Constructed from strong flexible armored material to help shield your knuckles from paintballs, these gloves feature a half finger style for fast movements as. HomePROTECTIVE GEARGlovesSocial Paintball Gloves. Social Paintball Gloves. Search for: Search. Filter by price. Filter. Price: $30 — $40. Product categories. Discover the best Paintball Gloves in Best Sellers. Find the top 100 most popular items in Amazon Sports & Outdoors Best Sellers.
These may not be the fanciest paintball gloves, but they offer three significant benefits – excellent protection, great dexterity, and are very affordable.
The back of your hand is covered by a stiff plastic plate that protects your hand from any pain while still giving a good range of movement. This pair also has an adjustable strap around the wrist to ensure a comfortable fit.
At the price that the Exalt Hardshell gloves go for, they are a great option for those wanting to get into paintball.
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Mechanix M-Pact Tactical Gloves
In terms of durability and hand protection, The Mechanix M-Pact Gloves are hard to beat. While wearing these gloves, I have been point blanked in the back of the hand and shot between the fingers. Not once did I feel any sort of pain but just registered something hitting the back of my hand.
The only real downside of these gloves are the limited dexterity and breathability compared to your standard paintball gloves. However, if you get the Tactical M-Pact gloves some of the dexterity loss is reduced compared to the standard version. Plus the Tactical series gives some extra grip on the pointer finger and thumb.
The gloves pictured above are the standard M-Pact versions that you can pick up at a hardware store, the only thing I really didn’t like on these gloves were the thick leather on the index finger and thumb. It just made it harder to manipulate my gear like pods and sometimes the trigger. Opt for the tactical version for a bit better dexterity.
I found that you can usually pick these up cheaper online and with more verity than at your local shop. Check out Amazon for the best prices – https://amzn.to/2XxDDrF
HK Army Hardline Paintball Gloves
These are my go to workhorse gloves and I absolutely love them. The Hardline gloves are super comfortable to wear and don’t get too hot even in the Florida heat. They have an ample amount of mesh around the thumb and the back of the finger tips to help keep your hands cool.
My favorite things about these gloves are the quality of the extra sticky grip on the palms and the extra padding on the back of the hands. Even if you get hit in the hand, you feel no pain from the paintball. As an added bonus, there are extra pads on the palms of the hands to help protect your hands during slides and dives.
The pair of gloves I have now have lasted me for over a year of scenario events and recball with no signs of wearing out any time soon. Even the Velcro is in great condition and doesn’t come loose on the field. Matter of fact, I like them so much that I went and purchased 5 more sets for the next several years!
They also come in some really cool colors too! My wife’s last set of gloves finally wore out as well, so we replaced them with her own set of Hardline gloves and she really likes them as well!
If you wish to pick some up yourself, Amazon has them for a great price, so check out link to order a set or five! – https://amzn.to/2XitTlN
Gloves to avoid
Not all gloves can be winners and I have also used some gloves that just completely failed me. I expect my gear to keep up with me and am no stranger to doing minor repairs to my gear after a hard weekend of play. But some gloves just aren’t worth it.
Latex gloves are not ideal for outdoor activities like paintball for several reasons. First and most importantly, they don’t allow your hands to breath properly and will just be bags of sweat after the first game. Plus, they have very little durability and can easily tear becoming useless after the first game.
The thicker latex gloves aren’t any better as they can severely limit your dexterity and make it harder to manipulate the trigger.
Thin Felt and Nylon Gloves
Besides offering little to no protection, they just don’t last on the field. They may be super comfortable but after the first few games you may have big gaping holes in the palms of your hands. After a while, your fingers and palms may be completely exposed and destroying your gloves.
Cheap China knockoff leather like gloves
Cheap China gloves that are made with fake leather are fine at face value, but after using them for a day you get the dye they used on the pleather rubbing off on to your skin. I personally don’t like that the palms of my hands stained a different color with an unknown dye, so for general health concerns I stay away from them.
The quality on them are also a hit and miss, even within the same model from the same vendor. Some of you may get lucky using them, but I would personally just pass them up.
Paintball Glove Review Video
For a more in-depth overview of some gloves themselves, I made a little review video showing how the gloves fit and some other personal opinions on them.