March 8, 2016 | Joe Geng |

How to Choose the Best Cut-Resistant Mechanics Gloves

First popularized by Mechanix Wear in the early 1990s, mechanics gloves are a widespread glove style because of the great fit and comfort that they offer.

Today, there are a large variety of features in these types of gloves on the market – from impact-resistant to touchscreen compatible – that can make them even more advantageous in the workplace.

With so many different styles available to you, how do you know which pair of mechanics gloves is right for your application?

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Well, that’s where we come in. Here are the six main factors you should consider when choosing your next pair of mechanics gloves:

1. 360° Cut Resistance:

The most common mistake people make when choosing a cut-resistant mechanics glove is assuming that they’ll automatically have 360° cut protection.

Many mechanic glove styles incorporate cut resistance on the palm only.

Sometimes that’s okay because you’re only facing risk to your palm.

But double check with the glove manufacturer so you know for sure what protection you’re getting. If the glove manufacturer isn’t clear or upfront about this information, look elsewhere.


2. Puncture or Cut?

Certain cut-resistant mechanics gloves offer both puncture and cut resistance, while others only offer cut resistance.

This is why it’s crucial that you know what protection you need for your specific application before you select a glove style.

For example: for extrication, you’ll need both puncture and cut resistance, so choose a glove that was specifically designed for this type of application like our 378GKGVB.

Endura® Oilbloc™ Goatskin Kevlar®-Lined Anti-Impact Driver Gloves 378GKGVB
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3.Know Your Cut Standards

We preach this a lot, but we recommend choosing a glove that has been tested under ANSI cut standards. That’s because it’s reliable and does a great job at replicating real world hazards.

The EN standard (often referred to as CE) is a flawed cut test that produces results that don’t accurately represent real world results. Be on the safe side: look for ANSI cut standards.


4. The Fit:

This is probably the most important part of the selection process.

We can’t stress how critical it is to choose a glove that fits well AND still meets your cut resistance criteria.

It’s a fact that comfortable, form-fitting gloves are the ones that actually get worn; ill-fitting gloves stay in the tool box.

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5. Durability

No one wants to spend money on a product that’s going to fall apart in two weeks, and high quality cut-resistant mechanics gloves aren’t cheap.

Too often, we see heavily marked up pairs of mechanics gloves that are crafted with the cheapest possible materials.

While synthetic leather has made big strides in the past decade, it still doesn’t beat the lifespan of goatskin leather, like those found on our newly redesigned Clutch Gear® Mechanics Gloves.


6. Grip:

Make sure you test the grip of the glove in the real world.

Poor grip is not only an annoyance, it can be a major safety hazard as well. Remember: no one likes a flying wrench!


Looking for a pair of tested and true mechanics gloves for your workplace?

Click below to get a free pair of our hi-viz cut-resistant mechanics gloves.

Clutch Gear® Hi-Viz Mechanics Glove with Goat-Grain Palms MXGKGHV
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Joe Geng
About Joe Geng
Vice President of Superior Glove