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Number of Reviews: 3
Average Rating: 9.0 / 10
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Suggested Retail Price: $25

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For the first time from Empire a glove design that comes with the finger pre-cut. The Empire Freedom SE Gloves feature the trigger finger already removed so there is no chance of fraying or falling apart. Developed so you have no resistance on your fingers so you can rapidly pull the trigger and achieve the highest rates of fire that electronic markers are capable of.

Features:

- Large double trigger finger hole opening.Tested for the least amount of restriction to acheive the maximum rate-of- fire.
- Knuckle gel pad sewn in for the ultimate impact protection.
- Nylon removal loop– yes we know how difficult it can be to remove sweaty half finger gloves, let us help you out there!
- Clarino Palm– not only is this one of the best feeling thin palm materials but it wont turn your hands the same color as your gloves.
- Lycra hinged fingers and thumb– again we know how important it is for you to become one with your marker. We took every consideration in flex especially in the thumb to make sure you don’t even realize you have gloves on.
- Medical Velcro closure with gusset– keeping the gloves on and the dirt out.
- Kevlar-reinforced palm pads where you need it most. Sliding? Go ahead put your hand down.
- Microfiber embossed thumb panels so you can buff up or remove any unwanted splatter from your lenses without scratching them.
- Silicone palm– it’s like superglue on your hands. Paintball can be a messy sport and we don’t want you dropping your $1000 dollar marker out there.
- Stretch micro mesh finger gussets to let your digits breathe.
- Reverse wrist closure for mobility– these gloves actually allow you to bend back your hand easier no matter what position you are shooting from.
- Neoprene wrist bone coverage because we know you dive into the snake.We’ve got it covered.
- Breathable Airprene construction for maximum protection and comfort.
Product Availability 
The Empire Freedom SE Men's Paintball Gloves are newer, so they should be commonly available, both new and used.
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phrenologyfiend Friday, April 18th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month12 of 12 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Many generic fingerless gloves
Various JT gloves
Marker Setup: -Proto Matrix 6 (Olive)
-14" St!ffi Switch Barrel Kit
-Critical Raze Trigger
-Lucky Un1tech Board with Spitfire software chip
-Halo B
-Pure Energy 68ci/4500psi tank
-Special Ops Paintball T2W Stock
Strengths: Trigger control
Flexibility
Breathable
Gel-padded knuckles
Kevlar reinforced palms
Affordable
Terrycloth thumbs
Weaknesses: Lack of padding on non-trigger fingers
Review: I was searching for gloves that offered padding to the hands, while still offering flexibility for the index and middle fingers, and was affordable. I do not get hung-up on brand, so long as they meet criteria, and many of the other similar high-end fingerless gloves were $15 more expensive. I simply chalked that up to the brand name. I digress.

These gloves met my criteria and more. The first thing one notices, upon putting them on is the attention to the features on these gloves. Empire was very creative on these gloves. The space for the index and middle fingers is made of Lycra on the inside and padded with gel on the knuckle-side. This allows for fantastic finger movement and control when one is walking the trigger. The all the exposed Lycra has the edges seamed, so they won't fray as easily as some gloves do when one simply cuts the index and middle fingers off.

The palm is made with Clarino. That is a synthetic leather that is designed to be breathable. Empire advertises that this prevents color bleeding, which is something most of us have expereinced at some point, especially with cheap armored gloves. I haven't really experienced this yet, but most of the higher-end gloves I have used have taken two paintball sessions to start bleeding. I may add more on this later. Some parts of the palms are reinforced with Kevlar.

The thumbs are one of the biggest strengths. Not only are the flexible, with the knuckle hinged with Lycra, but a substantial portion of the back of the thumbs are made of terrycloth. This was genius. This allows players to use their gloves to wipe splatter off their lenses without scratching the sensitive lens coatings. This was one of the most convincing selling points and something that set them apart from other fingerless gloves.

The one weakness to these gloves is a minor one. The fantastic gel knuckle padding only extends to the second knuckle on the ring and little finger. This is not a huge issue, but I would have liked to have full finger padding on the non-trigger fingers. The good news is that the padding does extend far enough to cover the front-facing parts of one's non-trigger fingers when one is holding a regulator.

An added, but unexpected, feature is the loop connected to the end of the ring and little finger. This really does make removing the gloves easier. I have noticed that it is occasionally a little tricky to remove fingerless gloves when one's hands are sweaty. These loops aid in pulling the gloves off. This is a helpful thought by the designers.
Conclusion: I would most definitely recommend these gloves. If one wants finger control, while still having some padding on the knuckles and back of the hand, then these gloves are for you. You may even enjoy the terrycloth thumbs for wiping splatter. They are also cheaper than many of the other high-end fingerless gloves on the market.

Final rating: WIth 5 being the average and 10 doing everything advertised with no suggestions for improvement . . . 9. The only thing it loses a point for is the lack of full-finger padding on the non-trigger fingers.
Rating:
9 out of 10
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r0y7h31n4n3 Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
Period of
Product Use:
Less than a month2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Similar
Products Used:
Dye Meta Core Gloves - Much lighter, less padding, not quite as tight around the fingers.
Marker Setup: '06 Bob Long Infamous Intimidator, Red/Black
Halo B
Stiffi .689
Pure Energy 3kPSI HPA
Empire Freedom Gloves
Empire Contact Jersey/Pants
Proflex Mask
Strengths: Good padding
Clarino palm
Full thumb
Weaknesses: Bit tight around the fingers. Maybe I just ordered a size too small.
Review: My girlfriend picked these up for me for V-Day after I lost my Dye gloves. I had to stretch out the fingers a bit so that they didn't squeeze my ring/pinky so much, but I probably could have alleviated that by getting a pair of Mediums instead.

First impressions, I love these gloves because of the look. The padding and the full thumb come together to make a pretty rad glove. The completely-fingerless are for the trigger fingers throw it off a big, but it's there for a reason, so that's fine.

I took them out and played some speedball in them, the silicon on the palm is fantastic for screwing/unscrewing your HPA, but apart from that, I've never had any problems with my gun slipping out of my hands. Definitely a plus just for the convenience. I never really got shot in the hand during any of the games, but the gloves still made me feel safer to get out of the bunker and put my hands out in the open to lay down some paint. The soft material on the back of the thumb is good for wiping off paint, although I typically just used the palm of the glove to wipe paint off my gun after the game, since my Empire pants came with a microfiber cloth for my mask.

The only complaint I have about them is that the removal loops are practically nonexistant, and since the gloves are a bit small on my hands, it's hard for me to pull them off without a bit of a struggle. Thankfully, the gloves are comfortable and breathable enough that I didn't have to worry about that too much.
Conclusion: If you have a budget that allows you to fit these gloves into your gear purchases, I'd go for it. If you're unsure about the size, I'd recommend going a size up, though, but other than that, great gloves.
Rating:
10 out of 10
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Chaotic_diablo Saturday, October 24th, 2009
Period of
Product Use:
3 months1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

Paintball
Experience:
3 years
Similar
Products Used:
BT Combat glove, Empire invert glove
Strengths: See Body
Weaknesses: See Body
Review: The fact that there is no material between your middle finger and index finger is a huge plus from empire, the fact that they addressed the main reason why a good handful of paintball players is a smart move.
Many players say they can't move their fingers as fast, or whatever it may be.
These gloves give you no excuses not to wear them.
Bounces. Bounces and hands just don't work in the same sentence.
Unless you include a nifty thing of gel padding. Empire has ensured that a hefty chunk of the gel is over your knuckles by far if not the worst place to get hit on the hand.

Argument over gel padding- Empire seemed to stiffed the rest of the glove with the padding, by using it all in the knuckles. This can be a turn off when players that purchase gloves want even padding through out the glove. The back of the hand has virtually no padding aside from the cloth itself

The Gloves fingers are all cutoff aside from the thumbs.
This gives the player a the wonderful feeling of "touch" that we get with our markers.
The sense of feeling it in our hands and your fingers are what wrap around the bloody thing and we want to feel the ice cold feeling of metal (or rubber) as we gun down our opponents

Conclusion: The finishing touch to polish this topic off to end in a good note.
THE THUMB!
Well the Material that's on the outside of the thumb of the glove at least.
The gloves have a very handy design of having a buffer like material that can be used while on field or off to give your goggles a quick swipe to clear anysplatter or moisture that may have accumulated
Empire has the idea that just a brand name won't sell a glove anymore and are being intuitive of their equipment as always to keep us ballers, at the top of our game.
Rating:
8 out of 10
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