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Selecting Leather Work Gloves

Find all the information you need to choose the right leather work gloves for the job.

There are many factors to consider when choosing the best leather work gloves for the job. Use the charts below to find the type of leather work gloves to protect your hands and help make your hard work easy.

Once you have found the right glove, click on the links, under each tab to shop GEMPLER'S collection of work gloves for each of your specific applicaitons. 

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Leather Palm Gloves

1. Types of Leather
2. Compare Glove Performance
3. Cuff Styles
4. Thumb Construction
5. Find Your Glove Size


1. Types of Leather

Cowhide is the most commonly used leather in work gloves. Cowhide leather is divided into three layers prior to manufacturing. The smooth outer layer (or grain side) is used on "premium" grade styles of leather gloves. It is the strongest, smoothest part of the hide. The bottom layer (or suede side) is used mostly on leather palm styles, which typically have linings to protect the hands against its roughness. The middle layer is usually discarded because it has no tensile strength.
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Deerskin leather is naturally soft and supple, with excellent dexterity. Deerskin also dries soft and flexible after being wet.
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Goatskin has the highest natural lanolin content, which makes these work gloves soft and pliable, yet very durable.
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Pigskin leather is tanned for toughness and pliability. Soft drying and flexible, pigskin withstands moisture without stiffening. Pigskin also has excellent abrasion resistance and durability.
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2. Compare Glove Performance
 

Grain
Pigskin

Grain
Cowhide

Grain
Deerskin

Grain
Goatskin

Grain
Buffalo

Grain
Elkskin

Durability

Good

Very Good

Superb

Very Good

Very Good

Very Good

Flexibility

Very Good

Good

Very Good

Very Good

Superb

Very Good

Abrasion Resistance

Superb

Fair

Very Good

Good

Very Good

Very Good

Insulation

Very Good

Good

Very Good

Very Good

Superb

Good

Breathability

Superb

Fair

Fair

Fair

Fair

Fair

Puncture Resistance

Superb

Good

Fair

Very Good

Very Good

Fair



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3. Cuff Styles
Knit Wrist

Knit Wrist
Provides comfort and a snug fit
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Safety Cuff

Safety Cuff
Protects your wrist
and ensures quick glove removal
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Gauntlet Cuff

Gauntlet Cuff
Provides additional wrist
and forearm protection
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4. Thumb Construction
Straight Thumb

Straight Thumb
Continuous full leather thumb; seam around thumb

Wing Thumb

Wing Thumb
Thumb out to the side; welts added to the seams for strength

Keystone Thumb

Keystone Thumb
Thumb set-in as a separated piece, positioned for maximum comfort, reinforced with extra stitching
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5. Find Your Glove Size

To obtain your glove size, use a tape measure to find the circumference of your hand around the palm. This measure, in inches, is your glove size. If the measurement is 10" then specify size 10 or L (Large).

Glove

XS

S

M

L

XL

2XL

Jumbo

Hand

6-7

7-8

8-9

9-10

10-11

11-12

12-13



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