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Choose the Best Welding Gloves By Asking These 5 Questions

by Joe Geng on March 3, 2016

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Thanks to recent advancements in the glove world, welding gloves are nothing like they used to be. These days, glove manufacturers have access to higher performing materials and better sewing patterns. But with so many welding gloves on the market, how do you choose the best welding gloves for your job?

Choosing the Best Welding Gloves

These are the five questions you should ask yourself when choosing the best welding gloves.


1. What Type of Welding Are You Doing?

This is the number one question to ask yourself when choosing the best welding gloves. The three most common variations of welding are:

  • TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) Welding
  • MIG (Metal Inert Gas) Welding
  • Stick or Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW) Welding

Each style of welding requires varying degrees of dexterity and heat protection. The dangers of choosing the wrong glove is that you either have too much heat protection or not enough heat protection; either way, you won’t be able to properly complete your job. Below we highlight key differences and the options for the best welding gloves.


TIG Welding

Although TIG welding produces the lowest amount of heat, it also requires the best touch sensitivity. We recommend that you choose a goatskin welding glove with a keystone thumb for TIG welding projects. Out of all of the different types of leather, goatskin offers the best combination of dexterity and durability. The 398GLGB TIG welding glove provides great tactile feel and it’s flame resistant.

Endura Premium TIG best Welding Gloves
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Expert tip: A good test to check dexterity when choosing a TIG welding glove is to see if you can comfortably hold a pencil. If you can’t, you need to find a different glove.


Want More TIG Welding Info?

Read “5 Features to Look for in the Perfect TIG Welding Glove.”


MIG Welding

MIG welders prefer certain types of leather because MIG welding produces a lot of heat and sparks. The two best types of leather for MIG welding is:

  • Lined goatgrain gloves
  • Heavier weight cowgrain gloves

A great example of a cow MIG welding glove is the 505KGWS. It uses side-split cowhide for excellent abrasion resistance and the seams are stitched with Kevlar® for added integrity.

Endura® Deluxe Cut-Resistant Welding Gloves Product ID: 505KGWS
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Learn More About MIG Welding:

Read “3 Characteristics for Finding the Best MIG Welding Gloves.”


STICK Welding

Stick welding produces the highest heat and most splatter of the three types of welding. When it comes to finding the best gloves for stick welding, your best bet is a heavyweight cowhide leather glove with a really good lining – like our 505RB style.

Endura® Deluxe Rust Brown Welding Glove Product ID: 505RB

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Keep Reading About Stick Welding

with “How to Choose the Best Stick Welding Gloves.”


2. Which Type of Leather Should I Use?

If you’re going to be doing TIG or MIG welding, we suggest choosing goat grain gloves. When it comes to durability and touch sensitivity, goatskin offers the best of both worlds. It’s kind of like the Goldilocks of welding gloves, if you will: it’s not too thin (like sheep skin), and not too thick (like cowgrain). It’s just right.


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However, if you’re going to be stick welding, go with a lined cowgrain glove. Trust us: you won’t regret it.


3. Would I Benefit From Wearing Gloves with Kevlar® Stitching?

Thisis a pretty easy question: whenever you have the option available to you, always choose a glove with Kevlar® stitching. While cotton or nylon threads will burn when they’re hit with sparks and degrade under high temperatures, Kevlar® won’t!

Some other blogs we’ve read claim that Kevlar® thread will actually improve the overall heat resistance of the glove.

That isn’t the case: the Kevlar® will simply improve the seam strength and durability of your welding gloves over time.


4. Which Thumb Style Should I Choose?

Though it usually comes down to personal preference, we tend to prefer a wing or keystone thumb. Most people find them to be more comfortable and ergonomically-shaped, in comparison to straight thumb styles.


5. Are Cut Hazards a Risk? 

Welding jobs can involve serious cut risks. Moving sheet metal and handling large pieces with sharp, rough edges is not uncommon in welding. Many of our best welding gloves come with cut-resistant Kevlar® liner – like our 399GKGL5.


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Want to Learn More About Leather?

Read “The Bad-Ass Guide to Leather Work Gloves.”

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