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Gander Glove Guide…simply put a Trilateral agreement between end-user, distribtuor and BDG to assist in the prevention of hand injuries along with signficant cost savings.

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Actifresh® is an antimicrobial protective finish and inhibits the excessive development of bacteria, and thanks to its combine effect prevents odors from within andn from outside the gloves. 

Leather gloves are best for protection from rough objects, sparks and heat, and for cushioning from blows in heavy duty work requirements.  All kinds of leather provide comfort, durability, dexterity, mild heat resistance and abrasion protection.

Cotton gloves are a good choice for comfort and breathability in general purpose applications and, in heavier weights, for abrasion and heat protection.  Cotton gloves can also be used to protect the product as well as the hands.

Seamless, machine knit gloves (string knits) offer unmatched comfort and dexterity. Can be made from a variety of low-cost materials such as cotton, nylon, polyester to high-performance yarns such as Kevlar®  and Dyneema® for enhanced cut and abrasion resistance. Can be coated with various polymers each with unique characteristics.  Sizing provides maximum fit and comfort.  High performance strings provide cut and abrasion resistance, using high performance yarns, to further protect the hands when working with sharp objects. Various material weights provide longer durability or additional dexterity where needed. Some styles may be dipped or coated with a polymer to provide a better grip and increase durability. The work applications determine which glove option is the best choice for your hand protection needs.

Liquid proof, chemical gloves are available in a variety of formulations to perform in certain liquid and chemical applications. Available unsupported for maximum dexterity and supported for heavier applications.  High importance to read all workplace labels for proper hand selection requirements.

General purpose welding. Used to prevent heat and arc burns to the hands and forearms while gas or electric arc welding.  Used for finer TIG/MIG welding applications.  Thinner leathers such as deerskin or sheep/goatskin used for added dexterity

Performance / Mechanic style gloves that are task specific styles, fingerless impact, mechanics, extreme tactical.  These styles of gloves can be used for protection and many different elements.  These gloves are very durable and stylish which will mean employee’s will wear for protection and safety.

Essentially it is a “glove within a glove”. This method is preferred as it eliminates gaps in the lining and improves comfort and thermal performance. In -40 degrees below zero…do you walk around with you zipper on your coat open…NO…so why wear a winter glove that is not properly lined?  Frost bite is a serious injury that can happen to anyone…

  • Comfort: Fit, texture, feel, breathability, moisture wicking and even the styling and look of the glove. The glove must provide physical comfort, but the worker must be comfortable wearing it - including the way it looks - so color and design count, too.
  • Precision: Tactile sensitivity and dexterity. How well workers can perform tasks, productively, with the glove on. The wrong protection or too aggressive of timelines and gloves will come off and injuries will occur. Counter-productive and costly.
  • Protection: - Unfortunately, many workers put this third on the list, while safety professionals and buyers place it first. It’s difficult, but there needs to be some compromise.

Actual price of the glove in relevance to use...
Useful lifetime of the glove…
Indirect costs, relating to potential injuries…
Comfort of glove…
Design and look of the glove, so if glove looks and feels great there will be an increased intention to wear…

Leather, both split and grain, are strong, durable, and highly resistant to abrasion.   Dyneema®, The World’s Strongest Fiber™, is the premium brand for Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMwPE), a super strong polyethylene fiber providing 50 times greater abrasion resistance than Aramids and better cut resistance than leather and cotton.

Dyneema® is a super strong polyethylene fiber that offers maximum strength combined with minimum weight. It is up to 15 times stronger than quality steel on a weight-to-weight basis, giving it extremely high cut and abrasion resistant properties. Ideal for a number of applications, notably: steel industry, automotive, glass and paper, emergency services, appliance manufacturing, food production and construction.

Drivers and ropers are both full leather gloves, but they do have distinct differences. A driver is a slip-on style with an elastic wrist, and a roper is a modified drivers' style, usually a clute pattern with a snap-back closure.

Calfskin Leather is from the skins of young calves. It is finer-grained, lighter in weight and softer than cowhide.

Cowhide Leather from adult cows is the most popular hide because of its availability. It has a good balance of durability, dexterity, abrasion resistance, and comfort.

Deerskin Leather is a higher end, premium leather offering an unbeatable combination of comfort, flexibility and durability. It is soft, and supple, making it easy to wear over a long period of time.

Goatskin Leather is durable and hardwearing.  Despite its tough composition, it is soft to the touch due to the natural lanolin produced by goats. This type of hide is best suited for applications requiring tactile sensitivity with light to medium protective needs.

Pigskin is a resilient hide. It is naturally resistant to abrasion and is able to stay pliable with wear. It is porous, therefore offering the greatest breathability.

Moosehide is heavy weight, strong and durable. It has natural heat resistant properties, making it ideal for any job application requiring continuous exposure to heat/flame.

Ninja® gloves are exclusive to Bob Dale Gloves in Canada. They have a variety of unique coating materials that are proprietary and cannot be found or duplicated elsewhere. These include:

Ninja® HPT™/Ice sporting a proprietary HPT™(Hydropellent Technology™) Coating. This process results in a spongy, soft, durable, flexible coating that repels liquids to provide a firm wet or dry grip. Encapsulated air molecules provide an inherent vibration absorption feature. The unique coating formulation remains soft and flexible in temperatures as low as

Ninja® X/X4/Max/Star which features a proprietary Bi-Polymer coating providing unsurpassed softness and durability. It is also organic silicone-free & DMF-free.

Ninja® Flex with an ultra lightweight natural rubber latex coating. This high-density crinkle coating provides a powerful grip and superb flexibility, softness and durability.

Ninja® Lite featuring a feather-light black polyurethane coating, which conceals dirt and provides excellent wet, dry and light oil grip. It is approximately 30% lighter than traditional Nylon/PU gloves providing unparalleled tactile sensitivity.

Split leather is leather that has been split or cut; it represents the bottom side of the hide. The main identifying characteristic of split leather is its rough or suede-like surface. Split leathers offer better abrasion resistance and are typically less costly.

Top Grain Leather is typically higher in quality because it is split from the top layer of blemished hide then sanded and refinished, eliminating any imperfections on the surface of the leather. It is strong, durable and comfortable, fitting like a second skin.

Synthetic leather is often used as an economical alternative to traditional leather, mimicking some of its properties including strength, durability and abrasion resistance. The most common types of synthetic leathers are made from polyesters, polyamides (e.g., nylon, Kevlar, Nomex, trogamide), or a conjugation of polyester, polyamide, and polypropylene. Being a man-made material, it is washable and retains its softness when wet, unlike natural leather.

Thinsulate™ is an extremely effective type of insulation for gloves. It is a type of synthetic-fiber thermal insulation used in gloves. Thinsulate™ insulation consists of unique microfibers that work by trapping air molecules between you and the outside. The more air a material traps in a given space, the better it insulates you from the cold. Because Thinsulate™ fibers are finer than those in other synthetic or natural insulation, they trap more air in less space. These gaps between the fibers not only reduce heat flow but also allow moisture from perspiration to escape.

Bob Dale Gloves has a Canadian manufacturing facility located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This allows us the flexibility to custom design a multitude of products based on customer request. In total, BDG manufactures over 100 Canadian-made products.

Bob Dale Gloves products are only available through distribution and can be found at a number of authorized distributors. 

NO. Based on patented blends of oxidized fibers, CarbonX is the only fabric able to withstand the direct flame of a 2000° blow torch without igniting, burning or melting—even when exposed to the flame for up to 20 times longer than the leading competition. CarbonX fabrics also retain this level of persistence and protection against molten metal and arc flash, leaving it as the only choice for professionals working in conditions where safety matters most.

Yes. According to industry testing engineers and experts, the rule of thumb is to take the weight of a single layer of fabric and add two points to provide an accurate TPP value expectation. CarbonX surpasses this standard extraordinarily. Depending on the weave, the weight of a CarbonX fabric can be doubled, tripled, and in some cases multiplied by a factor of five in order to determine its TPP value. CarbonX also has the highest limiting oxygen index (LOI) value of any non-flammable fabric on the market today, beating the rest of the competition by nearly two-fold.

Yes. CarbonX non-flammable fabrics offer wearers the highest level of persistent protection against fire, molten metal and arc flash, while providing breathability as well. In addition, CarbonX is incredibly soft to the touch and lightweight, wearing much like cotton.

CarbonX garments are easy to care for. Always wash your CarbonX garments in warm or cold water on the gentle cycle with a small amount of mild detergent. We suggest hang drying CarbonX garments, but you can also machine dry them on low heat as well.

Available in knits, wovens and non-wovens, the CarbonX family of fabrics provides the highest level of protective solutions for nearly every application in today's most dangerous environments. Within the industrial market, CarbonX offers increased levels of safety with non-flammable work shirts, coveralls, pants, jackets, hoods, gloves, sleeves, long underwear, socks and boots. Firefighters have the best level of protection with CarbonX hoods, facemasks, helmet shrouds and turnout gear. NHRA and NASCAR drivers have CarbonX lining nearly every part of their gear, from racing suits to shifter boot covers, helmets and shoes to protect them against the risk of injury from intense fires. Police officers and soldiers have unsurpassed protection in countless CarbonX solutions like boot lining, bandannas and equipment bags just to name a few. Essentially, CarbonX has the ability to be manufactured in such a way that the potential applications against the risks of fire, molten metal and arc flash are limitless.

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