Gig Gloves

Save your hands during the schlepp
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When you’re moving heavy items between club dates or around the studio, your hands are vulnerable to pinches, bumps, bruises, or worse. Like many, I use leather workman’s gloves when carrying gear, but they’re only marginally protective, not to mention loose and sloppy fitting.

Consequently, I was very impressed when I used Gig Gear’s Gig Gloves (gig-gear. com; $39 street) for the first time. Currently available in two sizes, they are form fitted like ski gloves but provide multi-layered protection for different parts of the hand. Made from polyester mesh, the glove has raised PVC grips on the palm and between the thumb and forefinger, as well as tough thermoplastic bumpers that protect finger tops and knuckles.

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The fingertips are padded, with little slits beneath the first joint of the thumb and two adjacent fingers so you can free them when needed for fine-motor tasks. But there is no need to remove the gloves to use your smartphone or tablet: Those devices easily register your touch through the fabric. A neoprene cuff with a hook-and-loop strap secures the gloves around your wrists.

I’ve been using a pair of Gig Gloves for several weeks—hauling road cases and speakers in and out of the van between garage, studio, and clubs—and I appreciate the protection they offer, especially against handles that squish my fingers against the case. The Gig Gloves are comfortable and fit snugly, and my hands don’t feel so tired and beat up when it’s time to perform.

Gig Gear has a fleece-lined pair in the works, the Thermo-Gig Glove ($39 street) for use in cold environments. Available in five sizes, this warmer glove offers the same combination of flexibility and protection as the original model.