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Do you love gloves and having the right tool for the job? Do you find yourself handling something on the heavier side or applying so much pressure that if your hand slipped, you’d have a bruise on the back of your hand for a week? Might your working situation get a little wet or oily as well and you’d rather not loose your grip? If yes, then say hello to the Proflex 920 Gloves by Ergodyne!
Three things set the 920’s apart from the rest, solid dorsal protection, foam nitrate grip, and high-vis colors. I am also a big fan of the cotton knit gloves as they breath pretty well and have great fit because they stretch to conform to your hand size and shape.
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Size/Fit: runs alittle large, fingers are somewhat roomy, cotton knit material stretches to accommodate size and shape, conforming cuff helps keep the gove on and keeps debris out.
Comfort: easy to use, cotton is soft and breathable, some uncomfortable rubbing on the knuckles after a long time of use
Dexterity: good for down to about medium drill bit size but not qute enough for smaller fasteners, this may be improved by correct size selection, the foam nitrate grip is also failry flexible
Protection: great dorsal protection but could use some improvements especially more flexibility around the knuckles, foam nitrate not very cut or abrasion resistant (check out the 922s) but cotton knit itself seems pretty abrasion resistant, and also, as is common with cotton knit, these are not puncture resistant
Grip: palm has foam nitrate which works great in wet or oily condition, grip is slightly above average in dry conditions,
Other Features: high visibility for palm side my may be reduced over time by grim but might be restored by machine washing
Overall, I think I choose a glove too big. I don’t think the sizing charts take into account the specialized fit for the cotton knit gloves which you typically want to be a little more snug, and can still be easily be taken off, whereas leather gloves need extra wiggle to get them off. It’s possible that during the design of these gloves, the sizing of the cotton knit gloves were not slimmed down a little for the same size of other proflex gloves, so I’d recommend going at least one size smaller than your usual glove size.
Ergodyne provides two different ways you can select the size of glove to fit your hand. One is measuring around your palm and looking of the size in the table provided on the product page.
|XS (6)||up to 7in (18 cm)|
|S (7)||7-8in (18-20 cm)|
|M (8)||8-9in (20-23 cm)|
|L (9)||9-10in (23-25 cm)|
|XL (10)||10-11in (25-28 cm)|
|2XL (11)||11-12in (28-30 cm)|
|3XL (12)||12-13in (30-32 cm)|
I choose the second option which is to download the “handy” PDF diagram. This download has a hand drawn on it that you can put your hand on top of and the smallest size you can see is the one you should pick. Also, be sure to print the pdf on a letter-sized paper so the page scales properly.
I’m usually an XL but these gloves were a bit too roomy but overall still worked well enough for most purposes.
This is one of my first gloves with dorsal protection, so I did not know what to expect. Overall, it’s very assuring to have extra crash cushions on back of my hand for putting lots of pressure on a wrench in a tight space or lifting something heavy which may have a chance of getting your hand pinched.
As far as the knuckle protection goes it feels a little stiff and which ever way I wear the glove, the knuckle splits don’t seem to line up with my own but this may be due to having picked a larger size glove. Additionally, because the knuckle protection is a little stiff and connected directly to the back of the hand protection (metacarpals), when you form a fist, the back of the hand protection is pulled along when you form a fist and the inside of the glove rubs a little on the back of the hand and knuckles which can get a little uncomfortable after a while.
The finger protectors work well and seem flexible enough as they don’t need quite the same range of motion as the knuckles. The thumb protector has a different shape and doesn’t always align well, also I wish the thumb protection also had metacarpal protection as the current protection is only the front two thumb joints. Additionally, I wish that the pinky finger metacarpal had more protection on the palm side, kind of the “karate chop” side of the hand.
The stitching used to fasten the protectors seems fairly sturdy.
The palm of the 920’s are dipped in bright orange foam nitrate. This material is advertised to help disperse oil and other liquids. After trying it out I agree, this material works great in wet conditions and had great grip. If you look close at the palm you can see the little air voids which help with the grip, but eventually they get a little dirty and likely will stay that way. I ran my gloves through the wash and didn’t clean away that much on the palm.
On The Job
I did a few projects to give the 920s a try. The projects were a plumbing project, vacuuming and emptying my 25 lb shop vac, and went camping and pounded in some tent spokes. Although the projects weren’t all that extreme of tests, I feel that the plumbing project really brought out the best qualities of the glove which include great grip in wet conditions, and the dorsal protection for putting lots of pressure on your tools in tight spaces.
The gloves go for about $25 USD and can pick them up from on Ergodyn’s website here.
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