My riot-gear police gloves FINALLY came in the mail yesterday. They are pretty nice, with something like 1/3 to 1/2 inch articulated padding all over them, and 3" wrist covers. The palms are covered in some sort of rubberized fabric which increases the grip on my sword, and there's pretty nice venting. I've already found a few weak spots, but they are a HELL of a lot better than my welding gloves were. Now I don't have to borrow the instructor's gloves. I haven't fought in them yet, but I guess I'll do that tomorrow.