November 21, 2014

How much thermal protection do you need?

C40? C100? G150? Is more Thinsulate® better? We’ve met extensively with 3M to come up with standards around what Thinsulate levels to use in what temperatures, but too many variables create complexity that makes a definitive answer impossible. The answers are as complex as the operations being performed.

While there are no official or technical absolutes, our experience of outfitting companies around the world with thermal gloves does give us some insight. While you don’t want to underestimate the level of protection, having too much protection can also have negative results. Here are some guidelines:

  • C40 Thinsulate®, found in our 2023, 2123 and 4031 offers an exceptional level of protection for the majority of the United States, except in the most extreme conditions.
  • C100 Thinsulate®, found in the 2026 and 2033 is rapidly becoming the glove of choice for harsher conditions, such as those found in parts of Canada, North Dakota and Alaska. The added protection does add a little bulk and reduces dexterity, so you need to test to make sure you need that much thermal protection.
  • For the most extreme conditions, consider the 4050 Arctic Mitt. With G150 Thinsulate®, this is hands-down the warmest glove on the market, while still providing Level 5 Cut, puncture and impact protection.

Finally, when considering Thinsulate® levels, realize that if a glove manufacturer compresses the Thinsulate to reduce bulk, it also reduces the thermal qualities! Make sure you're using a glove company you trust.

HexArmor® always encourages testing of PPE prior to adoption. Make sure you have the right amount of thermal protection by talking to one of our safety specialists.

Learn even more about our gloves by checking out our cold weather catalog.

Cold Weather Catalog