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PIMP Glove
By Bill Mills - Sept 2004

Love, that blessed state of being, that leads to marriage, that blessed arrangement…..

Wait.  No.  They said GLOVE.

Iron Mace Paintball in Bonita Springs, FL is expanding from retail paintball to their line of Balzlistic portable self-braced bunkers to their new PIMP soft goods line.  PIMP is an acronym for Premium Iron Mace Paintball Gear.  The PIMP glove is a part of this new line.

The full-fingered PIMP gloves have a suede-texture palm and underside to their fingers, with a double layer running from the metacarpophalangeal (in plain English – the point where the fingers join into the hand) joints to the center of the palm.

Over the back of the palm is a padded insert, covered by more suede finished material, maintaining the ability to grip.  Palm pads of this style are often found in shooting gloves to cushion the shock of firing a pistol.  In the PIMP glove this palm pad serves a different purpose.  It provides impact protection on the part of the hand most likely to strike the ground when a player dives or falls.

Hook and loop closures are often found in paintball gloves to tighten them around the writs, helping to keep the gloves on, and dirt and debris out.  Rather than closing over the inside face of the wrist, which can lead to rubbing on some of the body’s most tender skin, the PIMP glove closure is on the inside edge of the wrist.

A small loop strap on the inside wrist face of the glove serves as a pull tab, to grip the gloves and pull them on. 

The glove’s back features a rubberized Iron Mace logo over the back of the hand, and rubberized armor points over the interphalangeal joints (the separate joints in the fingers) give extra protection in one of the most uncomfortable places to take a paintball hit.  The back of the metacarpophalangeal joints get protection in the form of ribbed, compressed neoprene.

Lining the edges of the back of the hand are sections of vented material, which proved to add comfort when using the gloves in Florida heat and humidity.   The gloves themselves proved solidly built in testing, and provided both a solid grip on paintball equipment and the dexterity needed for firing a paintgun.

 


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