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How To Determine Glove Size

Most people wear gloves that are too small. It might not be the worst thing in the world if your gloves are the wrong size if you’re just wearing them to stay warm. But if you need gloves for yard work, using power tools, or if you work in a field that calls for high-quality, specialized work gloves, you need to make sure they fit — and fit well.

Unfortunately, it’s not easy to find reliable information on how to choose the proper glove size for your hand. With this foolproof glove sizing guide and instructions on how to accurately measure your hands, we aim to change that.

Why Is Picking The Appropriate Glove Size Important?

Choosing the right glove size is essential for maximum efficiency and hand protection. Indeed, if the size is too big, the glove risks slipping; the user will then lose his grip capacity (grasping an object between his fingers) and dexterity (flexibility and precision of manipulation). On the other hand, a glove that is too small is very uncomfortable; it restricts the wearer’s movements and makes him reluctant to wear it. Therefore, to ensure the best possible protection and good dexterity, for fine handling work for example, we will choose a glove of the right size (identifiable by a marking on the glove), which protects against the risks incurred and complies with the Normative EN ISO 21420 for Europe. Priority must be given to safety over aesthetics. Above all, the glove will be well-resistant.

A wide range of sizes, from 6 to 12, is now offered (some models even exist in half sizes) to ensure a perfect fit to the shape of the hand, with a second skin effect, right down to the fingertips. Men or women, can find personal protective equipment (PPE) that will fit them like a glove!

Average Hand Sizes

The human hand has a delicate and intricate anatomy. Each of our hands contains 27 bones. On top of that, we work with our hands all day long, moving them constantly and utilizing the numerous muscles and tendons in them. Given all this complexity, it should come as no surprise that hand size is more complicated than first appears.

For adult men, women, and children, the average hand size varies, and within each group, there is also a wide range of hand sizes. In general, length, breadth, and palm circumference are used to calculate hand size. We’ll talk more about accurately measuring your hands later.

What Is The Average Hand Size??

Although hands come in a variety of sizes and shapes, the average hand size for adult men and women is shown in the following chart:

Which Glove Size Is Typical?

The vast majority of people’s hands can be accommodated by any good selection of work gloves’ available sizes. Because of this, the typical person wears medium-sized gloves, though the size of the glove will vary depending on whether it is sold separately for men’s and women’s hands or if it is sold for unisex use.

Does Shoe Size Correspond To Glove Size?

Typically, shoe sizes are indicated differently than glove sizes. While the standard method of describing shoe sizes is numerical (e.g. Glove sizes are most frequently stated in terms of small, medium, large, extra-large, etc. (size 9 or 9.5). But even though the sizing procedures may differ, there is a significant correlation between glove size and shoe size!

How To Measure Hand Size For Gloves


You should carefully measure your hands and use a sizing chart to choose the appropriate size for your hands in order to find the glove that fits you the best. A wide range of sizes are available from Cestus Armored Gloves, which manufactures work gloves with exceptional performance for a variety of uses. 

In terms of sizing, we are open and precise. Here’s how to correctly measure your hand and determine your glove size:

  1. Measure the circumference of your palm on your dominant hand using a flexible measuring tape.
  2. Set the measuring tape’s starting point (at 0 in.) just above the inside of your thumb, in the crevice between your thumb and index finger.
  3. Start the measuring tape above your thumb, move it to the outside of your pinky finger, and then wrap it around your palm once more.
  4. Examine the area where the measuring tape overlaps itself at the beginning.
  5. To the nearest quarter-inch, total the inches and write them down.
  6. Your Cestus glove size can be determined using your measurement and the size chart below.

Rope Measurement Driving Gloves

If you’re using a piece of rope, place it next to a ruler and check the length in centimeters. To determine your glove size, use a similar method to the tape measure: compare your measurement in cm to the table below. 

Size in between: If you are between sizes, we advise ordering the smaller of the two (go down). The initial fit of a properly sized driving glove should be snug. Please also note that our Pecarry gloves will stretch and adapt to your hand over time. Go up one size (round up) if you prefer a regular fit.    

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When Using Different Materials, Does Glove Sizing Change?

Work gloves are made from a variety of different materials, such as natural and synthetic fabrics, to offer warmth and/or protection from the elements and risk of injury. Fortunately, the manufacturing process takes into account the characteristics of these materials, making the Cestus sizing chart accurate for all of the gloves we offer.

2. How Do Glove Cuffs Impact Sizing?

Work gloves come in a variety of glove cuff styles to suit various needs. For added forearm protection, some gloves are made with longer cuffs that slip over the sleeves of a jacket. Others have short cuffs that are designed to fit snugly over the wearer’s wrist to keep debris out. 

The cuffs on Cestus gloves come in a variety of designs that fit different wrist sizes and adhere to the sizing chart. Consider choosing gloves with an elastic/spandex cuff, such as the Deep III Barrier gloves, or adjustable cuffs, such as the HandMax Black gloves, if your needs call for a tighter, more precise cuff size. 

3. In Order To Fit Gloves With Liners, Should I Go Up A Size?

You can rely on our sizing chart if you’re buying Cestus gloves with built-in lining. Instead, if you intend to wear your own detached glove liners underneath your work gloves, you might want to consider going up one or two sizes, depending on the thickness of the liners you have.