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    Question Kangaroo palm gloves

    Since my front line gloves had the thumb chewed off of one glove (don't ask ) I'm in the market for a new pair of gloves. Has anybody tried the American Fireware with the kangaroo palms? I tried a pair on and found them to be really comfortable, I'm just worried about this material holding up.

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    Oh, that's just awful!! Taking the palms off kangaroos to make gloves!! Those poor wee beasties!
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    Was in need of a good laugh this morning, seems that I received one! What about all thoses chickens with no legs!
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    Well, I'm not sure who my gloves are made by, but they have the same material that you are referring.

    The palms are a light purple color, and are made of kangaroo skin. The rest of the glove is made of split-grain elk skin. They are the softest gloves I have ever used. I had a structure fire saturday in the wee hours of the morning. I had to dig around in the rubble, and do engine and truck work in them. They got very wet, and are laying out drying right now. When they dry, they do not form into some odd shape like some gloves do, and they don't get hard and crunchy. They keep the shape of your hands, and stay extremely soft no matter how much abuse you dish out to them.

    Take this for what it's worth: the salesman that sold them to us runs about 10 structures a month with a big city department, and when he showed us the gloves, they were extremely dirty, but still as soft as can be.

    I have had them about a year now, and they are still extremely soft. They weren't really expensive either. If I remember correctly, they were about $35. They only thing I don't like about them is that they lake a long time to dry.
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    After a few 100,000 years outrunning Aussie Bush Fires, you would develop a fairly good skin as well.

    And bloody long legs.
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    1219, that's the ones that I'm talking about, perhaps Santa will see fit to drop some down the stocking! FlyingKiwi, Thought about you when I typed this post......I knew you couldn't resist
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    Only pair of gloves I've ever seen on a kangaroo....
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    the palms are a light purple color
    Never seen a purple kangaroo....

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    Kangaroo's without their palms and chickens with no legs!!!

    What about the buffalo without their wings????????

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    Was in need of a good laugh this morning, seems that I received one! What about all thoses chickens with no legs!
    You know speaking of those chickens with no legs.... I sure hope they take the wings from a different chicken! Otherwise the poor thing might as well put him at the front door of the barn and call him Matt

    On the contrary if you take the legs from a chicken but leave its wings and it tries to fly.... do we have to call out Airport Crash Rescue for the standby for the aircraft with a landing gear problem?

    Sorry it's 5 degrees, its monday and I haven't slept a solid night in 3 nights thanks to that god forsaken fire pager. It's the holidays you know!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Seriously though, I think I have the gloves you are referring to. The one thing I would check is their design. Not sure what style coat you wear, but I don't recall seeing them with the long wrist on them. I have the 'regular' style because my turnout coat has the wristlet that comes to mid hand and has a thumb whole to hold it in place.

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    My turnouts have the wristlet, so that won't be a problem. FFtrainer, you never did say if you like them or not.
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    FFtrainer, you never did say if you like them or not.
    I love them. They are always soft and remain easy to put on regardless of how wet they get. I'm on my second pair since my first pair got contaminated at a recent mva.

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    Anyone have a link where to buy? And does anyone know if they are NFPA compliant?
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    They are NFPA compliant.

    Here is a link to the website: http://www.firewear.com/product_pages/9000_series.html I had to go through my dealer's website to find it.

    Here is my dealer's webite: http://www.mecofire.com/

    My gloves are like the one's pictured in the link except they don't have the wristlets. I have gauntlet gloves, and there is extra elk reinforcement across the palm of the glove. I guess I'll have to take some pictures and post on here.

    Hope the information helps.
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    I pretty sure that I have a pair of these gloves. I have had them for about 2 years and they are great. I remember them being a bit pricey but they do dry soft and they have held up very well. All markings have been worn off so don't know the name but I mail ordered them.

    Of all the things I think the gloves should be the next thing somebody works to improve. No matter how good gloves are I still think they are cumbersome. Thinner material and better fit would improve the use.
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    They are a bit pricey, but a local dealer has them on sale for $40.00. I believe that they normally sell for about $75.00.
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    I have them and I love them. Very soft, surpisingly durable too. Also I like it when they dry the don't get stiff and crusty. Had em about a year now and really love them.

    Also, remember........chickens don't have nuggets!!

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    Ho Ho Ho.......Santa left me a new pair of gloves, already worked two house fires with them! They are way ahead of my old Fireman VIII's. The only problem is that I feel sorry for those kangaroo's without palms now!
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    kangaroo's without palms
    Sounds like it sucks to be them. I hate it for 'em.
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    ...and the really sad part of this story? Despite the fact that this is where the Kangaroo Leather obviously comes from, Australian firefighters in some areas are still expected to fight structure fires with leather rigger's gloves
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