GO GLOVES endorsed by renowned Santa Claus School

This week, I received a surprise email from one of our loyal and long-term glove customers. It included an image from their 40th Annual Professional Santa Claus School held earlier this month in Denver, Colorado. The photo above is the Class of 2022 wearing our gloves.

The title on the photo image says it all: Santa’s source for gloves since 1996. Yep, that’s 26 years!

Susen Mesco, the founding director of this special Santa Claus School since 1983 was kind enough to send me this image which was a pleasant surprise.

For your information, this Santa Claus organization is much more than just a Santa Claus School, they also arrange many Santa Claus events and Santa Claus visits across the country. You can see the link to this Santa Claus organization below to see all the many things they do and provide to bring more enjoyment to your Christmas time events.

Santa Claus Gloves

Regarding our special Santa Claus Gloves, we even have a distinctive link on our web site which is devoted exclusively to our most popular Santa Claus Gloves. We have many glove styles for both Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus including Beaded Grip Glove models for handling small toys to Long Winter Glove models for those outdoor parades and events.

As many of you may already know, we have supplied Santa Claus Gloves to many Santa’s around the world and for the many special event companies that stage the Santa kiosks at many Shopping Malls across the country including as far away as Australia.

Link: Santa Claus Gloves

Please let us know if you have any questions or need any assistance with your Santa Claus Gloves.

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Joe McGarry

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The Queen’s Royal State Funeral selects GO Gloves for their White Honor Guard Gloves

GO GLOVES is honored and proud to be an important supplier of gloves for the Queen’s Royal State funeral events.

This week we expedited several cases of our special White Gloves to England for the Queens funeral events. That would be over 1,200 pair in case you were curious.

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised since we have supplied gloves to various military dealers in the UK for years for their pageantry and parade uses. As most know, England is famous for their formal pomp and ceremony events and since we have the broadest selection of military dress gloves, we have a longstanding following for over 25 years now in the UK and the USA. In fact, we also supply gloves to the Funeral Honor Guards in Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C.

Coincidentally, I was about to create a post this week about selecting Military Dress Gloves, but I think I will wait since I may have some new images from the Queen’s State Funeral.

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Cryogenic Low Temperature Safety Gloves and Products

The Covid pandemic drove certain glove sales to new highs the last two (2) years. This was especially the case for single use disposable gloves, but no one anticipated the unmet demand for Cryogenic Low Temperature Safety Gloves. 

Therefore, I thought it would be useful for me to bring these gloves to everyone’s attention and the safety benefits that they have provided workers around the world even up to today. It is always good to be in-the-know about glove issues like these.

First, to inform you, Cryogenics is the science that addresses the production and behavior of extremely low (cold) temperatures.

Cryogenics is widely used in fields including rocket fuels in Aerospace programs and projects, Mining Operations, MRI Machines, Cryotherapy, Bio-Medical, Handling of Vaccines, Liquid Oxygen and Liquid Nitrogen manufacturing and services, Home Health Oxygen Services, Frozen Food Operations, and Laboratory testing just to name a few.

Cryogenic Safety

I prefer to discuss this issue up-front since it is very important for user safety issues.

Cryogenic safety is very important with hand safety since the extreme cold can cause very harmful and damaging skin burns and even frostbite.

Temperature Examples are: Liquid Nitrogen Boiling Point is -196oC (-320oF); and Liquid Oxygen Boiling Point is -183oC (-297oF).

Therefore, you will require specific and certified gloves that will meet and withstand these harmful low temperatures and meet the appropriate standards. These standards include: EN 511, EN 388, EN 420, and for the Liquid Nitrogen Gloves, they must meet: Static Charge Resistance NASA MMA-1985-79; Cryogen Penetration Resistance ASTMF 903, Procedure D 10 minutes; Limited Oxygen Index (LOI) ASTMD 2863, and Flame Resistance ASTMD 6413. Your Safety Officer should be able to provide you with further assistance for on-the-job safety with cryogenics.

NOTE: Anyone handling cryogenic liquids should be familiar and knowledgeable about the hazards presented by such materials and trained in how to handle them safely. Emergency procedures should be established and rehearsed, proper training in the operation of all equipment provided and knowledge and appreciation of hazardous properties of the materials instilled. Cryogenic liquids should never be handled without proper protective safety gear.

Generally recommended protective apparel for handling cryogenic liquids include the following: Proper fitting gloves*, Protective face shield and goggles, Protective apron without pockets, Protective gaiters, Pants without cuffs, Shoes without laces.

*Proper Fitting Gloves: For maximum dexterity, comfort, and safety, cryogenic gloves must fit properly. Although gloves should be loose enough to allow for quick removal, if necessary, a glove that is too large impairs dexterity and function. A glove that is too tight will lead to thermal loss. I will provide a glove fitting guide below.

The TEMPSHIELD Brand of Cryogenic Safety Gloves and Products

Over 15 years ago, GO Gloves (Gloves-Online) narrowed our line of Cryogenic Gloves down to the Tempshield line of products. Although there are a few notable Cryogenic glove manufacturers, we limited our offerings to the Tempshield brand due to their superior quality, and high standard for materials and workmanship. Additionally, their products are certified by the United States and International testing agencies which is vital since we sell these gloves around the world. Besides their high-quality standards, and extended glove product line, they also offer exceptional customer service and timely delivery. I would also like to add that their pricing is very reasonable since these gloves are handmade and crafted to-order and we all know about those high labor costs.

Another very nice bonus is that the Tempshield Gloves are made in the USA. This became a very vital issue recently due to the accelerated demand for Cryogenic Gloves, which are required for workers handling the Covid vaccines on a world-wide basis as I previously mentioned. As most of you have heard and seen on the news, these vaccines must be stored in an ultra-cold freezer. I have no doubt that many of you may recall seeing the workers handling the vaccine kits and those thick blue gloves.

Cryogenic Glove Model Options including Cryogenic Safety Products

Since we carry over 35 different models of cryogenic products, I will refrain from discussing the features of each model below for the sake of brevity (including reading time) and since the features of each model is represented on our web site listings for these models including model lengths and sizing, etc.

Models include Wrist Length, Mid-Arm Length, Elbow Length, and Shoulder Length.

One notable new model are the new Tempshield LOX Cryo-Gloves which is a newly commercialized glove specifically made for handling hazardous Liquid Oxygen. These gloves were in limited production and specifically made upon request for the military and NASA for their aerospace programs and projects. The good news is that we now have available the LOX Cryogenic Line of products in LOX Gloves, Lox Safety Kits, LOX Aprons, and LOX Gaiters. We are very proud to finally be able to offer these to our commercial and industrial customers around the world.

I have provided a link to each model as a reference, and you can also find a “related” link in each product listings. Please note that each model below is a single listing since the gloves come in various models as mentioned above.

Cryogenic Gloves and Cryogenic Products Link (Whole product line)

Tempshield Cryo-Gloves

Tempshield Cryo-Gloves (Pink)

Tempshield Waterproof Cryo-Gloves

Tempshield Waterproof Cryo-Gloves (Pink)

Tempshield Waterproof Grip Cryo-Gloves

Tempshield Waterproof Grip Cryo-Gloves (Pink)

Tempshield Industrial LNG Cryo-Gloves

Tempshield LOX Cryo-Gloves for Liquid Oxygen (Newly commercialized and previously only made for the Department of Defense)

Cryogenic Safety Kits (various)

Cryogenic Aprons (4 Models)

Cryogenic Gaiters (shoe covers) (3 Models)

Cryogenic Face Shield

Cryogenic Glove Fitting Guide

  • Choosing the correct glove fit is essential to your safety and comfort
  • The glove must be loose enough to shake off your hand in one motion, in the event of saturation with cryogenic fluid
  • Too tight a fit leads to thermal loss
  • Tempshield’s gloves are sized appropriately to take quick removal into action – order true size
  • If your length and width sizes do not match, order to your width size – the cuff will cover any additional length needed

Here’s how to measure your hand

For your hand length, measure from the fold of your wrist to the top of your middle finger.

For your hand width, make a fist with your dominant hand and measure the circumference below your knuckles. Do not include your thumb.

Tempshield Glove Sizing Chart
Size USAHand LengthHand Width
Small6 3/47-8
Medium7 3/168-9
Large7 9/169-10
Extra Large8 1/1610-11
XX Large8 1/1611-12
Size (EU)Hand Length (mm)Hand Width (mm)
©2022 – Gloves-Online, Inc.

I hope this brief about Cryogenic Safety Gloves and Products has been useful for you.

Please let me know if you have any questions about these cryogenic products and thank you for subscribing,

Joe McGarry

The Glove Guru

Electrical Insulating Gloves

A quick tip primer about Novax Electrical Safety Gloves

We have sold the prominent Novax Electrical Insulated Gloves from PIP for over 15 years now, shortly after the Novax Company began producing the Class 0 & 00 Insulating gloves in Malaysia. They have since been used as life-saving protective gloves by our customers in many trades. These work-related trades include applications such as Power Generation, Electrical Contractors, Linemen, Plant Maintenance, Utility Work, Mining Operations, and Electric Vehicle Repair, Service, and Manufacturing.

From an interesting historical perspective, after learning more about electrical shock energy back in 2007, I find it amazing that Ben Franklin and Thomas Edison didn’t perish from their early inventions and tests with electrical energy. As you can imagine, they had no protective means in those early days. Think about it.

The Novax line of rubber insulated gloves are certified under many standards and regulations including 29CFR part 1910; ASTM D120-14a; and the NFPA 70E certifications just to name a few of the most important and popular standards of the 9 standards that these apply to. You can contact me directly if you have a safety standard that you require if that is necessary for your industry.

Note: The natural rubber raw material used in the Novax Gloves Insulating Gloves is kept in its natural aqueous state, as opposed to the solvent dip process used by other manufacturers which uses extensive amounts of volatile compounds (VOC’s). Our Novax gloves retain more of the beneficial physical properties of natural rubber which is demonstrated in the physical property tests required in the ASTM D120 testing requirements. This process also keeps the gloves very nimble and dexterous opposed to competing models.


Another vital aspect of the Novax brand is that these gloves are “made to order” to ensure that they are compliant with 29 CFR 1910.137 specification which requires testing on first issue and every six months thereafter. Additionally, the Novax Gloves are individually serial numbered for traceability and stamped with the factory manufacturing date. If the insulating gloves have been electrically tested but not issued for service, they may not be placed into service unless they have been electrically tested within the previous 12 months.

Glove Types and Styles

We offer the widest selection of Novax Rubber Insulated Glove sizing and lengths, model types, and electrical classifications which I will cover below. This includes sizes from 7-12 in most models which includes woman’s sizes, and lengths from 11” to 18”, and Electrical Classifications from 00 to 4. Our styles include the traditional Straight Cuffs and Bell-Shaped Cuffs. For those of you new to the glove cuff selection, the Bell-Shaped cuffs are designed for a more comfortable fit under heavy clothing such as winter coats or other types of thick protective sleeves.

EV (Electric Vehicle Gloves) – Class 0

(Class 0 = Use AC Voltage of 1,000 & Use DC Voltage of 1,500)

The Novax Gloves are the most prevalent models used today in Electric Vehicle manufacturing, repair, and maintenance. Currently, the class of choice are the Class 0 models. This may change due to advancements, and it would be wise to check the vehicle manual for the vehicle’s specifications.

These models are often referred to as models used for hybrid electric cars since they were originally designed for hybrid vehicles, but the gloves referred to as “hybrid models” will also work for today’s fully electric vehicles.  They fall into the same Class of 0.

Selecting an Electrical Insulating Glove

How do I know what glove to use?

First, you should determine the maximum voltage that you will be exposed to during your work. Once you have determined the risk, you can use the chart below to determine the appropriate class of glove that will provide you the protection required to complete your job safely. Each class of gloves is clearly marked with the maximum use voltage on the permanent color-coded label.

Leather Protectors

What size of leather protector should I use?

Leather protectors should always be worn with rubber insulating gloves. ASTM F696 provides the specification for the manufacture of Leather Protectors. Leather protectors are sized to be worn on the same size rubber insulating glove so if you wear a size 10 rubber insulating glove you should order a size 10 leather protector.

The length of the protectors are determined by the class. Certain leather protectors are used with specific classes of rubber gloves according to their length. The protectors are not interchangeable with the different classes of rubber gloves.

Cleaning and Storage

How should rubber insulating gloves be cleaned and stored?

Wash in warm water (85oF) with mild detergent, disinfect with a small amount of chlorine bleach. Air or tumble dry at low heat (165oF). Gloves may be dusted lightly with talc to reduce tackiness. Gloves should be stored in a glove bag, finger tips up, hung and not laid flat. Leather protectors should be removed before storage. Never fold gloves. Store in as dry and cool (95oF maximum) location as possible, away from sources of ozone and direct sunlight.

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Wash in warm water (85oF) with mild detergent, disinfect with a small amount of chlorine bleach. Air or tumble dry at low heat (165oF). Gloves may be dusted lightly with talc to reduce tackiness. Gloves should be stored in a glove bag, finger tips up, hung and not laid flat. Leather protectors should be removed before storage. Never fold gloves. Store in as dry and cool (95oF maximum) location as possible, away from sources of ozone and direct sunlight.

Why you want a glove with a Keystone Thumb

This is an example of a Keystone Thumb Feature

For over 25 years, GO Gloves has been famously known world-wide for our high-quality gloves. This not only includes our materials of choice, and the construction and design of our gloves, but also the fine features we include in each glove model.

This includes glove features like the “ergonomic” finger lengths, our precise sizing, the finger fourchettes on some models, ornamental seams on the back of various glove models, our special Beaded Palm gloves for better grip, our unique shirred “gathered” wrists which help hold the gloves on the hand, and our Keystone Thumbs.

These glove features, just to name a few, are good to know about ……and from time to time, I like to bring them to your attention.

I have no doubt that most of you have no clue what a Keystone Thumb is, which is expected, so I will inform you on this special glove feature so you can make wise decisions on your glove purchases in the future. 

Keystone thumb feature: I am sorry to repeat myself about this glove feature since I have discussed this feature many times in the past, but it is essential. This glove feature may not seem to be particularly important or maybe taken for granted, but a Keystone Thumb feature is very important if you want the gloves to be comfortable, offer better dexterity, have a more natural fit and be more form fitting to your hand, and “ergonomically” fit the user. After all, this is what a high-quality glove is all about.

As an example, think of the comfort and dexterity required by marching band instrument members who must wear and use the gloves for exceptionally long periods of time. This includes the dexterity that is desired and required by musicians and everyone else who wears and uses gloves daily or occasionally. The same also applies to most all work gloves that must be used and worn daily.

Note: To identify a Keystone Thumb glove model, these are where the thumb piece is made separately and set into and sewn into the palm of the glove. Gloves without a Keystone Thumb are simply two pieces of fabric laid out and cut to the shape of the hand and sewn together. We often refer to these types of glove thumbs as Wing Thumbs or Straight Thumbs. Our hands are not designed this way and therefore, gloves without a keystone thumb are less comfortable, have an unnatural fit, and provide much less dexterity.

Gloves without a Keystone Thumb are also a sign of a lower quality and cheaply made glove. A Keystone Thumb is an essential feature in almost any glove except for Ambidextrous Gloves, Knit Gloves, or some rugged Heat Resistant Gloves and various industrial work gloves such as some Impact Resistant Gloves and Welding Gloves.

In conclusion, the fine glove features that we use in our gloves that I mention in my introduction, like a Keystone Thumb, certainly add to the costs in producing the gloves. However, our goal is to only provide the best quality gloves available. It is what we built our glove business upon since our beginnings and that will never change. It is what we are renowned for and why we have thousands of repeat gloves customers around the world.

“We leave the cheaply made gloves up to our competitors along with the complaints that come with them”.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or questions pertaining to any glove feature or a glove purchase that you may need assistance on. It is always nice to speak directly with our customers and I enjoy when they say, “I’m glad I called.”

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The Glove Guru

GO Plogging Gloves

Joggers plogging with trash bags

At first glance, I am sure you are asking, what the heck are Plogging Gloves.

I completely understand since I was unaware until we had a request for some recommendations on Plogging Gloves… so let me explain more so everyone is aware and informed…. After all that’s my job at GO GLOVES to keep you informed on the newest and latest information on gloves. I am surprised that I was unaware about a need for these types of gloves by now but the growing interest in gloves that could be used in the plogging activity and efforts became particularly important to me.

This is a new and exciting category of gloves that we are very proud to participate in on a world-wide basis. We even established a new site navigation category for these gloves which is provided below.

Before I discuss the gloves that we supply to these forward thinking and very earth-conscious people, let me provide you some background on this growing movement on how this wonderful activity became a very popular and a growing sporting and exercising phenomenon around the world. It’s nice and refreshing.

You can thank me later for bringing this to your attention and even my wife, who jogs daily is “in” now once she learned about this great effort and earth conscious concept. I also suggest you investigate a local group of runners who are very active in this new “plogging” movement. I will provide some links at the end of this post that maybe helpful.   

Now for the low down on Plogging Gloves……..   

Plogging Gloves are gloves used in the popular sport of Plogging that helps reduce plastic and debris pollution. These joggers pick up litter while jogging which promotes exercise and environmental care at the same time. It is estimated, according to Wikipedia, that ~2,000,000 people plog daily in 100 countries and some plogging events have attracted over 3,000,000 participants.

You can look up “Plogging” on Wikipedia on your own for more information. However, it all started in Sweden around 2016 and spread to other countries in 2018, following increased concern about plastic pollution.

Therefore, since we always try to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to new gloves and new glove issues, we have entered the Plogging arena with GO Plogging Gloves. The glove themselves are not brand-new glove models but they are unique gloves which lend themselves to Plogging due to their special features that people need to protect their hands. The gloves that we list in the Plogging Glove category were originally developed for special uses in the work and consumer glove markets, and due to their special features makes some of them very useful and appropriate for Plogging users and their needs.

GO Plogging Glove Features: Since these gloves are principally used while jogging, they must have these features.

These features include:

  • Being light weight
  • Very form fitting
  • Breathable to reduce perspiration
  • Have a good grip to easily pick up debris and litter
  • Offer high durability for a longer glove life
  • And in some cases, also offer cut resistance in the case of broken glass and sharp metal from tin cans, etc.
  • I would also like to mention that the gloves we offer are also washable since they will become dirty, and you will want to re-use them from time to time rather than discard them to save money.

Note that we also include a durable Ambi-Dex Grippaz Engage Disposable Glove in this category which do not have some of the features mentioned above but some people may want or need a fully coated glove like a disposable glove if they need some protection from liquids or chemicals. The Grippaz Disposable Model we list are more durable than your typical disposable glove and have a great grip and offer some protection from common chemicals and liquids.

Another nice feature that many joggers prefer to have is high visibility. We have added a few hi-vis gloves for this preference, and we have even included a nice pink model for the ladies.

I would also like to emphasize that since we are a company that specializes in gloves, the gloves that we have listed in the GO Plogging Glove category are special and they are not commonly available in your local hardware or sporting goods shop. 

LinkGO Plogging Gloves

Useful links:

Trash Dash at Keep America Beautiful

Plogging World Organization


Leather Palm Work Gloves

Leather work gloves is a very broad category, and I will do my best to provide you with some good recommendations since I have been involved with developing, making, and selling these types of gloves for almost 3 decades.

Basically, leather work gloves have been the standard for work gloves for centuries going back most likely to the stone age if you think about it.

Today, we have more modern designs and even synthetic leathers which have proven to be very worthy, but it always goes back to the fit, feel, and function and the price.

I decided to create this post focused on “Leather Palm Gloves” due to the many calls we receive from customers looking for a good leather work glove or one for a special application.

Obviously, we are your best source for work gloves since we are glove experts, and we only offer the best gloves in each class of gloves. Although your local hardware store carries gloves, they are not glove experts and their focus is generally on hardware and their glove offerings are very limited often to their own brand and not near as broad as a company like GO Gloves who specialize in gloves. We carry many brands and we only select the best models from select manufacturers.

Types of Leather

First let me address the types of leather. I have discussed the types of leather in the past so I will be brief. Many work glove users fail to recognize the type of leather but there is a difference.

Top Grain Cowhide Leather models are the most popular since they are generally the highest quality of leather and have a smooth finish, are more flexible, and very durable. Split Leather models, although durable, have a rough, suede type of finish and are usually used in less expensive glove models.

Pigskin Leather Gloves and Deerskin Leather Gloves are also very good and durable like cowhide, and they are the best option if the gloves are frequently used in wet conditions since pigskin and deerskin dries soft unlike cowhide which can get stiff after they dry out. Goatskin Leather Gloves and Deerskin Leather gloves are also popular and a very practical choice since they have a softer feel. It would be rare to find Goatskin or Deerskin in Leather Palm Gloves since they a less likely to withstand the durability required in this type of glove designed for rugged work.

Why Leather Palm Gloves?

There are Leather Drivers Type Gloves and there are Leather Palm Gloves. Leather drivers are generally all leather from the palm to the back of hand. Leather Palm Gloves are constructed with leather only on the palm side of the glove for hand protection and durability. The back side is generally made with cotton, canvas, or a synthetic material to save costs on the gloves which helps reduce the pricing with these gloves. This material can often provide some breathability as well to minimize hand perspiration. Also, since the back of hand is not generally exposed to any harm in most jobs, you may not need the extra protection.

Note: However, you will find that in most of the better Leather Palm Gloves have a leather knuckle strap on the back side of the glove and leather fingertips for added hand and finger protection.

Cuff Options

You will find that Leather Palm Gloves have two types of cuff options. The most popular being a “Safety Cuff” which is generally around 2.5”. The other cuff option is a “Gauntlet Cuff” for extra protection, and they are generally around 4.5” or more. These cuffs are normally internally rubberized (rubber under layered between cloth) for added stiffness and better durability.

Palm and Thumb Design

You should find that in the better Leather Palm Gloves that they should have a Wing Thumb (no seam on the palm side) with a Gunn Cut Palm (seams only on the palm side of the two middle fingers). These features reduce the number of seams on the palm side of the gloves for longer glove life and more durability in the gloves.

Impact Resistance

If you are looking for some impact resistance in a work glove, see the links below.

Information on Impact Resistant Gloves

Impact Resistant Gloves

Useful Links:

For examples of popular Leather Palm Gloves, see the link below:

Link to: Leather Palm Gloves

For more information on Leather Drivers Gloves

Link to: Leather Drivers Gloves Information

Link to: Leather Drivers Gloves

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Joe McGarry

The Glove Guru

About the Boss 120-MP2415 – Impact Resistant Gloves

Recently, I posted a methodical primer on criteria in selecting an Impact Resistant glove. This primer was a result of my comprehensive examination and testing as I was evaluating some of the new and latest impact resistant models.

Obviously, only the models that we list, and sell must meet all my criteria as well as meeting the ANSI-ISEA 138 Standard for an Impact Resistant Glove, and some stand out to me. As I always say, its about the 3F’s – Fit, Feel, and Function.

One model in particular, the Boss 120-MP2415 Impact Resistant Glove model, caught my attention for a few reasons. It certainly met all my criteria, but it was the “high grip aspect” and fit that impressed me. I really like some of the other models for various reasons but this one stood out to me during my testing. I guess you could say that it my favorite model which is true but then that would be unfair to some of the other outstanding models.  

Let me call out some of the important aspects of this glove which is very important with an Impact Resistant Glove. I will refrain from repeating myself regarding the standards required in an Impact Resistant Glove that are well documented and covered in the primer since you can read that separately if you wish. I will link to that primer here for your convenience if you haven’t read that yet. Furthermore, this glove model meets all of the standards for an Impact Resistant Glove.

Link: Impact Resistant Gloves

About this glove……..

Note: The aspects below are not in any ranking order.

The Gloves Design:

First and foremost, the glove designers, like myself, are clearly very experienced and knowledgeable. They left nothing out when considering all the criteria required in these gloves, and when considering the many rigors and demands in a glove that anyone wearing these gloves all-day long would have to endure. I was impressed that they considered every feature required. The intricate glove construction is unprecedented and outstanding even down to the fourchette area which is the narrow strip of material that joins the front and back sections of the fingers in a glove. This includes the very flexible wing thumb design with a durable reinforcement layer in the thumb crotch which is prone to high wear. The glove itself is constructed to replicate the natural curved form and the shape of the hand for a nice natural fit.

The Features and Benefits:

Multifaceted Palm Features: In addition to the special and exceptional silicone grip features throughout the entire palm, fingers, and the thumb for unparalleled grip in wet and oily conditions, it also contains a sandy PVC coated patch for enhanced grip and extra cut and abrasion resistance. Even with all these special aspects in the palm and fingers, it remains highly flexible for that dexterity everyone seeks in a rugged heavy-duty work glove.

Linings: There is an invisible Kevlar fiber liner under the shell which provides high tensile strength relative to its weight and provides an ANSI Cut level of A5 and EN Cut Level 3 and will not melt, ignite or conduct electricity. The non-conductive aspect is important in most mining operations. Inside the glove is a soft cotton lining for that added comfort for day long usage.

Reinforced Thumb Crotch: The sandy finish PVC coated patch in the thumb crotch serves several purposes. It extends the glove life, adds increased abrasion resistance, and adds durability in a high-wear area.

Thermo Plastic Rubber (TPR) Impact Material Coating: This TPR material has been applied to the total surface on the back of the hand including the fingers and knuckles. This thick material disperses impact energy away from the bone, without sacrificing any dexterity due to its flexible and sectional design. It also provides an ANSI Impact Level 2 which is a high level of impact resistance as noted in my primer on Impact Resistant gloves.

Double Stitching: As I mentioned about the intricate construction of this glove, it contains double stitching on the seams throughout the entire glove which is vital for long lasting performance and long-life of the glove.

Cuff: These gloves have a nice slip-on cuff with a neoprene pull tag along with an ID tag to place your name.

Machine Washable: These gloves are also machine washable.

Sizing: The gloves are available from Medium to 3XL sizes.

Performance data:

  • ANSI Cut Level A5 – EN Cut Level X
  • ANSI Abrasion Level 6 – EN Abrasion Level 3
  • ANSI Impact Level 2
  • EN 388 – 3X43EP


Boss 120-MP415 – Impact Resistant Glove

Impact Resistant Gloves

Mining Gloves

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Impact Resistant Gloves

I have seen a huge up-tick in Impact Resistant Glove sales over the last two years as more companies and users purchase these gloves. This is primarily due to the high costs associated with hand and finger injuries in heavy duty work conditions. Therefore, preventing injuries from any type of hand impact is paramount in hand protection. The hand injury statistics are out there but I prefer to address that issue in another post soon.

This would also include cut resistance which should be considered when purchasing a pair of impact resistant gloves. We feel that the combination of hand and finger impact resistance along with cut resistant to be very vital features in your selection of Impact Resistant Gloves.

The other additional and critical feature is superior grip for the obvious work-related functions.

Another important element is to make sure that an Impact Resistant Glove has double stitching on all the seams throughout the whole glove. This stitching feature is often overlooked and is important to extend the life of the gloves since they will take a fair amount of abuse. Once a seam fails, the gloves are no longer usable and become nonfunctional. However, this feature does not apply to a “seamless” constructed glove shell like the Maximum TuffMax 5 Safety Gloves and the G-Tek Polykor Impact Resistant Gloves. 

Lastly, make sure that the gloves have a reinforced thumb crotch for extra durability and extended life of the glove in an area known for high wear.

As a result, the five features that include impact resistant, cut resistance, outstanding grip, double stitching on the seams throughout the glove, and a reinforced thumb crotch were the main criteria for the models that we stock and sell.

Understanding the Impact Resistant Glove Standard – ANSI-ISEA 138-2019

It is important to note that any glove claiming impact resistance must be certified and comply with the new ANSI/ISEA 138 – 2019 Impact Resistant Glove Standard.

As I was preparing this post, I was going to detail the impact standard but since it is very technical with engineering stats and technical terminology, so I decided to discuss it in simple lay terms to keep things straightforward for the normal user. If someone wants or needs a more detailed description of the standard, I am providing a link below this paragraph that was prepared by PIP (Protective Industrial Products). It is a well done and thorough presentation with some images which was created by one of their glove product managers that covers the standard, the testing, and the markings.

Link: ANSI-ISEA 138 – 2019 Standard

In simple terms, the glove impact standard includes three levels of impact protection. They are Level 1 which is low force, Level 2 which is medium force, and level 3 which is high force.

I tested the Level 2 and 3 protective models since we wanted to only carry the better models which also provided cut resistance. Additionally, the price points between a Level 1 Impact Resistant Glove and a Level 2 & 3 Impact Resistant Glove were comparable, so we only selected the higher performing glove models. Personally, I could not feel the difference between the 2 and 3 rated gloves when testing them against a brick surface and the only difference that I could determine was a small increase in the thickness of the TPR (Thermal Plastic Rubber) which is the protective coating on the back of the fingers, the knuckles, and back of the hand.

Since it is my job to provide you with some sound advice, I would not waste my money on a Level 1 Impact Resistant Glove unless you want that particular glove for other reasons beyond impact protection.

The Impact Resistant Gloves

Finally, let me get to the point on this topic and talk about the various Impact Resistant Gloves that we feature and sell. I have previously covered a few of these gloves in a previous post about our Mining Gloves. That category is broad with many glove options but our offerings in the Impact Resistant Gloves is very narrow and limited to only impact resistant glove models due to our high criteria and selection process.

As usual, I will refrain from listing each glove in this category that we offer at GO GLOVES for brevity and repetition since you can clearly see each of the Impact Resistant Glove models on our web site with very detailed glove descriptions and images.

I will also emphasize that I also apply my personal criteria with my 3 F’s as it applies to gloves: Fit, Feel, and Function. The combination of these three vital aspects has always worked when evaluating gloves in the past. It can seem personal, but after 30 years in designing, manufacturing, and selling gloves, I think I get it.  

Presently, we narrowed our line down to the Boss and Maximum Glove models due to their high performance. Over time, we have reviewed many Impact Resistant Glove models from many of our manufacturers and concluded that the models we offer are the very best for our customers. As you may already know, we can offer every model available to us, but we don’t just wish to sell gloves, we only wish to sell the best glove models with price considerations and high performance.

I anticipate that we will continue to add more Impact Resistant Gloves to our inventory as new models are developed and introduced. If you wish for us to inform you about any new listings of new glove models, please let me know by responding to this email or the post.

Useful Links:

Impact Resistant Gloves

Mining Gloves

Cut Resistant Gloves

ANSI-ISEA 138-2019 Standard


My very best to all of you in 2022 and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or need any assistance.

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Joe McGarry

The Glove Guru