chinese sweat shop.

*Note: Some of you may wonder if I accidentally bought counterfeit Oakley gloves. Negative, I brought them back to the licensed Oakley dealer at the PX and he confirmed that they were genuine Oakley gloves

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~James G
Founder – Editor in Chief

James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long; he has traveled to over 50 countries chasing fortune and glory. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns, writing poorly written articles and using his Oakley Factory Pilot Gloves ad Field Expedient Toilet Paper in Iraq. James G. on FACEBOOK

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61 thoughts on “TACTICAL CLOTHING – FIELD TESTED: Oakley Factory Pilot Glove – 2 Day FAIL”

  1. Did the Oakley rep. even try to make good on this failure at all?

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  2. I’ve got a pair of those but stopped using them after a few missions. Didn’t like ‘em. There are cheaper gloves out there that are better. With these, you’re paying for the Oakley name.

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  3. That is ridiculous. Did you get a refund? I’ve got some black “tacticool” gloves that were fairly cheap- Voodoo Tactical maybe?- that I’ve made knives in cold weather with, had them for a few months, but they are holding up pretty good, only a few holes. That’s after contact with a grinding wheel and belts too.

    Anyway, another good article James. I laughed out loud a couple of times. I get a kick out of your pics, and sarcasm.

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  4. Mechanics gloves are the only ones I have ever found to hold up to all the loading.

    The “tactical” lines usually have better tactile, but the trade off is durability. I personally have never need allot of tactile response (like the old Isotoner commercials where the guy picks up a key or a dime) and just surviving is much more important.

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  5. I’ve always loved me a good ole pair of leather work gloves. They’ve held up to roofing, hauling, farming, framing, construction, rappelling, rescue work, digging, moving, you name it. A pair usually lasts me at least two seasons for the farming ones and a lot longer for the other stuff.

    Dexterity is ok unless I get a pair that’s loose. Most of them though, I’ll soak in water and let them air dry on my hands for a bit. Take em off, let them air dry, then put them through some good old manual labor and they end up fitting like a second skin.

    I do like the fighter pilots gloves (can find them CHEAP all over the place) for work with weapons if I’m not going to ‘punish’ them as they give me great dexterity and keep my hands fairly safe. Nice non-slip pads on the palms are great in colder weather working with tools too.

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  6. I didn’t ask for a refund – I had a feeling it would end up in a argument where I get banned from the PX for life

    From what I hear their boots also fall apart under hard use

    How can Oakley make bullet-proof glasses that last for 15 years but fuck up so bad on gloves and boots?

    ~James G

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    1. I’m not a contractor and never have been. But, I ‘d be asking who authorized so-and-so vendor to sell such crap on post. It sounds like theft, since you’re selling junk to some young troop and taking his hard-earned money. And, this crap you’ve conned him into buying may fail on him, thereby earning him a ride home on the Body Bag Express. Unless, of course, it’s some CD whose brother-in-law or cousin is the local commander. Then you’re screwed. Might be the best thing to do is check online and pay retail. Not cheap, but you’ll get your money’s worth. As long as they’re not Oakley gloves.

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    2. go get some revision glasses way better then those oakley turds

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  7. Oakley sucks! Their customer service is also horrible. No discounts whatsoever and cheaply made shit, no thanks. I’d say try some hatch or wiley x instead.

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  8. I roll a pair of Mechanix originals with a pair of M-Pacts (fingers cut off at the middle knuckle) over top. A little bulky and warm, but it’s the best tradeoff I’ve found as far as tactile + knuckle/palm protection. As far as all Mechanix gloves go, I cut off the velcro straps and fold the cuff down.

    Disclaimer:
    I use these for contracting of the hammer and nail variety, have no experience running a gun with them, but they’ve held up exceedingly well.

    I can run my iPod, type, and get a cigarette out of a fresh pack with them on, as well.

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  9. I actually have to defend their boots. I have had 2 pairs over the past 3 years. They have held up better than my issued Danners. The first pair failed after 2.5 years after I got them soaking wet and freezing the snow in Germany while in the field at Graf. They also hold up while rucking under heavy loads better than Danner and Altama. Now I dont know if the boots from usstandardissue (oakley’s mil sales site) are the same as the ones from the oakley store, they look a bit different though. Now their gloves might be a different story, I have never used them. I have a pair of either nomex flier gloves or the $20 sirius for cold and mechanix for heat and all of them hold up pretty well.

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  10. another great article James. Really enjoying the no nonsense approach.

    As a general rule of thumb I only buy products for which the brand is known. So I got a pair of Oakley sunnies, Berghaus waterproofs, HH sweat tops, etc. When I did break teh rule buying a pair of £100 Berghaus mountain boots I got kicked in the ass. After one trip in bonnie Scotland the sole which ended on the nose of the boot decided to get unstuck.

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  11. +1 on Mechanix. IMHO, some manufacturers actually make stuff for guys that are going to beat the hell out of ‘em, and mechanic work will involve scraping knuckles, abrading palms, snagging on sharp hidden objects and so on… and the real work gloves will handle that and still protect your hands, plus cost 12 to 16 bucks, never more than 20. The ‘tacticool’ styles I think are made to sell to mall-ninjas, swatties and other wannabes who may put them on for a couple of hours to wear at the range or whatever, but are not gonna be moving rocks, climbing walls, handling jagged-edged cases and stuff… plus they charge like hell for them.
    Bottom line – I’d rather buy two or three pair of serious work-type gloves and save the extra money.

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  12. I didn’t ask for a refund – I had a feeling it would end up in a argument where I get banned from the PX for life
    From what I hear their boots also fall apart under hard use
    How can Oakley make bullet-proof glasses that last for 15 years but fuck up so bad on gloves and boots?
    ~James G.

    The answer is simple, yet odd for a company that made their name famous with eye wear, they lost focus.

    If I were president of Oakley, I’d fire the clowns that came up with the boot and glove ideas. I would be more interested in dominating the tactical eye wear market and pick my fights with ESS, Revision, etc in a market I know about rather than make a weak ass product in two markets I know little about.

    I study tactical businesses with a keen interest and I never fail to be amazed by successful companies that are consumed with eating another guys lunch in remotely related product field. I liken Oakley’s decision to go into boots and gloves as rational as me building knives and sunglasses.

    In the early eighties, they were the first guys to do a high end tactical “eye glass”. They could have dominated the market and shut their competitors out by expanding into googles and rx inserts,(hell, scopes and binos would make more sense for diversification, they at least have lenses!) but instead they decide to take resources and fight with glove and boot guys (who know their market). I don’t see Danner, Bellevile and Hatch making eye wear. I am sure if their execs saw this thread and blog, they’d be laughing their collective asses off at Oakley.

    The only exception to my “focus” rule that I can think of is Blackhawk and to their credit, they acquired companies in the fields they wanted to go into, with varying success.

    How many guys do you know that have “Blackhawk” lights? I’ll bet they all carry Surefire.

    Anyhow, I think you see my point.

    Rant over!

    Regards
    Brian

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    1. They lost focus as the original owner sold it and started some company across the street. Now Oakley has my products in their facility, so I will tread lightly. They spend a lot of money on cool type decor.

      James, try going to Oakley direct and see if that works. Their customer service is pretty decent.

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  13. Yep, I got some and immedietly designated them as motorcycle gloves.

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  14. I’m a soldier and took these gloves to a month long course… my left glove ripped the same place by the thumb (day 3)… a little shoe-goo and they were good to go.. fingers frayed and torn (day 13)… a little shoe good and they were good to go… right glove ripped by the thumb (day 21).. shoe-goo… Total rip off. Currently shopping for new gloves…

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  15. In all fairness to Oakley, the gloves were originally designed as mountain biking gloves, the 2.0 model changed the palm and got rid of the mesh between the fingers. Other than that, they’re the same, and that’s where the problem lies. If used solely as bike (pedal kind) gloves, they’ll hold up.

    When you try to re-designate something just to make more money is when you fail.

    I have two pairs of these gloves, original and 2.0, I’ve barely used the 2.0 because frankly in the swamp ass capatial that is Florida, the originals work better for me. I will probably never run these gloves as hard as you have, but at the moment, they work for me, and they’re not as overpriced as their Wiley-X counterparts!

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  16. PHUCK TACTICOOL. I had a few pair of this type of Oakleys myself and seemed to hold up well but not under the kind of shit you guys are talking about. After losing my second pair, fuck it, go to Mechanix or lately this weird Walmart brand of gloves that, I swear to God reminded me of a pair issued to me in the Gulf during Desert Storm and only cost me 10 bucks! Great gloves, decent dexterity, have fired weapons, loaded magazines, picked up lots and lots of brass with it. Toss the fucker in the washer and air dry and fuckin’ things good as knew. Never again buying tacticool shit. $45 so you can look ‘tactical’ Never!

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  17. I had the same fucking thing happen to me. My oakley gloves didn’t last through mob training. My wiley-x cag gloves are still rockin hard though and I wore them almost everyday on missions outside the wire. I say this to emphasize the fact that I was actually using them and the gloves weren’t just sitting in a in an assault pack that never moved.

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    1. All of my Wiley-x Cags (3pr) have survived a ton of abuse over the last 3 years of ownership. I have used the shit out of them, and have no complaints. They are worn, and need to be replaced, but I got a lot of use out of them, and they are pretty cheap considering what you get. Getting another pair today now that you have reminded me, and going to pick up a pair of Hatch aviators, since they have always worked for me.

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  18. Wow, what shite. All I can say is stick to Mechanix brand gloves man, the more basic of their models the better! I abuse the hell out of my ‘fast fit’ gloves working as a stage technician and rigger and they hold up beautifully. Best gloves ever. Only downside is getting them wet, sure they dry fast but they are not water resistant/repellant at all.

    You can get probably 4 of a kind for that ‘ace’ of an Oakley pair you got.!

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  19. Stanley and Mechanix gloves are made for people who actually work with their hands. Screw the tacticalcool crap and stick with the worker friendly gloves.

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  20. Mechanics gloves are the only ones I have ever found to hold up to all the loading.The “tactical” lines usually have better tactile, but the trade off is durability. I personally have never need allot of tactile response (like the old Isotoner commercials where the guy picks up a key or a dime) and just surviving is much more important.  

    I agree here! I use the “mechanics” gloves and have put them through hell. They are cheap too. Even though I hate to admit it and I’m sure I’ll regret owning this, I also have a pair of Under Armour gloves that have held up well and I done quite a bit of shooting with them.

    Good fucking article James!!! As always, you pulled no punches. Thats what we like.

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  21. The problem with Oakley is their attitude. Every Oakley employee we have met act like their shit does not stink. They walk around like they are super swat delta team ninjas. These guys are total ass clowns and have no business making anything other than glasses. This is the Peter Principle at play in manufacture ring.

    We have an Oakley account but we dropped the brand from our site. They are – no joke – the most fucked up company we have ever dealt with in our 10 years of business. We don’t give a shit if they read this and close our account. The only thing worse than these gloves failing is their dealer customer service and the attitude of their sales reps. Don’t get me started on their boots falling apart.

    It was classic at the Shot Show. We walked past the Oakley “booth” (two black leather couches and a table). Some fat dude and what I think was David Hasselhoff’s brother are sitting on the couches (this is day 1 of the show by the way so they can’t be tired yet). I wanted to ask if they had anything new. It took them a good minute to stop their bullshit conversation and acknowledge us (no one was around – it was not busy).

    These two dip shits finally got off their asses after joking about how they should probably stand up. These were the “big wigs” at the booth. Such ass clowns. These fuckers think they are God’s gift to the tactical world and just love to tell you how many Delta and Seal guys helped them come up with their products.

    Yet these assholes looked like they beamed straight out of a gay bar and landed on black leather couches at The Shot Show. Total dickwads. Their attitude of superiority was comical. A year from now these dummies will have been replaced by new dummies but someone the new guys will still be dickheads.

    With such huge egos and such a horrible internal organization (and dip shits they send to Shot) it is no surprise your gloves failed. Imagine the quality of the people they hide inside their building.

    You are lucky the sun did not cause them to catch on fire and set your whole body on fire. Fuck Oakley… and their watches are GAY! The glasses are OK (but overpriced).

    Oh hey I know what happened – they were busy driving around they stupid ass “Oakley BMP-1 Fighting Vehicle” they day they were supposed to be making good gloves. They were so busy jerking off all over their BMP they forgot to make gloves that are worth a shit. But hey – they have a tank so do you think they give a fuck about your gloves?

    Want to read more about their great customer service CLICK HERE

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  22. I had a pair of these gloves too. Never liked ‘em that much. They were uncomfortable, seemed like my hand would get “squeezed” by the glove as the day would wear-on and my hand would kind of cramp-up. Gave them to my wife and she liked them for gardening (Tacti-cool-gardening gloves, nice) until the dog ate them. I guess they taste good too.

    My favorite gloves are, by far, the USGI aviator glove. I’ve worn these damn things from the jungle to the mountains to the desert and they always fit very well (with a consistent fit BTW) and are very comfortable. They last about as long as the tacticool ones at the MCSS also. The big plus is that I used to be able to get them for free, that’s always a good price. I would carry a pair of the USGI black leather gloves or work gloves to wear over the aviator gloves if I had to do “real work”. It’s good to be the medic.

    My favorite “aftermarket” tactical glove were the Southwest Motor Sports “Impact”. They used to be in Phoenix, when I lived there. Went to the shop/warehouse one day and had the owner of the company personally fit me into a nice set of gloves and she gave me a very nice mil discount too. She sold the company to Camalbak a few years ago and I have not had a new pair since then, so I can’t really comment on how the gloves are now. I used those gloves for mil field work, mtn biking, motorcycling, shooting, etc. They lasted for years, they even saved my hands during a couple of mtn bike endos. They finally started falling apart after about four or five years of hard use. Not too shabby in my book.

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  23. Oakley was bought out by a larger corporation about a decade ago. When the original owners ran it they bent over backwards to take care of their customers, they replaced my lenses twice for free even though I screwed them up. Now they are like any large corporation, no accountability.

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  24. I use the “Hatch – Nomex Flight BNG Glove.”
    They last until you loose one.
    Suit me just fine.

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  25. Hey guys, I have had the same issues with the Oakley gloves. I have tried numerous different types of gloves but have settled on either Mechanics, or Ironclad (my preferred). They both have a good selection from which to choose from. My Ironclad’s I had for a year of pretty hard use and finally gave out after some extensive concertina and barbwire fencing outings, which most of us know will destroy just about anything.

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  26. Thanks for the truthful review. That’s why I read DVM!

    I want to see how shit really works, not the story of some ass clown sucking off some gear company to get free shit to wear in their mom’s basement.

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  27. i’ve got a pair of gloves from the automotive department in walmart right? they’re Gpact ATV,dirtbike,motorcycle whatever offroad vehicle you like to tear up gloves. they’re now my everything and it’s mother gloves. i wore them for one solid year of riding my Enduro in everything from rain to snow. they have the same 8k miles on them the bike does and they’ve held up. for cold put on a pair of latex gloves under them. they have good dexterity. they’ve gotten soaked, burned, frozen, and trod on and still survive. i even wear them hunting everything. for like $45 i’ve put these gloves through absolute hell like everything else i wear and they hold up. walmart’s got some good shit on occasion.

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  28. Thanks for the heads up on the gloves saved me some head ache. keep up the good work and may GOD keep you safe
    George

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  29. James… Prescient post dude. I just replied to a FB post on the same topic last night… somebody else in the sandbox saying “these Oakley gloves are a POS” — I jokingly replied that they were just made for mall ninjas, for guys to look cool on sunny days on the range, and Fobbits. Mechanix seems to have it hands down… $12 a pair at TruValue hardware…

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  30. Hey James! I know exactly how you feel because I had one pair for less than two weeks and as Rob mentioned it was nothing but POS. The stitching and material on the tips are also frayed coming apart after only after a couple of weeks of heavy use around the heavy equipment in the air field. I had to modify them by cutting off the frayed fingers and now they look like this. And I am not even talking about combat zone.


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  31. http://www.viperkit.co.uk/site/gloves-hats/viper-special-ops-gloves-green/prod_1534.html

    I’ve been wearing these viper gloves on a daily basis for over a year and a half now, and the ONLY damage they’ve sustained is a little tiny hole on the corner of the right thumb, and thats only cause I’ve lit about 5000 cigarettes with em.

    In the beginning i honestly thought Viper make cheap, knock-off gear (because of how cheap they were), but going by the perfomance of these gloves i have to say i am quite astounded by how long they’ve lasted and would definately recommend these to you guys.

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  32. Gloves from the hardware store is all that’s worth using, because you can buy a 12 pack for the same price as 1 glove from a tactical company.

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  33. Disagree on the glasses, they are no good. To me Oakley is a company that puts design above functionality. Their glasses look great (I’ve had 5 so far) but they scratch even under moderate “beach” use.

    Thank goodness I never tried their mountain bike gloves, I would be annoyed buying some overpriced POS.

    A friend of mine (not American) described this type of mostly American companies as one that lacks engineering but compensates through coolness (he actually said they dye their hair red and tell everybody how cool they are)

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  34. So, am I the only guy left in the world who still likes the black shells with the index finger tip cut off??? :)

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    1. No, you aren’t alone in this preference. Black shells rock.

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  35. I didn’t ask for a refund – I had a feeling it would end up in a argument where I get banned from the PX for life
    From what I hear their boots also fall apart under hard use
    How can Oakley make bullet-proof glasses that last for 15 years but fuck up so bad on gloves and boots?
    ~James G.  

    That is the same failure I’ve had on my pairs also…BULLSHIT…now they are expensive chew toys. LOL.

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  36. I have several pair of these, some good some bad. I have a pair out of the first run that have held up nicely. The others have failed in various ways. If you try another pair try the knock offs, I bought two pair that look identical to the factory pilot gloves but have thicker leather. Yeah the decals and fancy bits might fall off but the glove it’s self holds up.

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    1. I have heard the same thing – some pairs are ok and hold up and others don’t – it is a Q/C issue with Oakley = As long as we get the money we don’t give a flying fuck about our customers

      ~James G

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  37. I’m not in the military but I have been trying to find decent edc work gloves. The ones they carry at Lowes (not sure of the brand) are actually pretty good as long as you don’t get them wet or expect them to not stop a knife.

    I’m currently using Petzl light belay gloves as my pair of choice. I wonder how they would hold up to use with firearms. They have very good tactility and seem to be reasonably durable to my eye. I’d be interested in what real guys in the field thought about them.

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  38. As the subject was titled “Oakley Factory PILOT Glove” my previous comment only applies to flying.

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  39. Next time look at the label on the gloves. It said “MADE IN VIETNAM” so that speaks for itself!

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    1. Almost every major glove manufacturer is located in Vietnam: Mechanix, Oakley, Blackhawk, 5.11 etc

      I believe Camelbak is made in SK

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  40. What Omega are you wearing in the first pic?

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    1. Ha, good eye dude – it is the Seamaster Quantum of Solace

      ~James G.

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      1. It’s an affliction…

        http://bit.ly/dFbfX6

        =)

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  41. I didn’t ask for a refund – I had a feeling it would end up in a argument where I get banned from the PX for life
    From what I hear their boots also fall apart under hard use

    I am given to understand that fast roping while wearing a pair is a good way to wind up with a seriously sprained ankle and a new pair of boots.

    This is not from personal experience mind you, I’ve had to leave a helicopter in such a fashion, but from a friend.

    How can Oakley make bullet-proof glasses that last for 15 years but fuck up so bad on gloves and boots?

    It’s probably either licensing–someone is paying them to stick Oakleys name on their product–or they designed and spec’d the product then handed off production to a Chinese company that knows it’s sending shit to US troops.

    How the hell are we going to go to war with China if they are making most of our uniforms?

    OTOH, it might shorten the supply line.

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  42. It is all about employee attitudes. Oakley employees are most dweebs from what I have seen. I have dealt with about 10 on the internal business side of things over the last 5 years and I can tell you Oakley is the WORST company we have ever dealt with. The employees are arrogant and ignorant. Yet they walk and talk like they are navy SEALS who just got back from killing 2,000 tangos with their knives. FUCK OAKLEY.

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  43. One more thing and it is kinda telling. Oakley’s favorite little saying – “Oakley is not just a brand – it is a lifestyle”. Pardon me while I puke…

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  44. Mechanix gloves FTW !

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  45. I agree with some of the guys on here James. Mechanix gloves are the only ones I trust. I have had a pair I have been working hard on for the last year. They aren’t even their Tacticool gloves. They are just an average pair of thinsulate gloves. I train with them constantly and run and gun with them on the range and as long as I keep them clean their really isn’t much wear on them. I would trust any of their gloves before I even thought about Oakley.

    I also have a pair of Camelbak gloves that are damn good as well.

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  46. From what I hear their boots also fall apart under hard use
    How can Oakley make bullet-proof glasses that last for 15 years but fuck up so bad on gloves and boots?
    ~James G.  

    I took a look at their boots last week, also thinking about the quality of their eyewear. The boots were cheap. Reminded me of the ones Converse is pushing out on the market. The cheap, thin soles are poorly glued onto the boot. The leather isn’t quality and the lacing is crap.

    I’ve learned any boot that can’t be resoled isn’t worth my time. Sticking with my Danner Acadias, expensive quality made in the USA!

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  47. I had the displeasure of using these shitty gloves for all of about the same amount of time until they completely self destructed. Hey at least they aren’t 50 bucks a pair,,, oh wait….

    As far as Oakley boots are concerned. Dont,,, just dont.

    On the positive side, at least their Eyewear doesnt have a 3 day shelf life.

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  48. That is ridiculous.Did you get a refund?I’ve got some black “tacticool” gloves that were fairly cheap- Voodoo Tactical maybe?- that I’ve made knives in cold weather with, had them for a few months, but they are holding up pretty good, only a few holes.That’s after contact with a grinding wheel and belts too.Anyway, another good article James.I laughed out loud a couple of times.I get a kick out of your pics, and sarcasm.  

    I’ve been beating the living shit out of my voodoo tactical gloves for about 6 months. They’ve been through rain, sleet and snow and work just as hard as the first day I got them. Plus none of that shitty “really long index finger” construction that most gloves have these days. Although the “leather” is a bit worse for wear and the pvc velcro attacher tab is starting to loose a bit of stitching they’ve taken some serious abuse without falling apart (and at 20 bucks, they was dirt cheap!). I’m considering buying another couple of pairs for backup when these eventually bite the shit bullet.

    I bought em because I wanted something cheap and “disposable” because of how abusive I am to my gloves… They’ve lasted me the longest! Pleasantly surprised, that’s for damn sure.

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  49. James I completely agree with you. They are trash. I appreciate your service by the way. I purchased them for airsoft, and the damn things failed after about 4-5 games. They actually became completely stiff from the sweat after some long afternoons and ripped from the wrist all the way up, when attempting to put them on for the 6th or 7th time . Now, they feel as hard as a rock. I called Oakley, and they said no refund or replacement. I explained to them that I had only owned them for a month or so with about a weeks worth of use. Now they sell them for $70! That is just outrageous. I hope no one ever purchases these gloves again. That way someone can stick it to Oakley for once.

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  50. Holy mother of piece of garbage. Being a former Special Op Marine, I know good gear. I took a chance on these, considering everybody in Iraq and Afghanistan seemingly swear by these. Idiots.

    I went downhill Mountain Biking maybe 3 times in 6 months? GARBAGE. I had the exact same problem in the thumb area. Tore the soft leather portion on the palm. Oakley only covers them for 90 day: Un-American.
    It’s sad. I’m done with Oakley.

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  51. I had a pair of these shit gloves… I was training a course, and within two days on the range I had rips between my thumb and index finger in the same area as photographed in this article and whats mentioned above. The stitching had come loose on both trigger fingers! All the rubber texturing on the fingers were worn as well… I don\’t Know why people swear buy them? Stick to the sunglasses, not the so called tac gloves… I have arguments with people all the time about these gloves… Retarded.

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  52. I have two pair of the Oakley factory Pilot gloves and I love them. I have a black pair that I have worn on patrol and SWAT for the past two years and they are still going strong. I got tired of switching them out between patrol and SWAT so I bought a second OD pair and it\’s hooked to my SWAT plate carrier. This pair is only 6 months old but no problems so far and I have worn them hard on traininigs and callouts. I recommend them to all my buddies. I especially like the hard knuckle cup. I had a pair of Hatch gloves that were similar in design but the knuckle cup didn\’t fit well. They also came apart in the thumb web and I had to hand stitch them back up. On patrol my partner and I fought a 6\’5″/350 lb guy all over his yard and while on the ground I had to punch him repeatedly in the head and my glove\’s hard knuckle cup did a great job of protecting my hand.

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