A Brief History of Gloves-Online.com

This week in 1991 the World Wide Web (WWW) was founded.

It was just 5 years later that, Joe McGarry, launched Gloves-Online.com.

To put this innovative endeavor into perspective, this was around the same time that Amazon initially launched its bookstore and 2 years before Google was founded.   

The timing of the Gloves-Online.com URL and the uniqueness of the URL domain name alone is a great example of it’s the early entry into the internet WWW world. Some of you may recall the heydays of the early .com era and the drive to have a web presence at that time. During this time many opportunists were buying up all sorts of URL names without any intentions to build a web site but with the only objective to sell the name to an eager buyer.

FYI, below are very interesting examples of the most expensive domain names recently publicly reported:

·  CarInsurance.com — $49.7 million.

·  Insurance.com — $35.6 million.

·  VacationRentals.com — $35 million.

·  PrivateJet.com — $30.18 million.

Joe also owns glovesonline.com but he preferred the novelty by using the “hyphen” in the name and for a better look to users. Glovesonline.com is a redirect domain as well as gogloves.com.

It’s interesting to contemplate what the value of the GO Gloves and Gloves-Online domain family of URL internet names are worth today.

Our evolution’s through the years….

GO Gloves, which the company is commonly called today, was the very first web portal in the world devoted exclusively to gloves. GO Gloves was an offshoot of Polygenex International, Inc. which was founded by Joe in 1990 and became the largest domestic manufacturer of specialty high-tech knit gloves. GO Gloves was originally developed as a source of glove information for people searching for glove know-how on the internet.

The existence of the original Gloves-Online information web site actually led to a new unforeseen opportunity to actually sell gloves that people were searching for but could not find. 

The very first gloves that GO Gloves featured for sale on the internet where high-quality white cotton gloves including the gloves that were manufactured by Polygenex. These white gloves, often referred to as parade gloves, were selected since people were searching for sources of these gloves since they were difficult to find locally or at department stores as in the old days. As examples, these types of gloves were used by church ushers, bell choirs, funeral pall-bearers, military guard units, marching bands, catering companies, cotillions, Santa Claus outfitting, and doorman just to name a few. Consequently, a new internet business dedicated to hard-to-find gloves was born.

The rising popularity of GO Gloves was reflected by its search history which was just over 1 million page views by the year 2000 and doubled to just nearly 2 million page views only a few years later. Today, Joe no longer provides this data for obvious proprietary reasons but it’s become one of the largest glove sources on the internet with a world-wide audience.

Industrial & Work Glove concept….

In 2008, GO Gloves launched its sister web site Industrial Gloves Online which was focused exclusively to work and industrial gloves. The Industrial Glove web site was set up under a separate URL domain so that buyers looking for work gloves had easier navigation without filtering through all of the consumer glove listings. However, all of the gloves listed on the industrial work glove web site are also available on the main original consumer Gloves-Online web site.

The Glove Guru Blog….

Also, in 2008, Joe developed a special blog devoted to gloves called The Glove Guru. The blog covers useful glove information, glove technical data, and valuable and beneficial glove suggestions. The advantage of the Glove Guru Blog is that it contains more in-depth information about particular types of gloves that is difficult to include on a product description and this information remains as a permanent archive on the internet. The Glove Guru Blog also has its own search engine so you can easily locate articles and information on gloves.

Today….

During all this time, we’ve done “major” up-grades and modernized our web sites over 10 times using the latest web site technology and shopping cart functionality including web site security processes and friendly web site navigation.

Gloves-Online also has a very robust internal search engine integrated within the web sites to make it very easy to find and locate a glove by its design, manufacturer, or use. Our site search engine will also locate a glove that is featured on both of our web sites regardless of which web site you are searching from using the search box.

Today, GO Gloves serves over 13,000 dedicated customers, stocks over 2,500 glove styles, represents over 34 glove manufacturers, and ships gloves worldwide.

Ambidextrous Work Gloves

Want to double the life of your work gloves? Would you like to save money on your work gloves?

Most people overlook the ambidextrous feature of some work gloves and that oversight might turn out to be very expensive in some cases. Our competitors don’t talk about the advantages of ambidextrous work gloves since it reduces glove sales but we like to educate and make our customer’s glove smart.

Simply said, ambidextrous work gloves are gloves that can be worn on either hand. Some manufacturers refer to them as reversible gloves but you get the idea.

I’m sure that many of you never stopped to think about an ambidextrous glove or a non-ambidextrous glove but the difference is very dramatic. One point is that non-ambidextrous gloves have what is called a keystone thumb. A keystone thumb is made from a different piece of fabric or leather and sewn separately into the palm of the glove. Gloves with a keystone thumb are more comfortable and ergonomic since they mimic the hand structure. This feature is very important with very form fitting work gloves or dress gloves. The other type of a thumb design is winged thumbs but they are not very popular today in more modern work gloves in general.

Another type of non-ambidextrous gloves is coated work gloves that are very form fitting and replicate the natural curvature of the hand.

By what I’ve mentioned already may make many of you think that ambidextrous gloves are cheaply made or inferior gloves but this is not the case. It is simply that some gloves lend themselves to this type of glove design opposed to non-ambidextrous glove models. You will see that in the examples below.

As many of you have experienced, under most working conditions where you need to wear protective work gloves, the palms always wear out before the rest of the glove making them useless. So, if you think about it, by simply wearing the glove on the other hand, you reverse the palm side to the back side which extends the usefulness of the gloves. OK, now that the back side may not look pretty but who cares when it comes to work gloves. We’re not talking dress gloves here. We are taking performance in a work glove.

Therefore, once you consider that you can renew the life of the gloves by reversing them, in essence, you have now doubled the working life of your work gloves. This is money saved.

Another example is the fact that in some operations, one glove wears out faster than another like a right hand or a left hand glove. In the case of ambidextrous gloves, you can replace one glove and it doesn’t matter if it’s a right hand or left hand model since it will fit either hand.

To put this in perspective, I’ll give you some examples so you can get a better idea how ambidextrous gloves can possibly apply to your situation. The examples may seem obvious in some cases but it’s good to point out some examples employed by many of our customers.

A factory assembly line is the best example where there is a very high usage of gloves. Therefore, by doubling the life of the gloves that workers use can lead to some very significant savings. So, if you purchase gloves for your factory workers try and find an ambidextrous model. Some examples of these are cotton inspection gloves or utility cotton gloves used in moving items along an assembly line. Our 7 Gauge – Standard Weight Seamless Knit Cotton/Polyester gloves are a good example.

Another good example is ambidextrous heat resistant gloves. In many cases only one heat resistant glove is required in a work activity. In this case and since heat resistant gloves are sold by the pair, an ambidextrous model is more cost effective since you only have to replace one glove at a time and it doesn’t matter if it is a right hand model or a left hand model. Otherwise, if these gloves are not ambidextrous, you will be throwing away either the left handed or right handed glove. See this link as an example.

The same condition applies to some ambidextrous cut-resistant gloves as they do in the ambidextrous heat resistant gloves above. See this link as an example.

Regarding ambidextrous cut-resistant gloves, our Stainless Steel Metal Mesh Gloves are an excellent example. These are widely used in meat cutting activities such as grocery stores, and an ambidextrous feature is ideal since they are shared among many employees and it does not matter if they are right handed or left handed.

The most popular and obvious example of ambidextrous gloves are disposable gloves such as latex, nitrile and vinyl gloves. Although no one ever thinks about it, these gloves are ambidextrous and always have been.

See the following link to see our current offering of ambidextrous work gloves.

Ambidextrous Work Gloves

If anyone wishes to bring a nice Ambidextrous Gloves to my attention, please let me know.

Thank you for subscribing to my blog,

Joe McGarry, The Glove Guru

Dotted Palm Coated Work Gloves

Dotted Palm Coated Work Gloves

You’ve seen me cover coated work gloves over time now and this is due to the vast range that is available today. There are so many types of coatings, fibers, and designs that I felt compelled to cover the important topics one by one to help users understand each type of coated work glove and their indications. I will continue covering these topics on coated work gloves over time since they have become the preferred work glove today.

FYI, as a reference, you can always go directly to the “coated work glove” category in the navigation panel of this blog. This includes all of the topics that I’ve covered on coated gloves since 2008. The nice thing is that these articles are permanently archived on the internet for future reference.

An often over-looked feature with palm coated gloves is that a few models have enhanced “raised” dots inherent to the coating for extra grip. This is a great feature for added safety when handling slippery or wet articles. The dots also help when handling glass, sharp metal, or any item needing that extra grip. The dotted feature increases durability of the glove and provides more cushioning in highly repetitive applications requiring precision handling.

The other interesting aspect is that these glove models use Nitrile as the coating of choice for added strength and chemical resistance.

The only negative issue is that I have yet to find a coated cut-resistant glove with dotted palms. This seems like a no brainer to me but I’m sure they are on the horizon.

Here’s my list of dotted palm coated gloves to make it easier to locate them. You can also use our search bar and type in “dotted palm” and they will show up in your search.

#WK-C844 ATG MaxiFlex Endurance Coated Gloves with Dotted Palm (34-844)

Gray Seamless Knit Nylon/Lycra Liner with Black Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Palm & Raised Dots

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#WK-C244 ATG MaxiFlex Elite Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Gloves with Micro-Dot Palm (34-244)

Blue Seamless Knit Nylon/Lycra Liner with Blue Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Palm & Raised Dots

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#WK-C845 ATG MaxiFlex Endurance 3/4 Coated Gloves with Dotted Palm (34-845)

Gray Seamless Knit Nylon/Lycra Liner with Black Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Palm, Full Finger, Knuckles & Raised Dots on Palm

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#WK-C8745 ATG MaxiFlex Endurance Drivers Fully Coated Gloves (34-8745)

Seamless Knit Nylon/Lycra Liner Completely Coated with Black Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated & Raised Dots Palm

Warm Weather Work Gloves with Cool Prices.

Everyone has their favorite work gloves but those that work outdoors in the hot sun of summer find that their favored model is simply too hot to wear for any extended period of time. This is especially the case for men and women whose jobs are outdoors in warm climates such as construction, landscaping or road workers.

I’ve broken down our most popular warm weather glove models into a few select categories such as mechanics gloves, leather gloves, and our popular coated work gloves. This list will make it easier for you to select a good warm weather work glove rather than scroll and search through our large selection of work gloves.

Here’s the list…..

Leather models:

#WK-1347 Caiman Unlined Goat Skin Leather Driver Work Gloves

These Goatskin leather drivers’ style work gloves are very supple yet very durable.  

  • Medium Weight Goat Skin, Abrasion Resistant Cowhide Leather
  • Unlined for maximum tactile sensitivity.
  • Shirred elasticized Wrist
  • Straight Thumb provides a secure and anchored fit. 

#WK-98 Kinco® Premium Grain Cowhide Unlined Drivers Gloves

  • Golden Grain Premium Cowhide Leather Drivers
  • Shirred Elastic Back
  • Keystone Thumb – A keystone thumb provides added reinforcement and padding at the point on the glove that receives the most wear. It is a double thickness of leather that overlaps onto the base of the thumb.
  • Turned Leather Binding 

#WK-908 Kinco® High-Vis Lime Green Mesh Unlined Pigskin Palm Gloves

Day and Night “Warm Weather” High-Vis protection

  • Green Nylon Mesh Back for those hot summer days
  • 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material
  • Keystone Thumb

The Glove Guru’s comment: Did you know that Pigskin Dries Soft and Supple after getting WET!

#WK-909 Kinco® High-Visibility Orange Mesh Unlined Pigskin Palm Gloves

Day and Night “Warm Weather” High-Vis protection

  • Orange nylon mesh back for hot summer days
  • 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material
  • Keystone Thumb

The Glove Guru’s comment: Did you know that Pigskin Dries Soft and Supple after getting WET!

Mechanics Gloves:

#307070 Youngstown General Utility Plus with Grey Mesh Mechanics Gloves

  • Designed for durability and breath-ability in warm weather
  • Breathable Stretch Mesh Removes Heat and Moisture
  • Asphalt Palm Reinforcement Increases Durability
  • Oil & Water Resistant Synthetic Palm
  • Adjustable Velcro Closure Provides Wrist Support
  • Terry Cloth Thumb for Wiping Sweat & Debris

Coated Work Gloves:

#WK-C125 – G-TEK Coated White Polyurethane/White Nylon Coated Gloves

POLYURETHANE PU coatings, due to their strength, provide extra abrasion resistance and extended wear. 

This premium quality coated seamless knit nylon glove offers great dexterity. The polyurethane coated palm and fingers are ideal for abrasion resistance. Breathable back for comfort. 

Applications: These Coated Gloves are used in electronics and computer assembly, quality control, inspection and general assembly.

Manufacturer Part No. 33-125

#WK-C125-G – G-TEK Coated Gray Polyurethane/Gray Nylon Coated Gloves

Same glove as the (WK-C125) except with gray coating.

Manufacturer Part No. 33-G125

#WK-C244 ATG MaxiFlex Elite Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Gloves with Micro-Dot Palm

Blue Seamless Knit Nylon/Lycra Liner with Blue Micro-Foam Nitrile Dotted Coated Palm & Raised Dots

  • The Ultimate in Super Light Breathable Micro-Foam Nitrile Dipped Nylon Coated Gloves.
  • Raised Micro Dots to increase durability and cushioning.
  • Ultra-Cool and Very Comfortable to Wear, Breathable Coating Keeps Hands Cool and Dry.
  • Treated with to Repel Water and Light Oil.
  • Excellent Dexterity, Sensitivity and Tactility.
  • Manufacturer Part No. 34-244

#WK-C274 ATG MaxiFlex Elite Ultra-Light Coated Gloves

Blue Seamless Knit Ultra-light-weight Liner with Blue Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Palm & Finger Tips

  • The Ultimate in Super Light Breathable Micro-Foam Nitrile Dipped Nylon Coated Gloves.
  • 30% thinner than traditional foam Nitrile gloves.
  • Ultra-Cool and very Comfortable to Wear, Breathable Coating Keeps Hands Cool and Dry.
  • Treated repel Water and Light Oil.
  • Excellent Dexterity, Sensitivity and Tactility.
  • Manufacturer Part No. 34-274

#WK-C8264 ATG MaxiFlex Active Ultra-Light Coated Gloves

Pink Seamless Knit with Lycra Ultra-light-weight Liner with Pink Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Palm & Finger Tips

  • The Ultimate in Super Light Breathable Micro-Foam Nitrile Dipped Nylon Coated Gloves.
  • Aloe infused liner provides superior comfort.
  • 30% thinner than traditional foam Nitrile gloves.
  • Ultra-Cool and very Comfortable to Wear, Breathable Coating Keeps Hands Cool and Dry.
  • Treated repel Water and Light Oil.
  • Excellent Dexterity, Sensitivity and Tactility.
  • Manufacturer Part No. 34-8264

#WK-C844 ATG MaxiFlex Endurance Coated Gloves with Dotted Palm

Gray Seamless Knit Nylon/Lycra Liner with Black Micro-Foam Nitrile Coated Palm & Raised Dots

  • The Ultimate in Super Light Breathable Micro-Foam Nitrile Dipped Nylon Coated Gloves.
  • Raised Micro Dots to increase durability and cushioning.
  • Ultra-Cool and Very Comfortable to Wear, Breathable Coating Keeps Hands Cool and Dry.
  • Treated to Repel Water and Light Oil.
  • Excellent Dexterity, Sensitivity and Tactility.
  • Manufacturer Part No. 34-844

#WK-C874 ATG MaxiFlex Ultimate Palm Coated Gloves

  • Micro Foam Nitrile coatings are compatible with light oils and will provide a good grip and excellent abrasion resistance.
  • 360° Breath-ability – Patented micro-foam Nitrile coating offers 360° breathability, making it the most breathable glove on the market today
  • 25% Thinner – Than most foam Nitrile gloves on the market while offering twice the mechanical performance
  • Complies with FDA food handling requirements 21 CFR, Part 177
  • Manufacturer Part No. 34-874 

#WK-C874FY ATG Maxiflex Ultimate Hi-Vis Yellow Nitrile Coated Gloves

Nitrile Coated Palm & Finger Tips, High Visibility Yellow Seamless Knit Polyester Liner

  • A Light-weight 15 gauge breathable Nylon Coated Gloves.
  • Excellent Dexterity, Sensitivity and Tactility.
  • Manufacturer Part No. 34-874FY

Why Nitrile Rubber is very popular in coated work gloves

Coated Glove cross section illustration

It always surprises me that most workers looking for good thin work gloves with coated palms for better gripping think they are always made using natural (latex) rubber. Although many of these gloves are made using a latex coating, the most popular and better models use a nitrile coating.

First, let me explain a little bit about nitrile.

Nitrile rubber (NBR) is a synthetic rubber compound in general terms. It is commonly used in fuel and oil handling hoses, seals, and grommets since ordinary natural latex rubber cannot be used. It is also more resistant than latex rubber to oils and acids and has superior strength. It is also more puncture and abrasion resistant than natural latex rubber gloves.

Healthcare workers know nitrile gloves well since they are also less likely to cause allergic reactions than latex gloves. They also like them since nitrile gloves seldom rip apart when putting them on opposed to latex gloves.

As a footnote, when thin knit work gloves are enhanced by a foam coating on the palms and fingers, it offers very good grip in contact with chemicals including oils, petrochemicals, fuels and most acids.

Useful links for finding the ideal coated work glove for you:

Coated Work Gloves

8th Year Anniversary for our Industrial & Work Glove web site

http://industrial.gloves-online.com/


In January of this year we celebrated our 20thYear Anniversary on the web. 
Today marks our 8th Year Anniversary in launching our Industrial Web Site.
We developed our sister web site for those of you only interested in Industrial and Work gloves since it has easier navigation without traversing through our consumer gloves. 
Although we offer the same gloves on the main GO Glovesweb site, the navigation on the GO Industrial web site only includes indexing for work gloves.

Glove Cut Resistant Standard – EN388


Glove Cut Resistant Standard – EN388

A few years ago I wrote about this issue and due to the increase in newer cut resistant gloves, I thought it would be helpful to post this information again. Actually, it was one of my most read posts since my blog was started in 2008.
Work glove hand protection standards have existed for years but most users fail to pay attention to the ratings. Specifically cut resistance. Both the ANSI (American National Standard Institute) and the EU (European Union) have hand protection selection criteria.
Although the criteria between both is very complex, I prefer seeing the EU – EN388 symbol since it rates the gloves for abrasion, blade cut, tear, and puncture resistance.  ANSI doesn’t have a single symbol covering these categories. However, in situations requiring a very high level of cut resistance, you should look for gloves tested and rated under both standards since they vary on the high end in the cut resistant category.
In the EN-388 symbol (shown) you will see a number for each category. All tests are ranked 1-4 (4 being the highest level) except for the blade cut category ranking of 1-5.
I wrote an article that included this information and you can view it at this link: A practical guide to Hand Protection. You can always contact me if you have any questions or need any assistance on work glove and cut resistant glove selections.
FYI: Since the CE (EU) glove standards are mandatory in Europe and most gloves sold in North America are imported, you will see this symbol more often.
View our Cut Resistant Gloves at the following link: 
 

New – GO Industrial Glove Web Site Upgrade


We are pleased to announce that we have just completed the final touches on the major revamp of our web site dedicated to Industrial Work Gloves. Link below.
Although this web site has existed since 2008, we’ve added new category navigation and site search capabilities and, obviously, a new modern look. We’ve also up-graded our shopping cart to meet customer expectations and comply with new internet security protocols. 
GO Gloves has been on-line since 1996 but we developed the Industrial Glove web site which has navigation exclusive to industrial and work gloves. However, our internal search engine will also allow you to find other hard to find gloves not displayed on the industrial site. 
By the way, if you are not on our mailing list already, we encourage you to sign up at the link at the bottom of the home page. You’ll get a 20% discount coupon just for joining us.

Industrial site link: http://industrial.gloves-online.com/

Future price volatility predicted in leather work glove costs


I am predicting that we will see significant and sudden price increases in most cowhide grain and split leather work gloves during 2014. This comes on the heels of the 5 – 10% annual increases over the last three years. Some of our leather work glove suppliers are anticipating another 10% hike in 2014 but I am predicting that the increases will be around 15% and on some models as much as 30%.
Global conditions have resulted in shortages of most cowhides and multiple influences are contributing to the price increases. Examples are:

  • China’s recent environmental policies resulting in closure of over 100 leather tanneries that do not use eco-friendly metal-free tanning processes.
  • Reduced number of cowhides due to higher feed prices and global droughts.

  • Cost of labor increases in China. 
  • Increased leather demand from auto, clothing, and shoe industries. 

Some manufacturers have sourced cheaper gloves in India and Pakistan but the quality of the leather and the craftsmanship is not currently comparable to that in China. Recently, due to customer complaints, we have had to replace some of those inferior leather glove lots that were sent to us without our knowledge and were unfortunately shipped our larger leather glove industrial users. Subsequently, these inferior gloves have been returned to the manufacturer.
As an option to the cowhide leather price increases, I encourage you to consider other alternatives with minimal price challenges such as pigskin, synthetic leathers, and grain goatskin or sheepskin. Otherwise, place your orders now if you want some immediate price protection.