Southcombe Firemaster Elite Gloves SB02279A

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  • Structural firefighting gloves certified by EN 659
  • Features 3 levels of protection (outer, lining and interlining)
  • Features a high visibility strip for low-light uses
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Brand:  Southcombe
Industry:  Firefighter
Contact Heat Resistance:  250°C

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Southcombe Firemaster Elite Gloves sb02279a

Designed to be resistant to high temperatures and flames without limiting your dexterity, the Southcombe Firemaster Elite Gloves SB02279A offer a great level of protection for structural firefighting. Made from high quality materials such as Kevlar and Pyrohide leather and accredited by EN 659, EN 388 and EN 407 standards, you can trust these gloves to be effective.


The Southcombe Firemaster Elite Gloves are suitable for use by firefighters for structural firefighting, having been certified to EN 659. The gloves may also be suitable for other people who need protection against fire and extreme heat, depending on the specifics of the situation.


Southcombe take fire protection very seriously and to ensure that your hands are protected, the Southcombe Firemaster Elite Gloves are manufactured from a number of materials that are known for their flame retardant qualities. The three layer design of the gloves with an outer, lining and interlining gives you great protection against heat and ensures you can deal with high temperatures with less discomfort. The gloves include:

  • Outer Palm: 100% Pyrohide leather
  • Outer Back & Cuff: 93% Nomex, 5% Kevlar, 2% P140
  • Laminate: 100% non-woven Kevlar 
  • Interlining: Gore-tex MVP 3 Layer membrane
  • Lining: 65% Kevlar, 35% cotton
  • Patches: 100% FR coated Kevlar
  • Thread: Sewn throughout with 100% Nomex thread

Pyrohide Outer

Pyrohide leather is exclusively manufactured in the UK by Southcombe and is ideal for resistance against heat, fire, water, salt-water, liquid chemicals (including sulphuric acid, hydrochloric acid, caustic soda, ethanol et cetera) and Man Made Mineral Fibres (MMMF). The Southcombe Firemaster Elite Gloves utilise pyrohide leather for greater general protection. Pyrohide is used by 48 out of the 61 fire brigades in the UK and retains tactile properties in dry or wet weather.

Kevlar Lining

Each Southcombe Firemaster Elite has a Kevlar lining that provides high levels of resistance against cuts or slashes and also prevents abrasion from damaging the glove. The Kevlar lining features cut and sewn cotton (35%), providing you with greater levels of comfort.

Crosstech Interlining

On top of a lining and a shell, the Southcombe Firemaster Elite Gloves feature an interlining that offers better protection against heat. The interlining of the glove is a Gore Crosstech insert that is resistant to pathogens and liquid penetration against blood and bodily fluids. The Gore-tex membrane performs five times more efficiently than competitive polyurethane-based products. The interlining is chemically bonded to the lining, ensuring that they don't become inverted while in use.

Foam Knuckle Protection

Knuckles are the area of your hands that are most at risk from impact threats and to protect against injury in this area, the Southcombe Firemaster Elite Gloves have a flame resistant 6mm closed cell expanded foam padding. This padding provides you with a greater level of protection that does not have a negative impact in the amount of dexterity or flexibility that is offered by the gloves.

Design Features

Southcombe understands the problems that firefighters face on a daily basis and to ensure that you have the best protection, they have carefully designed the Firemaster Elite Gloves with certain features. Most notable, the gloves have a coated Kevlar patches on the palm and thumb, improving the resistance against contact heat and abrasion. Another feature is the 3M Scotchlite tri-band reflective strip across the back of the hand that provides greater visibility in low-light situations and is accredited to EN 471.


Southcombe Firemaster Elite Gloves have been designed for high resistance against a number of threats including high temperatures, fire, cuts, punctures and abrasion. All of these resistances have been certified to EN standards, the results of which can be viewed below.

Fire and Heat Resistance

It is crucial that if you are coming into contact with fire, you have gloves that can properly protect your hands from damage. The Southcombe Firemaster Elite Gloves have been rigorously tested to EN standards for heat and flame resistance, see below for more detail.

Property Level Standard
Burning Behaviour Level 4 EN 407
Contact Heat Resistance Level 2 (250°C) EN 702
Convective Heat Resistance Level 4 EN 367
Radiant Heat Resistance Level 2 EN 366
Heat Resistance (Lining) Pass EN 659

The Southcombe Firemaster Elite Gloves have been certified to EN 659, a standard that governs the general suitability of gloves for structural 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

Physical Resistance

Physical resistance can be as important to firefighting as resistance to flames and heat. The Southcombe Firemaster Elite Gloves have  level of resistance against all physical hazards, which is great for ensuring that you don't have to worry about the gloves losing quality when in use.

Property Level Standard
Abrasion Resistance Level 3 EN 388
Blade/Cut Resistance Level 2 EN 388
Tear Resistance Level 4 EN 388
Puncture Resistance Level 3 EN 388
Dexterity Pass EN 420

Sizing of the Southcombe Firemaster Elite Gloves sb02279a

The Southcombe Firemaster Elite Gloves are available in six different sizes. To measure which size you need, please measure your dominant hand (whichever is larger) by making a fist and measuring the tape around the widest part (between your thumb and index finger). Refer to the table to discover the size of glove that is necessary.

Size Measurement in Cm Measurement in Inches
Extra Small 17.8cm 7 inches
Small 20.3cm 8 inches
Medium 22.9cm 9 inches
Large 25.4cm 10 inches
Extra Large 27.9cm 11 inches
Extra Extra Large 30.5cm 12 inches

If you fall between two different sizes, we would advise that you pick the larger pair for greater comfort. However, if you would like a tighter fit, the smaller should still be suitable.

Care Instructions

Southcombe Firemaster Elite Gloves are non-repairable and should be disposed of if damaged. The gloves do not require solvent based cleaners and should not be washed using cleaning agents of this type. Pyrohide leather is designed to dry quickly and remains soft and dexterous after washing.

Washing Instructions

For the best results cleaning your Southcombe Firemaster Elite Gloves, please follow these guidelines:
  • Produce a good lather in lukewarm water using a mild detergent with a natural pH level
  • Immerse the gloves and wash gently on your hands
  • Remove gloves and rinse thoroughly in clean water
  • Squeeze out all excess water from the fingers downward and pull gently into shape
  • Hang to dry away from direct sunlight or heat
  • Wash gloves before they become too soiled
  • A sponge is recommended for use with ingrained grime
  • Gloves may be washed with articles of a similar colour but always follow the above instructions

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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.

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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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