Handyman gloves are meant to protect you whenever you need to work on something that could potentially harm your hands. Gloves are especially helpful when you are working outdoors or when you are playing a sport that requires using your hands. Among handyman gloves, you will probably come to a point when you need to choose between leather and neoprene gloves. This article will discuss some ideas to help you choose the most-suited type of handyman gloves for you.
Between the two, leather gloves are more popular because their use has been on the mainstream for years. Neoprene is still relatively new, though its use is also catching up with that of leather gloves.
Among their many other uses, gloves are used to keep the hands warm during cold or wet weather. Leather, being made of animal skin or hide, is very durable material for keeping your hands warm. However, neoprene gives more warmth and comfort, despite the fact that it is made of material softer than leather. If your purpose for wearing gloves is just to keep your fingers warm, you might want to go for leather. They are cheaper than neoprene gloves. But, if you need to use your fingers frequently while keeping them warm, you might want to consider neoprene gloves.
The kind of work that you subject your hands to will also matter when you have to choose between leather and neoprene gloves. If you are exposing your hands to heavy work on warm days, leather gloves may be the best choice, as the strength of the animal skin or hide makes leather effective in protecting your hands from sharp metal pieces (e.g., barb wires). Some leather gloves may be somewhat hard and thick. They may make it difficult for you to move your fingers in a flexible manner. Though, some leather gloves use leather that is supple and soft. Since leather gloves are not as warm as neoprene gloves, they are your best bet for work during hot days.
If you need to protect your hands during cold and wet days, neoprene may be your perfect choice. Neoprene is made of soft and light synthetic material called polychloropene, a kind of oil-resistant rubber. It is impermeable to water and chemicals, is flexible, can be easily stretched, takes less damage from sunlight exposure, and can effectively resist abrasions and punctures. The insides of some neoprene gloves are lined with either fleece or cotton, thus making them better skin insulators and warmers. Because neoprene gloves are soft and flexible, you can easily move your fingers even if you wear them. Therefore, neoprene gloves may be the right choice for heavy work that exposes your hands to cold temperature and water or other liquids. Neoprene gloves, however, are not as durable as leather gloves.
Primarily because of their flexibility and strength, neoprene gloves are common among sports enthusiasts, as well as food handlers, fish hunters, and laboratory employees.
Gloves, whether made of leather of neoprene, are not just decorative extensions of your clothing. They serve two important uses: to keep you warm and protect your hands from damage. So, choosing the right type of handyman gloves to use when working or playing is very important.