A Well-Fitting Work Glove is a Safer Glove

Everyone has had a pair of gloves that don’t fit, but we still insist on wearing them. They can be so tight you can barely stretch out your fingers, or so big you can comfortably fit both hands in one.

In manual jobs, having perfect control and protection for your hands is a priority. It’s why we want to help make sure you can find the perfect type of work glove. From fingerless to framer styles and full-handed styles, we’ve produced a handy glove-measuring guide to help your new Dirty Rigger’s fit, well, like a glove.

Fit Like a Glove – How to measure

Work out your perfect glove size with our ‘handy’ guide below.

All you need to find your glove size is a tape measure and your hand. 

  • Hold all four fingers together, but only lightly, don’t press them together firmly. This makes it easier to get an accurate measurement of the width of your hand.
  • Take a tape measure and place it just below your knuckles. Wrap it around your hand, note down the measurement.
  • You can then convert this to a size – ranging from Extra Extra Small to Extra Extra Large – using our glove size guide in the table below. If you are in-between sizes, we suggest you round up to the nearest size. 

This is really all it takes to find the perfect fit. We wanted to make sure it was as easy as possible to find a snug pair, which is why we made our measuring process just three simple steps.

How to measure your hand guide to find out glove sizing

Hold all four fingers together, but only lightly, don’t press them together firmly.


Take a tape measure and place it just below your knuckles. Wrap it around your hand, note down the measurement.

Glove Size Guide Table

If you are in-between sizes, we suggest rounding up to the nearest size.

Hand SizeSize No.Hand Circumference (MM)Hand Circumference (IN)
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Why are work gloves important?

Work gloves are essential and make your job safer. A good pair of work gloves will act as a barrier to protect your hands from bumps & scrapes as well as serious injuries like cuts and abrasions. Taking care of your hands is a vital part of your job.

Having the correct work safety gloves offers protection during extreme conditions. Whether you’re working in a drafty theatre or the biting wind of an off-shore rig, your hands will be kept warm, so you don’t lose dexterity. In hot weather, the right gloves, which are properly ventilated by design, will help prevent hands from overheating.

The right kit is essential for workplace safety. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have well-fitted gloves appropriate for the task at hand.

What are the different kinds of work gloves?

The health and safety reasons for using gloves are similar no matter what industry you work in. This doesn’t mean work gloves are a one size fits all matter though. Different jobs will require different gloves, with some offering more protection for heavy-labour jobs and others focused on dexterity for small, precise tasks.

While the health and safety reasons to use gloves are similar across the board, different tasks require different gloves.

Dirty Rigger offers four main types of safety gloves:

Fingerless work glovesour fingerless gloves give you exceptional freedom for even the most intricate tasks – whilst still keeping 90% of your hand covered for protection.

Full finger work gloves: probably the most recognisable type of work glove. These gloves give a comfortable barrier for manual labour, but the fitted design moves with your hand, ensuring they’re still comfortable with a full range of motion.

Framer style work gloves: framer gloves give access to the thumb, middle, and index fingers for intricate tasks. Heavy-duty framer style work gloves are especially useful for hands-on working lifestyles.

Women’s work gloves: we offer fingerless, full finger, and framer style work gloves in smaller sizes down to XXS. With our range extending from XXS to XXL, you can always find the perfect fit.

Dirty Rigger glove types, Dirty Rigger glove range

Rigger putting on a Dirty Rigger work glove to show the glove fit

How should a work glove fit?

As well as a measuring guide to help you find the correctly sized safety gloves, we have a few useful tips on how your Dirty Rigger work gloves should feel when you put them on.

  • You should be looking for a close fit. The fabric should fit without gaps at the ends of the fingers or around your wrists. A snug fit will minimise snagging, which can help reduce the chance of injury. Work gloves that are too large for you may increase the risk of getting caught in machinery.
  • You don’t want a fit that’s too snug, though. Work gloves that are too tight will hamper your movement and can be uncomfortable to work in. They can also cut off blood flow to your hands, if they’re too tight and even cause friction burn from the fabric rubbing as you try to work.
  • You should have full and unrestricted movement of your hands whilst wearing gloves. A good pair of fitted gloves shouldn’t hinder any movements you would make without them. You should be able to stretch your fingers, grip, and do anything else you need to do.

Finding the Perfect Safety Gloves for You

While you can rarely go wrong with a traditional pair of black gloves, Dirty Rigger can also offer full customisation across the entire range. As well as adding logos and names to the wrist strap, you can customise all the way down to the colour of the stitching and even the packaging your work gloves arrive in! 

This is all done through our team, who can create digital prototypes and guide you through every step of the process. 

When you have a glove that fits perfectly, you want to make sure everyone knows it’s yours.  


Following our handy guide should help you find the perfect pair of safety gloves. But, if you’re not sure of the exact type of glove you need, you can always speak to our team, who will be more than happy to help you find what you need.

*Note: this sizing is for Dirty Rigger gloves only. Other manufacturers may have their own sizing guides.