I’ve used a lot of different kinds of gloves over the course of several years and for many different tasks. Most of the time I use a particular glove or type of glove, for specific purposes. Like working in my wood shop, garden planting, stone work, and working on my car. But is there a single type of glove that’s suited for all these jobs? Probably not, but the folks that developed the Glovax Gloves may be onto something with their product.
I received a preview pair of Glovax Gloves to try out. Luckily I got them just before a beautiful Spring weekend during which I planned to do a lot of house and outdoor tasks. So here’s what I did over that weekend and how the gloves worked for me.
But first - here’s my first impression of the gloves. As you can see from the pictures, they are bright orange. I don’t know if that’s the only color that will be available when production gets rolling, but while I was initially a little bothered by the color I got to love it. It’s highly visible, kind of like the outdoor electric extension cord I use and definitely is a reminder of where my hands are. They seem to be extremely tough but flexible. I partilarly like the wrinkly finish to the parts of the glove that you use to grip - the fingers and palm area. In practice it is VERY grippy even when wet or greasy.
The back of the gloves are not covered with the rubbery coating and breath nicely through the mesh that the glove is made from. And the mesh seems very strong but stretchy and soft at the same time. My sample pair of gloves were a bit large for my hands but even so, were comfortable and easy to use.
Here’s what Glovax has to say about their product:
"The glovax gloves is made from special yarn materials developed by our partner factory. It is abrasion resistance, blade cut resistance, tear strength resistance and puncture resistance. It is also soft hand-feel, super properties of moisture absorption and permeability, anti-skidding, water proof, oil proof. Additionally, it is light weight, super comfortable and flexible for wearing and storage."
And my experience bears those claims out.
Tasks and uses
I donned the gloves and picked up my electric hedge trimmer. The trimmer is orange, the electric extension cord is orange, and the Glovax gloves are orange. So I was fashionably coordinated for this job. When I use the trimmers I live in fear of cutting the electric cord (and shocking myself) or slipping and cutting myself with the clippers. The gloves helped avoid both those things by not letting the trimmers slip from my hand, and also being able to hold the cord easily away from the blades.
Moving concrete blocks
The blocks are moderately heavy but that isn’t the main issue. Mostly they have sharp edges and concrete has a drying effect on skin. Also it’s easy to get fingers between blocks when you pick them up and put them down. The gloves let me get a firm grip on the blocks, kept my hands away from the edges and concrete itself, and protected me from getting pinched when laying them down.
Digging and dirt
I dug a lot of holes to plant new plants. The gloves let me keep a grip on my shovels and also protected me from getting blisters. I kept the gloves on while I put the plants in the ground and shoved the dirt in around them. The gloves were not entirely waterproof - moisture gets in through the mesh at the back of the gloves - but the grippy part seems to be mostly waterproof and kept the dirt at bay. So when I was done with the dirt part of the job I just turned the hose on them and they were instantly cleaned off.
I decided to check the engine in my Miata. It’s not particularly clean so there’s some oil and grease under the hood. I was able to grab the air filter, fluid caps and dip sticks, and check tightness on a few bolts while wearing the gloves. I prefer using gloves when doing these chores because I always tend to slip off the tools and smash my fingers, not to mention get grease under my nails. The Glovax gloves prevented all those issues and I came away unscathed. I used soap and water to get the oil off the gloves, and they came surprisingly (though not entirely) clean after my tune-up adventure.
Overall the Glovax Gloves live up to their claims. I didn’t try using them in the kitchen and test their resistance to being cut with a knife - I’ll leave that to someone with tougher skin. But I like the versatility of the gloves and will continue to use them for more tasks - after all, Summer is coming and there’s still lots of things to take care of in the yard.