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
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.
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 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