In the early days of Ford Motorcars, Henry Ford told potential customers, “You can have any color, as long as it’s black.” The automation of the new assembly line didn’t allow for custom colors – time was of the essence and black paint dried the fastest in the process they used at the plant. Customers were fine with the lack of color choice to get their hands on one of those new-fangled motorcars. Well, fast-forward 100+ years and MCR Safety offers gloves in virtually every color, so we’re not quite the Ford of gloves. However, we understand that black remains a color that is favored by vehicle owners and, yes, by glove wearers, too.
At MCR Safety, we sell a wide variety of PPE, from safety glasses and gloves to garments. In our 40+ years as a PPE provider, we’ve gained some insight into the types of products workers prefer wearing. Over the last decade or so, we’ve noticed that one type of glove seems to be requested more than others: black gloves. Whatever other features the gloves have, black is the color of choice for most of our customers. Lucky for them, we make over 50 types of gloves with some amount of black on them.
Black Nitrile Gloves
It’s no surprise that black gloves are so popular. Across the many industries that we serve with our high-quality PPE, black stands out as having incomparable benefits. In industrial settings, black nitrile disposable gloves are excellent for use around grease.
Everyone can use a good pair of black gloves! Let’s look at why black gloves are so useful, then we’ll examine some of our best kinds of black gloves, and explain what applications they’re best suited for.
Advantages to Dark Colors
It’s no wonder that black and other dark colors are so popular. Here are some of the many reasons customers have shared as to why they prefer black gloves:
- Black is considered cool, sleek, sporty, and tough.
- Black gloves are both practical and stylish .
- Black portrays a certain image of “clean” that many workers enjoy.
Sporty Black Color
- Black gloves give the wearer a feeling of confidence.
- Black gloves are perfect for messy jobs as they hide dirt, grease, and grime.
- Black is appropriate to wear across all types of work, seasons, and genders.
Black Grippaz® gloves used in metalworking.
- Black gloves stand out against more typical colors, so you know which ones are yours. Black gloves can also help in work environments where gloves are color-coded based on different applications.
Industries wearing black PPE
Tattoo artists often wear black gloves to hide ink stains and barbecue pitmasters wear them to hide grease and sauces. This dark color allows workers in even the dirtiest jobs to maintain their professionalism with the appearance of cleanliness.
Black nitrile gloves are excellent disposable gloves due to color and tensile strength.
- In industrial settings, like Automotive, technicians come in contact with gasoline, grease, oil, and metalworking fluids. Black nitrile disposable gloves are an excellent color for these environments.
- Hair stylists use black disposable gloves in the salon to mix dye.
Hair Stylist wearing black disposable gloves.
- Law enforcement and security guards appreciate how black gloves help them blend in at night.
- Industrial workers who are tough on gloves find it’s easier to see small tears in black gloves when held up to the light.
- Black nitrile gloves are perfect for housekeeping and janitorial tasks, which makes them a popular choice.
- Black nitrile gloves are tough gloves, meaning they are an excellent option for working around food, in applications like catering or food prep. Our recent blog on disposable gloves highlights many other industries where black disposable gloves are used.
Black disposable gloves worn in food applications.
As you can see, there are many great reasons to invest in a pair of black work gloves. But color isn’t the only standard by which to buy gloves. Below are just some of the high-performing black gloves MCR Safety’s customers love for the many different features they have beyond the perfect color.
Black Nitrile Disposable Gloves
Tough jobs require tough gloves, which means it is imperative that your disposable gloves last. One fantastic fact about all black nitrile disposable gloves is that the black pigment actually enhances the glove’s performance. In our recent blog covering disposable gloves, we shared some test data from our ITC lab. Check out our lab tests for our 6062 vs. our 6012, both 6 mil thick. The only difference between the two is the color: 6062 is black and 6012 is blue. The puncture-resistance scores of the 6062 gloves were over 60% higher than those of the blue 6012. Numbers tell the story, and black disposables gloves are a beast!
In addition to puncture resistance and tensile strength, good quality nitrile disposable gloves are waterproof, resistant to liquids, and hold up against oils. This makes these gloves perfect for automotive technicians, metalworkers, and multiple other industries. Black nitrile disposable gloves are also professional looking gloves that hide the mess of grease and grime. MCR Safety carries a variety of black nitrile gloves suitable for any job. Click on any product link below for further details: 6062, 6061, 6016b, 6014b
One common question we receive is with regard to food handling, especially for barbecue and working around cooking oil. Users ask us, are black nitrile gloves food safe? Yes, and they are the glove of choice in the food industry because they eliminate the concern of allergies associated with latex.
Black Nitrile Gloves
While grip and dexterity are vital in a good nitrile glove, some wearers might find that impact protection is another necessary feature for gloves in their line of work. Impact gloves protect the back of your hand from being smashed and banged up.
A favorite mechanics glove from MCR Safety is the Impact Predator® Knit PD2950 with tire-tread pattern TPR back-of-hand protection incorporated on a thin nylon shell. This thin material makes it perfect for mechanics needing to work on an engine and assembly workers needing The tire tread pattern is impact-resistant while a nitrile coating on the palm and fingers offers excellent grip, even on oily surfaces. We like to say this glove will protect your hands the way your 35” mudslinging truck tires will protect you from hazards in the woods. For those who like some color incorporated into their gloves, we offer gloves with superior grip in a red and black blend. Check out our Mechanics Gloves, PD2908 and PD2909.
Black Nitrile Gloves with Cut-Resistance
Many jobs that require gloves involve cutting tasks that put you at risk of injury. Cuts and lacerations represent almost 10% of all occupational injuries and illnesses and are the fourth highest work injury reported. If you work in a job where cuts are a common threat, you need a black glove with cut-resistance. But not just any black cut-resistant glove. You deserve an award-winning one.
MCR Safety prides itself on making PPE that keeps workers safe while offering comfort and range of motion. We conduct extensive research to determine what workers want most out of their work gloves. That research led to the development of our 9178NF safety glove, an MCR Safety Cut Pro™ made with black Kevlar glove and coated with a nitrile foam palm. This distinctive glove won a DuPont™ Kevlar® Innovation Award in 2014.
The 9178NF gloves are rated ANSI Cut Level A4 and ANSI Abrasion Level 6, the highest possible abrasion score attained. They protect your hands from sharp objects and offer better grip and durability for tough jobs. And while you can get Kevlar gloves in yellow and orange, nothing hides dirt and grime like black cut gloves!
Police officers love the 9178NF for its dark color and cut-resistant protection.
Police officers and tactical SWAT teams use this type of glove so they don’t have to worry about minor cuts and abrasions when there are bigger things to worry about on the job. As you can probably guess, black is the preferred color for gloves among law enforcement. Here are some other high-quality black cut-resistant gloves, which include DSM Dyneema® black diamond gloves and black Hypermax gloves: 92720NF, 92735N, and 9818NF.
Black Leather Gloves
Who doesn’t like a nice pair of black leather gloves? They look stylish on everyone and a wearer can go longer between washes without looking dirty. Plus, both natural and synthetic leather are highly durable materials and create some of the best gloves to withstand abrasions, heat, cuts, and shocks while being breathable and offering outstanding dexterity. Leather gloves are suitable for jobs that involve heat exposure, such as welding, as well as recreational pursuits, like motorcycle riding, where abrasions are a risk. In fact, leather gloves have the best abrasion resistance for the most rugged environments you find yourself in.
950 MCR Safety Black Mechanics Gloves
Here are a few of our favorite leather mechanics glove options. The MCR Safety 960 black “TaskFit” synthetic leather-palm gloves are designed for an excellent fit, flexibility, and durability. MCR Safety’s 950 “TaskFit” leather mechanics gloves are similarly built for comfort but are offered with a slip-on cuff. Both gloves feature a super-stretch material in the knuckle region. The only difference between these two black Mechanics Gloves is the cuff. Here are some of other most popular selling black leather gloves:
49600 and PD2904.
For additional information on black tactical gloves and other tactical glove styles, be sure to check out our blog focused on Mechanics “Tactical” Gloves. Also, consider reading our blog covering the Top 5 mechanics gloves.
Black Fingerless Gloves
Why would anyone want less protection around their fingers? Sometimes you just can’t do a delicate or precise job with clumsy gloves on. Bare fingertips allow for the most feeling when you need maximum dexterity. Black fingerless gloves come with many features of other black work gloves, but with the added versatility of bare fingertips. Here are a couple styles to consider wearing: FT2902 and PD1901.
Black Rubber Gloves and Liquid PVC Long Black Gloves
Rubber and liquid PVC gloves are popular in many industrial applications. Black synthetic rubber gloves, better known as butyl gloves, are resistant to corrosive acids, esters, and ketones and provide the highest permeation resistance to gases and water vapors compared to other glove materials. Everyone from water treatment facilities and chemical manufacturers to the military and hazmat industry use durable butyl gloves.
6218, long black gloves made with PVC.
Likewise, liquid PVC black-coated gloves protect workers’ hands from liquids and oils in some of the dirtiest and harshest working conditions. For instance, our 6218 black single-dipped PVC coated gloves provide basic protection in light chemical applications..
Looking for a nice black neoprene work glove option from MCR Safety? Check out our 5434 black neoprene gloves. Neoprene is used in applications where hazardous chemicals are present. For specific permeation information for each glove mentioned above, be sure to check out our chemical-resistant permeation database.
5434 , 30 mil unlined long black glove made with neoprene.
Black BBQ Gloves
For those who are grill masters, and those who are still aspiring to mastery, a good heat-resistant BBQ glove is a must. Going one step further, how about a good black grilling glove? MCR Safety’s 6944 neoprene gloves are foam-lined, waterproof, and offer Contact Level 3 heat resistance. For those who are regularly practicing the art of the BBQ, we’ve got you covered with the 6944.
6944 Black Grill Gloves
More and More Black PPE
With over 45 years of glove experience, we’ve acquired significant knowledge around the preferences our customers have when it comes to wearing PPE. We’ve only highlighted some of the bestselling black gloves in our product lineup here. To see more black glove options from MCR Safety, just click the links below.
Also, don’t forget that MCR Safety provides customers with safety glasses, gloves, and garments. Here are some really sharp looking black PPE styles you might consider to accompany your gloves.
DM1337BDC, Dominator™ DM3, Black mirror lens, black color frame, MAX36™ coated
Black Rider Coat, FR267C and Black PVC Steel Toe Boot, VBS120
Looking for black PPE? Our FR267C rider coat and VBS120 boots are used across the country, including in the Oil and Gas industry. Join the sleek and stylish revolution in PPE.
Styling in Black PPE
There’s a reason black gloves are so popular. They hide everything from grease to dirt and more, so they look cleaner longer. Black gloves have a cool, suave look that a lot of people enjoy. And they stand out against all the blue, brown, and neon gloves out there. Everyone likes a nice black work glove, which is why MCR Safety offers such a wide variety of black gloves, so you can find all the features you need in a color you love.
We are committed to protecting people and can provide all the safety equipment you need. No matter your industry or profession, for over 45 years, MCR Safety has proven to be a world-leader in gloves, glasses, and garments. Whether it’s on the shop floor, an oil rig, or a construction site, we are there providing solutions to workplace hazards. It’s all part of our commitment to protect people.
Would you like assistance in where to find long black gloves? How about where to find black grilling gloves? For more information, browse our website, request a catalog, find a distributor for quotes, or give us a call at 800-955-6887.