Joe McGarry - Also know as the Glove Guru
Joe formerly founded Polygenex International, Inc. in 1989, the largest specialty knit glove manufacturer in the world at the time. Thousands of companies and users follow his advice on glove manufacturing, or user guidance, and utilize his gloves every day. Joe's specialty is in industrial work and critical environment high-tech gloves.
Joe founded Gloves-Online in 1996 to assist consumers needing to locate hard to find gloves and educate consumers about different glove features and benefits. With just over a quarter century of glove experience, he undoubtedly can give you useful and practical glove advice.
In December, I wrote a post about selecting Winter Gloves. Today, a customer request reminded me that I forgot to mention that Thermal Liners can increase the effectiveness of any winter glove.
A decade ago, we developed a winter glove using a DuPont Thermax (hollow core) insulating fiber for use by Alpine Skiers and members from an Iditarod dog-sled racing team. These fibers retain heat and help wick away moisture. Simply put, they prevent heat loss by trapping a layer of warm air next to the skin.
Besides being very soft, they are also very form fitting and seamless. They can be worn alone or used as a liner under winter sport gloves and work gloves. Plus they are washable.
By the way: The gloves were so useful the dog-sled team wore them alone. I bet Olga, our #2 Glove Guru, may still have those chilling pictures. Click here to go to the GO Thermax Thermal Glove Liners. (Shown above)
January 23 Up-Date: Picture added of the GO Thermal Liners in action at the Iditarod with Alaskan Husky showing his gloved paw.
I had some fun talking about my glove friend, Doug Little, last week but MCR Safety has really thrown down the Gauntlet last year when they introduced their HexArmor Cut Resistant Gloves.
Our 5th Century ancestors were very industrious and safety minded when they developed armored metal gauntlets (gloves) for combat (pictured). These gloves were not only cut resistant but puncture resistant. To my knowledge, no glove has ever equaled those medieval gloves. That is until MCR Safety created their own glove renaissance with the creation of their HexArmor line of gloves.
The HexArmor gloves are not only cut and puncture resistant but one model is even needle stick resistant, too. And my friend, Doug, will back me up on those claims. After all, he’s living proof.
You can check the HexArmor Glove Line out at my company’s web site and you can also see a “LIVE & UNCUT” video demonstration. What do you think MCR will come up with next in a glove?
I had the rare pleasure of meeting another Glove Guru while attending the National Safety Council Conference last September. I liken my new glove friend to a human cannonball since here was this modest, intelligent looking guy right in the middle of the sprawling Anaheim Convention Center surrounded by thousands of dubious safety engineers subjecting his (gloved) hands to literal torture. Imagine a person jumping onto a bed of nail spikes and you get the picture. It was frightening to watch his bravery and the steadfast confidence he held in the gloves he wore.
Meet Doug Little, Innovations Manager, for MCR Safety. (Pictured) Doug is one of the brains behind an extraordinary new line of MCR gloves called HexArmor Gloves.
During his presentation, Doug was using all types of evil looking props to demonstrate these new cut and puncture resistant wonder gloves. Nasty sharp things like razor knifes, razor wire (think prison fence), barbed wire, hypodermic needles, nail spikes, the list goes on. If you want to see a much tamed down version of Doug’s glove presentation, click on this You Tube link.
I’ll be talking more about these new wonder gloves in a few days but I bet if P.T. Barnum was still alive, MCR Safety might be looking for a new glove guru and human cannonball. By the way, you get one guess to know if I tried to buy and monopolize all of MCR’s stock of HexArmor Gloves.
In this world of on-line dating, finding the perfect pair of gloves for safety, work or play is becoming easier than ever. Finally, high tech gloves are meeting its match in social marketing. Surely you’ve heard of YouTube, et al.
Two of our strategic partners are now utilizing video streams to show how their gloves perform. It sure saves time, e-mails, and gas to reach customers needing a quick hand protection solution. Not only do these streams help us demonstrate the gloves, they also help customers make a suitable choice.
This morning, this news was all over the Internet; in my in-box; and the basis for numerous phone calls. As if I, the Glove Guru, knew about Apple’s patent application for a winter-friendly I-Phone glove? FYI, yours truly, already introduced a “line” of cold weather cell phone gloves in November.
I can confirm to you that an application published by the US Patent and Trademark office reveals that Apple may be exploring the idea of selling gloves which are friendlier to touch screens.
If you don’t want to wait for any “Glove System” from Apple, check out our friendly to touch screens Freehands Glove Line. We offer 3 models, in 5 Unisex sizes, and their inexpensive. Oh, and you don’t have to get any subscriptions.
I guess we’ll have to start working on more colors for next year. No way am I going to let Steve beat me at Gloves.
It amazes me that most shoppers looking for a real winter glove fail to purchase Waterproof gloves. I’m not talking about fine fashion lined leather gloves; I’m referring to the winter gloves you wear during outdoor activities such as shoveling snow, sledding, skiing, or hiking. The same applies to winter construction and work gloves.
Thermal lined gloves are a must have and will keep you warm but once the lining becomes wet, your hands will freeze. Regarding linings look for a branded lining like Gore-Tex or HeatKeep just to name a few. A branded lining on the label generally indicates that the manufacturer has made an extra effort to provide warmth. You should also look for a knit wrist or a wrist closure to keep out snow, rain and wind. Lastly, make sure the gloves are WATERPROOF or they will not be cold proof.
We’re taking a short break from the Holiday Glove Rush. But WOW, the snow storms this year certainly made our glove life interesting.
Additionally, based on customer calls & e-mails, I’ve been informed by our customer service department that it looks like the USPS (US Postal Service) has let us (along with our customers) down this year falling behind by days. Not fun after working so hard. Maybe some delays are snow related but not in LA, Miami or the South.
Next week, I’ll share our top sellers for ’08 (since we are a customer centric business) and begin to talk about real issues in the Industrial Glove markets.