VGO makes the best chainsaw gloves that stop the chainsaw chain from penetrating beyond the gloves. In other words, VGO gloves do what you’d expect chainsaw gloves to do — STOP THE CHAIN. These should be at the top of your list. Don’t be fooled by gloves being labeled as “chainsaw gloves” expecting they all will stop the chainsaw chain, because that simply is not true. Every glove has its strength and weakness, but few will stop a chain. For example, if it has Kevlar then you know it’s a good glove. I’ve selected a wide variety of chainsaw gloves to consider and depending on what you’re looking for.
Dress for Safety, not Looks
Chainsaw gloves should be an accessory that you always put on before you decide to fire up your chainsaw. We all know that chainsaws are dangerous tools but unfortunately homeowners often overlook the obvious need to protect themselves thinking that an accident won’t happen to them. Safety needs to be an integral part of your protection while you work. Period! Don’t be dumb, protect yourself.Chainsaw gloves are just one component of what you should wear when cutting wood. The other essentials are: Chainsaw chaps, protective head gear and even cut-resistant boots if you want the complete setup.
If you’re looking for anti-vibration gloves then you’ll have to read our article that was specifically focused on anti-vibration gloves but there’s one excellent anti-vibration glove in this guide (Ergodyne ProFlex 9000). Some of the gloves offer minimal protection and most of the gloves give you some degree of cut resistance. Don’t develop a false sense of safety just because you’re wearing gloves. You need to be wearing the proper safety gloves. There are several gloves that I strongly recommend and others I’m lukewarm about.
Before we take a look at the best chainsaw gloves, watch this video that discusses chainsaw gloves and how to choose the right pair:
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Review : Youngstown Chainsaw Gloves | Kevlar Lined
Best Cut resistant Chainsaw Gloves
Made from: 30% Nylon, 25% Polyester, 15% PVC, 10% Polyurethane, 9% Kevlar, 8% Cotton, 2% Rubber, 1% Velcro.
- Cut resistant liner made with Kevlar® fiber by DuPont™ throughout the entire glove
- Cut Resistant: ANSI/ISEA 105 Level A4
- Puncture Resistant: ANSI/ISEA Level 4
- Heavy duty non slip reinforcement on the palm, fingers and thumb for lasting durability and grip
- Terry cloth thumb for wiping away sweat and debris
- Supportive cuff with adjustable Velcro closure
- Machine Washable / Air Dry ONLY
- Ideal for many applications where total hand protection is required / Construction / Barbed Wire / Recycling / Landscape
The Youngstown chainsaw gloves (Model: 05-3080-70) are designed to protect you in case of an accident while allowing you to be comfortable while you work. These are apparently the first cut-resistant work gloves. Now, I said “cut-resistant” not “cut-proof.” Their is a difference. Don’t expect these gloves to prevent an injury from the full force of a running chainsaw but they will protect you from short incidental contact with your chainsaw — hopefully. Imagine what could happen if you don’t wear these gloves. Trust me, these are an excellent investment.
These chainsaw gloves are fully lined with Kevlar fiber, and that includes the top of the hand, the palm and also the sides of the fingers. The entire glove is protective. It has padded knuckle protection as well as a terry-cloth brow wipe which allows you to clear the sweat off your forehead while you work.
The great thing about these Youngstown work gloves is that they allow you to maintain a high-level of dexterity while you’re working. Protection is critical but if you can’t move your hands while your work then that would become dangerous as well. These gloves still provide you with the ability to maintain your tactile sensation — and they’re comfortable as well.
Watch this video to see these chainsaw gloves up close and personal.
Beyond using these gloves while with chainsaw related work, you can obviously use them while doing any type of work where you’d want to protect your hands. Whether you’re just working around the yard with other power tools, or if you want to protect yourself from nails, wood splints or whatever may harm you. It’s a lot more enjoyable working with protective gloves because you don’t have to worry about accidentally injuring yourself.
For a small amount of money these Youngstown Kevlar work gloves are should be in everyone’s garage or work truck.
VGO 12-Layer Chainsaw Gloves
Best Heavy-Duty, Cut-Resistant Chainsaw Gloves
These VGO gloves will stop a chainsaw chain before it penetrates your skin. It has many layers designed to protect your hands. These are the real deal. I highly advise buying VGO gloves to protect your hands from a chainsaw. These have been tested and certified. You’ll find these fit comfortably on your hands but you’ll notice a little loss of hand dexterity, but not much. Make sure you choose the right size and you’ll be fine.
Overall, these are excellent quality gloves, built to high standards. They cost a little more than the majority of chainsaw gloves but that’s because they are engineered to protect you and the layers of material cost money. Don’t be tempted by the cheap prices of some chainsaw gloves, because the truth is, if they’re inexpensive, it means they’re not protective. Don’t be cheap when it comes to your safety.
Features / VGO 12-Layer
- Ideal for logging, forest, metalworking, hand tools, power tools, and DIY works
- Premium genuine goat leather palm provides comfort and dexterity for all-day wear; Textured PVC palm patches offer extra durability
- High visibility Stretch spandex back provides exceptionally dexterity and breathability; Chainsaw stopper fabric patches inside the back of left hand for extra
- Cut resistance, protection to the EN381-7 standard, class 1, 20 m/s
- Neoprene cuff and velcro adjustment ensure firm fitting; Precurved fingers for great fit and grip
- CA65 approved/Comply with REACH regulation, CE certified with EN388:2122
Visit the VGO website and you’ll be able to watch a video of what happens when a chainsaw chain starts cutting the glove. You can watch it here.
Review : Ergodyne ProFlex 9000
Best Anti-Vibration Chainsaw Gloves
These gloves have been properly tested and Conforms to the following European standards: EN420+A1:2009 and EN388:2003
- Unique chloroprene rubber palm pad
- Breathable 7-gauge cotton/nylon seamless knit
- Comfortable, flexible pre-curved design
- Elastic cuff for secure fit
- EN 388: 2003 3343
Chainsaws can cause harm in two different ways: first, by cutting through your skin and causing physical damage to your body. And the second way chainsaws cause harm is through their vibrations and it travels through your body. If you use a chainsaw a lot then you might damage your nerves. The condition is called Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and its real. The average homeowner does not have to worry about this but if you have any existing nerve problems then I’d highly recommend you don’t use a chainsaw. If you want to be certain, go see a specialist and get their opinion. At the very least, everyone should use protective gloves like these Ergodyne ProFlex 9000. They will minimize the vibration that gets to your body and increase your overall comfort.
These are the best chainsaw gloves to protect you against chainsaw vibration.
|Certified: ISO 10819:2013|
|Abrasion Resistance Level: 3 of 4||Tear Resistance Level: 4 of 4|
|Blade Cut Resistance Level: 3 of 5||Puncture Resistance Level: 3 of 4|
Visit the Ergodyne site to learn more about the certifications of the ProFlex 9000.
Husqvarna Functional Chainsaw Protection Gloves
Best Lightweight Chainsaw Gloves
- Made from durable goatskin leather.
- Saw protection Class 0, 16m/s according to EN 381-7.
- Soft knitted cuff provides comfort & makes it easy to put on.
- Cut resistant material in left hand.
- Spandex fabric back & goatskin palm.
OVERVIEW / Husqvarna Functional
The Husqvarna functional protection gloves are a lightweight chainsaw glove with cut resistant material in the left hand only. It’s comfortable to wear thanks to the goatskin leather made with a goat leather double layered palm with foam laminated spandex on the back as well as durable nylon neoprene knuckles.
These gloves aren’t as heavy-duty as the Youngstown chainsaw gloves. They don’t offer the same level of cut-resistance. So, if you want a light glove that offers minimal protection then this is a good option for you. The goatskin leather does a great job of wicking moisture away from your hands while you work which is a big deal because there’s nothing worse than trying to work with sweaty gloves.
You’ll like the fact that Husqvarna reinforced the trigger finger as you’ll be putting a lot of pressure on that finger when you work.
Great Lightweight Chainsaw Gloves
I love Husqvarna products in general but I can’t recommend these over the Youngstown gloves. They simply aren’t as protective as they could be. Again, these Husqvarna chainsaw gloves are built for comfort with added cut-resistant protection for your left hand. Why not cut resistance for both hands? These are specifically designed as chainsaw gloves.
ECHO Chainsaw Gloves
Best Lightweight Chainsaw Gloves with Kevlar (Left & Right)
These are excellent quality light duty chainsaw gloves with two layers of Kevlar on the back of the gloves to ensure the chain doesn’t injure your hand from the back side. In addition, the fingertips and knuckles are reinforced for additional protection. Overall, these are excellent cut-resistant gloves. Unfortunately they don’t give you any protection from vibration.
- Two layers of Kevlar material in LEFT and RIGHT glove
- Foam pads
- Reinforced fingertips and knuckles
Glove Sizes / ECHO
- 99988801600 – Medium (M) size
- 99988801601 – Large (L) size
- 99988801602 – Extra-large (XL) size
- 99988801603 – Double Extra-large (XXL) size
Ironclad Kong Pro / Hi-Viz Glove
Best All-Around Hand Protection Gloves
Sizes available: S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
These Ironclad Kong Pro gloves are give you excellent hand protection. They are designed to specialize with cut resistance (A6 Level), Abrasion Resistance (Level 5) and Impact Protection. In these areas, these gloves excel. Even though they look bulky, they are actually comfortable to wear thanks to the intelligent design. The range of materials come together to ensure your safety and to minimize hand fatigue. In other words, they are lightweight, comfortable and protective.
You won’t be protected against vibration but some people prefer lightweight gloves. Generally speaking, anti-vibration gloves are quite bulky and many people don’t like that type of glove. Sometimes you have to sacrifice comfort for protection. These Ironclad Kong pro gloves may not fit your style but they’re a great option for you and your chainsaw.
Features / Ironclad Kong Pro
- Synthetic Palm with PVC/Polyurethane Palm Dots
- MAXIMUM IMPACT PROTECTION- Patented TPR Coverage on Fingers, Thumb, Knuckles and Metacarpal bones for maximum coverage
- MAXIMUM GRIP- PVC/PU Dotted palm
- CUT PROTECTION- A6 cut resistant
- Level 5 abrasion resistant
- Neoprene Slip Cuff-Snug fit, easy to remove
- Two layers thick : Stronger than ever.
- Light weight outer layer gives you excellent grip and ANSI level 5 abrasion resistance
- Inner layer = Proprietary blend of DuPont Kevlar and UHMWPE fibers / EN 388 cut level F and ANSI A6 cut resistance
- Palm is both lighter and stronger = maximum protection and excellent dexterity.
- Maximum hand protection in a lighter glove, with no hand fatigue.
- High strength nylon, blended with high-stretch elastane (Spandex, Lycra), delivers superior fit, comfort and breathability.
- Permanent fluorescence (They Glow)
- Fabric absorbs naturally occurring UV light and emits visible light making it easy to see from a distance
OREGON Protective Chainsaw Gloves / 564449
Best Light-Duty Chainsaw Gloves
Oregon is a brand synonymous with chainsaws. I’m a big fan of their electric chainsaws like the CS1500 corded-electric and the CS300 (cordless). Their integrated chain sharpener make them perfect for homeowners, and I’ve written extensively about my feelings throughout this website. These gloves from OREGON are good but not great if you want proper protection. The Oregon website states that the Left hand is protected but it does not say with what material. This is important information to tell your customers, especially when it comes to safety equipment, like gloves.
I’m recommending these gloves for people who want lightweight chainsaw gloves and don’t want any unnecessary bulk. The problem is, once you remove the bulk, you also remove the protection, and all you are left with are lightweight gloves, like these OREGON gloves. The palms are reinforced and you get extra protection for your left glove but it won’t stop a chainsaw from cutting through it. I wish manufacturer’s put more effort in communicating every last detail of their products so consumers can make informed decisions.
Good basic hand protection. Nothing special about these.
Features / OREGON Protective Gloves
- Left-hand chainsaw protection
- Shaped and reinforced palms
- Exposed areas are seamless with reinforced leather
- Waterproof leather palms and water-repellent polyester
- Fluorescent, high-visibility material
- En 381-4-7, En 420:1, En 388