Wheelchair racers use several main types of gloves to push with. Racers often start out in the sport with “soft gloves,” which are made of leather and rubber. These provide a wide pushing surface and are useful in developing a good pushing technique.
“Hard gloves” are made out of aquaplast or 3D-printed plastic with rubber glued to the pushing surface. They are lighter and cooler than soft gloves, but can be harder to learn pushing technique when just starting out in racing. 3D printed gloves are rapidly gaining in popularity because they are made for a wide variety of hand sizes and aquaplast can be tricky to mold, especially if you don’t have the help of a knowledgeable person to make them.
The benefits of aquaplast gloves if you have the skill and time to make them are numerous. They allow you to create a glove uniquely fitted to both your hands and your pushing style. They are also significantly cheaper than soft gloves or 3D printed gloves, which cost between $150 and $300.
An aquaplast kit only costs around $40 and comes with aquaplast beads, aquaplast sheets, and rubber sheets. You can make them as large or small as you like, depending in your pushing style. You can glue hook and loop straps if you want a more secure fit. Aquaplast is also easy to remold before you glue anything onto it, so you can start over if you find that the fit is not ideal after you mold them the first time. The kit I ordered came with 16 ounces of aquaplast pellets and two sheets of rubber. Some kits also come with sheets of aquaplast and less pellets. I had the help of my occupational therapist in making these, so we melted the pellets in a hot water bath at 190 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wheelchair gloves are an essential requirement for any wheelchair user. They do to your hands what shoes do to feet, you can imagine walking barefoot on a daily basis, the blisters, calluses, pain and all the other discomforts that come with bad weather it would be unbearable. If you use a manual wheelchair, you will need wheelchair gloves whether you are doing sports or out in the mall for shopping. Like any other clothing, there are a lot of gloves in the market today, it is up to you to choose, but as you choose always keep in mind that not all the gloves are suitable for wheelchair users. In this post, I will walk you through what specifications to look for when buying wheelchair gloves.
What are the gloves made of?
The basic materials that are used to make gloves are Lycra, neoprene, leather and suede. Of the four, suede looks more stylish and appealing to the eye, but it may not be the right choice for it lacks practicability when it comes to being put to use. Neoprene, on the other hand, has amazing qualities; it is flexible, light and is waterproof a good choice for outdoor use. Lycra is flexible, elastic and comfortable but compared to the other materials it’s not as strong. The classic leather is strong, durable and fairly long-lasting. It allows the hand to breathe and hence a good choice. Continue reading
If you are a wheelchair user and propel yourself on a daily basis or even once in a while you will agree with me that a lot of pressure is exerted your palms, and when repeated it may lead discomfort, abrasions and blisters. And honestly, you will not be able to propel yourself in your wheelchair another inch with painful palms. But here is the best news, with a pair of gloves you will never go through such pain. Gloves will protect your hands from potential injuries; they also shield your hands from repetitive stopping and starting of your wheelchair. Choosing wheelchair gloves should be done with care, the following tips will help you.
Propelling a wheelchair is a tough job; the regular spin of the wheel exposes them to wear and tear. The reason why you should choose gloves that can withstand regular wear while protecting your hands from harsh weather conditions. Moisture increases the risk of wear and tear for your gloves. To save your money consider choosing gloves that will “breathe” and not retain moisture.
Pushing and pulling your wheelchair is a daunting task in itself not only for new wheelchair users but even for users with experience. When purchasing wheelchair gloves do not only go for those that give protection to your hands but test and make sure they feel good on your skin. The material used should be appropriate, soft leather and gel padding will do great for your hands and palms. Continue reading