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Standards for Gloves (guidegloves.com)
54 points by brudgers 50 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 23 comments

Protective gloves.

I was hoping for a description of the proper fit and function of regular gloves - you know, driving gloves, accessory gloves. This seems to be a lost issue - you just buy gloves that sort of fit and live with them. Or buy elastic 'one size fits all' gloves and have numb fingers all the time.

Some day, before I die, I'd like a pair of gloves that fit properly when I buy them - fingers the right length, no constriction where they connect to the palm, no seams chafing, wrist covered properly. You know, gloves that 'fit like a glove'.

Buy them in person, any good glover will fit you for gloves just like shoes. If that's still no good, buy tailored or bespoke.

Ah yes, the glover. Just up the street between the wheelwright and the scrivener.

I have hard-to-fit hands so I'd appreciate a referral to a good bespoke glover. They don't seem to be too common in Silicon Valley.

If you ever come down to Los Angeles there's a number of options (even after you exclude the glove stores that are more focused on specific niches e.g. leathery fetish stuff)

Thanks for the idea! I found this place online:


They have a 'fit kit', which might be enough to get a comfortable, working pair of gloves.

I own about half a dozen pairs of gloves. All fit well, according to their function. It really isn’t that hard.

Plenty of outdoor brands make excellent gloves. Yes, they might come with silly logos and ridiculous colours. But they keep your hands warm.

I, too, am apparently made from the same mold as standard large-sized gloves. Or extra-large, if they're Asian.

Not everyone is, however, and if you aren't, you're basically out of luck.

Works for some I suppose. I have long fingers. It's hopeless.

And aren't most outdoor brands elastic? Not good especially in the cold, where it constricts blood flow.

bit of literary history, William Shakespeare’s father was a glove-maker. This factoid is considered one bit of evidence that Shakespeare really was Shakespeare (that is, not a cover for Francis Bacon or some ludicrous conspiracy).

One of the arguments against his authorship is, "how would the son of a glove-maker have gotten the sort of education that would have produced such fine writing?" This reveals an ignorance of the sort of craftsmanship required to make gloves by hand in ye olden times or even today. Shakespeare Sr. would have been among the upper echelons of tradesmen and non-nobility.

I find it interesting that the original meaning of factoid is "something believed to be true that is isn't" and is now used in common parlance as "little fact".

Which meant that before the shift in definition, the belief that factoid meant "little fact" was itself a factoid. But I'm not a prescriptivist. I find that evolution of language, and how up in arms people get about it, interesting.

I had no idea, thank you for that little fact.

Gloves marked for tig welding are actually really awesome high dexterity leather gloves. That provide enough thermal and abrasion protection for most activities aside from those which need more thermal or abrasion protection

"provide enough thermal and abrasion protection for most activities aside from those which need more thermal or abrasion protection"

I think I get what you mean (they're good enough for most common activities) but that statement is true about literally all gloves.

They look a lot like fencing gloves, actually.

This reminded me of a research paper that looked into effects of hand vibration for mountain bikers:


I have so many gloves, they're indispensable to me and I'm glad there are so many good manufacturers now because that wasn't always the case.

All of the standards for gloves, but it is basically impossible to find one that fits me.

My hand is about the size of a Mac keyboard. As in I lay it put flat and stretched I have my thumb on the fn to the left, my little finger on the right arrow to the right, the base of my hand at the bottom of the touchpad, and my index finger on the f8 key. I think the last pair I successfully bought was XXXL...and was still a bit small.

Yep those are some big hands! It would be almost impossible to to get custom made, standards compliant gloves too I imagine.

Do you have any recommendations for gloves that dampen vibrations for bikers and are comfortable? Would something like Olympia motorcycle gloves with gel in them be a good choice?

You mention you have a lot of gloves - what are they all used for if you don't mind me asking?

I would look at changing the grips first, coupled with gloves that have a seamless palm area, like the Fox Ranger or Dirt Paw gloves. You can get softer grips than this but I personally use SRAM's locking foam grips. The soak up vibration but the uniformity gives them a predictable rigidity when handling the bike.

I have gloves for: Working on cars; Cold hiking, even colder hiking; summer mountain biking, winter mountain biking, armored downhill MTB gloves; summer commute cycling, winter commute cycling; weight lifting, and miscellaneous woolen gloves for when my hands are cold and I'm doing nothing else.

What a stunningly beautiful webpage

Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.

No gloves for high vacuum?

Useful for those who deliberately don't[1] follow ISO 3103/BS 6008:1980 and make their tea in a vacuum glove box so as to steep at room temperature?

[1] some may have practical motivations, others ideological: i.e. those who believe proper tea is theft.



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