Dexteritiy takes a back seat to safety when talking gloves...a person who uses gloves with some regularity will "adjust" to working with them on.
When I say "gloves", I mean rubbers AND leathers. The leathers are there to protect the rubbers which protect the user. The rubbers should be tested every 6 months (it may be 3 months, I forget as I haven't been "regular" in many years ~ and no, I'm not "irregular" you wise guys! ) by a qualified testing company.
This style glove is what I typically use on a service tie-in:
Mine is a 12" style.
EDIT: Mine are rated at 5kv, and I have used them at times on voltages upto 4160v.
For working in a panel, I assume everything is "hot" and proceed with extreme caution...I'm not sure I could even feel a #10 with those gloves on.
With gloves, care and maintainance is CRITICAL. Poor care and maintance can be expensive and dangerous - assuming a damaged glove is "ok" is asking for an accident. You must train the persons using the gloves proper care and maintance.
EDIT #1: Included rated EDIT #2: White Gloves are located in Ravenna, Ohio
[This message has been edited by Celtic (edited 02-12-2006).]
I was originally concerned about dexterity, but I've found that A) I'm using insulated tools to boot, and it's more than easy enough to hold a pair of Kleins with these. B) If I have to deal with so many small wires (e.g., terminating a panel) that dexterity would be a serious problem, then by-far the quickest and safest method is to kill the power and do it barehand.
Just don't let the use of safety equipment be a substitute for trying to work safely, if that makes any sense.
[This message has been edited by BigJohn (edited 02-12-2006).]
We use the White gloves at our PoCo and we don't get many complaints. They don't affect your dexterity too much.
The only drawback I have found with them is that the leather gauntlet has a nylon strap which you tighten for a good fit, but the stitching on this comes apart fairly quickly. Don't know if it was just the batch we've got but it is the only real let down.
The EC I work for issues us Salisbury 1000v gloves, rubbers and leathers. When Issued I never thought I would really wear them, have been wearing them quit often, anything hot including panel work I now where my gloves. Just like the glove carrier says "Always where your gloves".
I don't think it really matters which class glove or who makes them if dexterity is what you want. One glove may be better or worse than another but once you put the leathers on, they're all bulky IMHO.