Tool Test: Estwing Work Gloves
Estwing has been manufacturing high-quality, professional-duty nail hammers since 1923. In fact, the very first hammer I ever used was my dad’s Estwing Model E3-12C, a 12-oz. claw hammer featuring a handle and head forged from a single piece of high-strength tempered steel. That classic hammer is still available today.
As a long-time fan of Estwing products, I was very happy to learn that it was now producing a line of premium-quality work gloves. I’ve gotten into the habit of wearing work gloves during all phases of home-repair and remodeling work, but have found that most work gloves fall into one of two categories: thick leather gloves that are durable, but stiff and uncomfortable, or lightweight fabric gloves that offer great dexterity, but wear out prematurely.
The new line of Estwing gloves is designed to offer the best of both worlds. They’re extremely tough and abrasion-resistant, yet very supple and comfortable to wear. I tested two different pairs of Estwing gloves, and found them to be by far the most comfortable work gloves I’ve ever worn.
The first pair, Model EST7795 ($22), shown below, is designed for tasks that require high dexterity and superior tactile touch. The palm and fingertips are made of tough, yet flexible, goatskin. The backs of the gloves are sewn from breathable, four-way-stretch spandex for comfort and fit.
The second pair I tested, Model EST7990 ($25), shown below, is easily my favorite work glove of all time. This premium, high-impact glove is engineered for maximum protection and abrasion-resistance, without sacrificing comfort, dexterity or durability. The all-leather gloves combine super-supple goatskin backs with high-quality, ultra-tough split-cowhide palms. (I was unfamiliar with split-cowhide leather, but according to Estwing, it outperforms grain cowhide, which is typically used in work gloves, by a ratio of 2:1.)
Both pairs of gloves also feature oversized Velcro closures, knuckle-protector strip, convenient pull tab for yanking on the gloves, and a unique I.D. label where you can write your name or initials identifying the gloves as yours, as shown below. And the gloves are sewn together with something called, Aramid stitching, which is commonly used in aerospace and military applications. Aramid fibers are highly cut- and heat-resistant, and much stronger than polyester/nylon thread that’s often used to sew work gloves.
Estwing gloves come in sizes ranging from Medium to Double-Extra Large, and range in price from about $13 to $25. They’re available in hardware stores, lumberyards and online at Amazon and HomeDepot.com. For more information, visit Estwing.com.
By the way, the size large glove fit me perfectly and my hand measures about 3½ in. across the palm, and 7½ in. from base of palm to tip of middle finger.