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After 5 years away and by popular demand … they’re back! Turtleskin gloves and why you need a pair

Turtleskin Search GlovesGood needle/puncture resistant search gloves are hard to come by – by that I mean gloves that have been tested and certified, and that have a decent level of wearer comfort and fit in the fingers.  By its nature, hypodermic needle resistant fabric tends to be dense and ‘cardboardy’ to be finely woven enough to stop a sharp, and so finding a duty glove that offers an officer dexterity as well as protection is an art form.  After all it’s all very well having a ‘suit of armour’ on both hands, you’ll certainly be protected, but if you’re searching someone you need to be able to feel through the gloves to be effective.  The Turtleskin Alpha, Bravo and Duty gloves all offer this close fitting resistance to the threat of sharps.

Longstanding CopShopUK customers will remember that Turtleskin gloves were our first choice for needle resistance, precisely because they’ve been experts in designing these types of gloves for so long.  With the introduction of a few cheaper offerings onto the market in the past few years, Turtleskin gloves are by no means the cheapest on the market, but their value is in the fit and comfort, as well as the good levels of certified protection that they offer.  The names may have changed (the ‘second skin’ Workwear Plus glove is now the Turtleskin Duty glove, and the ultra high protection Utility glove is now the Turtleskin Search glove), but the fit is still as good as ever.  In some things, and particularly where your health could be at risk, I think you do get what you pay for.

How to measure glove size

We sell a big old range of different types of police gloves, and one of the most common question we get asked is “What size do I need?” 

FACT: Most people have one slightly bigger hand, this is usually the one that determines if you are right or left handed. To measure for your glove size, place the tape measure in between your thumb and index finger as per the diagram shown and place it  around the widest part of your hand. Then allow your hand to form a loose fist, it is advisable to go up to the nearest inch rather than down.The manufacturer tends to base the sizing on to a standard hand. This is a little more complicated then it sounds as very few people have standard size hands and no pair of hands is exactly the same. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when buying leather gloves. If a glove is made of a soft leather it will offer a little more stretch. If you are in between sizes a smaller size sometimes is a better fit. This also applies to people with shorter fingers. Tougher and firmer gloves have less stretch and will be uncomfortable if too tight as they are usually manufactured to protect the hands from being penetrated by needles, glass or sharp weapons.

Most retailers are aware that it can be difficult to get it right and are happy to advise you. Contact us on 01843 825 757 or info@copshopuk.com, we are always happy to help.