Beyond Tough: Ironclad General Utility Work Gloves

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When it comes to work gloves, I need a quality pair. From home improvement projects to cleaning boulders to woodworking, I need a pair of gloves that serves me well and actually fits. For the last couple of years, I’ve had several pairs of gloves to choose from for the task at hand. However, after testing the Ironclad General Utility Work Gloves, I might have found my forever pair.

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The Ironclad Work Glove fit

I am always skeptical of trying new gloves, specifically because few pairs actually fit well. I have relatively small hands and short fingers, so most gloves are baggy at the fingertips or have too much wiggle room in the palm. I ordered the Ironclad General Utility Work Glove in extra small.

The fingers fit well with less than a quarter-inch of space, except for the thumb, which had nearly a half-inch of space. The room in the thumb was not problematic for me but could be for some. The tops of the index, pointer, and ring fingers felt square initially but broke in a bit after time. There was a slight air bubble in the palm as well.

Overall, the fit was better than most gloves I’ve found, and my rating of this pair is missing just half of a star only because of the loose-fitting palm and too-spacious thumb.


On a cold day outdoors, I spent nearly nine hours in the Ironclad work gloves, preparing an area for rock climbing, working with saws, and with wire brushes. Despite the chilly 30°F temps and off-and-on rain, the gloves kept my hands surprisingly warm and allowed for excellent breathability.

The thermoplastic cuff nestled nicely around my small wrists and the impact protection Ironclad logo on the knuckles came in handy when working around tough boulders. My hands were exhausted after a hard day’s work. Still, the impact protection and synthetic leather palm and fingertip reinforcements helped me push through. They allowed me to continue working with a saw throughout the day.

The Ironclad work gloves also performed well while moving firewood and rocks. They excelled at more delicate work like mounting hardware onto softwoods, an essential part of installing frames onto some of my paintings. The snug fit allowed for excellent dexterity when working with small hardware and wires. Between tasks, I was able to throw the gloves in the washer with my regular laundry without concern of shrinkage, a benefit that gave me peace of mind when taking it from the muddy forest to inside an art studio.

Lastly, one could easily overlook one of my favorite features of the Ironclad General Utility Work Gloves: the TPR cuff puller is a piece of contoured plastic at the end of the gloves that allowed me to pull the gloves on easily by providing extra grip. Every glove should have this feature.

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The buy

Before purchasing be sure to measure your hand and fingers appropriately for the best fit. Once you have your measurements, head to the size chart provided by Ironclad, and determine the appropriate size for you.

From there, just a few clicks and an MSRP of about $16 will land a pair of Ironclad General Utility Work Gloves on your doorstep.

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Tuesday Kahl

Tuesday Kahl

Tuesday Kirby Kahl is a contributor at ExplorersWeb. Her fierce love for the outdoors fuels everything she does. Her professional pursuits include writing, creating art, and photography. These professional passions allow her the time to live life outside as a rock climber, skier, runner, backpacker, paddle boarder, swimmer, and explorer. When Kirby is indoors, she enjoys tea, whisky, old films, cooking, and baking. Her product testing and feedback have shaped the design of everything from climbing shoes to candles.