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Friday, February 11, 2011

Review of Manzella Tracker Gloves

Thanks To the Outdoor Bloggers Network & Manzella

When the box arrived at my house I knew exactly what it was and I was excited to try out My New Manzella Trackers. Before I even had a chance to use them I noticed a few things about the Manzella Tracker Gloves.

1. They have the Real Tree AP camo pattern (they also come in Mossy Oak Treestand). Camo is always a plus no matter what you are hunting.

Realtree AP Camo

Mossy Oak Treestand

2. They were soft to the touch which means they will be quiet in the woods. (No swooshing sound if you bump you coat or a tree.)

3. The Manzella logo was a brown color on the gloves. This is good because it won’t stand out or completely disrupt the camo pattern.

Notice how the logo only stands out a little

After looking the new Manzella Tracker Gloves over I took the dog out in 15 degree weather. My first impression of the gloves was great. They were very warm, but I was only outside for a short time. The real test would come later when I had the chance to go outside again and shovel the fresh 3 ½ inches of snow on the ground.
The temperature had dropped 5 degrees by the time I was able to get outside. I felt 10 degrees was a fair test. If it was much colder I don't think too many people will be out hunting.

I ran through three scenarios trying my best to simulate actual hunting experiences.

--This test simulates being out in the field and you have to take your gloves off to get something out of your pockets or get your other gear ready. --

I went outside with out any gloves on and let my hands get rather cold. (Maybe 10minnutes or so) I also put the gloves on the ground in the snow this way they would get cold as well. Then I put the gloves on and I couldn’t really believe how fast my hands started to warm up.

Gloves cooling off on top of snow bank

--This test is simulating holding a steel gun barrel or receiver in the cold.--
Now to show how they kept up on the plastic wrapped steel handle on my shovel. I really thought these gloves were going to fail because every other glove I’ve used when out shoveling had failed. Boy was I wrong. Usually when I shovel it doesn’t matter what gloves I use as soon as I grab the handle on the shovel my hands start getting cold and I have to stop shoveling in order for my hands to warm up.

The shovel waiting for me to do my test

--This Test simulates walking around in the woods working up a sweat--
When I was about 3/4th of the way done shoveling the driveway my hands were getting to the point I could tell they should have been sweating, but to tell you the truth I don’t think my hands even got as close to sweating as I thought they should have.  The HYDRO BLOK let my hands breath just enough so they wouldn't sweat.

After I was done shoveling I had one more outdoor test I wanted to preform. Bury a glove in the snow and see how well it keeps your hands dry. I punched a hole in the snow bank and proceeded to get as much snow as possible on the glove. (I know what you are thinking it’s probably 8 degrees by now so the snow isn’t going to melt and get any glove wet). I had a solution for that I brought the glove inside all covered in snow.
Glove buried in the snow bank

Glove covered with snow

When I got inside I laid the gloves on the floor in my basement. After roughly an hour I went back to check  the gloves to see if the inside was wet. When I stuck my hand inside the glove it was dry as a bone. I was a little worried about this test because I thought with a cloth type texture on the outside of the glove there was no way it would be able to stay dry.

Other Features

As I was testing the Manzella Tracker gloves out I noticed some things that were very useful.

1. The draw string. This helps with a multitude of different things.

A) It helps keep the gloves on your hands. B) It helps keep the heat from your hands in the glove. C) Helps keep the snow out

2. Trigger finger.

This is a must on any hunting glove and The Monzella Tracker fits the bill here.

3. The wrist strap.

This helps keep the glove on your hand and is also allows you to make the glove fit to your personal comfort level.

4. The elastic on the palm side of the glove.
This also helps keep the glove on your hand and is for comfort as well.

5. The tanned lather grip on the palm and finger tips of the gloves.

This makes gripping anything much easier and also lengthens the life span of the glove.

After testing out these gloves I would say they are a great value for the money at $35.00. If you ever need a new pair of hunting gloves and don't have a ton of money to spend go to and check them out you won't be disappointed.

One last thing I'd like to mention. The Manzella Trackers also come in woman's sizes. Check them out ladies I have a feeling you won't be disappointed either.

Ben G.

Note: I received these gloves free from Manzella through a Outdoor Blogger Network Gear Review giveaway. Thanks for sending them my way.


Jess Outside said...

Those look great. If they worked for snow shoveling, I'm pretty much sold.

Swamp Thing said...

I may have to try those. In 15 years of hunting, I have not yet found a pair of gloves that is warm, actually waterproof, and thin enough to slip your finger around a trigger.

Only ones I haven't tried are the Under Armour and these. PS even the orvis waterfowl gloves leak.

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