Elkskin 850 welding glove
July 9, 2012
Anyone reading my review must temper their judgment based on what I use them for. I did not purchase them for welding except on rare occasions, instead I purchased them for handling hot items, and particularly super heated items while "Bar-B-Qing. One day years ago after my cheap grilling gloves had worn away I grabbed my welding gloves to grill and they worked great. Recently, I needed another pair I picked the Tillman 850s for the same reason – grilling. They are softer gloves with great cuff protection, they stay soft and supple even after getting hot and/or wet, allowing one to pick up things like coins easily. But my old gloves although being thicker, stiffer and becoming stiff and hard after super heating and/or getting wet, my older gloves would allow me to hold a super heated grill a while, where the Tillman 850 gloves transfer heat faster and seem thinner. So in summary, if you need OK heat insulation, great fit, comfort and exceptional dexterity, then the Tillman 850s are for you, but if you need to hold really hot stuff for a while, like to move coals or to lift and hold up a grilling grate for a while where dexterity is not that important, but better heat insulation is required, then look for a thicker glove. I hope this helps.
ProsGood looking, great fit, great cuff and lower arm protection, exceptional suppleness and great dexterity, OK heat resistance.
ConsNot much except I wish I could have all the pros with additional heat insulation