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Do high heat gloves also make the best cold weather gloves?

Asked by LuckyGuy (28241 points ) December 14th, 2013

At work I use Kevlar/Nomex high temperature gloves good to 260deg C, 500 Deg F. They are fantastic but are not the most stylish gloves on the rack. The wearer looks a little like Mickey Mouse with long pants.
Right now it is about -12C, 10F, outside, well below freezing so I decided to try a pair outdoors when using the snowblower and feeding the birds. They were great!!! I figure if they can protect my hands from a high temperature difference of 200C, 400F, they should be able to handle a mere 40C, 80F temp difference in the cold. I was right!
I could spray a pair with Scotchguard to make them waterproof and they’d be awesome (but ugly) winter wear.
Has anyone tried wearing kitchen “Ove – gloves” outdoors in the cold? What were your findings?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Who cares what they look like as long as they work. Haven’t tried Ove-gloves. My thinsulate ones work great.

CWOTUS's avatar

I’ve used new welder’s gloves as general purpose kitchen and grilling gloves, and they’re good for awhile, until you get the least bit of grease on them. Then they’re useless for that purpose, since the grease enables a pretty rapid heat transfer, and is hard (or impossible) to clean out of the leather. Plus, when they start to get wet-and-dried a few times, you know how stiff they can be.

But until that happens, they’re pretty darn good. They provide a good cuff, full coverage front and back, and fairly high dexterity, too. And they’re not very expensive when I get them at the job lots stores, Harbor Freight, or places like that where quality isn’t the best, but price is king.

I haven’t tried them outside, though, except for the grill, where they also work pretty well.

LuckyGuy's avatar

The Kevlar /Nomex is airy and breathable. They are also washable! I just tried them for handling wood a little while ago and they did not work as well as my leather palmed kevlar work gloves. They were slippery. But they did keep my hands warm. They will be great for running the snowblower.
I think I might be on to something here.
I will Scothguard one glove and leave the other as is. I will not use the treated glove for high temp. That could be dangerous.

tedibear's avatar

Just a quick note – you made my engineer geek husband get all happy. I told him about this question and he said, “Yes! They would be great for that!” Thanks, guys.

LuckyGuy's avatar

After 2 hours of using the snow blower in -4C, 25F weather I can answer this myself.


They look ugly as all get out, and the snow sticks to them but my hands were warm as toast!!! At one point the snow on the palms froze making them a little slippery but I just clapped my hands and it came off!!! They are drying on the trivet on top the wood burning stove right now. Did you catch that? On top of the wood burning stove !!!
I know what I’m getting everyone for Christmas!!!

LuckyGuy's avatar

Ooooo!!! I just heated ran them through my Bernzomatic Propane torch flame while wearing them. Tthat took off some of the fuzziness that attracted and made the snow stick. Tomorrow I will go out in the snow an see if that process makes them better winter gloves. (I’m an engineer and always try to improve things.)

SnoopyGirl's avatar

Where can I get some? I’m finding this year’s winter to be incredibly horrible to my hands and feet. I was outside today with my kids for maybe an hour, while they went sledding and I felt like I had frostbite. I had 2 pairs of gloves on and 2 pair’s of socks in the warmest boots possible….alpine sorel’s. Any suggestions would be great!

LuckyGuy's avatar

I ordered mine through Northern Safety Supply. My company has a commercial account. I don’t know if they do retail.

They have the best catalogs. Engineers find something to lust over on every page! “Oooo XStatic Antil Static Hand and Body Lotion (to prevent static build-upo on skin! Or Bradley Pressurized Eye/Face Wash! Or Cyalume SnapLight Ultra High Intensity Flare Alternative! Or…. Sorry. I need to change my clothes now…

PM if you have trouble ordering. I might be able to help.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Update It is -10C, 14F outside . it is dark and windy. I used the gloved to go out an get th newspaper. I cleared the snow off the cars and the mailbox using my hands. My hands stayed warm but unfortunately the snow stick to the gloves. I had to clap my hands together to get it to come off. I need to treat them with a better waterproof spray. Armor-all didn’t work. I’ll go to the sporting goods store one of these days and see if they have tent waterproofing spray.
I might even try over-sized rubber gloves and put those over these wonder gloves.
The saga continues.

CWOTUS's avatar

Have you tried spraying them with WD-40? It works well on snow shovels; it might work on your gloves, too. And it has the added benefits of being cheap and nearly ubiquitous.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I haven’t tried WD-40. It seems like it would get on my hands and WD-40 has a distinctive odor. I’ll give silicone waterproof spray a try first.

By the way, I tested one finger of one glove to high temperature failure. It started to smoke and turn black at about 600 F. It is still quite usable. Incredible. Let’s see those fancy-shmancy, leather, designer gloves do that!
These are going to make great Christmas gifts this year.

LuckyGuy's avatar

In case anyone is still following this Q. I treated the gloves with Hunter’s Specialties Water Repellent spray and they are AWESOME! The water beads right up and rolls off!
They recommend curing the sealant by drying on the highest temperature recommended for the fabric. Since these are good to 500F, I figured it would be safe to dry them in front of a portable electric heater. I let them dry all day while at work.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I had the opportunity to test the gloves today. I am not pleased with the results.

The temperature was about 7F, -12C with a dusting of snow as I used my snow blower for 2 hours.
The gloves were warm at first but were definitely not waterproof. They let in the snow which melted against my skin wetting my fingers. The snow continued to cake on the outside, froze and became slippery making it difficult (and a little dangerous) to operate the controls.
When I took off the gloves after about 20 minutes my hands were wet and steaming . I ended up putting on my three fingered moose mitts and they kept my hands dry.

Next time I will try using the high heat gloves as liners inside extra large waterproof neoprene gloves to see if that combination works.

CWOTUS's avatar

Next time I would prefer to stay indoors to validate that my house would keep me warm and dry, but that is usually my preferred experimental setup, anyway.

I did think of you and your gloves while I was outside shoveling my own walk and drive this morning, though.

tedibear's avatar

I thought of you too, when I was helping to shovel on Sunday.

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