Everyone owns at least one pair of gloves. We’ve all got several pairs in the hall closet. A thick pair, a thin pair, a waterproof pair, a gardening pair, a protective pair and so on. Glovax contacted me recently and asked if I wanted to look at their new gloves that could replace all of the pairs above, I was skeptical, but intrigued.
The Glovax Gloves stand out in a crowd. Partially this is due to their bright orange color, but mainly because of the long list of things they claim to be able to do. They are supposed to be good for almost any task that you could want to put them to. They’re cut resistant, abrasion resistant, strength resistant, tear resistant, waterproof, puncture proof, oil proof and they are comfortable and breathable.
So, gloves on hand lets test them. The Glovax marketing shows people running knives across the gloves and being unhurt, but I wasn’t quite that brave. Into the garden and pulling up nettles I could do and the result – no damage done and no problem. Brambles and thorns – no problem. Moving around rubble and heavy lifting? Decent performance. General gardening and weeding? No problem. The pair I’ve got is slightly too large for me, but I still had no problems doing fine manipulation like weeding, planting or pruning.
I’ve been testing them in a warm April and May and so haven’t been able to see how well they handle cold outdoor temperatures, but I’ve tried handling ice blocks with them and they were grippy enough to hold the ice and insulated well enough that there was no problem in the few minutes of the experiment. Conversely, I picked up a hot dish from the oven without burning myself (or the gloves melting!) and I can see them being very useful for camp cooking.
The protective front palm and fingers are waterproof, but the back of the hand is made from breathable fabric and my hands aren’t sweating inside them. The wrist cuffs are particularly elasticated and helped the gloves hold position well even when I was very active. At around 50 grams per glove they’re lighter in weight than they look and I found them comfortable even after wearing them for several hours.
Perhaps the only specific problem I have with the Glovax is one of contamination. The marketing shows them being used to work on a car’s engine and then in the next picture being worn while cooking. I don’t doubt that the gloves would do either of those and they’re very resistant to oil but getting them clean enough to cook with is a stretch, however they cleaned up well enough to serve as oven mitts, ski gloves and den building in the woods all in the one day.
The Ergohacks Verdict
The Glovax gloves try to be everything for everyone. They’re not quite as good as specialised gloves could be, but most people, myself included, carry out a variety of general tasks rather than one specialist job. Glovax has hit on an appealing design and use a material that gives decent performance in almost any situation. That’s going to be a lot more valuable to most people. If you spend every day working on one particular thing, then there’s probably a better answer available, but for most of us the Glovax Pro’s are ideal as a one pair fits all jobs solution. They’re currently on Indiegogo for $29 or £22 which is a decent price for something that’ gets you to 95% in almost any scenario. Recommended.
Price: ± £ $29 (£22) with projected $49 (£38) price when in retail sale.
Worldwide shipping in estimated August 2017 available but not included in price.
About the Glovax Team
The Glovax Team is made up of three individuals all of whom seems to have been involved in at least one Indiegogo campaign in the past which have gone reasonably well. They’re based in Shenzhen China and while there have been some reports of slow shipment on other Indiegogo’s they’ve been involved with the other campaigns do seem successful and the delays are par for the course.
The Glovax Pro have a distinctive design. The palm, front and sides of the fingers are covered with a ribbed rubber like material, the back is a slightly stretchy weave and the wrist cuff is a very stretchy weave. Both gloves have a small elastic hanging tag.
The Glovax Team are proud of the materials they use and claim it “exceeds…. EN388 standard level 5”. I’m not set up to do independent testing and Glovax don’t claim to have done any but if this is accurate that translates to an ability to withstand abrasion at a specific strength over 8000 cycles, 20 cuts from a blade, over 75 newtons of tearing force and a piercing force of over 150 psi. That’s more than impressive but I’d love to see some independent lab confirmation.
Sizes: From Small (palm length 16-19cm) to XL (23-25cm)
Item Weight: 51g (XL gloves)
Colour: Orange or blue
Waterproof: Yes on the palms and fingers
Release date: 10 May 2017, Shipping expected August 2017
Made in China
Materials: Proprietary yarn based on EHMWPE (Extra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (plastic))
Warranty: The Glovax Team don’t list any form of specific warranty. Considering the resistance claims the glove make this is a little worrying, but not unheard of for a new Indiegogo. I’d recommend purchasing with a credit card in case there are any issues. In addition be aware that there’s a chance you’ll get impacted with import duties when it comes to the UK and at the moment this is around £10.
We based our Ergohacks Verdict on 4 weeks of tinkering, testing and using the Orange XL Glovax Pro kindly provided by Glovax during April and May 2017. This article was first published on the 10th of May 2017.