I know you’re reading this headline and thinking “How could Mechanix Gloves be essential to travel?” Well these gloves are essentials to those traveling with heavy items, or schlepping heavy items by hand … or simply dragging a heavy bag long distances through an airport.
Having spent years traveling with heavy carry on bags, such as a fully loaded Pelican 1514 case that can weigh in at more than 50lbs (22.65kg) and sprinting from one end of a terminal to another, up stairs, down escalators, and the long long walk from Philadelphia International Airport’s (PHL) Terminal D to the far side of Terminal A … or arriving at Paris Charles de Gualle Airport (CDG) in Terminal 2B and departing 2E … my hands hurt.
If you have ever carried a fully loaded brief case, or completely packed camera bag, you know the discomfort of the red-blistery feeling in the palm of your hand. This pain is worse in the winter with the dry weather, or after a long flight dehydrating your skin, leaving you susceptible to itchy or even cracking skin.
To avoid the discomfort of ‘carry-on hands’ I pack a pair Mechanix Original gloves with me in my bag. Mechanix Gloves are compact, light weight, take up virtually zero space in my bag and provide just enough padding and a barrier between the palm of my hand and handle of my bag to make carrying the heaviest loads comfortable.
While Mechanix Gloves were originally intended for auto racing, and are now used by aircraft carrier crews, tactical law enforcement units and many others … they are great for manhandling your baggage. The gloves are short ending at the base of your wrist, non-insulated, so they are fine all year round, the synthetic leather palm provides excellent grip and decent palm padding against even the most rigid baggage handle, and the reinforced finger tips are nice for that ‘up & over’ heft when tossing your bag in the overhead bin.
The gloves come in a variety of colours…while mine are white-on-black, the gloves also are available in black-on-black so your hands don’t stand out (I just didn’t feel like shopping around for the black-on-black after I lost my last pair).
If you’re a photographer, Mechanix Gloves are also great for shooting in hot situations where sweaty hands leave you prone to slippage while gripping your camera. The design is great for nimbly being able to access all the buttons on your camera with ease.
The Mechanix Gloves come in ‘Original‘ with a cinch over the wrist of ‘Fast Fit‘ with an elastic wrist for quick on and off of the glove. The Mechanix Original and Fast Fit run between US$15 and US$25 depending on where you purchase them.