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shadow1198
12-20-2007, 05:37 PM
Blackhawk S.O.L.A.G (Nomex version, Size Large)

Website (http://www.blackhawk.com/product1.asp?P=8114-Nomex&C=C1080)

-Typical price ~$30-40

I've had these for awhile now and they've served me well. There has been much speculation about the quality of BHI's products due to the fact that a large majority of, if not all, of their products are manufactured in China. From the experience with the few BHI products I own, I honestly think this is some pretty high quality stuff considering it came from China. These gloves are no exception.

The thing I like the most about these gloves is the manner in which they ergonomically "cut" the glove to provide improved tactility. If there is one thing I've always disliked about gloves for any outdoors activities, it's the loss of tactility and relatively unergonomic, uncomfortable fit so many gloves have. These SOLAG gloves on the other hand fit....well....like a glove! ;) In all seriousness though, they feel great and are extremely ergonomic. Another nice feature is all of the protective padding on the back of the glove and fingers for some added security. I'm sure I don't have to explain the benefit of the Nomex protection. A nice feature is the option of a Kevlar version of these gloves, however I have no personal experience with those so this review is focused purely on the Nomex version. Both gloves feature a strap/loop on the bottom, which is a nice feature so they can quickly be attached to a carabiner or similar item for quick and easy storage. The gloves also feature a velcro wrist strap as well as a velcro backhand strap, so it offers a bit of adaptivity to various hand sizes. Mine are a size Large, and honestly it seems that my hands are probably close to the limits for a size Large (at least the limit of comfort), however BHI also has XL and XXL so no issue there. Just for reference, my hand measurements are ~7.5" from the base of my wrist to the tip of my middle finger and the width of my hand (including the thumb) is approximately 5". I'm not sure if those measurements will be of any help, but hopefully they will put things in perspective.

So far I have put these things through a decent amount of abuse, from hauling various heavy objects around the house, to using at the shooting range, carrying abrasive items like rocks or tree trunks, and a little bit of usage at airsoft games. The gloves really don't show much in the way of wear, and I haven't noticed any loose threads or other issues to suggest otherwise so they are definitely durable. While I have no experience and no authority to state whether these are capable of handling actual combat environments, I can honestly say they are more than sufficient for airsoft or any other normal around the house type activities. They are a bit more expensive than the typical Nomex flight gloves or other more inexpensive items on the market, however in my opinion these are worth every penny for the added comfort and tactility alone. I can honestly say I don't feel I ever need to buy another pair of gloves again until these wear out.

As far as downsides go, I honestly can't think of any real issues. Price is a negative for some people however in my opinion they aren't too much more expensive from typical Nomex flight gloves. One other slight downside I noticed is the velcro wrist strap seems a bit short. My wrist measures 8" in circumference, and I find that I only have approximately ~1cm of velcro to use while still maintaining a certain amount of comfort. I personally would prefer a bit more velcro contact to insure they don't come loose, however I have yet to see this actually become an issue. For someone so inclined, it would be relatively easy to simply sew an additional length of velcro on or simply replace the whole velcro strap with a longer piece. This isn't so much a function issue as much as personal preference.

In the next few days I'll also put up some reviews of the Blackhawk SERPA holsters, Phantom CIRAS, and a couple of different boots.

Please excuse the crappy pictures. All I had was a camera phone at the time (Sig P220 used for reference):


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GUNSnGUITARS
12-20-2007, 05:55 PM
The SOLAGs are great. I had some overseas, and they are the wearout, drag down king of gloves.

The only difference I ever noticed in the Kevlar version was a slight issue of the fingers not flexing as well. (Due to stiffer material, it's understandable.)

Also, they are cut and flame *resistant. (Kevlar version) A very rugged well made product.

jeremywills
12-20-2007, 06:51 PM
Nice Sig Sauer ;)

Thanks for the review. Im not happy with the gloves Im currently using and this definately helps. I might have to try some of these.

shadow1198
12-20-2007, 09:13 PM
Thanks. I love Sigs. :D
Another glove option (if you really want to be tacti-cool ;)) is the Vickers Combat Glove (http://www.vickerstactical.com/GlovePage/CombatGlove.htm). I'm not sure if any of you are familiar with Larry Vickers but, he's an ex-Delta guy and really knows what he's doing. He's worked with H&K (as a consultant I believe) in designing the new HK45 as well as the 416/417 AR series. I'd tend to suspect with that type of resume, his gloves are likely about as high quality as it gets. $54.99 is pretty expensive for gloves for airsoft, though I know some of us are "geardos" and like that type of stuff.

Jeremy, what type of gloves are you currently using?

Here's a few other potential gloves you might want to consider:

Hatch (http://www.productwizard.com/hatch.html)
I tried a few miscellaneous Hatch gloves years ago, and all of their stuff (at the time at least) was very high quality. I really can't remember exactly what models, so that's not much in the way of personal experience, however they're worth considering.

5.11 Tactical (http://www.productwizard.com/511tacticalgloves.html)
I have no personal experience with their stuff, except what I've heard on the net. Either way, it looks like they have a few decent possible alternatives that are a bit less expensive. If you check under the "Safety and Security" section on that site, there is another brand called Damascus Gloves. I've never heard of them, though some of the pics look nice at least plus the prices are even cheaper. Sorry, not much in the way of personal experience with these suggestions.

GunsnGuitars, thank you very much for your service to this country! :D

Village
12-20-2007, 09:16 PM
Thanks for the great review, shadow1198. I've had the Kevlar version of these gloves since the Spring and am thoroughly pleased with them. Absolutely a great buy.