How to choose the right gloves for you
There are three main considerations in choosing the right gloves. All of them impact in some way, and you may have to select the best compromise, or consider buying different gloves for different occasions. Please bear in mind that with hard use, even the best gloves can last only a few weeks. Paralympic athletes and top wheelchair sportspersons can go through a pair of gloves in a day! It is possible to build indestructible gloves, but all of the wear and strain will simply be transmitted to your hands which negates the point of gloves in the first place
Active, Regular Wheelchair User with Good Hand FunctionIf you self-propel your wheelchair with little or no assistance, you will need our most robust styles which are the Classic or Sure-grip styles. These gloves are made from hard wearing cow leather and provide the greatest protection. They will last longer than any other style. The gloves are donned as any other normal glove and require a fair degree of manual dexterity to use, particularly for removal. We do provide finger pulls on all half finger gloves and a bite tab to aid putting them on and taking them off.
Regular Wheelchair User with Limited Hand FunctionIf you have limited hand function but still self-propel occasionally, then we recommend that you consider the Wraps. As their name suggests, you put these on by wrapping them round your hand, rather than having to place your fingers into individual finger holes. They are fastened with hook and loop fabric and can be adjusted for fit. They are soft and flexible, but not as hard wearing or durable as the classic or sure-grip styles
Intermittent Wheelchair User with Light GripFor users who may occasionally resort to a wheelchair and who often propel with assistance, you can consider the Lite Gloves with gel palms. The Lite gloves are soft and flexible, whilst protecting your hands with an additional layer of silicon gel to absorb the shock. They are particularly good for users with soft or easily damaged skin who are unlikely to indulge in high impact activities. They also have the advantage of lycra and terry backing, which helps to wick away moisture more quickly – a distinct advantage in warmer weather.
Type of Wheelchair RimRubber rims are great for wheelchair users with reduced grip, but the increased friction can play havoc with gloves, particularly when braking. If you do have rubber rims, we recommend the Classic style with its natural leather surface as the longer lasting option. If you do choose the Sure Grip please be aware that the lifespan of the gloves may be severely reduced.
Type of GloveAll of our gloves, bar the Wraps have a full thumb covering, which is essential for protecting one of the most vulnerable areas of the hand. A full thumb covering helps prevent blistering, chafing and callousing of the outer edge of the thumb.
Full or Half Finger?As the name suggests Full Finger gloves cover the whole hand. They are particularly popular in winter months, when your hands need the greatest protection and warmth. We supply Classic and Sure-grip gloves in the Full Finger style Half Finger is the default style for the majority of our gloves. We still retain the full thumb, but the fingers end at the base of the first knuckle, leaving the majority of your finger free for maximum flexibility and sensitivity.
WrapsThe Wraps are a unique style that do not require you to pull them over your fingers. The thumb is inserted into the glove but the remainder of the glove is wrapped round the palm and back of the hand, fastening with two hard wearing strips of hook and loop fastener. The material used is mainly neoprene which is highly flexible and can be stretched round your individual hand posture. Please note that the Wrap is the only glove in our range which does not have a fully finger thumb. This is because most users of Wraps have extremely limited hand movement and prefer to retain some degree of touch and pinch, which is much harder with a full thumb.
We hope you have found this guide useful but if you'd like to speak to someone about how to choose the best gloves, please call us on Freephone 0800 983 6000 and we'll be happy to give you advice. Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to care for your gloves
Globaleather wheelchair gloves are made from the finest materials which, of course, includes the best quality leather. No matter how you use your gloves or what kind of chair you have, we want you to enjoy the benefits of our durable gloves for as long as possible. By following these easy and simple step by step customer care instructions, you will get the maximum use and enjoyment out of your gloves.
When you receive your gloves from us
Wash all gloves before first use. This is important because it prevents dye from running and will also soften the gloves slightly.
Store leather away from direct sunlight to prevent the colour fading. Leather is a natural material so you may find the surface shows some minor variations in colour or even the occasional small imperfection.
Leather Gloves- Hand washing
We recommend you wash your gloves regularly. Produce a good lather in lukewarm water using mild detergent. Immerse the gloves and wash gently on your hands. Remove the gloves and rinse thoroughly in clean water. Squeeze out all excess water and pull gently into shape. Hang to dry away from direct sunlight or heat. Coloured gloves may be washed with articles of a similar colour provided the above instructions are followed.
Leather Gloves - Machine wash
Wash the glove on a low temperature setting (up to 30°C) and gentle cycle of a domestic washing machine. Use a mild detergent that is recommended for washing woollens. Please do not use any fabric conditioner or strong washing materials as they may damage the leather. Ensure that the gloves are thoroughly rinsed. Spin gently, pull into shape and hang to dry in natural room temperature away from direct sunlight. Do not tumble dry or place on a radiator.
When nearly dry, put the gloves on your hands to restore their shape and softness. Remove from your hand and hang up to dry fully. When dry, place on your hand and buff the surface with a soft cloth.
Sport range/Lite Gloves
Wash the gloves on the low temperature (up to 30°C) gentle cycle of a domestic washing machine and dry as above
Globaleather badge wallets
Please wipe clean with a dry cloth when necessary
At Globaleather, we pride ourselves on over two decades of experience in designing the best wheelchair gloves available. Our gloves have always been designed in Britain by wheelchair users, using the highest quality materials. We feel it's important that our gloves are designed and tested by our customers and, as a family business, this remains an important part of our business ethos today.
Globaleather was founded in 1994, by Trevor Palmer shortly after his life changed dramatically following a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.
Not long after this diagnosis, Trevor became a part time wheelchair user and, like so many of our customers, started looking around for the best wheelchair gloves he could find. Trevor was surprised to see that people like him were using gardening gloves, weightlifting gloves and even washing-up gloves! Whilst offering a small amount of protection for a very limited amount of time, clearly none of these types of glove were up to the job (as so many of our customers have discovered for themselves!).
Trevor set about designing bespoke gloves that could withstand the demands of every day wheelchair use and at the same time provide comfort and style.
Trevor started to make prototype gloves by hand. He then set about asking everyone he saw using a manual wheelchair if they were willing to assist him in testing his gloves! Driven by a desire to provide wheelchair users like himself with a glove that would really make a difference to their lives, he eventually recruited fourteen willing volunteers, purchased a couple of industrial sewing machines, converted part of his premises into a sample development area and Globaleather was born.
After eight months of testing and refining the Globaleather Original Wheelchair Glove (now known as the 'Classic') had evolved and Globaleather's range started to expand into sports gloves, winter gloves and blue badge wallets.
Today, Globaleather sells thousands of pairs of British-designed gloves to customers all over the world and we're proud of the reputation we've built among our loyal customers.
We hope you enjoy browsing our range and if you'd like to know more about our heritage or our gloves, please get in touch at email@example.com
We'd love to hear from you.
Below is a list of the most common questions asked by our customers.
If you need information about sizing, please click on the glove you're interested in when browsing our shop and you will see a sizing chart. If you have any questions to which you cannot find the answer then please don't hesitate to call us on Freephone 0800 983 6000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help you.
Who designs the Globaleather gloves?
Globaleather gloves are designed in Britain by wheelchair users for wheelchair users.
Where are Globaleather gloves made?
We source our high quality leather from various countries around the world which are known for producing the highest quality product.
What if I don't like the gloves?
We're sure you'll be very happy with your purchase, but if for any reason you're not, you can return them to us within 14 days and we'll give you a full refund, no questions asked. We call this our 'no quibble guarantee'.
I ordered the wrong size, what can I do?
Just call us on Freephone 0800 983 6000 and we'll make sure you get the size you need.
Who do I talk to if I have some ideas on how your gloves could be even better?
We're constantly aiming to improve our products by listening to you, our customer. If you have any ideas or feedback, good or bad, then we'd love to hear from you. Please call us on Freephone 0800 983 6000 or drop us an email at email@example.com
How do you support the wheelchair community?
We feel it's important for companies like ours to support the community. We're always looking for interesting projects to support. For example at the moment we're discussing a project to help wheelchair users who are interested in getting involved in sport. We're also developing our website so that it has great educational content which is often difficult to find elsewhere. As our business grows, we intend to do more of this. You can read more about how we work with community by clicking on The Globaleather Story
Do you offer a bespoke service where I can get gloves tailor made just for me?
We've been asked this many times. Please get in touch by calling us on Freephone 0800 983 6000 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org It's another area we're looking to develop and we'd be happy to discuss your requirements.
Do you make wheelchair racing gloves?
This is a specialist area that we're looking to develop. Huge global events such as the Paralympics have encouraged more and more wheelchair users to get involved in sport and we are keen to support their efforts by providing products that help them to achieve their goals. We're currently running a pilot program in this area. If this is an area of interest to you, please do get in touch with us by email at email@example.com
Can you recommend a good local group for me to get involved in?
We have a list of groups on our site, some of whom may be local to you. Click on Resources to go to the list. If you can't find what you're looking for, our Customer Service Team will be more than happy to help so please get in touch on Freephone 0800 983 6000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a selection of disability websites which we hope you will find useful. If you're looking for more specific information not covered by the sites here then please get in touch at email@example.com and we'll do our best to help.
We'd also love to hear from you if you would like to recommend other sites which you think would be helpful for our community.
We're currently updating the site to include a range of educational videos, so please check back soon. In the meantime, we'd recommend searching on www.youtube.com where you can find lots of great information posted by wheelchair users