Frequently Asked Questions
> Where can I purchase MASLEY ® Gloves?
> What are “technical” gloves?
The word "technical" is used to describe design properties and performance properties. Design properties include the specific materials and patterns used in MASLEY® Gloves. Using the best materials such GORE-TEX® Glove Inserts, SmartSilver™ Fabric and DuPont NOMEX™ Fiber help assure the performance properties guaranteed in MASLEY® Gloves. Performance properties are the ultimate concern to the end user and include properties such as dexterity, fire resistance, waterproofness, windproofness and breathability.
In addition to stated performance properties, MASLEY® Gloves are ultimately designed and manufactured so that you will actually be able to keep the gloves on your hands while performing most tasks and completing your mission.
> Why is FIT so important?
It has been learned many times over that users will select a well fitting glove over a poor fitting yet more appropriate technical glove.
An example case of this is popular military use of the traditional Summer Flyers glove. This glove is designed for pilots and has excellent tactility and fit for that end use. It is also well known that the traditional flyers glove has poor durability when exposed to abrasion. And yet because of its fit and tactility, it is often used crew members, infantry, paratroopers and mechanics. These other end uses demand durability to abrasion and the traditional summer flyers glove fails early due to lack of durability.
Note that MASLEY Enterprises has designed a "Special" Summer Flyers Glove with improved durability. See product page.
With the importance of fit in mind, MASLEY™ Gloves are designed with the proper materials and construction and also to fit well so you can keep your gloves on while performing your mission. The Fit is a big part of the solution!
MASLEY™ Gloves are fitted according to the HANDLOGIC® Glove Sizing System. The U.S. Army has developed a new glove sizing system based on our system and is requiring that future Army gloves to be designed to fit accordingly. This system provides an easy and logical way to measure one's hands. See how to measure one's hands using the HAND Sizing Tool.
> How do I choose the right glove?
Choosing the proper hand wear protection is difficult. Often it involves a compromise between several performance properties such as listed below.
When selecting hand wear protection it is important to know what performance properties are required to make the glove "functional" for the intended end use. The term functionality is used to define the main feature or performance property of the glove. Examples are noted below.
Glove Style – Main Performance Property(s)
All of the glove styles mentioned above provide a balance of performance properties. MASLEY Enterprises Inc. strives to provide the proper balance of performance properties as well as a glove that is good fit and dexterous. For help in choosing the right glove for your end use, please contact us at 302-427-9885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
> How do I choose the proper glove size?
MASLEY™ Gloves utilize the HANDLOGIC® Glove Sizing System for selecting the proper glove size for best fit and tactility. This glove sizing system allows you to select the glove size based on the following two important hand measurements – Index Finger Length and Palm Width. The U.S. Army contracted with Masley Enterprises Inc. to develop a new Hand Sizing Tool and a new Glove Sizing System based on these measurements.
Two tools are available to measure your hands.
> Why are MASLEY™ gloves Made in the USA?
We are proud to say we manufacture gloves that are Berry Amendment Compliant. This means that the materials and labor are Made in U.S.A.! Please give us a call if you have any questions about the Berry Amendment.
See example of process steps and place of origin below.
Example of how product is Made in USA:
Partial Glove Shell
GORE-TEX® Glove Insert
> Why do these gloves cost more than traditional military gloves?
Before answering this question we want to recognize that most people do not care how difficult and costly is it is to make a product. The important point they care about is receiving the most performance value for their money. We agree with this philosophy as do the thousands of satisfied users currently wearing MASLEY® Gloves.
With that being said, there are some who like to have details about cost to help them justify a purchase. We are proud to provide the following.
The traditional military gloves were developed with an emphasis on minimizing labor time. Simplistic patterns are utilized and often only one material type is used for a given glove style. Unfortunately, you often get what you pay for. See Common Problems with Traditional Military Hand Wear. A comparison of the complexity of the design between Traditional Gloves vs. MASLEY® Gloves is listed below.
Complexity of Design:
Comparison of Patterns and Materials
Quantity purchased also impacts the price per pair.
Military gloves are often purchased in quantities of 20,000 to 100,000+ pairs per contract order. When MASLEY® Gloves are purchased in these quantities, there are economies of scale and the price goes down as well.
Quality Control Practice impacts the price per pair:
There is Quality Control (QC) to meet a Military Specification and there is quality control to make sure a glove fits well. The first type of QC is measurable and is often defined in terms of glove dimensions meeting a specified length, width, etc. However, this does not mean the glove feels good or even fits correctly.
MASLEY Enterprises Inc. puts an emphasis on not only the measurable specifications but also the second, not so easily measured quality of good fit and feel. We reward the skilled workers who determine when some gloves require extra attention to achieve a proper fit and feel.
Respect for Skilled Workers impacts the price per pair.
Constructing a pair of gloves requires excellent sewing skills and additional labor for forming the glove. To provide a quality product to you the customer, we hire skilled workers who perfect their craft on a daily basis year after year.
Without giving away too much confidential information, we can reveal that it takes over an hour to make (a pair of) the Cold Weather Fliers Gloves. And this glove style is over 4 times more complex than the standard issue light duty glove.
If you respect the fact that these are skilled workers and that these workers need to make a living, you will quickly appreciate the labor costs alone associated with making this product.
We encourage you to do the math on your own so that you may appreciate that these gloves are being sold at a good value to you the customer.
> If I am buying for a large group of people, will reducing the number of glove sizes available to my team reduce the logistics workload?
It is important to provide your group with well fitting gloves. Therefore it is important to determine the proper size distribution or “sizing tariff”.
If time is available and your group is accessible, we recommend that you allow each individual to size their own hands by using the 3-Dimensional HAND Sizing Tool or the 2-Dimesional print out of the HAND Sizing Tool.
Alternatively, we can often provide you with an approximate sizing tariff based on the demographics of your group. And example demographics would be 10% adult females and 90% adult males. Please give us a call at 302-427-9885 and we will be glad to assist you.
> What are the founding principles of MASLEY Enterprise Inc.?
We believe in respect for the skilled workers making the product and respect for the brave end users wearing the product. Everything else in between is business. By keeping our focus on the two ends, the Makers and the End Users, we are able to provide a quality product and innovation, thus providing value to you the customer.
And sometimes, much to our delight, the Skilled Makers and Brave End Users actually get to meet each other! Seeing this moment is what makes it all worthwhile. This was a special day. See picture below.
> How do I Wash and Care for my gloves?
Hand washing of the gloves helps maintain the form and shape of the glove.