Magpul Patrol 2.0: Protect Your Knuckledusters

Released in 2020, the 2.0 is the latest iteration of the Patrol Glove offered by Magpul to bring together dynamic materials and robust protection, while offering maximum dexterity possible. The Patrol Glove 2.0 has full coverage and is designed to support law enforcement, military, and private shooters alike.

Made overall from a dual chassis combination of corded elastic nylon and premium goatskin leather, the Patrol Glove 2.0 affords a high-degree of breathability with adequate enclosure around the hand and fingers. This protective leather extends up and around the front tip of each finger and thumb, for increased protection.

Between the thumb and forefinger is a reinforced valley with added leather, that will protect the hand web and material from compromise, be it through abrasion or impact. This is especially good for users of compact and sub-compact handguns due to the increased risk of contact with the slide during function. The thumb in each glove includes touch-screen compatibility for most common smart devices.

Each finger has an enhanced articulation design, and closed-cell padded knuckle panels for maximum tactile control and protection. The top-most facing half of the glove is made from an elastic nylon that allows the glove to contour to the user as well as most dynamic situations.

The Patrol Glove 2.0 includes an elastic nylon band around the wrist bone that secures the glove, as well as anchors a leather pull loop that aids in donning the glove.

The Patrol Glove 2.0 is available in Coyote (featured) and Black, and come in sizes between Small and 2XL.  

Product Evaluation Scores:

  • Cost – Average (3/5): With a list price of $49.95, the Patrol Glove 2.0 is one of several gloves in the Magpul clothing line, and the second generation of the glove that improves on the previous design. The corded elastic nylon material gives maximum flexability and tactile sensation for the wearer, while the closed-cell padding offers a modest degree of protection for the overall hand and knuckles. Some notable market comparators to the Patrol Glove 2.0 would be the M-Pact Tactical Gloves ($24.99) by Mechanix, the Assault Pilot Gloves ($70) by Oakley SI, or the Tactical Gloves ($49.95) by Sig Sauer. This gives the Patrol Glove 2.0 an appropriate (or average) score in terms of its cost to the consumer.
  • Comfort – Good (4/5): The lightweight and flexible material of the Patrol Glove 2.0 enabled it to fit very comfortably, with a good degree of tactile sensation for weapon controls, loading ammunition, or in general use. The premium leather potions did affect some sense of tactile feel at the fingertips, but not to the point of distraction or inability to manipulate controls. The cut of the material and reinforcement along the web of the hand and palm kept a good degree of comfort and flexibility, while still allowing for full range of motion. The closed cell pads provided a good degree of protection to the knuckle line, but the harder the force striking it (and the object in question), the more abrasive on the exterior material it became and some fraying was noted.
  • Durability – Average (3/5): Over the course of examination (roughly 30 days on the range, hikes, and in everyday wear); while the upper corded elastic nylon exterior was very flexible, as it came into contact with more abrasive surfaces (such as hard metal edges, wood, or rocks) the smaller breaks and fraying of the material was noted. This was particularly notable around the raised foam padding with its slightly taller profile. The leather palm held up well with minor scratching noted from manipulating weapon controls or grabbing at various surfaces. The same leather material also extended from the palm, down the bottom length of the fingers, and around the front half of the fingers. This ensured the fingertips were properly protected from hard or abrasive surfaces. The stitching appeared to be one continual line throughout most of the glove, with only extensive bartack and double line stitching added to various stress points. One aspect of the Patrol Glove 2.0 design that lends itself to its longevity is the option to use an elastic wrist closure as opposed to the use of a hook-and-loop tab that many other gloves use and often wears out. This design choice will ensure the gloves longer-term usage.
  • Functionality – Good (4/5): From a functional aspect, the Patrol Glove 2.0 did what was expected, it protected the backhand with its closed-cell padded material, while giving the palm and fingers extended protection with the leather. With its elastic wrist enclosure and stitched pull tab, this aided in easy donning of the glove without risk of excessive wear out or compromise of the overall stitch line. The loop itself also had the added function to be used to hang the gloves on a carabiner or hook when not in use. The fingers did have good tactile connectivity to touchscreen technology and easily manipulated the screen to various smart devices to some extent (things that required more dexterity like zoom in/out were somewhat more challenging).
  • Weight – Good (4/5): Weighing 2.5 ounces for the pair, the Patrol Glove 2.0 was a lightweight additive to any range belt or bag. Its materials and size did not contribute to overall bulk, and was otherwise very comfortable. While the M-Pact Tactical Gloves (4.8 ounces) by Mechanix, the Assault Pilot Gloves (7.5 ounces) by Oakley SI, or the Tactical Gloves (3 ounces) by Sig Sauer demonstrate the variance in market weight for such accessories. Given the listed market alternatives, they all demonstrate that the Patrol Glove 2.0 is of a good weight among its competitors that offer similar protection and materials.

Overall Rating – Above Average (18/25)

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