Southcombe Firemaster Alpha Gloves SB02683A

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  • Completely leather-free firefighting gloves
  • Made from fully FR fabrics (Nomex and Kevlar)
  • Feature a waterproof and vapour permeable membrane
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Brand:  Southcombe
Glove Type:  Reusable
Contact Heat Resistance:  250°C

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Southcombe Firemaster Alpha Gloves SB02683A

When it comes to firefighting gloves, cutting corners is simply not an option. That's why the Southcombe Firemaster Alpha Gloves SB02683A are built to last, with high levels of comfort coupled with protection from fire, abrasions, cuts and more. Featuring a curved, fully fitted finger design, these gloves are made entirely from aramid fibres for those who want the best protection and dexterity available without the use of leather.

For Rugged Jobs

These gloves have been designed to stand up to all the obstacles faced in the day to day life of a firefighter. Offering a high degree of protection, along with excellent levels of protection, there are few situations these gloves aren't suited to. In particular, the Firemaster Alpha Gloves are perfect for structural firefighting duties as well as technical rescue operations, extrications and training exercises.

Tough Kevlar Construction

These gloves use some of the best materials available to help them stand out from the crowd in terms of both comfort and safety. These fire gloves feature curved fingers and box-end fingertips with thumb and knuckle articulations to enhance comfort on the job while providing exceptional levels of dexterity. For extra protection, the outer shell is made from a flame retardant, silicone-coated Kevlar fabric on the palm for abrasion resistance and grip and a Nomex fabric on the back of the hand with felted Kevlar.

Waterproof and Breathable

For a secure fit, these gloves feature a knitted Kevlar wristlet cuff, providing a perfect fit around the wrist and compatibility with tunic sleeves. This intelligently designed cuff also prevents the ingress of debris, boosting protection and comfort. A seam-sealed moisture vapour permeable membrane guarantees that these gloves are waterproof, while also breathable to prevent overheating. For full hand protection, the cut and sew lining is made with Kevlar, ensuring superior safety and peace of mind for the wearer.

Protective Materials

  • Outer palm: 100% coated aramid fabric
  • Outer back: 100% Nomex
  • Interlining: MVP membrane
  • Lining: 100% aramid with glass fibre
  • Cuff: 100% Kevlar with elastene
  • Thread: 100% Kevlar

Versatile Resistance

Since firefighters deal with a range of hazards on the job, these gloves protect against more than just fire and heat. The Southcombe Firemaster Alpha Gloves SB02683A have been rigorously tested to stand up to the following hazards.

Property Level Method
Abrasion Resistance 4 (min 3, max 4) EN388
Blade/Cut Resistance 5 (min 2, max 5) EN388
Tear Resistant 4 (min 3, max 4) EN388
Puncture Resistance 3 (min 3, max 4) EN388
Dexterity 1 (min 1, max 5) EN420
Burning Behaviour 4 (min 4) EN407
Contact Heat 2 (250°C) EN702
Convective Heat 4 (min 3) EN367
Radiant Heat 2 EN366
Heat Resistance (Lining) Pass EN659

EN 659 is a standard that governs the general suitability of gloves for firefighting. The standard covers a range of factors including:

  • Burning behaviour
  • Convective heat resistance
  • Radiant heat resistance
  • Contact heat resistance
  • Heat resistance of the lining material
  • Heat shrinkage
  • Dexterity
  • Seam breaking strength
  • Time for glove removal


Conformity Statement Instructions for Use
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These gloves are available in a range of sizes to suit different users. To determine the right size for you, measure around the widest part of your dominant hand between your thumb and index finger and make a loose fist.

Size Hand Measurement (mm)
XX Small 152mm
Extra Small 178mm
Small 203mm
Medium 229mm
Large 254mm
Extra Large 279mm
XX Large 305mm
XXX Large 330mm

Please note that due to the rigorous testing involved in the manufacture of this item, it is usually made to order. As a result, there can be a lead of time of up to 6 weeks in some cases.


This item will be dispatched by 1st Class Royal Mail, DPD courier or UPS courier.

The estimated delivery time for this item is usually 1-3 working days when ordered before 14:00, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).

Please contact our Customer Care Team on 020 7501 1104 for an up to the minute delivery expectation for this product.

UK Delivery Charges

Certain orders delivered to the UK are subject to a delivery charge; refer to the table below for more information. Please note that all values are listed exclusive of VAT.

Order Value UK Delivery Charge
Up to £39.99 £4.95
£40.00 and over FREE

What is EN 388?

You might have noticed that this product adheres to EN standard EN 388. EN standards ensure that the product you are buying meets the safety standards of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the highest standards organisation recognised by and working on behalf of the European Union. To pass any EN standard, a PPE product must undergo some of the most rigorous safety tests around.

There are many EN standards that our gloves adhere to. However, the EN standard that we’re concerned about here is EN 388. EN 388 stands for Mechanical Resistance, and informs you of your gloves' resistance to abrasion, cuts, tears and punctures.

How Do I Read the EN 388 Score?

Simply speaking, the higher the score that this product achieves, the better the product will be at resisting that hazard. Products will score between Level 0 and Level 4 for abrasion, tears and punctures, and if they weren’t tested for that hazard you will see N/A written instead of a number.

Cuts are a little different and, with the EN 388 standard rewritten in 2016, it means that gloves will either be tested to cut resistance or ISO cut resistance (sometimes called TDM cut resistance). Gloves tested to cut resistance will score between Level 0 and Level 5, and gloves tested to ISO cut resistance will achieve a score between Level A and Level F with the higher letter offering better cut protection.

Where Can I Find Out More?

This is just a brief overview of EN standard EN 388 so you know where you are standing. For further information, you can see the Introductory EN 388 Blog in our Knowledge Centre.

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