After lube, gloves are the most important decision you will make in your fisting career. Personally, I consider gloves essential, not only for safety reasons, but also because they make the process a lot easier. Taking off a pair of gloves is much easier than rubbing J lube and Crisco off your hands. Good gloves are also much slicker and smoother than skin when wet. While you will still need to trim your nails, gloves make nail maintenance a bit more forgiving. And, personally, I find gloves to be really sexy, and many fisting bottoms do too. So what are the questions to ask when choosing gloves for fisting?

Reusable or disposable?

This is an easy question to answer. Disposable gloves will make your life much easier. Cleaning latex gloves is harder than it sounds, especially because you will need to clean them both inside and out, and then drain the water from the inside. If they are a good fit, you will need to use a lube to put them on (silicone is best), and that is just a pain to clean. Honestly, some gloves sold as reusable as so much of a pain to clean you will probably throw them out. I use to love the INON gloves but I never bothered to clean them. They are a little bit longer than disposable gloves and much easier to put on. But at a euro every time you put gloves on, they really are a luxury.

The exception to these are thick electrician gloves, which can be a lot of fun. However, I consider them a sex toy rather than a glove option. Because they make my hands so much bigger, I keep them for advance play. Thick rubber gets a lot slicker – no wrinkles, no folds – and is great for punching, as long as the bottom can take the added size. You can see an example of me using them here. Yes, as the top you will loose some sensation, but they also give a sense of being larger-than-life that I find a big turnon.

Latex or nitrile?

I used to “stock” both when I lived in the US, because so many Americans claimed to be allergic to latex. Now that I know more about lube, I think it was the fact that I was using glycerine-based lubes like Boy Butter that was the problem. In general good quality latex gloves are slicker and easier to put on than nitrile. They are also cheaper and easier to find in stores, but since you will probably be buying them online that will not be an issue. Do not buy gloves in sex shops. The mark up is about 300%.

The only downside to latex is that it will decompose when used with fat-based lubes. However, this is much less of a concern with gloves than with condoms. Really, the gloves will not just dissolve in your hands – or in your bottom. It happens very slowly. Normally more slowly than you will want to be replacing them when having a break or when they get too messy. If you do opt for the reusable, thick electrician gloves (which as far as I know only come in latex, yes, fats will eventually make the latex loose its colour, and cause it to crack or make ridges, starting between the fingers. Again, this is going to take a while, but it is a reason not to spend too much money on your electrician gloves.

Texture and powder?

Just say no. Gloves for medical use, or for use by tattoo artists and piercers can sometimes be textured or powdered to give them a better, grip. These gloves are not meant for internal use (they should not be labeled medical examination gloves). That texture causes unnecessary friction, and the powder is an irritant. You can usually fix the texture issue by turning them inside out (blowing into them is the easiest way), but the powder will get on your hands and then you will transfer it to both sides.Just avoid these when shopping. It should be clear on the label or packaging.

What size do I need?

The short answer is: one size smaller than you think you do. Guys have the impression that my hands are huge, and I only use mediums. You want the gloves to be snag, without wrinkles and creases. Those wrinkles will cause friction. They will feel like they are almost cutting into the internal tissues. Remember that these gloves are elastic. As long as you do not break them when getting into them, you are fine. While the part of the hand the biggest impact in fisting are the knuckles, the part that needs to fit the glove right are the fingers. I have thin fingers for the size of my knuckles, hence the mediums. The main body of the hand will stretch to fit your knuckles. – just make sure there are no wrinkles on your fingers.

Many glove boxes have a sizing guide on the back. You hold your hand on it, and you see which size you match best. This, however, is based on your knuckles, not your fingers. The best way to decide, really, is to try them on. If you attend any events where gloves are provided, try a couple of different sizes. In drugstores you can also buy small packages of ten gloves or so, so you don’t have to commit to a hundred before you know your size. If you are forced to buy blind, however, lean on the smaller side.

A ciyoke of final points:

  1. Food handling gloves are not meant for fisting. They are too loose, which means that they are uncomfortable for the bottom, and also break too easily.
  2. Another possible irritant, if the bottom finds both nitrile and latex gloves aggravating, is the dye in the gloves, which can react with the lube. Try using clear gloves, as long as they are not powdered or textured.

Finally, I am currently using single-use black latex MaiMed gloves. I find them the best compromise between cost and quality, and their mediums are the perfect match for me. You do not need to reverse this. They rarely break, even with fat-based lube, and they have very few defective gloves per box – which is common with most brands.  These are also the ones most sex clubs in Berlin provide, at least Lab.Oratory and Quälgeist so mine is really not the only endorsement.

Have I missed anything? Do you have a burning question about gloves? Do you have another recommendation, a brand you like, or a good place to buy gloves? Please let me know. I am sure other readers can use the information too!