Work Glove Size Chart – How To Find Glove Size

Glove size chart and how to measure your hand

Are you wondering how to know your glove size before buying a pair of work gloves? The glove size charts below should help…

Good quality work gloves are absolutely essential for protecting one’s hands from the countless harsh and abrasive tasks of a ‘working’ daily life. It is an essential item for me. I keep lots of them. Depends of the general use tasks, the season, and other factors.

By the way, an ordinary cut can quickly lead to infection (many people used to die this way before antibiotics!). It’s a smart precaution to wear work gloves. It really should be a required prep item!

Here’s how to find out your glove size:

How To Measure Your Glove Size

Measure the circumference of your dominant hand (right handed or left handed) which tends to be slightly larger.

Use a soft flexible tape measure (sewing tape measure) around the palm. Wrap it around the fullest part of your palm – excluding the thumb – as shown.

Then measure from the tip of your middle finger to the bottom of your hand.

Your glove size will be the larger of the two measurements.


Glove Size Chart

 Some manufacturers indicate glove size in inches while others size their gloves by Small, Medium, Large, etc.

Here’s a general purpose glove size chart to help you determine your own size. Scroll down further for specific Wells Lamont.

 If your measurement falls between two sizes, size up.

MEN’S Gloves

XS (7)
S (7 ½ – 8)
M (8 ½ – 9)
L (9 ½ – 10)
XL (10 ½ – 11)
XXL (11 ½ – 12)

WOMEN’S Gloves

XS (6)
S (6 ½)
M (7)
L (7 ½)
XL (8)


XXS (6.5)
XS (7)
S (7 ½)
M (8 ½)
L (9)
XL (9 ½)
XXL (10)
XXXL (11)

The fit of a glove comes down to personal preference. Some like a snug or tight fitting glove while others a looser fit. I suppose some of this depends on what you’re using them for. A tight fitting glove provides a better tactile response for example.

Personally, I typically like a glove that’s not too tight. So I often up the glove size by one unit.

Even good quality work gloves will wear out. So be sure to have more than just one pair!

Gloves might be a very overlooked prep item in one’s storage of goods and supplies. Consider the tasks at hand in a world in which you are required to do more yourself.

Some gloves will be necessary for very heavy work while others for medium duty work. Some tasks may require better dexterity and tactile sensation for handling tools and such.

Quality gloves will be made of materials that will hold up better to abuse than ordinary cloth gloves. Pay attention to the materials that the gloves are made of.

The palms of good heavy duty work gloves will often have thicker leather or even a double layer, as well as extra stitching or double stitching. Cowhide is the most common leather, although not as good or durable, or with the dexterity of Goatskin or Pigskin leather gloves.

My favorite work gloves are generally those from Wells Lamont. They’ve held up well. I keep pairs for the summer, and insulated gloves for the winter.

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Wells Lamont Glove Size Chart (Men’s)

(XS) 6 – 6½
(S) 7 – 7½
(M) 8 – 8½
(L) 9 – 9½
(XL) 10 – 10½
(2XL) 11 – 11½
(3XL) 12 – 12½

Wells Lamont Glove Size Chart (Women’s)

(S) 6 – 6½
(M) 7 – 7½
(L) 8 – 8½

[ Read: Thinsulate™ Gloves – How it Works ]


  1. Gloves !
    Gloves are for Sissies !
    I don’t need no stinkin’ gloves !
    Toughen up, you Wussies.

  2. Are these standard sizes? Would a woman’s 7 be the same size as a man’s 7, or would they just be in pink or some such idiocy?

    1. As far as I have experienced, womens sizes S-M-L run smaller, like shoes. I have large hands so a women’s large glove may be a little tight, where a mens medium is a perfit fit. I used to make leather patched wool mittens for both men and women.

      As far as hat size, I used to make hundreds of custom Scottish bonnets, you measure the circumference around your head where the hat lays with a flexible tape, then divide that number by 3.14 (pi) and that is your hat size on both men and women.

  3. I’ve heard that White Ox gloves are nice but seems Amazon only sells them by the dozen and I don’t need a dozen pair of work gloves.

    1. Rickster64,..
      . ideas…
      Barter? Have family/friends/close associates that might could use a pair( Christmas gift)?
      extra pair for truck- repairs on side of road-etc…

  4. When I was a trail worker I would go through a pair of gloves in a month (especially doing rock work) until I switched to pig skin and they last three times as long as any others I’ve used. I buy them buy the dozen as I still use them nearly everyday cutting wood, moving brush, clearing trees etc. and in a SHTF they will be as valuable as a good pair of boots.

      1. I bought the last dozen off (don’t remember the brand) but now that link goes to Walmart so I’m looking for another source that sells in bulk.

        1. Walmart shutting down, the site is still operational Walmart did not provide a timeline.
          I tried searching for the pigskin gloves and still returned quite an assortment.

  5. Response to Lauren:
    I believe these sizes are standardized. I am one of the dudes with small hands so I find myself buying either mens small gloves or women’s medium gloves. (in the Wells Lamont Brand.) I have also noticed that the thumb and fingers can/may be a bit longer in the men’s gloves versus the women’s gloves.

    Some jobs like brush hogging where there are rattlesnakes had me making a rapid transition from brush cutter to shotgun then back so a good fitting pair of gloves was very helpful for me during that particular job. I used a pair of thin deerskin women’s gloves at that time because they fit well and did not take away from operating a shotgun.

    After I took a job in healthcare, protecting my hands and skin on my hands became more important for my day job so gloves area part of my daily wardrobe.

    1. Thanks. It bugs me to no end that there is no correlation between men’s sizes and women’s sizes in shoes, clothes, or anything else. Women’s sizes depend on the area of manufacture, the manufacturer, the designer and a hundred other criteria. No two alike.

      It’s nice to think there might be ONE item that isn’t sized for marketing!

      1. Lauren,
        there used to be, before the garment and footwear industries were alloffshored to less than reputable countries,
        have seen the degrade and wander of sizing in everything from boots to womens panries,,,was just talking withthe significant other about this…
        is quite problematic, if i buy a shoe last made in Spain, it willbe true to size of shoe made in the USA 25years ago but will bear no resemblence in size to something made in china and marketed here today, a eee wide from the import to a eee wide in the last is not even close and the length is not even remotely the same…

      2. Scarves, ties, and 1800’s women bloomers-even the pattern says one size fits all!

    1. I buy the Duluth work gloves, have nylon backs and leather reinforced palms and fingers. Way niceto have, always keep a few extras, i use some tubber coated nylon gloves that i buy from Whitecap for day to day a lot of times, wear em out fast but they are a saver for everything from pulling weeds to pouring concrete.

  6. I feel a Bubba Gump moment coming on. Tactical gloves, Work Gloves, Garden Gloves, Leather Gloves, Cold Weather Gloves, Fishing Gloves, Scuba Gloves, Cotton Gloves, Medical Gloves, Boxing Gloves, Latex Gloves, Nitrate Gloves……LOL

    1. jim s –

      I agree. Gloves are like shoes. You’ve got to have the right ones for each task, which means every type and material.

      Goat skin and pig skin are my favorite but they do wear out more quickly, so those are purchased in bulk. I do like the deer skin palm and spandex top gloves for extra flexibility on certain tasks too. Cowhide is my least favorite but most durable. Cotton for gardening. Women’s gloves when I need tighter finger fit, otherwise men’s gloves because they are more comfortable due to being less snug and a tad longer finger.

    2. Motorcycle gloves, Fingerless gloves, Welding gloves, Batting gloves, (my mind is boggled!!) Good one jim s.

  7. My all around gloves ar the three pack from menards. three colors black/green/blue.
    I believe they are men’s large.
    Everything from light to heavy, about $5.50 for three pair.

    The above matters when going for fitted buckskin/goatskin or the nicer leather snug type.
    I don’t like wasting money on the special ones even if they are nice.

    Mine, if I loose one not a big deal, it gets shredded in whatever I’m working on.. no big deal.
    I have 9 pair right now.

  8. Just a small aside on leather gloves. I always put neats foot oil on my leather gloves. They wear better, last longer, and are, not water proof but moisture resistant. They do take a day or so to dry but it is so worth it.

  9. Ohh, I hate gloves.
    Although they come in handy, depending on the chore.
    Like a pair of shoes, I have to try them on.
    Leather I usually get the next size smaller, the most snug fit. They will stretch.
    Winter gloves just plain suck. Cumbersome.

  10. Leather gloves have long been the preference here, but cheap synthetics find their way into the pockets here much more often these days. In ranching country, poly-cotton chore gloves (e.g. “Handy Andys”) used to be the disposable thing, but they’re just a step above mittens for dexterity. Today’s throwaway mechanics gloves provide a good piece of the insulation they do and a whole lot more dexterity.

    Leather over GI wool-nylon is still my go-to for a practical, working glove in cold weather. With decent waterproofing, they have a lot of practicality.

    Size-wise, finger length is in gloves is a challenge for me. Proportionally, I accept a smaller size so fingers aren’t flopping all over, but deal with more tightness across the palm.

  11. Working outside this past weekend wearing gloves got stung by something on a finger and got spikes in finger from weeds . Used the cheap gloves from a multi pack that have a coating on palm and under fingers but top of glove is just material. I use these because I can move fingers well but they didn’t stop sting or pickers (like thistle or cactus). Any suggestions on what kind of glove would protect from these and still allow fingers to grasp well?

  12. Can one ever have too many gloves?I know gloves will be needed by all if things go south, for gardening, getting in and bringing in wood, etc. So I’ve got two five gallon buckets of new gloves, a pile of every day used gloves, and a small bucket of singletons because I know the other half of the pair will show up eventually. I like leather gloves with leather reinforced palm and fingers. They seem to perform and hold up best when dealing with blackberry vines.

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