Back in January I made a post about a company called See Her Work, which makes protective equipment designed specifically for women. I ended up buying a pair of their Impact work gloves, and now that I’ve had a chance to use them I thought I would write a review. So far I’ve used the gloves to do some farm work over spring break and to build a dollhouse. I’ll start with a general overview then go into more detail about how the gloves performed in each situation.
When you buy these gloves online, there is a size chart that you can print out in order to find the correct size. I was right on the cutoff line between the medium and large sizes, and bought a medium. When I first got the gloves, I was actually a bit worried I had bought the wrong size because they were super tight, but fortunately after I had worn them a while they loosened up a bit and now fit perfectly. I think they come a bit smaller with the expectation that they’ll stretch out a bit with use, so if you buy them and they’re too small at first don’t worry because they’ll relax a bit within a few hours of wearing them. They’re super comfortable to wear, and the material breathes enough that you don’t wind up with sweat pooling inside of the gloves. At $35 they’re a bit pricey, but not much more so than if you were to buy men’s gloves of a similar quality, so if you’re going to spend the money on a nice pair of work gloves, a few dollars extra to get ones that actually fit properly isn’t a big deal. However, if you’re spending that much on gloves, you also want them to last. The big unknown for me at this point is whether or not they’ll hold up long enough to make the price worthwhile. After several weeks of being worn fairly regularly for farm work and carpentry work they’re still in perfect shape, but it’ll be a while before I know if they hold together in the long run.
performance during farm work:
I wore these gloves while I was home over spring break and they performed really well on the farm. During break I was working 8-10 hour days doing a pretty standard assortment of early spring farm work: feeding bucket calves, hauling grain and silage buckets, moving hay/straw, driving, cleaning the shop, changing oil, changing tires, moving cattle, etc. The gloves performed well overall. The biggest difference I saw in the farm tasks was for carrying buckets and silage baskets. One issue I (and probably a lot of other female farm workers) encounter is that because my fingers are so much smaller, hauling buckets with wire handles can be uncomfortable to downright painful. If you think about it in terms of physics, it makes sense why this happens. I’m carrying the same amount of weight as anyone else, but my fingers are half the size so the pressure where the wire sits is about double. A persistent problem I’ve had wearing nicer men’s gloves is that , the extra reinforcement in the fingers doesn’t sit in the right spot on my fingers, making it pretty much useless for most carrying tasks. Women’s gardening gloves fit better, but offer almost 0 protection from bucket handles. The women’s impact gloves were a great fix for this! The reinforcement on the fingers made a huge difference for buckets and for hay and straw bales. I was even able to move hay bales 2 at a time because my fingers weren’t being pinched as much, which is something I’ve never been able to do before. Again, the jury is out on whether or not they’ll hold up for a whole baling season, but the improvement in comfort is impressive. It was also much easier to do things like unscrew caps to put hydraulic oil in the tractor or pick up tools in the shop, but I’ll expand on that more in the next section. For some of the other tasks that required less hand work like driving or grinding feed the difference was less noticeable although the fact that they were generally more comfortable was appreciated.
performance building a dollhouse:
The second task where I’ve used the gloves was to make dollhouse as a present for someone based off of one of the plans Stanley Tools published back in the 70’s. This project was sort of the opposite side of the spectrum from farm work. It involved a lot of fine detail work with a jigsaw, tiny nails, and using a drill to make pilot holes for most of the door and window openings. I thought the impact gloves performed exceptionally well for this project. Normally I can’t wear gloves at all when I’m working with tools. The fingers of men’s gloves are too big and fumbly to do anything with and gardening gloves have 0 grip to pick up or hold anything. Being able to wear gloves when I’m using power tools and hammering nails is where I noticed the biggest impact on safety, since I wasn’t able to wear anything to protect my hands before. I actually hit my finger at one point when I was putting in a nail at an awkward angle, but my finger didn’t turn black and blue because the armor on the outside of the gloves protected me. The grip on these gloves is probably the most amazing part. I could pick up nails off the ground! I could control the pressure on the trigger of my jigsaw and do fine detail work while wearing gloves! I could even hold a pencil to draw marking lines so I didn’t have to take my gloves on and off all the time as I was working! The gloves also kept the sawdust and glue off of my hands so at the end of the day getting myself cleaned up was a lot easier than it is normally.
In summary, the gloves have performed very well so far. The jury is still out on how well they will hold up in the long run, which is an important factor to consider given the price, but the bottom line is that having work gloves that fit properly made a big difference in my comfort level doing farm work and in safety when using tools. I’m planning on wearing them for baling season this summer and will post an update on how well they hold up to moving thousands of bales of hay. If that goes well I’m probably going to buy a second pair, and maybe a pair of their leather gloves as well.
Here is the link to the original article I wrote back in January:
And here is one to the See Her Work online store: