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Glove FAQs

General Frequently Asked Questions Buying Gloves

With so many gloves on the market, it’s often difficult to know which ones (and which glove size) are best for your application. The following list of frequently asked questions about buying gloves makes it easy. Still have questions? Contact us here or by calling 1-800-382-8473.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I know which glove to buy?
2. How do I know which size glove to buy?
3. How do I determine my hand size?
4. Does GEMPLER'S carry "jumbo" gloves?
5. What are some of the different types of glove material?
6. What are a few of the various applications for each material?
7. What are the different types of leather gloves?
8. How many cuff styles are there on GEMPLER'S gloves?
9. What are the different styles of thumb construction?


1. How do I know which glove to buy?
The type of glove you buy should be determined by your application or job. So, think about what you will be doing when wearing the glove and then determine which glove will best suit that particular application.


2. How do I know which size glove to buy?
The size of gloves that GEMPLER'S sells are based on men's extra small through jumbo. Extra small is for hand size 6–7, small is 7–8, medium is 8–9, large is 9–10, XL is 10–11, 2XL is 11–12 and jumbo is 12–13.


3. How do I determine my hand size?
To find your glove size, you should wrap a tape measure (ideally a tailor's cloth tape measure) around the circumference of the palm of your hand or the widest part of your hand. This measurement, which is in inches, is your glove size. It should be noted that sizing can vary slightly among different manufacturers and glove styles.


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4. Does GEMPLER'S carry "jumbo" gloves?
We currently carry limited styles of jumbo-sized gloves.


5. What are some of the different types of glove material?
Gloves are made from numerous materials, including a variety of leathers, cotton, high-performance knits, project-specific synthetics and a wide array of chemical-resistant shells.


6. What are a few of the various applications for each material?
Leather gloves are ideal for chores, driving, machinery operating and welding. Cotton gloves work well for general purpose activities and chores, while high-performance knits are also good for general purpose activities and some are dipped in polymers to provide additional protection for chores and material handling. Project-specific synthetic gloves perform well for landscaping, construction, auto mechanics and material handling. Gloves with chemical resistant shells or material are ideal for those activities that require protection from chemicals and solvents.


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7. What are the different types of leather gloves?
Leather gloves are made from a variety of leathers, including sheepskin, cowhide, deerskin, goatskin and pigskin. Sheepskin is soft and supple, and it is used for where optimum dexterity and sensitivity are needed. Cowhide is the most commonly used leather in gloves. Deerskin is naturally soft and supple with excellent dexterity, and it dries soft and flexible after being wet. Goatskin has the highest levels of natural lanolin, which makes them soft and pliable but also durable. Pigskin is soft drying, flexible, withstands moisture without stiffening and has excellent abrasion resistance and durability.


8. How many cuff styles are there on GEMPLER'S gloves?
The gloves that GEMPLER'S sells have four different cuff styles. They are knit wrist, shirred wrist, safety cuff and gauntlet cuff. A knit wrist cuff is snug fitting, comfortable and keeps debris out of the interior of the glove. A shirred wrist cuff bunches leather up around the wrist and is sometimes elasticized, which helps keep debris out of the inside of the glove. A safety cuff has a slit opening on the side and allows for easy on/off while protecting the wrist area. A gauntlet cuff allows for easy on/off but extends further than a safety cuff for protection of the lower forearm.


9. What are the different styles of thumb construction?
There are several different types of thumb construction for gloves. GEMPLER'S gloves feature keystone, winged and straight thumbs. Keystone has the thumb set in as a separate piece and position for maximum comfort with reinforced stitching. A winged thumb is set out to the side with welts added to the seams for strength. A straight thumb is a continuous full leather thumb with a seam around it.


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