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HAND PROTECTION: How the Gauge of a Glove Helps with Dexterity

HAND PROTECTION: How the Gauge of a Glove Helps with Dexterity   Glove Dexterity, Safety Gloves, Gauge of Gloves, Glove Matters
2 min
Construction Workers Wearing Safety Gloves


When it comes to safety gloves, dexterity is crucial for performing tasks that require precision and fine motor skills. The gauge of a glove significantly influences its dexterity. Here's how:


Understanding Glove Gauge

The gauge of a glove refers to its thickness. Measured in mils (thousandths of an inch) or gauge numbers, it indicates the number of stitches per inch of the glove material. A higher gauge number means a thinner glove, while a lower gauge number indicates a thicker glove.


Impact of Glove Gauge on Dexterity

  1. Thinness and Flexibility
    • Higher Gauge Gloves: These gloves are thinner, making them more flexible and allowing for greater movement of the fingers and hands. This flexibility is essential for tasks that require precision, such as electronics assembly, laboratory work, and handling small parts.
    • Enhanced Movement: The thin material reduces bulk, enabling more natural hand movements and improved tactile sensitivity, which is critical for detailed work.
  1. Tactile Sensitivity
    • Improved Touch Sensation: Thinner gloves provide better tactile sensitivity, allowing workers to feel objects more accurately through the glove material. This is particularly important for tasks that require a delicate touch, like medical examinations or intricate assembly tasks.
    • Better Grip: Enhanced tactile sensitivity can also improve grip, reducing the likelihood of dropping small or slippery items.
  1. Comfort and Wearability
    • Lightweight Design: Higher gauge gloves are lighter, which can reduce hand fatigue during prolonged use. This increased comfort encourages workers to wear their gloves consistently, maintaining safety standards without compromising on comfort.
    • Breathability: Thinner gloves often offer better breathability, which can help keep hands cool and dry, further enhancing comfort and usability.
  1. Precision Work
    • Detail-Oriented Tasks: For jobs that demand a high level of precision, such as wiring, sorting small components, or surgical procedures, higher gauge gloves are ideal. They allow for the meticulous control and detailed handling required in these environments.
    • Reduced Bulk: The minimal bulk of higher gauge gloves helps prevent interference with intricate tasks, ensuring that the glove acts more as a second skin rather than a barrier.


The gauge of a glove plays a pivotal role in determining its dexterity. Higher gauge gloves, being thinner, offer superior flexibility, tactile sensitivity, and comfort, making them the preferred choice for tasks that demand precision and fine motor skills. Selecting the right glove gauge ensures that workers can perform their duties effectively without sacrificing safety. Always consider the specific needs of your tasks when choosing the appropriate glove gauge to maximize both protection and dexterity.

For further guidance on selecting the right glove gauge for your specific applications, consult with our safety experts. We are here to help you find the perfect balance between protection and performance.

PIP Glove Sizing Chart for Download

Print the chart at 100% and place your hand over the graphic to choose the right size glove.  Contact us if you would like a sample glove for your employees.





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