If you're a quadriplegic and you've never used these, I highly suggest you try them out! I swear by these gloves and I honestly don't know where I'd be without them. I put them on every single morning before transfering into my chair and remove them at night after transfering into bed. I've been using them ever since I started physio when I was an in-patient at rehab. Without the gloves I don't think I could transfer, wheel myself around, hold things, etc, nearly as well as I do now and they help protect my hands. They're extremely durable too! In my almost 3 years of being injured and extremely heavy use, I'm only on my second pair of gloves which I'm going to replace next week.
For a quadriplegic, exercising the muscles after a cervical level injury and increasing cardiovascular fitness is imperative to maintaining health. Propelling a manual wheelchair regularly can build strength, leading to a healthy lifestyle and longevity. Although gripping with the hands is difficult, these gloves will comfortably allow one to grip the wheels and propel forward.
Underneath the glove, the skin will become slightly calloused in the areas where pressure is exerted against the rims of the chair. The rubber does all the work and the sturdy leather suede is always comfortable.
When viewing the glove from the "palm side" of the hands, note that the rubber insert is placed in the region of the hand that will be used for pushing. The rubber does not "move" easily and maintains its tackiness against the vinyl push-rim. The suede is very soft on the skin yet retains the rubber for miles of pushing and exercise.
Thanks for the kind words DJ and happy to hear you find as much benefit from these gloves as I do! My husband & I bought the company in October from the original owner/designer of the gloves and are excited to be able to continue with her efforts. If you, or anyone, have any questions please feel free to contact us.
I look forward to getting to know you and other members on this forum.