Nothing to Prove – GWA spotlight, Mechanix Fast Fit and Nalgene Bottle Review
Okay, after a fairly busy month with a slew of interviews we are back with a little three part spotlight and review piece.
Firstly, a quick shout out to our very good friends over at GWA, fresh off of the back of this years Shot Show he’s opened up business with an incredible set of gear review informercials and to boot, some brand new patches.
Inspired by these we’ve done a little review of our own, on Mechanix Fast Fit MC gloves, accidentally bought (I didn’t check my basket) when purchasing Superjoints new CD and Bill +Phils ‘Songs of Darkness + Despair’ – if you don’t already know these are from Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Records, the latter featuring Bill Moseley of Texas Chainsaw Massacre fame …
Always Outnumbered, Never Outgeared
He’s been far too busy a man, unfortunately for us, to sit down at this time for an interview. But, as in part a key inspiration for this very blogs inception it’s only fair we give our very good friend over at Gear Whores Anonymous a well deserved shout out.
Notably, whilst not preoccupied with work at this time, he’s recently put out a slew of video shorts on several pieces of kit and gear.
Short, to the point, almost like infomercials but nonetheless less crammed with solid experience based opinion you’d truly missing a trick not subscribing to these.
GWA Web: http://www.gearwhoresanonymous.com/
Don’t get butt hurt, these are ‘morale’ patches after all. Head on over to NextGen Warfighter, where you can pick these up and many of GWA’s Baseball series patches, and a few of his other designs which are in stock in very limited numbers …
NextGen Warfighter: http://nextgenwarfighter.com/
Mechanix Fast Fit Gloves MC Review
We’ve picked up a nasty habit, or rather a penchant for Gloves. Perhaps moreover a need for a variety of different tools for different jobs and or, mission specifics. Earlier this year we reviewed Mountain Hardwear’s Stimulus gloves, which have been great in the depths of winter whilst at work, keeping my hands warm but still allowing the manipulation of equipment, comm’s, touch screen technology and administrative paperwork and writing whilst out doors …
We also reviewed the PIG FDT gloves in MC which, having been recently punished in torrential rain, slick mud, ice and snow – whilst skirmishing – despite some minor wear and tear they are still going strong. As ably explained, by GWA, we need to manage our expectations of kit and gear, in particular gloves, in as such, much like socks and other under garments, these will wear quicker, distress more readily with heavy use, ultimately taking the brunt of what we are protecting our hands and fingers from …
So, as earlier explained, whilst picking up our latest fix of Heavy Metal, Hardcore from Housecore Records (shameless plug), I hadn’t checked the basket on my Amazon account and a pair of Mechanix gloves I’d had sitting in their also got purchased (laughs) …
It’s here I should perhaps iterate that yes, I buy and pay for all my own gear. So, as I’m fully aware, all the lazy keyboard commandos who think we say everything is amazing, thinking we get everything for free – well, to put it politely, your sorely mistaken …
Straight out of the packet, Mechanix’s Fast Fit gloves aesthetically look and feel the business.
First impressions – naturally, in authentic Multicam, they look great.
The Fast Fit, as they quite aptly are so named are designed to be quickly donned and doffed, as opposed to their sleeker more form fitting counterparts within the Mechanix catalogue. However, they are assisted in retention, and seat correctly due to the elasicated ‘mitten style’ cuff, which here has replaced the standardized Velcro closure tab.
Initially, I was a little dismayed at the overly generously cut gusset between fore finger and thumb. However, it occurred to me, that whilst my hands sit between a large and extra large sizing, this is probably to give some range in each size to accommodate varying hand size. After all they are meant to be a slightly looser, more generously cut glove. Despite this slight webbing between finger and thumb, after a small amount of wear, they’ve shaped a little closer to my own hand shape.
Double stitching lines the gloves upper side, ensuring a double strength and reinforcement where it meets with the gloves lower suede palm. Of note, as opposed to the FDT’s more orange palm, this is a more subdued flat color, but that’s purely semantics on my part …
The cuff is ably assisted with a oversized pull tab to assist pulling on and off the glove with ease, and whilst you can use the loops for hooking through a caribineer, Mechanix have included the mini loop too. Either threading these with a mini D-Ring or paracord for mating these for storage and preventing separation when in your kit bag etc …
The near side knuckle has been treated, coated with a clear vinyl lacquer. This is, quite frankly sound testament to Mechanix’s generous over engineering, and again at £15 a great example of their value. This is an obvious stress point, particularly when operating machinery, particularly manipulating firearms as the most immediate external contact point exposed to wear, this, thusly should increase their longevity no end.
The fingers are separated by a heavier weight stretch tweave, allowing for ample dexterity. The fingers ends are seamed, and naturally this reduces a little of their tactile sense of feel and touch, and perhaps this is where FDT’s gloves overlapped fourchettes excel, but then every glove has its place.
I’d commend this entry as welcome addition to addition to the gear locker, and the kit bag. It’s ability to be quickly donned or doffed makes ideal for quickly grabbing when the need arises to ‘do work’ or the weather draws a little more inclement.
I’m late to the party, again – having only picked up my first a few weeks back, in transparent ‘burnt orange’.
Nalgene’s bottle has quite simply proved already a welcome companion on the several mile hike to the train station, carrying a liter of water, my preferred juice or hydration solution – and as they encourage has made even the most mundane of strolls into a more compelling adventure.
It’s this inclusive culture that Nalgene have cleverly propagated as part of their marketing campaign, that makes these such an alluring purchase. Plus the exterior has plenty of dead space for cool guy stickers, personalizing your collection has never been so fun.
It’s hard wearing plastic has already seen some abuse, knocks and scrapes leaving nary a scant mark or scratch. This, when against their incredibly economical price point, a must have for any outdoors, hiking and trekking enthusiast or sportsman for that matter.
Now, my younger brother extolled that the ‘self cleansing – anti bacterial’ properties are mythically purported to turn urine into a drinkable solution. Still, I’m skeptical of this, being fully conversant of ‘Bootnecks’ bizarrely warped sense of humor, I’ve eye browsingly raised an eyebrow to this theory in true ‘Commando’ style …
So, thusly impressed with my first – Nalgene quickly convinced me to pick up a second, easily encouraged by offering the same bottle in their standardized BPA free plastic, but as a glow in the dark variant.
The original. The trailblazer. The Sir Edmund of water bottles.
If you’re looking for a water bottle that will keep you well hydrated, hold up against bangs, bumps, and drops, and not leak a single drop ever, then the iconic 32-ounce wide mouth is your water bottle. There’s a reason why we haven’t changed its design in decades—because it works (extremely well).
Measuring 8.5″ tall, 3.5″ wide with a cap diameter of 63mm – as stated it’ll hold 32 oz’s (1210 ml) – these are available in 16 oz, 20 oz, 22, oz 24 oz, 36 oz and 48 oz in a staggering variety of color ways and configurations.
I’m a huge fan of these, durable – and despite depth, size and volume take little to no space in my day sack. Particularly cool is the broad aperture which allows easy addition of ice to your drink, get on these – S23
For Your Everyday Adventures
A little history, Nalgene makes a wide range of BPA free reusable water bottles and containers to suit your personal preferences, needs and lifestyle. So whether you’re looking for a virtually indestructible water bottle for a backcountry adventure, or you want a clean, green way of storing your dry pasta, you’ll find a Nalgene product that gets the job done.
1940s ROCHESTER NEW YORK
Chemist Emanuel Goldberg developed the first plastic pipette jars. He went on to found the Nalge Company, which Goldberg named using his wife’s initials: Natalie Levey Goldberg.
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