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Gardening gloves are one of the most indispensable tools to have around if you love planting. And among the most important considerations when shopping for one is the fit, because gloves that are too loose can be distracting and those that are too tight can be restrictive. What is the right fit? Well, in this article, we’ll show you how to measure hand for gloves that fit just right.
Why Should You Wear Gloves?
With gloves that fit well, you’ll get planting, digging, and pruning jobs done smoothly and efficiently. Here are a few reasons to think about if you’re not fully convinced yet why you should get and wear one:
- Keeps the hands and fingernails clean
- Provides cushioning that will keep blisters and calluses at bay
- Protects hands and or arms from cuts and scrapes
- Shields your hand from being in direct contact with harmful chemicals such as fungicides, pesticides, and herbicides
- Guards your hands from irritants like the one you can get from poison ivy as well as diseases such as sporotrichosis or rose picker’s disease
How to Measure Hand for Gloves?
When shopping for gloves, you’ll encounter different values on the sizing chart. Typically, you’ll encounter one or both of these: hand width and hand length. Some will even have finger length as a cross-reference on which glove fits you right. Here’s how you’ll get those values:
Step 1: Prepare your materials.
Get a pen, paper, measuring tape, and the sizing chart from the brand you’re buying from. Record the measurement in inches or millimeters, whichever is used by the sizing chart.
Step 2: Measure your dominant hand.
If you are right-handed, then measure your right hand. If you are left-handed, then measure your left hand.
Step 3: Measure the widest part of your hand.
This part is just below your knuckles. If you are doing this by yourself, then hold down the end of the measuring tape at the middle of your palm with your thumb. Then, wrap it around your palm, excluding the thumb. Write down the measurement in inches.
Step 4: Measure the longest part of your hand.
Lay the measuring tape on a flat surface. Put your hand over the measuring tape with the tip of your middle finger as the highest point. Now, check on what line the base of your hand falls. Then, record the measurement.
Step 5: Compare the two figures and get the higher value.
The two measurements are likely to be close. Choose the higher one and round up to the nearest whole number. If the higher value, for example, is 7.75 inches, the final figure should be 8 inches.
If you get a half size, then go for the higher one. So, if it’s a 7.5, choose an 8-inch glove. If it’s a 6.5, opt for a 7-inch glove. If the material is somewhat elastic, then you can go a size lower if you like an extra snug fit.
Step 6: Compare the value against the sizing chart.
Compare your final value to the sizing chart they would have provided on their website, physical store, or packaging, to determine which size to purchase from a specific brand.
Some gloves are marked only small, medium, or large. For this, you’ll need to check against an online chart what a small, medium or large size means. Take note that this can also vary based on the type of gloves. Unisex, men’s, women’s, and kids’ sizes are different. So, you might need to do quite a bit of research if the sizing is a bit vague.
Measuring Hack If You Don’t Have a Measuring Tape
If you don’t have a measuring tape with you, then no need to borrow or purchase one just to determine your glove size. A string, ribbon, or cord will do the trick! But you will need at least a ruler for this.
The process works the same. Only this time, you’ll use the string, ribbon, or cord to wrap around your palm to get the hand width. Simply take note of the length of the ribbon that makes one full circle around your palm. Then, lay the string flat on the ruler and record the measurement.
And to measure the length of your hand, just put the tip of the ribbon on the tip of your middle finger and eye on which part of the cord meets the base of your hand. Then, again, measure against the ruler the length of the cord that covers the distance between your middle finger and the base of your hand.
The Different Types of Gloves and Their Fit
Garden gloves are fashioned from different materials, and each type is better at addressing certain tasks than the others. Some of them are thick with little flexibility, while others are thin with barehand sensitivity. A few are waterproof and warm; whereas, others can soak up moisture but are breathable.
These different characteristics are important not only in determining what need they address but also because it affects the fit. Here are some of the different types of gloves based on materials and an idea of how they’re supposed to fit.
These gloves are made from cotton, bamboo, or knit jersey. A normal fit is ideal with gloves made from breathable fabric. If you like increased barehand sensitivity with this type, then a snug fit is okay especially with the knitted style.
Whether natural or synthetic, these gloves are more expensive than fabric types. They’re the go-to choice for those working with thorny plants such roses. Depending on the type of leather used, they can be stiff or soft. With stiffer ones, don’t expect full glove-to-skin contact as you would find in fabric gloves.
Whether stiff or soft, there’s a little stretch to leather gloves. So, if you happen to fall on a half-size, it’s perfectly fine to go for the larger size when shopping for them. If you’re a size 7.5, then an 8 will fit you better than a 7.
These gloves are waterproof and flexible and work great when you’re working with water and or chemicals. Since they are not breathable, you can imagine how tight-fitting rubber gloves can be pretty uncomfortable. As with leather gloves, if you’re a half size, then go for a size higher when purchasing rubber gloves.
Now that you know how to measure hand for gloves, nothing is stopping you from completing your garden gloves shopping. May you find one that meets your needs and fits you right. Good luck!