First, let’s start off with an introduction. For those that don’t know me, my name is Tom Dillon, lead tactical instructor and lead gear queer for Crucible Defensive Training. I claim the title Tackleberry and gear bomb. If it’s made of Cordura I want it……same goes for Kydex. Those bungee doo-hickees for a helmet? Yup I want those too, and I don’t even own a helmet. I spent four years active duty in the world’s greatest fighting force, the United States Marine Corps, as an 0351 Anti-Tank Assaultman. My first deployment was a Mediterranean booze cruise, but I got to see a lot of the world, but I also was able to spend some time training and observing foreign military tactics. My second deployment was not as rosy, but equally as educational. To make a long story short, I was in Afghanistan, some shit happened, I got blown up, then more shit happened. After I got out in 2012, I started attending college and teaching defensive firearms training with a local company, and it was around that time I met my business partner. While doing so, CDT was formed, and I am now a full time police officer here in NE Ohio as well.
So back to the gear, namely Gloves……I have gone through many pairs of gloves in my time in the military and police world. I think I have finally found my favorite.
I currently own a pair of PIG Full Dexterity Tactical (FDT) Alpha Touch Gloves (First Gen) from SKD Tactical. I have owned them for a little over a year now and use them almost daily at work. Now it’s been surprising to me, having a pair of gloves last this long without getting torn up, and I don’t baby them. These gloves are good for those that still want to access their technology while wearing a pair of gloves.
Let’s start with the detractors, which aren’t much. The tips of the thumbs and index fingers have a “Conductive Thread that contains genuine Silver to ensure positive and reliable touch screen compatibility”, according to the company. The touch screen feature is nice, but don’t look to type a novel on your phone with them on. They make it feel like you are operating your device with swollen fingers, constantly hitting the wrong key while sending a message, or hitting the wrong buttons on a sensitive touch screen. They work great if you’re going to snap a selfie on the range or swipe through your Facebook feed while waiting for the next string of fire on the range. The only other thing that is going wrong with them so far is a small hole that has appeared on the tip of the right index finger, but that seems to be from normal wear and tear.
Now as I said before, I am thoroughly surprised with how well the gloves have held up this past year. The gloves are made from multiple fabrics, one of which is a micro fiber “nose wipe” which came in handy on the road this past winter. They have “Stretch Ballistic Nylon 1000D Padded Knuckles” which have functioned well in times when things got a little rough.
The biggest surprise to me is the durability of the fabric on the palm of the gloves. SKD boasts “Single Layer Multi-Piece Palm- Designed specifically so that only one layer of material contacts your shooting grip” and I can see where they are coming from. It is thin enough that I don’t feel like I am wearing a pair of gloves when searching a subject, or conducting firing drills on the range. This fabric has held up great, from moving tree parts off the road, handling broken glass or jagged pieces of metal during car accidents, and even when I got bit by a subject that I was trying to restrain. The durability is one of the best features of these gloves.
On to dexterity and fit: The gloves fit very well. Some would say they fit like a glove. (Hey, I never said I was good at comedy). SKD teamed up with different people and companies when designing these gloves because they wanted them to be the best you could get. The fingers are very comfortable, with no unnatural pulling when bending fingers or curling them. It should be noted that there is also no fabric at the finger tips, which is one of my pet peeves when it comes to gloves, and I referenced before about the hole in the finger tips. They would do well to address this in later models to mitigate the wear on the tips. SKD states that the gloves have “Flex Joints- Enhanced flexibility and ventilation on each finger” as well as “Dual Flex Joint Trigger Finger- Providing maximum flexibility where you need it most.” Both statements are proven true. For being gloves, they are not restrictive like most. SKD also states “Sensitized and Isolated Trigger Finger- The thinnest available Clarino™ material available, only on the trigger finger for ultimate sensitivity”; Again, another statement that has been proven true. I can feel the grind of the factory Glock trigger on my G34 the whole length of pull.
So, needless to say I love these gloves. No more cutting the finger tip off on your trigger finger, because you can feel through the glove like you’re wearing nothing on your hands at all. No more taking the glove off because you feel like its throwing off your shot. No more worrying about if you’re going to ruin your gloves because you have to pick something up and move it.
Simple fact is that I don’t send companies a thank you often for making good product. These gloves literally saved me from breaking skin while being bit, so I sent a thank you to SKD because these gloves performed as advertised. These gloves are comfortable, durable, and relatively inexpensive, and do what great pair of tactical gloves is supposed to do; and they do it in spades. If you get a chance, head on over to SKD Tactical, check them out. If you’re in the market for a new pair of gloves you can’t go wrong with the PIG Full Dexterity Tactical (FDT) Alpha Touch Gloves (First Gen) from SKD Tactical