Dusting off the review writing and thought i’d put a few words together about the Voodoo Tactical Europe Phantom gloves.
Prior to these i’d be using a mixture of HWI and Mechanix gloves but I’ve had issues with both; HWI decided to put all their seems at the tips of the fingers.. not clever, and the Mechanix are great gloves but need something warmer for winter!
The Phantom seemed like a good choice, similar style to the HWI i’d used (Hard knuckle, leather palms) and thicker than the Mechanix Originals, plus i’d not seen many about so thought i’d give them a try.
First impressions the fit well, now this sounds stupid i know, they fit like a glove.. of course the fit well, but this often isn’t the case. I’ve found a lot of gloves (certainly some of the cheaper / clone options) fit well on the palms but have bizarre finger lengths (either too long or too short) making them almost unusable for any length of time. This fit snuggly all over, offer no rotating round or pinch points at all.
The thickness shows instantly, there’s no doubting they’re a sturdy well made glove. So much so I had to take the time to break them in before i could use them properly for the more fidgety tasks. It took about 2 training sessions for them to take form and be what i considered broke in so not too long at all.
The knuckle section on the back is a good size, compared to the glove, so as not to over lap too much or interfere with range of movement at all.
They’ve took a battering from climbing over walls at STANTA (possibly the most abrasive substance on earth and killer of previous gloves!), and stood up to a considerable amount of pyro abuse during training events with not sign of excessive wear, if anything i think the palms are fairing up a lot better than expected.
All in all these gloves have exceeded expectations they offer excellent protection whilst not compromising comfort, movement or feeling. They’re warm, that’s what I needed, but not so warm as to cause issues during the rare sunshine, warm enough so that you don’t have to switch them out at night or in the rain. The durability is spot on and the quality of materials is unquestionable.
I’ve got me some new go to gloves!
Review made by Voodoo One-Zero, thanks for letting us publish it mate!