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  • #16
    I've now used mine at several training burns, and they're holding up well.

    The only issue (or difference...if you want to call it that) compared to traditional gloves, is that the ProTechs seem to "swell" a bit when they get wet. It does not affect dexterity any, and I've only really noticed it when taking them off and putting them on when wet.

    There's also some quicker wearing of stress areas/seams on the outer fabric layer compared to the leather gloves...but I expected that.

    All in all...I'm just waiting for the holidays to come to see if I get another pair as back-ups...or if I need to buy my own 2nd pair.

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    • #17
      I have a pair. They are nice for extrication or rolling hose but they give no protection for cold weather, hands get cold very easily.
      Jason Knecht
      Firefighter/EMT
      Township Fire Dept., Inc.
      Eau Claire, WI

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      EAT CHEESE OR DIE!!

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      • #18
        Bad News

        After posting glowing reviews on the Pro-techs, I'm sad to say that I have to retract my praise. I noticed today that the leather along one palm and little finger had split and peeled away from the underlying nomex. Even worse, there doesn't appear to be any nomex under the finger tips. The leather on one fingertip burned/cracked away and exposed the moisture barrier beneath.

        The weakness seems to be that the leather on the palms and fingers is paper-thin. After only a handful of fires (and I used them only for firefighting and some overhaul, switching to utility gloves for hose-rolling, etc.), my $55 gloves are worthless. They sure were nice while they lasted, though...

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        • #19
          Bacfire:

          Thank you for the honest reporting. I will be contacting Tech Trade on Wednesday letting them know your complaints. As I stated in a different thread, my only worry with these lightweight, thin gloves would be the durability. I am curious to hear about others with the same issue. Hopefully, Tech Trade will be responsive to our needs and work to further develop this product into a more durable glove.

          I have only had mine in service for over a month and they haven't seen much action, but they don't appear to be having any problems.

          Thank you and have a good holiday!

          rfd599
          www.IllinoisFireStore.com

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          • #20
            Would pics of the damage help? Or I can send the glove back to you if you'd like. I liked the gloves enough that I'd probably buy another pair if the leather portions were as thick as normal glove leather.

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            • #21
              Pro-Tech 8

              I bought these gloves about 3 months ago. They have been in 4 fires and I love them. The top of your hand around wrist is the only area that I felt any heat. We just finished the Ohio 240 class and 80% of the guys had them and loved them

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              • #22
                Originally posted by bacfire View Post
                After posting glowing reviews on the Pro-techs, I'm sad to say that I have to retract my praise. I noticed today that the leather along one palm and little finger had split and peeled away from the underlying nomex. Even worse, there doesn't appear to be any nomex under the finger tips. The leather on one fingertip burned/cracked away and exposed the moisture barrier beneath.

                The weakness seems to be that the leather on the palms and fingers is paper-thin. After only a handful of fires (and I used them only for firefighting and some overhaul, switching to utility gloves for hose-rolling, etc.), my $55 gloves are worthless. They sure were nice while they lasted, though...
                Considering your previous post(which I'm glad your ok) do you think your old gloves could handle the abuse you put your new gloves through? How well do you think these gloves would be for rit operations like change overs or what not?BE SAFE!

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                • #23
                  Bacfire:

                  I would be happy to take a look at them. Please ship them back to:
                  Illinois Fire Store*243 E. Main*Amboy, IL 61310.

                  I will check them out when they arrive and forward them to Tech Trade.

                  Thank you and stay safe!

                  rfd599
                  www.IllinoisFireStore.com

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                  • #24
                    I'll be ordering a pair from IFS tomorrow. Can't wait to use them.

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                    • #25
                      RareRamAir:

                      Thank you in advance!

                      rfd599
                      www.IllinoisFireStore.com

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by dday05 View Post
                        Considering your previous post(which I'm glad your ok) do you think your old gloves could handle the abuse you put your new gloves through? How well do you think these gloves would be for rit operations like change overs or what not?BE SAFE!
                        They were put to the test that day, but I inspected them closely afterwards and couldn't see any sign of damage. I had about two more working fires on them after that incident, took a couple shifts off, then was inspecting my gear prior to going back on duty when I noticed the damage. I never felt excess or unusual heat through the gloves at any time.

                        My uneducated analysis is that the leather dried and hardened a bit, cracked and separated along the stitching, then began to burn where it was further exposed. As I said, the leather is very thin.

                        To answer your question, yes I do think my old gloves could take it. I've worn a pair of low-end American Firewears (which I actually hate) for over three years and while I've not had any roofs fall on me with them, they've seen far more abuse than the Pro-Techs. The AFs look like h*ll, but they are still servicable.

                        I still think the Pro-techs are a fine design. The leather portions just need to be thicker. Maybe better yet, go with Kevlar palms and fingers kinda like the Chibas.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by bacfire View Post
                          They were put to the test that day, but I inspected them closely afterwards and couldn't see any sign of damage. I had about two more working fires on them after that incident, took a couple shifts off, then was inspecting my gear prior to going back on duty when I noticed the damage. I never felt excess or unusual heat through the gloves at any time.



                          To answer your question, yes I do think my old gloves could take it. I've worn a pair of low-end American Firewears (which I actually hate) for over three years and while I've not had any roofs fall on me with them, they've seen far more abuse than the Pro-Techs. The AFs look like h*ll, but they are still servicable.

                          I still think the Pro-techs are a fine design. The leather portions just need to be thicker. Maybe better yet, go with Kevlar palms and fingers kinda like the Chibas.
                          All that matters is that you made it all ok. And we'll always have our trusty back ups!! BE SAFE

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                          • #28
                            Can the short cuff version of these be used on coats without the "wristlets" in the cuff? My department issued me a pair of XL Long cuffs, but they are a little too big and they bunch up on my coat cuffs. I think a Short Cuff in Large would do the trick.

                            -Nick

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                            • #29
                              Has anybody used a pair of these?
                              http://www.mutualaidsupplies.com/pro...57411540.shtml
                              I have a pair on order, but with the fire volume we have seen since I joined my new Dept, (ZERO) I cant realy report on how well they will hold up
                              AJ, MICP, FireMedic
                              Member, IACOJ.
                              FTM-PTB-EGH-DTRT-RFB-KTF
                              This message has been made longer, in part from a grant from the You Are a Freaking Moron Foundation.

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                              • #30
                                I have a pair of the ProTech long cuffs with velcro straps. After wearing them at one fire I cut the straps off, and so did the other guys who have them. So far they seem to be holding up just fine, I even punched out a window and didn't rip them.
                                28 P.R.I.D.E.
                                Protecting Residents In District #1 Everyday
                                www.westmead1.com

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