Canadian Forces glove fit study: Fit assessment of in-service chemical warfare lightweight glove and molded glove prototype


  1. Weihrer, S.
  2. Tremblay-Lutter, J.F.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN);Kinection, Kanata ONT (CAN)
The Defence Research Establishment Suffield (DRES) has been conducting research in a number of areas to address deficiencies in dipped chemical defence gloves, through innovation in moulding technologies, polymer formulations, and advanced concepts in glove design. In keeping with a Functional Design approach, DRES focused on anthropometry and critical ease requirements to optimize manual performance of gloved hands. A Canadian Forces Glove Fit Study was undertaken in order to develop a comprehensive database of hand dimensions of male and female military personnel for application to the development of a new CB molded glove. The study was undertaken in three phases, definition of the hand dimensions of the CF population, assessment of the range and quality of fit provided by three protective glove systems; and development of an integrated CB glove sizing system and derivation of 44 design dimensions for the CB glove computer models. A total of 358 male CF personnel and 178 female CF personnel participated in the study. This report presents the results from the assessments of quality of fit of the three glove systems: the Canadian chemical warfare (CW) lightweight glove, a prototype molded CB protective glove, and the prototype glove worn with a liner underlayer. Subjective questionnaires were used to gather information on perception of overall fit, task performance capabilities and specific fit problem areas. TRUNCATED
Hand measurements;Forearm measurements;Anthropometric surveys;Glove fit evaluation;Chemical protective gloves
Report Number
DRES-TR-2000-003 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Sep 2000
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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