PIG Full Dexterity Tactical (FDT) Delta Utility Gloves Review: Exceptional Dexterity and Practicality for Weapon Handling

by Dave Chesson

December 6, 2023

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As a daily user in a four-season state, my requirements for tactical gloves extend beyond firearm handling. I want them to take all sorts of extreme conditions, so when I heard about the PIG Full Dexterity Tactical (FDT) Delta Utility Glove, I wanted to check them out. Despite initial skepticism due to their thin design, these gloves surprised me with their exceptional dexterity and practicality. Here’s my comprehensive PIG Full Dexterity gloves review after experiencing these gloves firsthand.

This premium slip-on tactical glove offers the most popular features from our previous models in a low-cost option that still gives you the superior high-dexterity fit you only get from the PIG Full Dexterity Tactical line-up.

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PIG FDT Delta Utility Gloves Specs

  • Material Ballistic nylon
  • Weight 2.1 oz
  • Season Winter and Spring
  • Touch Screen Yes

Specifications of the  PIG Full Dexterity Gloves

Before we dive into my review, here’s a quick look at how these gloves came to be and their specifications. 

The PIG FDT (Full Dexterity Tactical) gloves are popular among military and law enforcement personnel, as well as outdoor enthusiasts, for their balance of protection, durability, and dexterity. They were developed by PIG (Patrol Incident Gear), a company known for producing high-performance tactical gear.

Apparently, their goal when developing the PIG FDT Delta Utility Glove was to make a glove that didn’t compromise between protection, dexterity, durability, and comfort. They didn’t just want gloves for handling firearms; they wanted gloves that fit seamlessly into your everyday tasks, whether that’s shooting or just doing regular stuff without constantly taking them off. Let’s see if they succeeded in doing that in a minute. 

Onto the specs, they made these gloves with a thin yet robust stretch ballistic nylon 1000D, prioritizing flexibility without compromising on durability. The choice of material strikes a balance between protection and maneuverability, allowing users to handle firearms and perform various tasks with ease. They also feature a single-layer palm that offers maximum sensitivity and tactile response. 

They come in various colors, including Ranger green, black, coyote, carbon gray, multicam, and multicam black. The gloves are touchscreen compatible on the index finger and thumb, adding convenience for tech use.

Okay. Now that we got that over with, let’s jump straight into my review. 

PIG FDT Delta Utility Gloves Features

PIG Full Dexterity Gloves Features (2)
1 Touchscreen compatible

The forefinger and thumb are both touchscreen compatible.

2 Pull Loop

Paracord pull loop along with elastic wrist for quick donning and doffing

3 Fold over fingertip

Fold over fingertip eliminates the seem at finger tips.

4 Reinforced area

Reinforced thumb and forefinger area to improve durability.

My Review of  PIG Full Dexterity Gloves

When I first unboxed them, I noticed they struck a balance between being light yet durable. They fit snugly thanks to the precise measurements, and that bar tacked para cord made slipping them on a breeze. The trigger finger was slightly longer but functionally efficient. The PIG gloves design is pretty unconventional compared to their competitors; in both PIG FDT Alpha glove and the Delta Utility Glove, there are no reinforced knuckles or rubber bumpers on the fingers.

The thing that caught my eye right away was the touchscreen compatibility on the thumb and forefinger. No need to take the glove off my hand every time I wanted to use my phone–major plus. And once I got past the initial tightness of the palm, the shooting grip felt super comfortable.

But here’s where these gloves truly shine: their dexterity is off the charts. I’m talking about precision handling here. The way they contour around the thumb and index finger makes holding pistols feel natural. I found it effortless to manipulate firearms with this tactical glove, maintaining both accuracy and comfort. Whether testing with a Ruger LCR or engaging in everyday tasks like picking up items, the gloves remained securely in place, allowing easy access to my firearm from various holsters. The elastic wrist eliminates the hassle of Velcro, providing a snug fit without sacrificing comfort. The mesh construction around the wrist and between the fingers adds breathability, enhancing the overall user experience.

The range of colors available, from Ranger green to carbon gray, has allowed me to tailor my gear to different preferences and load-outs. A paracord pull loop might seem like a minor detail, but it adds practicality to the gloves, making them easy to put on and attach to my gear. The fold over construction on the fingertips ensures comfort, addressing common issues like discomfort and finger nails digging.

While not the warmest glove because of their thin padding, they strike a balance between breathability and insulation. The 1000D ballistic nylon on top, while not as thick as expected, proved durable, with minor scratching issues easily resolved.

After extended use, the gloves exhibited some wear in high-friction areas, particularly in the finger and elastic sections where fraying started to appear. However, considering the range of activities they endured, including outdoor photography and hunting in challenging terrains, their durability impressed me. The addition of hooks for carabiner attachment proved exceptionally durable, elevating their utility. In terms of value, these gloves offer substantial bang for the buck. Priced reasonably at around $30, they outperform other gloves in the same price range, providing a rare combination of dexterity, durability, and touchscreen compatibility. While not a lifetime investment, these gloves are a reliable and cost-effective choice for various activities.

PIG FDT Delta Utility Gloves Pros and Cons 

  • Great for handgun shooting
  • Touchscreen compatibility is good
  • Good durablility
  • Quality may fall short of the comfort

Report Card

Material

The ballistic nylon is thin yet durable.

A-
Dexterity

Dexterity is in the name for a reason, these gloves have outstanding dexterity.

A
Durability

These gloves are durable, but not as durable as some of the leather gloves we have tested.

A
Value

These are very reasonably priced gloves that have a good value.

B+
Accuracy

The extreme dexterity of these gloves lend to accuracy when shooting.

B+
PIG Full Dexterity Gloves Final Grade

Our Grade

A-

Reviewed by Dave Chesson

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Final Thoughts on PIG Full Dexterity Gloves

The PIG FDT Delta Utility Gloves exceeded my expectations of providing exceptional dexterity and practicality for weapon handling. Their minor durability issues meant that I ranked them 3rd in my best shooting gloves article because I go through a pair of them every 6-8 months, but that’s not really a big deal considering their price. 

 If you prioritize dexterity and functionality in shooting gloves, the PIG FDT Delta Gloves are certainly worth considering.

FAQs

Are the PIG FDT gloves suitable for trigger finger sensitivity?

Absolutely! These gloves are engineered to maintain sensitivity, enabling precise trigger finger movement without compromising on protection.

Are the PIG FDT gloves touchscreen compatible?

Yes, the gloves feature a touchscreen-compatible forefinger for convenience when using touch-sensitive devices.

How do the PIG FDT gloves compare to Mechanix gloves?

While both are reputable brands, PIG FDT gloves prioritize maximum dexterity and sensitivity without unnecessary padding, setting them apart in specific applications.

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About Dave Chesson

Dave Chesson is prior Navy with a specialty in international arms dealing for the US government across multiple countries. Having traveled the world and abided by ATF and ITAR, Roy has a unique background in legal as well as practical capabilities of weapons deployment and use.

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