Impacto: Anti-Vibration and Impact Gloves
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 | Sam
Impacto are the latest Canadian manufacturer to make waves in the UK PPE industry. Their impressive catalogue includes a range of stylish workwear and safety equipment designed to protect industrial workers from the harsh conditions befitting their profession.
Getting To Know Impacto
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Since 1988, Impacto have been manufacturing and marketing specialised safety equipment that not only protects workers, but increases overall wellness and productivity. Their policy is simple: to provide "ergonomically designed personal protective equipment to reduce impact, vibration and repetitive motion in any work environment". Whilst many manufacturers lose sight of their goals in the haste to fit demand, Impacto has held true to their original focus. In fact, just about every pair of gloves we've got our hands on has been designed to dampen and reduce vibrations from power tools and machinery.
Each of their safety gloves is embroided with the Impacto seal of quality, a bold logo resembling a futuristic red shield with a stick man plunging through the centre. An initial glance might leave you thinking you've purchased a new pair of sportswear - but with some wear and appreciation of the finer details, you're left without doubt that you've purchased a finely crafted pair of safety gloves that will not only do their job, but will excel in all areas.
Innovative Anti-Vibration and Impact Technology
How It Works...
✔ VEPs (Visco-Elastic Polymers) are solids that mimic the behaviour of liquids
✔ Impacto 400 Gel Half-Finger Padded Gloves
How It Works...
✔ Non-permeable polymer bladder with multiple air chambers
Full Finger Gloves For RSI and HAVS
Engineering and construction often involve the use of vibrating hand-held tools and pneumatic machinery. Using equipment like this day in and day out can cause extreme strain on your hands and wrists, eventually causing RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), HAVS (Hand Arm Vibration) and wrist over-extension. Impacto's range of Full Finger Gloves conform to the latest European directive (EN 10819) for vibration resistance, working to soothe and protect the palms and digits against tremors.
Impacto AVPRO AV7590 Anti-Vibration Mechanics Gloves
✔ Extended wrist cuffs stabilise the hands and wrists
✔ Mechanics seeking a new standard of anti-vibration protection
✘ Though mechanically robust, the AVPro are susceptible to punctures
Editor's Review: Secure and tightly padded, the Impacto AVPro put Impacto's VEP padding in action, outstripping other safety gloves of the same price and design. What we love about the AVPro is the firm grip they provide - you can really tell the difference those anti-slip patches make, and their tactfully placed flex-lines ensure a high level of dexterity despite their heavy-duty build.
Impacto BG408 Impact Vibration Resistant Air Gloves
✔ Bubble Glove Bladder technology allows for superb vibration resistance
✔ Workers suffering from HAVs and RSI
✘ Not the best for particularly hot summer days
Editor's Review: Lightweight and close-fitting, the Impacto BG408 conform to the anatomic structure of the hands to allow for a high level of movement and control. Silicone-dotted palms and fingers ensure a reliable grip in all conditions, whilst their neoprene cuffs prevent cold and dust from entering the gloves.
Fingerless Gloves For Tactile Work
A good chunk of Impacto's range of glovewear is devoted to fingerless gloves - and that's not incidental. Half-finger gloves are essential for meticulous assembly and handling tasks where other gloves fail. What's unique about Impacto's Fingerless Gloves is that they close the gap between traditionally more robust full-finger gloves and less durable fingerless gloves. Reinforced with either grain, cowhide or suede leather, Impacto's fingerless gloves make a permanent aid for workers requiring tactile on-site protection.
Impacto 501-10 Original Fingerless Suede Anti-Vibration Gloves
✔ Fingerless design allows for good tactical feedback
✔ Assembly work requiring fast-paced hand action
✘ Though robust, the 501-10 won't protect your fingers
Editor's Review: Whether you're a self-employed worker or a DIY enthusiast, the Impacto 501-10 are bound to exceed expectations, forgoing a heavy-duty protection for a lightweight and agile construction. With a fingerless design that leaves the digits free for close proximity work, the 501-10 will absorb the blows and tremors of vibrating hand-held tools thanks to their VEP padded/suede leather palms.
Polyester and Cotton Glove Liners
Glove liners are traditionally worn inside mitts and safety gloves to provide a thin extra layer of protection. Impacto takes this to the next level by incorporating their vibration-resistant VEP padding into virtually all of their underglove liners. If this wasn't enough, their glove liners are tested against a broad range of mechanical risks, doubling the standard of protection a wearer can expect from a regular pair of safety gloves when worn with an Impacto Glove Liner.
Impacto 601 Polycotton Anti-Impact Glove Liners
✔ Fits easily under an existing pair of safety gloves
✔ Maximising your workforce's safety against mechanical hazards
✘ Not appropriate for use without a suitable pair of safety gloves
Editor's Review: Ensuring your workforce are well protected against industrial hazards and risks can be expensive - but the pay-off is more than worth it. A pair of Impacto 601 Polycotton Glove Liners will not only insulate your workers gloves against the cold, but will rebuff minor impacts and vibrations, boosting the protection their standard gloves already offer.
Make Your Workplace A Safer Place With Impacto
We believe Impacto are manufacturers you can trust for a solid pair of gloves. Their full-finger and fingerless style gloves provide all-round high levels of mechanical protection, and their wholesale use of formidable anti-vibration and impact technology is something we think is missing in standard glovewear.
If you're looking for more Impacto products, why not check out our full range of Impacto Gloves?