Comfort is everything in a pair of work gloves. More comfortable hands mean more work can be accomplished with less pain and other annoyances.
No matter the time of year, how a pair of gloves fits is likely the most important consideration when deciding on a work glove purchase. However, in summer, breathability and several other characteristics have to be weighed to find the perfect hand protection.
Choose a material that breathes
For many workers summer likely means more time spent working outside in hot temperatures - or indoors in buildings or other enclosed spaces that are attempting to keep the temperature as low as possible.
But construction workers, manufacturing production employees and members of any other industry that handles equipment that could be hazardous to hands know hot weather is no reason to leave the gloves at home. Those hands that get the job done still need protecting.
As temperatures continue to rise, find work gloves made from materials that are breathable. Fabric or cotton gloves are very breathable thanks to their thinness. Either type will give hands some protection against scrapes and abrasions. They also perform well at keeping hands clean.
But neither glove material is suited for handling sharp edges, jagged materials or things that could puncture the glove. These gloves won’t hold up well or offer protection around heat, whether that be open flame or a hot surface.
A fabric or cotton glove with a coating will improve grip, offer better cut protection and can also help the gloves hold up better over time or in more strenuous work conditions. Some coating options include latex, nitrile, polyurethane and PVC. Many of these options provide great dexterity for wearers.
One other glove fabric that offers excellent breathability, as well as tremendous dexterity, is canvas. These are great for gardening and yard work. Canvas gloves offer just enough protection to prevent blisters when you are handling tools like rakes and shovels.
Wear gloves that offer appropriate cut protection
In summer, it may be tempting to choose breathability over cut and abrasion protection on the hotter days.
Pro tip: Don’t do this.
If the job requires more protective gloves, then pick up a pair that can offer the amount of protection needed. Go with a good pair of leather gloves. Leather gloves are widely used because they are extremely versatile and can offer protection from cuts or rough surfaces. Still, they are not too heavy to be worn during the summer.
In fact, many of the best gloves for whenever yard work needs to be done are leather gloves. But they are also useful for construction, landscaping, woodworking or electrical jobs.
That’s because they are known to be both tough and durable. However, they will not offer as much dexterity as a cotton or fabric glove.
Leather work gloves are so versatile that Home Depot recommends them as an option when needing protection from sparks. Just add an insulated liner to a pair and you are ready to work on electrical applications.
If palms are what need protecting most, then select a pair of gloves with leather palms. These are a great balance when flexibility is a must but some abrasion or cut protection is still necessary. Home Depot recommends this style for handling lumber, construction, using power tools, yard work and carpentry.
Gloves that have leather palms but a mesh backhand can do well in keeping your palms safe, but not sweaty.
Let’s talk about moisture
With sweaty hands a concern in summer, you may find yourself searching for a best-possible solution. This is where great glove liners can be game-changers.
Glove liners are thin gloves worn under your primary pair of gloves. You may think these are most suited for winter for extra warmth, but they also can help absorb (or wick away, depending again on the fabric) moisture, further protecting your hand and enhancing overall comfort.
You can even find cut-resistant liners that can be added underneath your lighter, go-to summer pair of work gloves.
Find comfortable gloves that fit
Not all gloves are meant for every pair of hands. Gloves are not a one-size-fits-all solution. When gloves don’t fit well, the wearer is at an even greater risk of muscle cramps, aches and blisters.
If you are wearing gloves that are too small, then you risk losing freedom of movement. On the other hand, gloves that are too big could leave you fumbling with no sensitivity in the grip or palm.
Measure your hands to find the right glove size for you. To do this, use a tape measure to find with width across the knuckles of your dominant hand.
Compare your measurement with a sizing chart.These are often available on packaging, tags or, if ordering online, a prominent place on the website.
As for comfort, there are a few inside tips for picking the best glove for you.
When a glove has seams across the palm, they are often much more comfortable. However, gloves with seams that run along the back could actually give you a better feel when worn.
Another tip is that inside seams last longer than outside seams can often wear out faster. Outside seams, though, have the advantage of more comfort and some may find that inside seams rub or chafe skin.
Prioritize breathability and comfort with Ripit Gloves
Ripit Gloves was founded by Todd Shaw, a lifelong painting and drywall contractor. He made his dream come true when he created the perfect glove for the drywall industry - and for any other industry that has similar strenuous demands on hands.
Shaw found the best design, material and handling engineers to create Ripit Gloves. The result is a glove that prioritizes breathability, comfort, flexibility, ultra-lightweight, durability, affordability and so many more desirable qualities.
Now, Ripit Gloves has different types of handwear that is suited for a variety of professions, especially those that may need a little additional protection from chemical or weather-related elements.
Shop for our gloves online today or begin look and asking around wherever work gloves are sold near you.