What are the different glove thumb types?

Glove Thumb Types

There are work gloves for just about every job under the sun. They come in many different styles, with each one designed to provide different strengths and excel at different uses.

One way in which gloves differ is in the style of thumb. The thumb of a glove can be sewn in different ways, and can either be a seamless part of the glove body or a separate piece of material attached to the palm.

Different thumb types have different advantages. So which glove thumb type is right for you? Check out the details below and decide for yourself.

Straight Thumb

A straight thumb is considered “straight” because it alights straight with the rest of the hand, pointing the same direction as the outstretched index finger. It can provide good grip, and is often the most economical thumb option, but it is not the most ergonomic or comfortable of the thumb designs.

Wing Thumb

Whereas a straight thumb lays along the edge of the hand, a wing thumb design sticks out from the side of the glove like an outstretched wing. This design allows for more flexibility. There is no seam between the palm of the glove and the thumb—it’s all one piece of material—which makes it more durable.

Choy Thumb

A choy thumb is basically the same design as a wing thumb, except that the thumb is made from a separate piece of material which is sewn onto the edge of the glove. This seam is more susceptible to wear and tear, which makes a choy thumb less durable than a wing thumb.

Keystone Thumb

A keystone thumb is the most ergonomic thumb design. The thumb part of the glove is made from a separate piece of material, which is then sewn to the palm in a way that matches the natural resting position of your thumb. This makes the glove more comfortable for long periods of wear.

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