Winter Work Gloves

Getting a Good Grip on the Issue

Winter work gloves

We’ve talked about why winter safety footwear is so critical to making working outside in the winter more tolerable. Even the warmest boots won’t help if your hands are too cold to hold your tools. Traditional winter gloves are warm but do not have the safety features needed for use on the job. Traditional work gloves leave your hands feeling frosty within minutes because they have seams where heat escapes. Going without gloves is not an option – frostbite is painful and dangerous. Enter the winter weight work glove. Warm enough to keep your hands cozy on even the coldest of days, yet flexible enough to allow your hands freedom of movement.

Water Resistance

Good winter work gloves are at least partially water resistant – because if your hands get wet, they’ll be cold. Fully waterproof gloves can stand up to hours of shoveling and working in wet and slushy conditions and still keep your hands warm. You also want a synthetic inner liner so that any sweat is wicked away before it freezes and makes you cold.

Thicker Isn’t Always Better

We tend to assume that the thicker gloves are, the warmer they will be, but that doesn’t hold true anymore. New advances in synthetic fibres mean that even thin gloves can be very warm. This is great news for anyone who has had to hold a nail or do other delicate tasks in cold weather.

Materials Matter

Leather is a traditional material for work gloves, but it’s not ideal for winter wear. It absorbs water, and becomes inflexible in cold temperatures. Polyurethane, PVC, neoprene, and synthetic (waterproof) leather are the materials of choice for modern winter work gloves. Rubber tips provide additional grip while reinforced joints and seams help eliminate heat loss. Whatever job you need to do, there is a winter work glove that will help you do it while keeping your hands warm and dry.

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How do I make sure to get the right size?

To measure your feet:

  1. Get a blank piece of paper, a pencil and a tape measure.
  2. Stand with one foot on the piece of paper, and have most of your weight on your foot to simulate walking.
  3. Holding the pencil perfectly vertical and perpendicular to the paper, mark a line at the back of your heel and at the tip of your longest toe. Also mark a line along each side of the widest part of your foot.
  4. Measure length and width to the nearest 16th inch and subtract .20 to .25 inches, or .50 centimetres, to account for the width of the pencil.
  5. Find your corresponding size in the charts below.

A couple of tips to get the perfect fit:

  • Measure your feet later in the day as feet normally swell and can become up to half a size bigger in the evening.
  • Measure both feet and use the measurements of the biggest foot. Many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Wear the same type of socks you will generally be wearing on the job when you measure your feet.

Here are some general guidelines to assess fit once you’ve received your new boots:

  • Try on new boots towards the end of the day.
  • Walk around in a clean environment for a couple of hours to make sure the boots are comfortable.
  • Try boots on both feet, as many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Boots should fit snugly around the heel and ankle when laced.
  • The inner side of the boot should be straight from the heel to the end of the big toe.
  • The boot should grip the heel firmly.

Measuring apparel for proper fit

Size X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large 2X-Large 3X-Large
Neck - Inches 13-13.5 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Neck - Centimetres 33-35 36-37 38-39 41-42 43-44 45-47 48-50
Chest - Inches 30-32 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56
Chest - Centimetres 76-81 86-91 97-102 107-112 117-122 127-132 137-147
Waist - Inches 27-28 29-31 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50
Waist - Centimetres 68-71 73-78 81-83 91-96 101-106 111-116 121-127

Hint: For the most accurate results, measure yourself in your undergarments.

  • Neck: Measure around the base of your neck, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your neck to allow ease in fit.
  • Chest: Measure around the fullest part of your chest, keeping tape firmly under your armpits and around your shoulder blades.
  • Waist: Measure around your waist, slightly below your natural waist, where you normally wear your pants. Insert your forefinger between the tape and your body to allow ease in fit.
  • Sleeve length: Bend your arm slightly. Measure from centre back neck, across your shoulder, down to your elbow, down to your wrist.
  • Hip: Measure around the fullest part of your hips, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your hip to allow ease in fit.
  • Inseam: Measure a similar pant that fits you well. Measure along the inseam, from the crotch seam to the bottom of the hem.

Between sizes?

If your measurements are in between those listed in the size chart, pick the next larger size.