Pinkbike Product Picks
Magura discovered 212's Mechanic Touch Screen gloves and I have been using the pair I was given at their Sedona press camp.
Those searching for a well constructed glove that slots in between the super-thin models that are currently popular, and the reinforced and padded models that many DH riders wear should check out 212's Mechanic Touch Screen gloves. I came across them at Magura Camp a number of months ago, where the German component maker offered us branded versions. I liked them enough to research the maker and discovered that they were a Southern, California firm that specialized in top quality gloves for mororsports and industry. Like the name suggests, 212's Mechanic Touch Screen gloves allow wearers to manipulate smart phones or tablets without removing them. While most gloves have a couple of fingertips treated to operate touch screens, 212's glove let the user operate the device in any manner and with any digits.
The glove is made from nylon and polyester, with a minimally-padded palm and two-way stretch material in the boxed fingers and, while almost every hem is double-stitched, there are no internal seams that chafe or rub. The feel and fit are good, with a woven nylon mesh back for comfort and protection, while the index finger has a wrap-around tip - reportedly for added dexterity. The cuffless closure is rubberized for foul-weather grip and secured by molded hook-and-loop material. Sizes offered are small, medium, large, X-large and XX-large, and the MSRP is $23 USD. Buyers must purchase 212's gloves through its on-line store and there is a $10 minimum shipping charge, but to their credit, they will ship a number of pairs for the same ten-dollar fee, and you can pick up your purchase for free at the factory. Also, 212 will custom print logos or graphics on the back of their gloves in surprisingly small numbers, which could work out well for race teams and shops.212 Performance Gloves
If you like black, 212's Mechanic gloves are worth a look. The molded hook-and-loop closure is rubberized and the sensitive area at the inside of the wrist is armored by a rubberized badge.
|There are a number of choices for good gloves available, so I don't expect PB members to jump up and cheer every time we review a pair in Pinkbike Product Picks. The 212 Mechanic Touch Screen glove feels more substantial on the hand, but it does not restrict the finger, nor interfere with shifting or braking sensitivity. An extra layer of material on the palms gives a noticeable measure of comfort on long, tough descents without feeling bulky. I have seen the tightly knit nylon mesh used for the backs on a few gloves in the past and was impressed by its ventilation and protection properties. On the touch-screen subject, Strava junkies and smart phone petters will like that there is no need to adopt a new technique to manipulate objects on the screen - one less bother on the trail. One thing that the 212 Mechanic Touch Screen glove is not good for is working on bikes - the thicker material is too clumsy to be effective when working with small parts and tools. For riding, however, 212's mechanic's gloves rock. - RC |