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~HAVOC~ Friday, June 30th, 2006
Period of
Product Use:
3 years5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
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Empire Reloader B
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Strengths: Durability
Ability to cut down fingers
Quality
Appearance
Element Proof
Inner rubber gripping
Comfort
Flexibility
Weaknesses: Fingers fray when you cut them down, but its fixable, and they bleed when wet.
Review: I purchased these gloves almost exactly a year ago when I was at my local pro shop just looking for some good gloves. They were only $40 bucks (which isnt too bad in the paintball world) so I decided to try them on. As soon as I velcroed them in I new I these were a good buy. They are comfortable and dont pinch your fingers (unlike the 06 Proto gloves that I tried on at my friends house) and you can completely clench your had with the flexebility and freedom as though you werent wearing them at all.

They have second layer padding on the palm and right below your pinky giving you a better feel on the gun so you can buy those uncomfortable but cool looking Hybrid grips so you can have style and comfort. Another key pro to these gloves are the diagonal rubber banding across the finger tips of your ring and pinky fingers and upper palm, allows you to keep a strong grip on your gun, and not risk dropping it which can cause cosmetic damage or expensive repairs to a gun that you have already put time and money into to make it yours, and only yours. I even tested this grip by grabbing my gun normally by the grip and attempting to pull it out of my hand with my other hand. The results were stunningly obvious. With bare hands and using other gloves, the gun slid out easily, these gloves would not give. And after a full year of use, the rubber banding has still held up and is honestly about 98% still there.

The rubber on the back of the hand really doesnt stand up much to paintballs, but what tourney gloves made by a decent company do? They're more for just look, but the heavy fabric helps reduce bruising, welting, cold, and sweaty fingers. When working in conjuction with the fabric, the rubber pads do help resist outside force. The rubber padding does however stay firmly on through use and abuse, where my friends 06 Proto glove's rubber padding pop up on the ends when you clench your fists.

The grey coloring on the back has held up surprisingly well, and looks like its only seen a few battles, but when I clench my fist now some cracks open up revealing the blue reinforced fabric (which was the color that i bought) that makes up the rear of the glove.

The velcro system works great, the only problem I really had with this gun was when I clipped the fingers off my middle and pointer finger, the edges began to fray, and the seperate pieces of fabric began to seperate so it looked something like a pealed banana when i was wearing them. The solution that I used for this was to cut the fingers off all the way down to where your fingers meet the rest of your hand. The seperation between my pointer and middle finger ended up coming out, but now I can still wear the gloves while having no friction of fingers while walking the trigger. If you choose to get these gloves, which I would highly recomend, id sugjest getting a person in your family with sewing capability to hem up the circumpherence of the fingers if you so choose to cut them down.

The only other thing is that they tend to bleed when their wet, but that happens with everything, so just hand wash them seperate from other items.
Conclusion: Empire has really done it again. High quality gloves that are durable, flexable, comfortable, and last. If you want a good pair of gloves that look nice, dont go with Dye/Proto, JT or anything like that. Stick with Empire, and these ones in perticular are a great choice with what ive seen through my experience. Get 'em!
Rating:
10 out of 10Last edited on Wednesday, May 9th, 2007 at 7:07 pm PST
 

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