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By April 10, 2015No Comments

FINDING the utility in one product over another in a specialized market can be difficult, especially when there are many options available.  In order to make an educated decision regarding which product is right for you, you must understand what each product is meant to accomplish and; ultimately, how it will effectively accomplish its task. Put as bluntly as we can, here are the numbers you need to know.  Our gloves are $35/pair retail cost (same or similar to competitor gloves), lasting for up to seven days under heavy drilling (Floorhand) use, and will protect your hand from heavy impact up to 100% better than competitor TPR gloves.  What that boils down to is, these gloves are TOUGH!  You can feel it when you wear them. When it came to the choice of developing a glove that would have to sacrifice either protection or feel, there really was no decision to be made.  In the end, a slightly stiffer, more secure glove helps ensure you are healthy and able to come to work and put the same glove back on tomorrow, next week, and next month.

The evolution of safety gear will always favor more protection for those who wear it. This is our same duty to those who trust our impact gloves. Let’s explore some PPE examples we use and see everyday.

Which of these offers more protection? Which is used in high-performance environments?  What shortcomings of the first design, led to the development of the second?

What about a PPE example we can compare to the current hierarchy of hand protection? The below graphic compares different classifications of impact gloves to likely the most widely used safety system in modern society.  This three-tiered analogy compares the perception of risk to levels of protection.  By using vehicle restraint systems, we are able to explain the critical evolution of impact gloves.   

The first tier of protection is concerned solely with comfort and perceives little to no risk in its use.  The every day cotton or leather work glove seeks to provide basic protection while being as unobtrusive as possible.  Much like the basic lap belt found in older model cars, this is where hand protection starts and offers the bare minimum for what can be reasonably called “protection.”  Because of this, the jump from tier one, to tier two, is fairly evident.  

More material equals more protection. In this second tier lives the current automobile industry’s standard for industrial impact protection. Similarly, the TPR (Thermoplastic Resin) impact glove uses a fancy rubber material to create a flexible bumper between the hand and the elements.

A glove with typical TPR padding provides a compromise between safety and comfort and, much like the commercial seat belt, is effective in every-day situations where protection is provided, but a reminder of its utility is seldom tested.  When a hammer slips or a fender bender occurs, you are thankful for the protection, but for the remaining time, you don’t want to be constantly reminded that the protection is there. However, if we take this analogy further, what about those times we never anticipate, like a head-on collision?  Here, is where we move to the third tier of protection.

No one wants to imagine a scenario in which even the seat belt approved for use in almost every car is not enough to protect you.  The people who are forced to think about this face this kind of danger every time they perform their job. The racecar driver needs the kind of protection that will allow him to walk off the track at the end of the day.  Protection Matters! A five point racing harness may not be practical when driving the kids to and from school, or for taking a long road trip in perfect comfort, but it proves its necessity, time and time again, when it allows a driver to be removed from the crumpled wreck of a race gone wrong, with his health and livelihood intact.

THIS is the utility of CrudeHands Smart Skin Impact Gloves.  It is protection that anticipates and protects against hazards in the most intense, and potentially dangerous, work environments. This glove was developed with the head on collision in mind.  The difference is in the use of a patented D30 material as revolutionary impact protection.  Whereas TPR acts as a bumper against impact, D30 is a unique non-Newtonian flexible material that shocks-up and disperses energy when heavy impact is applied to it.  Hence, offering a protective barrier that is up to 100% more effective than any other impact glove on the market.  This PROtection for PROfessionals what sets our gloves apart and why we believe this material is the evolution of protection!