Nitrile gloves keep your hands free from dirt, grime, and most importantly-- harmful chemicals. The MG-2 is an improved upon version of Park Tool's MG-1 gloves. MG-2 gloves are thicker, snag resistant, and tough enough to be re-used.
Chemical resistant and definitely better than supermarket grade gloves.
The MG-2 are thicker and more durable than the previous MG-1 version, which used to split at the finger tips too readily. These are a bit less stretchy also, so get the correct size! I'm a guy with regular size hands but the Large size gloves fit me well. They also come in Medium & Extra Large if you're smaller or bigger.
I usually don't bother with gloves most of the time. Regular grease, motor oil, and dirt usually won't hurt anybody. However, I always use gloves around BRAKE FLUID (it destroys your nails and poisons you through the skin), plus some chemicals such as antiseize compounds can really burn the skin be warned. If in doubt, just use the gloves!
The Park gloves are an easy choice because they're readily available, economical to buy, durable, and they resist most chemicals. They are also multipurpose, not just bicycle specific. Use them to change your motor oil, clean something with a lot of Acetone, OR to bleed your bike brakes.
The only (unavoidable) drawback with these gloves is that your hands will sweat a lot more than usual, and it's not uncommon to get drips from them or puddles when taking them off. But realistically, that will always be better than risking your health or needing to use hand cleaner after something simple but messy like fitting a new Shimano bike chain! I think Park Tools claim the gloves are reusable, but I wouldn't go that far. At least there are a lot in the box. The only small complaint I have about these gloves is that they are now thicker but are jammed into the same size carton... and simply CANNOT be dispensed one by one any more. It's more like 100 or nothing LOL, but that's really an unimportant consideration.
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