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Changing Snow Tires or: How I Learned to Love Mechanics Gloves

by Matt on April 5, 2017

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It’s that exciting time of year when the days are getting longer, the Jon Snow memes are packed away and the landscape is thawing. When the weather is consistently over 44°F (7°C), it’s time to switch your snow tires for all-season tires. My weekend goal was to change the tires on two cars. I had never been this conscious about my hands until working for Superior Glove. So I knew I was going to need gloves for these tire changes. But what type? It seemed like the perfect opportunity to decide the ultimate tire gloves.
mechanic changing tires

A fictional representation of how happy I was while changing tires.


The Palm-Coated Option:

I started out by wearing one of my favorite gloves, the TenActiv™ Cut-Resistant Glove with Black Polyurethane coating. It has high cut resistance (ANSI level A4), excellent grip and tactile feel. This glove would be great if I could have found my pneumatic air gun. The polyurethane palm coating was perfect for holding onto lug nuts and gripping the tires. But, I couldn’t find my air gun, so I ended up hand cracking the nuts with a lug wrench. The polyurethane palm coating left something to be desired for abrasion resistance. After replacing the first two tires, I could feel the skin at the top of my palm beginning to burn. But not wanting to waste time, I pressed on. By the time I finished replacing the tires on the first vehicle, I’d decided to find another option. These were not the ultimate tire gloves.
happy mechanic holding air gun

“Hey air gun, this could be us but you hidin’.”


The Leather Split-Fitter Option:

Not having any Superior Glove-made leather split-fitter gloves, I took an old pair used for piling wood that were purchased at the local hardware store.

After switching to the leather gloves, my hands felt instant relief. These gloves had enough padding on the palm to protect my hands from the friction with the wrench and allowed me to work faster.The trouble came when I began taking the lug nuts off the bolts. The fingertip bulk made it difficult to grip the nuts. While it wasn’t impossible, it was time consuming. Leather split-fitter gloves were nearly the ultimate tire gloves.
leather gloves split seam changing tires
Side note: Notice the split seam in the picture above. Generic big-box store gloves are designed to be cheap, not long lasting. A manufacturer who specializes in gloves would know to move that seam to the back of the hand, where it wouldn’t split as easily, like the Crewmate® Split-Fitter Glove below. To further increase the seam integrity, these gloves are sewn with Kevlar® yarn.
Crewmate® Premium Side-Split Fitter with Double-Leather Palm


Mechanics Glove:

I could have worn the split-fitters gloves to complete my goal of changing tires, but I wouldn’t have accomplished my goal of finding the ultimate tire gloves. So I dug out the pair of Clutch Gear® Gription Mechanics Gloves that I’d been given on my first day of work.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “hey dummy, they have ‘mechanics glove’ in the name… of course you should use mechanics gloves for tire changes.” But many workers don’t realize that the reason they hate their gloves is because they’re wearing the wrong kind.

As I started to turn the lug wrench while wearing the Clutch Gear® gloves, I knew they were the ultimate tire gloves. They had everything I needed:

  • Comfortable stretch backs that didn’t limit my hand movement
  • Clarino® Parity synthetic leather to limit friction burn
  • Coated Gription® fingertips for excellent grip — wet or dry conditions
  • Anti-vibration padded-palms (which would have been incredible if I’d found the air gun)
  • Extra padding in critical wear area between the thumb and forefinger

They offered the dexterity of the string-knit glove with the grip of a coated glove and the protection of the leather glove. They made the job easier, faster and less painful on me. And at the end of the day, making your work day easier so you can enjoy your personal life is what wearing gloves is all about.

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