The 10 Best Impact Reducing Gloves
This wiki has been updated 21 times since it was first published in October of 2016. For anyone toughing it out in extreme environments on a regular basis, protection is at-hand with a pair of these impact-reducing gloves. In addition to helping minimize the chance of injury, they are also especially useful for working with mechanical equipment that shakes a lot, such as drills and pneumatic hammers, since most can effectively dampen heavy vibrations. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
April 26, 2020:
While no gloves are a substitute for smart and careful behavior on a job site, the impact-reducing pairs on this list can go a great way towards minimizing the chance of serious injury if the unfortunate occurs. Since we expect the options here to regularly be subjected to extreme situations, such as working with power tools, lifting heavy and/or abrasive materials, or tactical use in the field, we focused on identifying gloves that can withstand some serious abuse.
Police and military personnel will be best served by the Ironclad Tactical Operator EXOT and Mechanix Wear MultiCam M-Pact Tactical. Unlike the majority of the other gloves on our list, which are usually armored on the top of all the fingers, these two pairs forgo the impact protection on the trigger fingers, so they shouldn't interfere with using your firearm. They are both also available in multiple colors, allowing you to choose the one you feel will best blend in with the environment on your mission. The Mechanix Wear Leather M-Pact Work is another pair that foregoes the use of armor along the back of the index finger, but this is to make easier to use power tools like drills and jigsaws, not firearms.
Rather than blend in, the Ironclad Kong SDX2, Magid TRX746 Windstorm Series, Skatiq Safety SG-1310-G, and Seibertron High-Vis SDX2 are designed to do the exact opposite. These all feature bright, high-visible colors to ensure your hands are always clearly seen by co-workers, making them perfect for industrial and construction settings where others around you may be operating heavy machinery.
The Ironclad Kong SDX2, Skatiq Safety SG-1310-G, and Endura Goatskin, Seibertron High-Vis SDX2 all feature extended cuffs that can help protect the wrist, and all would be well suited to oil field applications. The Endura Goatskin is even oil- and gas-resistant, so if you spill something on your hands, it shouldn't penetrate all the way through and potentially cause skin irritation.
Global Glove Vise Gripster CIA417V The Global Glove Vise Gripster can protect your hands from impact, vibrations, and oil or gas because they have TPU armor on the back of the hand, sewn-in padding in the palm, and are Nitrile dipped. They are rated for ANSI level 3 puncture resistance and level A2 cut resistance, and are reinforced at thumb and forefinger crotch, which is an area that is known to wear out quickly. globalglove.com