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Friday, June 07, 2013

Turtle Skin

Turtle Skin are one of the worlds leading manufacturers of safety gloves, designed to protect against needle stick, cut, puncture and other sharps related injuries including snake bites (perhaps more applicable to the American market than the relatively snake free British Isles).  More rencently Turtleskin have also introduced a range of undergarments designed to protect the user from knife slashes known as Blade Tect which includes a long sleeve T shirt and a sleeveless T as well as plans for a leggins and a boxer short.  The Blade Tect range though does come in at the top end of the price market though compared to a cheaper alternative like BladeRunner, though TurtleSkin claim that their range is lighter weight, cooler and generally more comfortable making it a much more effective base layer to be worn under a uniform shirt for example.

The most popular products from TurtleSkin for police and security officers is their range of gloves, consisting of the Bravo, Alpha, Duty and Search glove (listed in price ascending order).  All the Turtle skin tactical range provide a neat and professional looking glove that is suitable for uniform wear whist offering anything from 4 to 11 times the needle puncture resistance of a normal kevlar cut resistant police glove.  All four styles of Turtle Skin gloves offer protection over the palm area over the back of the tips of the fingers and thumb.

As well as the tactical Turtleskin gloves there is a new range of "liner" gloves which are at a price point so low they are might almost be considered disposable!  Ideally worn under a surgical glove these liner gloves offer the highest levels of tactile feedback whilst offering a reasonable degree of protection from 28 guage needles (the kind most often used by IV drug users).  These gloves from TurtleSkin are ideal for delicate searches in relatively low violence environments as the level of protection offered is not enough to protect against any form of attack, but will reduce the risk of an accidental spike during a search procedure.

There are alternative needle resistant gloves on the market, HexArmour is probably the other most well known brand internationally using layers of their "Superfabric" to provide protection and maintain dexterity in their needle gloves, and Op. Zulu also offer a Needle Glove at an incredibly affordable price point.


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