Check out Schmitz Mittz protective gloves
Expensive at $95.00 a pair, but they do look cool. Might have to see about a pair of these when I have spare cash lying around. Oh wait...
How did I ever get anyone out with my old wells lamont leather gloves? That and I drank from a garden hose
Label me as the guy that simply does not like extrication gloves. Well, that's not entirely true, I love using them when I am doing the weekly power tool checks, you know the saws, extrication tools, PPV fans and such. They keep my hands clean. I simply don't trust them to offer adequate protection for cuts and burns like my fire gloves do. The fire gloves I have now fit great and the dexterity is far better than any other fire glove I have used.
Regular extrication gloves are pretty much glorifed work gloves.
I have a pair of extrication gloves, but I use them so seldom that I generally forget I have them. In principle, I do like that they are rated for biohazard, but like other posters, I don't know that they are tough enough.
They are tucked in a bellows pocket on my bunkers, while my structural gloves are dangling from a strap on the chest of my coat. Guess which one I am more likely to remember that I have?
I've never had any trouble with extrication work using any of the assorted structural gloves I have gone through in 21 years.
I'M not spending $95 on ANY gloves. My dept.s both buy my fire gloves and give me rescue gloves from time to time. I can easily find gloves that will work great for extrication and hose loading for around $20-30. None of them have ever lasted very long, a year at best, so spending that much ain't worth it.
I understand the thought process that brought about extrication gloves. Structural firefighting gloves used to SUCK big time. They were bulky, fit horribly, and gave little fine dexterity. The latest generation of gloves, unless you or your FD buys low bid crap, are very good fitting and have great dexterity which in my mind eliminates the need for carrying the extrication gloves.
I really am a fan of the Ringer Hybrib extrication gloves ($50); http://www.thefirestore.com/store/pr...ication_glove/
Unlike the old Ringers the kevlar is one solid piece, I have had multiple puntures between the pads with the old style.
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That's a fair answer for sure, however it depends on what level of protection you prefer. I designed these gloves after getting frustrated with replacing the 30 dollar versions and dealing with cuts in my hands that required stitches and having sore knuckles (hence the carbon fibre). By the way we reduced the price down to 79.99 as of a few days ago, just have to get the website updated. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of good extrication gloves out there, Ringers is one of them, Shelby, etc just depends how often you are OK with replacing and how often you use them. Cheers!
So you are Randy? That is cool, don't usually talk to a designer of an item.
The glove is a little "puffy," does it incorperate a biological barrier like the Shelby 2511? I think that is a neat option, but also decreases the dexterity for the user.
You went with the hard knuckles. Any reason? I have used the Oakley SI Assault gloves in a former life in pretty extreame situations, but did not like when the hard knuckles hung up on things when reaching into tight locations.
I see now that the Kevlar is solid across the palm, good call.
Great product, wish you luck.
In 35 years of firefighting and doing extrications I don't recall my firefighting gloves ever being soaked in oil, gasoline, or acid. Further, if they do get destroyed in that manner the FD will replace them. I believe the extra protection is well worth that risk. In my opinion, the most common style of extrication gloves that are made of some synthetic material like nylon with thin leather patches, offer little protection from cuts, punctures, and especially fire.
I had to smile at your comment: "I don't think it makes sense to wear expensive gloves that are going to get torn up for extrication." If those heavier structural goves are getting torn up doing extrication what is happening to the most commonly used extrications gloves, and more importantly to my hands inside those gloves?
I don't expect to change your opinion, and I am not at all saying you are wrong. Because frankly, if what you do works for you that is all that matters. As for me, I will continue using my structural gloves.
Yes FiremanLyman, I'm Randy Schmitz from Canada, some of you may have seen some of my articles in a Column I write called "Extrication Tips" in Canadian Firefighter Magazine. The glove has a waterproof breathable barrier but still allows great comfort and dexterity which was a big challenge to find the right balance (three years of trial and error in fact!) The mind set I used was that I should be able to pick up change or a thin recip blade with out getting annoyed and feel I need to take my gloves off to perform those types of fine motor skilled tasks. Also keeping in mind that what ever materials you use they still have to last a long time. Glass, oil, antifreeze, transmission fluid will break down gloves over time and I try to avoid that. Cheers!