What Types of Welding Gloves Are Out There?
Welding gloves feature unique designs for different welding processes. Whether you're dealing specifically in MIG (metal inert gas) welding or TIG (tungsten inert gas) projects, there's an option for you. Each has its own idiosyncratic features. Because MIG welding causes more sparks, the gloves designed for this process need to be able to defend against sparking. The extra padding that such styles offer make this level of protection possible. TIG gloves are typically lighter and more flexible.
Most welding gloves get their strength from leather or leather-like materials such as pigskin. Many of the full-featured styles also include options like Kevlar stitching to increase their durability. Enviro Safety Products carries gloves specifically designed for women, too. These gloves are less bulky than those designed for men’s hands. This allows the wearer to make movements that are more dexterous and, in turn, improve the finished product.
How Do I Know Which Pair is Right For Me?
When selecting your welding gloves, remember that men and women do not have identically sized hands. Thus, models made for one gender may not work well for the other. Options like the AngelFire Women's Stick/Mig Welding Gloves are specifically designed for women’s hands. MIG and TIG styles are intended to have differing fits. A MIG glove will have a looser fit so it can be easily removed in the event that it overheats. TIG welding produces fewer sparks and, in turn, the hand protection used for this kind of welding is usually tight fitting and features more built-in flexibility. If you do a lot of large-scale projects, you should look into gloves that have added reinforcement.
What Kind of Materials Are Welding Gloves Made Of?
Common materials for welding gloves include:
- Cowhide - Cowhide is resilient and able to withstand a fair amount of electrical current when dry.
- Calfskin - Calfskin isn’t as durable as cowhide but it does offer more maneuverability.
- Goatskin - Goatskin gloves are durable yet lightweight and because of their thinness, allow for excellent tactile feedback.
- Deerskin - Deerskin is the thinnest material of all and, as such, lacks toughness. However, it can serve as the foundation for an extremely lightweight and flexible glove.
- Pigskin - Pigskin is well-balanced and offers flexibility, oil-resistance, and quick drying times.
One of the main benefits of a leather-based glove (or one of the aforementioned substitutes) is that it offers excellent breathability, especially when compared to a synthetic material.
It’s important to not overlook the lining inside, either, as it will influence the performance of the welding glove itself. There are styles with no lining to ensure that as much flexibility as possible is retained. Other gloves are lined with various materials, such as wool.
Should I Get Fingerless Welders' Gloves
Some people may find themselves drawn to fingerless welding gloves because of the versatility that they offer. These styles can give you an unmatched feel for your welds. However, you're taking some safety risks when you expose your fingertips to a torch. You should avoid using fingerless gloves on projects that will be spark-heavy and dangerous. If you are interested in such options, Enviro Safety Products has plenty for you to choose from. Check out the Red Ram Fingerless Welding Gloves for a low-cost fingerless option.
Why You Should Shop with Enviro Safety Products
Wide Brand Selection
We carry gloves from the most recognized and respected manufacturers in the industry. We proudly stock high-quality Memphis Gloves and Revco Industries products, among many other companies. Our selection means that you’ll be able to get your hand protection at the lowest possible price. We have all the colors, sizes, and styles you could want.
Large Variety of Other Welder Must-Haves
Not only do we carry an amazing collection of welders’ gloves, but we also have additional essential safety gear for welders. As every welder knows, a specially designed helmet makes it possible to get the job done without risking incident. With all of the options out there, however, it can be hard to find something that fits your needs exactly. Fortunately, we carry something for every welder and something for every budget. Check out our large inventory of welding helmets for all our options.
But that’s not all, as we also stock clothing for welders. We have welding jackets, sleeves, aprons, and a host of other clothes and accessories to help you work in complete safety. Don’t risk an injury by not having the correct protective gear. Check out our large collection of welding clothing for the best products and prices around.