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Bumps, scrapes, and bruises are only a few of the many hazards that come with working as a mechanic. That’s why mechanics gloves have such a tough job to do, and also why you need a lot more than a basic pair to get the job done. The right gloves will protect you from injuries without interfering with your work. It’s a tough balance to strike, but that’s what Superior Glove strives for with every glove style that we offer.
Here are 5 features that make for a safer, more comfortable, and longer wearing pair of gloves that you’ll want to wear every single day.
In both hot and cold weather, gloves that breathe always keep your hands more comfortable. In winter, hands can sweat, which will actually make you feel even colder. And in the summer, some gloves feel like your own personal hand-shaped ovens. Breathability, such as what’s incorporated in our Clutch Gear® Blue Mechanics Gloves, answers both problems.
Some gloves incorporate a lining that wicks away moisture, and some are made from breathable fabric that lets moisture escape. Some have both features. Whichever style you choose, good ventilation is critical for all-day comfort.
#2: Impact Resistance
Every mechanic has done it. Maybe you’ve dropped a tool or had an automotive part dropped on your fingers. In mechanic work, there’s a constant threat of impact that’s not only incredibly painful, but can cause moderate or major injury. Impact resistance also helps absorb the shock and reduce the likelihood or severity of injury.
What makes it work are pads of thermo plastic rubber (TPR) in key areas on the back of the gloves. These pads are situated to intercept impact in the most likely spots, but without interfering with dexterity. Check out our Clutch Gear® Anti-Impact Mechanics Gloves to see how they work.
#3: Cut and Puncture Resistance
Automotive and other parts aren’t exactly designed for safety. Add in the many different tools used every day, and your hands are at risk of cuts and punctures from an array of sources. But materials such as Kevlar® and composite blends offer impressive cut resistance.
The same TPR pads that protect against impact also protect against punctures. And, if you need ASTM puncture resistance level 5, we also have a variety of products that feature Punkban™, which is a very lightweight, puncture-resistant material. High performance Clutch Gear® Impact Protection Mechanics Glove Lined with Punkban™ resist punctures, plus cuts and impact.
#4: Good Grip
A day without grease, oil, and fuel is a day when a mechanic probably isn’t at work. Aside from new parts coming straight out of the box, practically everything you touch has a slippery or grimy coating of petroleum-based materials. For this reason, palm coatings that are effective at displacing oil help keep your grip tight, even in a greasy work environment.
Micropore nitrile grip coatings go about improving grip in a different way from some mechanics gloves. The micropores displace oils plus other liquids, and create mild suction that lets you hold onto your work instead of dropping it. Our TenActiv™ Cut-Resistant Anti-Impact Hi-Viz Glove made with Black Widow™ Grip Micropore Nitrile improve grip plus offer several other safety features.
#5: High Dexterity
Freedom of movement can be the crucial difference between gloves that stay on and those that find themselves in a heap on the garage floor. Without good dexterity, a mechanic can’t handle small parts, manipulate tools or wrestle with something that just doesn’t want to break loose. But with good freedom of movement, gloves stay on, hands stay protected, and the work gets done. If you really want a surprise, check out our Clutch Gear® Goat-Grain Anti-Impact Mechanics Glove and see how comfortable and flexible goat grain can be.
Superior Glove approaches dexterity in different ways. Our TPR pads are both segmented and separated so that the semi-rigid material moves with you. Our ergonomic designs fit hands better, which means that there’s less fabric to bunch up and impair movement. The fabric itself also matters. We offer many different styles of high-dexterity mechanics gloves, so you’re likely to find one that has the fit and feel that you want.
Mechanic work puts hands at risk every day, but they’re the most important tool that you own. Protect them against ordinary and special circumstance dangers, and you’ll enjoy many more years with fewer smashed fingers, skinned knuckles, cuts, and abrasions.
In search of a pair of reliable gloves for your workplace? Ask anyone: our MXVSB: Clutch Gear® Anti-Impact Mechanics Gloves are a classic for a reason. With their black TPR backing, PVC Sure Grip® palm patches, and impressive puncture protection, these gloves offer a variety of advantages that would make any mechanic’s day. Click the button below to request a free sample pair now.
Curious about our other impact-resistant styles? Check out our TPR Flyer to find out more.
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