Ironclad Exo Modern Leather Glove Review
By: Trent Rogers
When I received the Ironclad Modern Leather gloves for testing and review, I tried them on and noted their comfortable feel and freedom of movement. I stated, “I’ll wear through these gloves in a day of hard work because you can’t have your cake and eat it too. You can’t have both dexterity and durability.”
One challenge that I had in evaluation was to choose tasks for a work glove that correlated to the intent of Explorer Gear. I wanted to do a series of finer tasks to evaluate dexterity, but I also wanted to test their durability. Here is what I came up with.
Finer tasks: changing headlights in a car; sharpening knives and axes (these are not intended nor recommended for this task because they lack cut resistance);
Hard use tasks: changing brakes in a car; installing Reese hitch on a truck; cutting, splitting, and stacking 3 cords of wood.
I have to admit that I am thoroughly impressed with these gloves. Dexterity was not significantly compromised, even while admitting that every glove gives up something to the bare hand. I was able to do finer tasks with little difficulty. After first putting on the gloves, I anticipated that they would do well in this category. What surprised me most was their remarkable durability. They were exposed to sweat and then left to dry in the sun, not a good combination for leather. They endured the sharp metal edges of auto work. They were also exposed to oil and gas. Most significantly, they weathered the processing of 3 cords of wood. This is fibrous and rough hardwood like oak, maple, and ash. The abrasion from swinging a maul that many times and then grabbing rough wood has worn through countless cowhide gloves. I don’t know what these goats were fed, but their leather is remarkable wear-resistant.
The fit of these gloves was fairly standard. I typically wear a large-size, and that is what I received. It fit like a glove! The gloves were comfortable. They are not especially breathable for summer use, nor are they insulated for winter use. Moreover, they are probably not recommended for some of the cutting tasks that I did as they don’t have any form of cut-resistance. They’re a good all-around working glove that shouldn’t be criticized for not having qualities that were not intended. Perhaps other models in their line will fill those roles.
I began this evaluation intending to report that the Modern Leather gloves offered dexterity at the compromise of durability. Mid-way through, I intended to report that offered a balance between dexterity and durability. In the final report, I am thoroughly impressed with their ability to perform finer tasks while exceeding almost every other glove I’ve tried in terms of longevity of service. At an MSRP of $29.99, they are a great bargain considering their service life.
I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.