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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