Tuffcoat Work Gloves

Tuff Gloves.jpegI was left about a dozen pairs of these rubber dipped kevlar gloves by the former owner of my house. Good thing, too! I've removed 4 crabapple trees, buried electrical cable, dug up hundreds of ferns, trimmed pine trees and done yardwork for the whole neighborhood. And these gloves look exactly like they did on day one. That's not to say they're pretty, because they're surely not, but they can stand up to all kinds of abuse and not seem any worse for the wear. The rubber is flexible enough to grip small objects like nails and screws yet plenty sturdy for sharp thorns and other pokey things. The yellow kevlar mesh on the top makes the gloves feel light and breathable. The gloves pull on and off very easily and they hug the wrists so not much dirt gets inside of them.
The colors may not be pretty but they help make them more visible when you're looking for a pair in your crowded garage or basement. I gave away a few pairs before I realized how valuable they are. Now I just tell other people about them! --Matt O'Hara Sperian KV300 TuffCoat Cut Resistant Gloves $7 For larger sizes Amazon has the near identical and unbranded Kevlar cut resistant rubber gloves for $8 with free shipping. [Note: To those with latex allergies, or anyone who works with oil, Sperian makes a nitrile version of this glove which leads me to believe that these may contain latex (in the palm area). --OH] Don't forget to comment over at Cool Tools. And remember to submit a tool!


  1. I’m a carpet installer among other things and we just started using these nitrile coated gloves last year.


    I use them to grip the back of carpet rolls which can be hard to get any friction on and can tear up your hands. They’re a little thinner and the reason I like them is that after a few hours of use, they form so well to your hands that it is literally just like having thicker skin. I’ve demolished whole buildings with this style of glove and they never seem to wear out either. Plus they have the added benefit of helping to prevent electrocution.

    I know, I know, I sound like a shill. But the technology behind these is really cool. It’s completely saved my hands.

    1. Rubber gloves can protect against arc flashes but NFPE 70E sites some situations at work in which you need to wear gloves with rubber all around the glove – I think sometimes you are even required to send your gloves in to test for tiny leaks…

      I completely agree with you, though, that these gloves are great for other, non-electrical work.

  2. I just discovered these last year, they are indeed full of awesome, not all brands are created equal though, some of them are crap.

  3. As a wheelchair user, I’ve become something of an expert on gloves. GLoves that work in the wet, gloves that keep your hands warm, gloves that don’t, sailing gloves, cycling gloves, rubber, leather, armara (synthetic leather) even chainsaw gloves. For my needs, there always seems to be a compromise. I used to use these a lot when I was a landscape gardener and tree surgeon.

    Because we use our hands for so many different tasks, glove design presents numerous solutions to a multitude of different problems and conditions. And they’re evocative too. Just remember having them on a long string threaded through your sleeves in winter…

  4. I used this style of gloves for a little while as a package loader for a certain ‘brown’ shipping company. They are great for gripping, but the cheap ones that I would buy wore out pretty quickly (1-2 weeks of 4-hour shifts M-F).
    However, using them as a package handler might be the ultimate test for these gloves. Touching between 400 and 800 packages an hour for 4 hours a day tends to wear them out rather quickly.

    Also, for those 4 hours of manual labor, things get a little sweaty. So, these cotton(?) gloves absorbed the stench. Everybody knew when someone hadn’t gotten new gloves in a couple weeks because you could smell them from 10 feet away.

    For weekend yard work, construction, and I’m sure numerous other tasks, these gloves are amazing. As long as you don’t sweat like a pig constantly, that is. They last long, can be washed a couple times (I imagine), form to your hands, have good gripping power, and they protect against damaging your precious natural grabbing devices.

  5. For a short time I was a climbing arborist. These gloves never lasted longer then a couple days, and they would smell absolutely awful.

  6. I can’t stand these, really.

    When gardening I find the weed stickers and berry bush thorns go right through the protective layer. And the cloth back lets dirt into my hands where it gets sweaty and muddy. For construction they offer little impact resistance and minor splinter protection.

    Maybe I just have cheapo off-brands or something.

    For gardening and construction I stick with cheap leather workman’s gloves. When the leather gets a little stiff I just spray the whole glove with some cooking oil and they soften right up. For automotive work I use the blue nitrile (sp?) medical gloves which are much more tear resistant than latex gloves.

  7. I’ve got a couple of pairs of those, and they’re magnificent.

    Style: 0

    Function: 10

  8. I’ve used versions of these gloves – there’s kinds where the entire body of the glove has the rubber coating. They’re really good at keeping out nasty stuff like garbage juice, but after a couple weeks they stink like nothing else from sweat buildup. We took to turning them inside out when we were done to let them dry out.

  9. Keep them out of direct sunlight when you’re not using them. the blue coating will get gummy and Yicchy.

    I used these gloves continuously as a commercial diver for many years, the only thing that seems to shorten their life is leaving them laying on the dock to dry in the sun :]

  10. I just discovered some gloves that look a lot like this, the brand I found for cheap at the army navy surplus store was called brahmin. They are fabric gloves with the rubber dipped look as above.

    I love them because the have incredible grip and they are minimally cumbersome. They basically make your hands more effective at the same time as providing good protection from cold, water and the environment generally. I want to try them for kayaking and outdoor use.

    I started using them as winter gloves originally. I wouldn’t consider them super protective for machine work for example. Is that the additional virtue of the kevlar?

    If anyone wants to share a link to a fully coated version I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only person to check it out.

    By the way, I used them last weekend to work on a public park and I actually ran them through the washer. They seem fine. I’m not sure how many more washes they’ll last but we’ll see. Funk on your hands is not fun.

  11. I have some heavy black rubber gloves, but mine are all rubber except for the wrist band. They’re indispensable for cactus gardening, but too stiff for fine work.

  12. They make a heat proof version of those (if those aren’t heat proof).

    They make great oven mitts. Easy to grab on to pans etc. Unlike the silicon mitts you don’t feel like it’s going to slide out of your hand.

  13. I’m with ryjkyj. I spent last summer building stone walks and walls around our house. After wearing through three pair of heavy leather work gloves I started using a pair of thin allegedly abrasion-resistant nitrile gloves that I picked up at a local gardening store. Months later they *still* look like new.

    Best tool ever.

  14. I love Atlas gloves. I’m a cable installer and I can be up and down a ladder several times a day and/or in and out of crawlspaces and these gloves are perfect. Good grip, easy to manipulate small items, and keep your hands from getting too nasty before you have to go type on a customer’s computer keyboard. They do wear out pretty quickly, which for me is about a month or two. But I buy them in bulk so I currently have about 6 pair on back up.
    Here’s the style I buy:

  15. How weird, I have a pair of the exact same gloves and ended up with them in a similar fashion. Except the previous owner of my house was my partner’s Grandmother. In addition to the gloves we were left with 5 acres of land that became overrun with thorny blackberry bramble.

    For awhile my partner and I were sharing them taking turns battling the bramble. We got a second pair of similar style but a different brand and they’re not nearly as good. They get smelly and gross and the thorns go right through them. I prefer the old one’s still. Now I know where to get another pair.

  16. Except for the Kevlar (not kevlar, it’s always capitalized) backing, these are the same as what fishermen have been using for years. You can get them at any good fishing store at half the price. And the Kevlar may prevent some cuts, it won’t prevent a sharp object from poking through the fairly loose weave.

  17. It’s nice to see BB getting down and dirty. I work in a greenhouse and nursery and Love These Gloves. When it’s wet/cold outside I like wearing Smartwool liners underneath (100% supersoft wool) – I stay cozy, ventilated, and most importantly dextrous. It’s awesome!

  18. These gloves have begun to set the standard in high performance yacht racing. People have begun switching from $40 a pair racing gloves to these because of better grip and comfort. Boat owners buy them by the case and keep a box below decks.

  19. the Atlas “tuff coat” are avail @ the garage I work at and are PRICELESS for working on Exhaust systems that are often rusty and SHARP edged!

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