Ironclad was born on the jobsite. In 1997, I was asked to help on a home-build. There were plumbers, masonry workers, demo-guys, electricians and construction workers everywhere. I noticed that each person had very expensive task-specific tools that they needed in order to get the job done, but also realized that none of these people were wearing gloves. Being curious, I asked the guys around the jobsite why they weren’t wearing gloves and all of their answers were similar. “I can’t use the gloves that are available because they’re too bulky. Sure they protect my hands, but they are hot, I can’t feel my tools, they only come in one size and they basically get in the way of me doing my job.”
This blew me away. I was a hard working guy myself and I always used my motocross gloves when I worked. I grew up riding motorcycles, and the motorcycle industry has task-specific gloves. They have gloves that are designed specifically for dirt bikes, road bikes, or off-road racing. The gloves are constructed with materials like Kevlar™ and ballistic nylon, and they fit snug and are basically an extension of your hand. At the jobsite, I realized that there was a huge disconnect between the worker and their most important tool – their hands. They needed a glove that protected their hands and helped them get the job done.
It was at this moment that Ironclad was born. My concept was to build a glove that offered protection and performance, but sacrificed neither. I also wanted to create a brand that these guys could be proud to wear; a brand that would stick with them through thick and thin; and a brand that was built solely for them.
These people are the true heroes of our real-life world. They build the homes that we raise our families in, the cars that we drive, the schools we educate our children in, and the roads we drive. Everything that we use in our daily life, many of which we take for granted, are built by unrecognized hard-working men and women – our Everyday Heroes.
Ironclad pioneered this new territory – developing task-specific gloves that helped each worker get the job done more safely, efficiently and effectively. But just developing task-specific gloves wasn’t enough. Ironclad needed to bring new technologies, materials and innovations to these harsh working environments. As a result, Ironclad has developed and owns 74 Patents and Trademarks worldwide. These exclusive properties are a part of our Advanced Glove Technology (AGT), which can be seen in virtually every glove Ironclad sells. Rest assured, we’re constantly innovating in order to celebrate the real Everyday Heroes of the world.
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