Human Factors Evaluation of Prototype Temperature Combat Gloves


  1. Kumagai, J.K.
  2. Angel, H.A.
  3. Tack, D.W.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
The Current Land Force operational handwear systems on general issue were introduced may years ago and although considered adequate given the technology available in their day, these handwear systems no longer meet the operational requirements of the Land Force. It was determined by NDHQ and the Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine (DCIEM) that possible solutions that integrate advances in material technologies and new designs need to be evaluated in an effort to identify the characteristics of a new temperate glove design which satisfies these requirements. The aim of the Temperate Combat Glove (TCG) project was to conduct the critical front-end Human Factors analysis and validation of the Canadian Land Forces' user needs and operational requirements for TCG. A field trial was undertaken at CFB Petawawa over the period of Sept 28 - Oct 8 1998. Seventeen regular force male and female soldiers undertook a battery of human factors tests while wearing five different temperate glove conditions. A repeated measures design with a balanced order of conditions was performed. Glove conditions included 4 different prototype TCG and the in-service combat glove with liner as the baseline. The prototype TCG differed according to cut, leather material and features.
Performance specification;Temperate Combat Gloves;Clinical trials;Focus Groups
Report Number
DCIEM-CR-1999-091 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Apr 1999
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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