Strong Suit Gloves Interview SHOT Show 2015

| February 17, 2015 | 9 Comments

We love the Stealth holster from Q-Series LLC. When Q-Series founder Gary Quesenberry told us he was working with Strong Suit Brands to create some shooting gloves we were interested. Gary introduced us to Scott and Scott from Strong Suit, and we were very impressed with their gloves.

Strong Suit has been around for six years. They make a wide array of gloves, mostly tactical gloves for law enforcement. They also make some cool motorcycle and work gloves, but we focused our discussion on the Q-Series Enforcer TAC gloves.

Features

The Q-Series collaboration gloves are based off the popular Enforcer TAC line that Strong Suit already produced. Gary suggested they add a reinforced ring for attaching the gloves to a lanyard or D-ring, as well as slight changes to the stitching, Velcro write closure, and the TAC-Sense material used on the palm and fingertips.

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While I understand the retention ring will be valuable to some, I was really interested in the TAC-Sense polyurethane material used on the fingertips and palms. TAC-Sense is supposed to be durable yet thin enough to allow for fine dexterity. I also liked that the material was conductive, which means you can use it on touch screen devices. This is a big problem with my current Mechanix gloves, which don’t work with my smartphone or tablet reliably.

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All of the Strong Suit gloves (Q-Series, regular Enforcer, SWAT, or otherwise) are all pre-curved. This is something I am very used to seeing with motorcycle gloves, but it an uncommon feature with tactical gloves.

The Q-Series and Enforcer lines also offer a terry cloth patch on the thumb in case you need to wipe your brow — or in the case of living in Minnesota — wiping your nose. Constantly. In May. Because it snowed again.

Pricing and Availability

The price of Strong Suit’s gloves range from $22 – $64 MSRP.

All of the Strong Suit gloves are supposed to be available now and are shipping.  If you like the color black, you can find the Enforcer gloves for $19 on Galls.com. I had trouble finding any of the Q-Series gloves or the original Enforcer line in any of the new colors. I’d like to see MSRP prices on the Strong Suit Web site.

Scott mentioned that Strong Suit was partnering with new retailers at SHOT, and I look forward to the gloves being more widely available.

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After hearing back from Strong Suit, their gloves are available on Amazon.com. I’ve added affiliate links below (buying through these links doesn’t cost you anything extra, and I get a percentage from Amazon).

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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  1. Phillip says:

    Have you seen a sizing guide for strongsuit gloves? I may be blind, but I couldn’t find one on their website. The gloves are available on Amazon(in some sizes and styles), but my hands vary between medium and x large depending on the manufacturer. Better yet, do you know of any retailers in the Twin Cities that carry them?

  2. dan. says:

    I bought the Q-Series Enforcer TAC.

    I am French and Scott was kind enough to send my gloves to my country. 🙂

  3. David says:

    After hearing your positive impressions of the gloves at SHOT, I bought a pair of the Patrol Tactical XXLs from Amazon. Brief review:

    Glove fit is good, but I found the thumb a bit long. They are indeed conductive, albeit you need to press down a fair bit to get it to register. The finger tips are also not conductive (as far as I could determine), which makes precision usage of touchscreens a bit awkward. On the plus side, they’re pretty comfortable in real usage, and certainly give a better feel for the trigger than most gloves I’ve used. For the price, they seem like a good deal.

    Looking forward to trying out the SWAT gloves sometime.

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      Thanks for the mini-review!

    • The palm material is all conductive, but you need to make sure there is a good fit between the finger and glove. The material itself is not conductive. It is thin enough to allow the finger conductivity to pass through. Like you noted, you have to press down to get that connection.

      Thanks for the feedback. Best of luck.

    • David says:

      Quick follow-up: my SWAT TAC gloves came in on Saturday, and since I had a couple hours of walking around to do in the new snow in the DC area, figured that would be an interesting test of their cold weather ability.

      I was surprised at how good the gloves were in the ~10f weather! While I would hesitate to call them “warm”, they certainly kept my hands from getting too cold, even after wiping some snow off my car with them. Like before, thumb and finger fit was not quite perfect, but I did like the ease of putting them on using the velcro straps.

  4. dan. says:

    For comparison, the Q-Series Enforcer TAC works as well as the PIG Alpha Touch and Mechanix Original 0.5mm with a touch screen.

    Just follow the recommendations of Scott.

    😉

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