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1 star Pass 'em up!

I purchased two pair of these "Fast Release Long Nose Locking Pliers" to replace a lost "old style" set.

In my opinion, Irwin Tools has just created problems that don't need to exist. The old ones worked great, and were easily controllable with one hand when in a tight spot. These things release so quickly after quite a struggle to get them to, that they end up falling out of my hand every. single. time. They hit the floor and spring open, necessitating a lot of fumbling around to reassemble them.

Another issue I have is the sissified (Neoprene) grips. The old style worked well, and were popular because they did for a good number of years. These new grips just add bulk, making it difficult to maneuver them in the aforementioned tight spots.

All in all, I'm not happy with this purchase.