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December 22, 2016

NoCry Products for the DIYer


I recently had the opportunity to test out some NoCry safety products.  NoCry is a direct-to-consumer company, which means you can purchase their high quality safety products for a great price because there's no middle man markup.  I was sent samples of each of their products to test and, although some of these products - like the welding gloves and the thorn-resistant gardening gloves - will have to wait until warmer weather for a more thorough review, Hubby and I did our best to examine these safety products.  We even gave some to my in-laws for a test!

We definitely have some favorites, so here's what Hubby and I thought.

NoCry Welding & BBQ Gloves



We were really excited about these welding gloves because Hubby's welding gear has gotten quite a bit of use in the last 10 years.  He really needs a new set of welding coveralls because he burned a pretty big hole in them recently!  Gloves are the kind of the thing that see a lot of wear too, so these treated leather gloves will be a great addition to our safety gear - especially because I'll be doing some welding this summer!  Our welder is actually mine, but although I've used it a couple of times, I've never developed my skills like Hubby has so I decided that this is the summer I start taking it seriously.  I'm going to have to invest in my own set of safety gear and these gloves are a great start.  They seem to be excellent quality and we'll definitely give them a proper test once it's warm enough again to work in the garage.  They fit comfortably and are sewn really well - plus they're only $11.99!


I really love that they're multi-purpose, too.  You can use them for welding, grilling on the BBQ, gardening or handling sharp objects - that's great value from one set of affordable gloves.

NoCry Puncture Resistant Gardening Gloves



I am OBSESSED with these puncture-resistant gardening gloves!  We have a few rosebushes on our property and it's been such a thrill to have fresh, fragrant rose blooms in the summer.  Actually, there's this massive rosebush in the ditch by an abandoned property on the highway and last summer I  ended up knee-deep in muck by the side of the highway, picking the hugest rose bouquet known to man.  I tried to layer up my ratty old gardening gloves but I was still pricked with thorns and my forearms had no protection.

It was worth it, though, every room has a rose bouquet and the house smelled amazing.  

Picking up a better pair of gardening gloves was on my list, so I was thrilled to get these.  They fit so beautifully - snug and comfortably, plus they protect the arms, too.  I really love that they come in different sizes for a good fit.  I have had leather gardening gloves that chafe but these feel so good - they're thick, but so soft.  I highly recommend these, even though they're a smidge pricier than the other gloves at $22.69.  



NoCry also makes two kinds of cut resistant gloves, which are so perfect for everything from kitchen work to carpentry.  



These gloves are the lighter of the two cut-resistant gloves, but they're my favorite.  They fit SO snugly and perfectly, ensuring that dexterity remains 100%.  I don't feel encumbered at all wearing these, which means gripping a knife or even a slippery object is a breeze.  Plus they're 4x stronger than leather.  I'm not sure I need them in the kitchen, but they're also great for wood carving or handling broken glass. 




The second style of cut-resistant gloves is even tougher and designed more for construction and landscaping than general household/kitchen tasks.  I love the quality and the material is surprisingly thin, making it easy to handle anything wearing these gloves.  I do find, however, that the fingers are a bit long, inhibiting use a tiny bit, but only compared to the previous cut-resistant gloves, which fit like a...well, glove.  The others fit so amazingly well, that in comparison these seem a bit more loose but I still love the quality.  They have superior grip to anything we've ever used, so I'm no longer intimated by DIY projects that involve glass and slippery sharp objects.   


NoCry Safety Glasses with Clear Anti-Fog and Anti-Scratch Lens


We are the worst when it comes to losing and demolishing safety glasses but that's good - at least it means we're wearing them!  Nothing scarier than a DIYer with a brand new set of safety glasses just languishing in a drawer somewhere.  These are anti-scratch, so we hope they'll stand up to our wear and tear.  The fit is super comfortable: they fit snugly (love the wrap-around style), and they're super lightweight while still offering outstanding eye protection.  

They're also designed in Italy, so I feel super fancy wearing them.  Seriously, this gal looks runway-ready (where are the stains and hole in her work shirt???):


NoCry Silicone Oven Mitts

I really needed a new set of oven mitts because my last set is totally toast, so I was pretty pumped for these and ordered a second set to give to my father-in-law and his partner because they're building a new kitchen from scratch (it already has bold red walls and custom, hand-made maple cabinetry), so I thought they might like shiny new mitts that match! 


They earned pretty rave reviews from my in-laws, but I found them to be a bit big.  I have small hands, though, and fitment is often an issue.  That's why I think I favored the NoCry products which came in different sizes - I could order smalls!  I found these to be too large, which hampered my grip a little, but they really do offer great protection.  The material is super grippy, which is handy and makes up for the fit.  They do the job, but I have to admit that I am not as enamored with these as some of the other products (those gardening gloves!).  Frankly, if they were turquoise I'd probably be raving about them, lol. 


If you're an avid DIYer - or are shopping for one - check out NoCry because the quality of these products is outstanding, plus the shipping was super quick!  Over the years, Hubby and I have always been really conscious about showing us working in safety gear on the blog - and being honest about when we should have used it - because people can be seriously injured during even the most straightforward home improvement projects.  Remember how I had to drive our bathroom tiler to emergency after he sliced into his arm with a chop saw?  Home improvement - even the most basic tasks around the house - is serious, so I was happy to partner with NoCry to showcase some stylish, high quality products which are designed with safety as the main objective.

I'll be sure to let you all know how these hold up to wear and tear.


This post was sponsored by NoCry but all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Check out their blog for more handy tips and tricks.   
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  1. I have the oven mitts and I agree that they're a bit big for me but man do they handle my cast iron skillet well. I can pull it out of the oven on the 1st floor and take it up to my third floor without feeling the heat.

    I didn't know you and your husband did welding at all. I've finally found a place to take some classes so I'm excited to try that out too.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your experience with the oven mitts, I always love hearing from other people to get a sense of how a product performs. I haven't had to handle something hot for as long as you, but hearing that you can carry a hot cast iron skillet so far is amazing.

      We do a little welding, yes. Sometimes boring repairs, occasionally more fun things like furniture. Our most recent blog post about it was the welded fire pit we made this summer:

      http://www.danslelakehouse.com/2016/07/modern-diy-welded-fire-pit-our-fire-pit.html

      Recently we designed and built a bed with welded legs, which I'm sharing in the new year...

      That's exciting that you're taking classes! I'm going to learn what I can from Hubby, who took welding in college. My Grandpa was a welder by trade and was also an artist, so my goal is to make some sculptures eventually. We'll see how that goes, lol. You'll have to let me know how your classes go, I'd love to hear about them - and see what you make and what you learn.

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  2. HI Tanya , I was very excited to go to their website and place an order for the gardening gloves. I was disappointed to read their shipping policies for Canada - they don't ... They actually pointed me to Amazon.
    So no such luck in avoiding the middleman and saving money. I guess they made an exception when they sent them to you.

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    1. I used my US address because Canadian shipping plus the duties are a bummer. Companies can't always help that. Some businesses use Amazon as a way to reach customers directly, it might not necessarily add to the price much at all - not like brick and mortar retail markup. I'll check the price difference, it might be the terrible exchange rate causing the problem. Americans are so lucky because their cost to ship things costs SO much less than in Canada. With my Etsy shop I'm always stunned at how little I can ship a box of glass clear across America, lol.

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