When it comes to buying gloves, it can be hard to find one that fits well. However, knowing your hand size can help you choose the right size gloves. The process is simple, but requires some specific tools and a little bit of patience. In this article, we will show you how to measure your hand size to help you find the perfect gloves.
What You Will Need
Before we start measuring your hand size, you will need some tools. These include:
- Tape measure
- A pen and paper or a note-taking app on your phone
- A ruler or straight edge
How to Measure Your Hand Length
The first measurement we need to take is the length of your hand. This is the distance from the base of your palm to the tip of your middle finger.
Step 1: Place Your Hand on the Table
Place your hand flat on a table with your fingers spread wide apart, but not strained. Make sure your palm is flat on the table and your fingers are together.
Step 2: Measure from the Base to the Tip
Use a tape measure to measure the distance from the base of your palm (where your wrist meets your hand) to the tip of your middle finger. This distance is your hand length.
How to Measure Your Hand Width
The next measurement we need to take is the width of your hand. This is the distance across your palm, from the base of your thumb to the base of your pinky finger.
Step 1: Spread Your Fingers Apart
Spread your fingers apart as far as you comfortably can, but not strained.
Step 2: Measure from the Base of Your Thumb to the Base of Your Pinky Finger
Use a tape measure to measure the distance from the base of your thumb to the base of your pinky finger. This distance is your hand width.
How to Find Your Glove Size
Now that we have the measurements, we need to convert them into glove sizes. Typically, glove sizes are based on the circumference of your hand, which is the distance around your palm, just below your fingers, at its widest point.
Step 1: Determine Your Dominant Hand
First, determine which is your dominant hand. This is the hand you most often use to write, hold a tool or carry something heavy. If your dominant hand’s measurements are different than your non-dominant hand’s measurements, use your dominant hand’s measurements.
Step 2: Calculate the Circumference
To calculate the circumference of your hand, add your hand length and hand width measurements together. Take note of the sum as it will be used in the next step.
Step 3: Use a Sizing Chart
Use a sizing chart to find your glove size. Most glove manufacturers provide sizing charts. They usually have a range of hand measurements and corresponding sizes. Compare your hand measurements sum to the sizing chart’s hand measurements sum to find your glove size. If your hand measurements fall between two sizes, choose the larger size.
Measuring your hand is essential when it comes to buying gloves. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can determine your hand size and find the perfect gloves that fit well and are comfortable to wear.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Average Hand Size?
The average male hand size is approximately 7.6 inches (19.3 cm) long and 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) wide, while the average female hand size is approximately 6.8 inches (17.3 cm) long and 3.1 inches (7.9 cm) wide.
What if My Hand Measurements Fall Between Two Sizes?
If your hand measurements fall between two sizes, choose the larger size to ensure a comfortable fit.
Can I Measure My Hand with a String Instead of a Tape Measure?
Yes, you can use a string instead of a tape measure to measure your hand. Just wrap the string around your hand, mark where it overlaps, and then measure the length of the string with a ruler or straight edge.
Do I Need to Measure Both Hands?
No, you only need to measure one hand. To make sure you get the most accurate measurement, measure your dominant hand, which is the hand you most often use to write, hold a tool or carry something heavy.
What if My Hand Measurements Don’t Match the Sizing Chart?
If your hand measurements don’t match the sizing chart, contact the glove manufacturer’s customer service for assistance in finding the right size for your hand.