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  • #31
    I've been using a pair of these for a few months now, and I like them. The dexterity is much better than typical "fire" gloves. They are lighter and seem to be pretty durable so far. There is still one thing I don't like. After working with them and taking your hands out, it is still hard to get your hands back in. The liner wants to turn inside out when you take your hands out, same as most other gloves I've used. I would still definitely recommend them though.

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    • #32
      First good job in them yesterday. Was first due OV 2nd floor Tenement, went in the window from the fire escape and did a quick search then in the misdt of things ended up putting my hand into the seat of a burning chair :-) So now I have burned stuff all over the gloves. Ill take pics if someone tells me how to post them.

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      • #33
        Ive had a pair of the first Pro-tech gloves for a little over a year now and i love them. They've been used quite a bit from out messing around pumping, to reloading hose, to 4 actual structure fires and 6 live burns. I noticed on the pinky on one hand and then 3rd finger on the other hand have some rips where the first layer has torn back. I didnt notice it on our last burn they felt just fine but i will try to get some pictures to post. Im actually looking at getting some TITANS any input on those yet?
        Ride together, Die together, Brotherhood forever

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        • #34
          Here is a picture of where my gloves have ripped, not sure what happened but they ripped.
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          Ride together, Die together, Brotherhood forever

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          • #35
            I know this topic has been talked about at great length, and with much debate. I have worn the Pro-techs, and will say they are good gloves, but they are not durable.
            I much prefer these gloves made by Southcombe Brothers.




            They have as much dexterity and comfort as the Pro-Techs, yet are significantly more durable.

            Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that you're wasting your money with Pro-Tech, you just may be spending more of it with replacement pairs.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by jasper45 View Post
              I know this topic has been talked about at great length, and with much debate. I have worn the Pro-techs, and will say they are good gloves, but they are not durable.
              I much prefer these gloves made by Southcombe Brothers.




              They have as much dexterity and comfort as the Pro-Techs, yet are significantly more durable.

              Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that you're wasting your money with Pro-Tech, you just may be spending more of it with replacement pairs.
              the southcombes are awesome. We stopped by the TECHTRADE booth at the baltimore fire expo and they are testing an all Kangaroo leather PRO-TECH 8
              that will be released sometime this year that is supposed to be comparable to the southcombes but cheaper

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              • #37
                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...
                Same thing here, the palms and fingertips began to fail after about 2 months of use. I upgraded to the pro-tec 8 titans, they are said to be more durable.
                Totally Unacceptable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                • #38
                  Are we all talking about the Titans or the originals? Has anyone tried the titans yet?

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by MassFireGuy View Post
                    Are we all talking about the Titans or the originals? Has anyone tried the titans yet?

                    Just recieved mine (Titans) last week so I only have one "structure fire" use out of them. So far, so good. Dexterity was fantastic. Donning and Doffing while wet was no problem. They fit a little snug, but next size up would be too large. The snug fit may be a plus, but won't know until I have more use out of them. So far, they beat all the other structural gloves that I have used. Time will tell if they hold up.
                    Just someone trying to help! (And by the way....Thanks for YOUR help!)

                    Aggressive does not have to equal stupid.

                    ** "The comments made here are this person's views and possibly that of the organizations to which I am affiliated" **

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by MassFireGuy View Post
                      Are we all talking about the Titans or the originals? Has anyone tried the titans yet?
                      My original post was on the ols style, I have the Titans but haven't really tested them out yet.
                      Totally Unacceptable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                      • #41
                        Are you still looking input? The outer leather on all my fingers are ripped off or gone. This is the older version though.

                        Originally posted by rfd599 View Post
                        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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