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Glove Strength and Uses

  • Synthetics
    For protection against solvents and chemical resistance plus abrasions, cuts and punctures.
    • Dipped
      • Neoprene - greater flexibility plus comprehensive chemical protection.
      • Nitrile - excellent abrasion resistance.
      • PVC - liquid and solvent protection.
      • Rubber - gripping power, cut and puncture resistance.
      • Vinyl - breathable, easy gripping, minimizes absorption of water, oil and grease.

    • Cut-N-Sewn
      • Nitrile - excellent abrasion resistance and dexterity.
      • Vinyl (Impregnated & Laminated) - flexibility and mild abrasion resistance.
    • Unsupported
      • For greater dexterity in applications requiring chemical protection. The guage identifies the mil thickness of a glove. A thin guage allows a sense of touch and a heavy guage provides greater protection and durability.

    • Regular Unsupported - 11 mil - 30 mil thickness
      • Latex - canners and flock-lined, natural rubber, most elastic substance known.
      • Nitrile - unlined and flock-lined, provides cut, snag, puncture and abrasion resistance better than any other rubber.
      • Neoprene - flock-lined, resists oils and offers less hand fatigue.
      • Neoprene on Latex - flock-lined, unique dipping process to resist specifically MEK and other ketones and acetones.
      • Neoprene and Latex Blend - flock-lined, blending of two rubbers for multi-purpose use.

    • Heave Guage Unsupported - 45 mil - 50 mil thickness
      • Latex - greater protection and durability.
    • Disposable Unsupported - 5 mil thickness
      • Latex - medical or industrial grade, better dexterity, elasticity, cool and comfortable.
      • Vinyl - medical or industrial grade, durability, softness, no latex allergens.
      • Polyethylene - 1.25 mil thickness, promotes good hygiene.

  • Cotton
    For comfort and breathability in general purpose applications and, in heavier weights, for abrasion and heat protection.
    • Light Weight (Product Protection)
      • Inspectors - cotton or nylon, reversible, may be used as gloves or glove liners.

    • Single Ply (Multi-Purpose)
      • Canvas - 8 oz, 10 oz., or 12 oz. fabric for general purpose work. PVC dots provide gripping ability and longer wear.
      • Jersey - 9 ounce jersey for general purpose work. PVC dots provide gripping ability and longer wear.
      • Terrycloth - seamless knit styles in various weights for specific degrees of heat protection.

    • Quilted (Heavy Multi-Purpose, plus Heat Protection)
      • Chore - general purpose work.
      • Double Palm - minimal heat protection.
      • Hot Mill - moderate heat protection.

    • Strings
      For general purpose work applications and for cut and abrasion resistance using high performance yarns when working with sharp objects. Various weights provide longer durability or additional dexterity where needed.

    • Multi-purpose Yarns
      100% Cotton, Cotton/Polyester, 100% Synthetic, PVC coating provides better grip and longer wear.

    • High Performance Yarns
      KEVLAR® Knits, Stainless Steel - Steelcore, Steelcore II, Spectra Fiber - Survivor.

  • Leather
    For protection from rough objects, sparks and heat and for cushioning from blows in heavy duty work requirements. All kinds of leather provide comfort, durability, dexterity, mild heat resistance and abrasion protection. These advantages make leather a traditional favorite for industrial workers.
    • Types of Leather
      • Cow
        Cow leather is the most commonly used leather within the glove industry due to its plentiful availability. The United States and Australia produce the majority of these hides. The advantages include comfort, durability, excellent abrasion and breathability. Chrome tanning of this leather provides greater wear and heat resistance.

      • Pig
        Pigskin affords the greatest breathability due to the porous texture of this hide. Additionally, pigskin tends to become softer with use and withstands moisture without stiffening. When laundered, this leather will return more to its natural soft texture than other leathers.

      • Goat
        Independent tests have proven this to be a stronger and more durable leather. The natural lanolin produced by goats helps to create the softest, most abrasion-resistant leather. This leather is highly recommended for applications requiring tactile sensitivity.


    • Cuts of Leather
      • Grain
        Grain leather is the smooth external side of the hide. This type of leather provides durability and dexterity.

      • Split
        Split leather is the rougher internal side of the hide. The different types of split will be side, shoulder or belly split.
        • Side split leather comes from the rib area of the animal. This part of the leather is the most durable and provides the greatest protection because of its greater density of fibers.
        • Indoor split leather is more economical than side, but less durable. The additional movement of the animal in this shoulder area creates less fibers and a more visible texture difference.
        • Belly split leather is the most economical; however, it has the least consistency of texture and appearance.




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 Glove Chemical Chart 
 Glove Designs 
 Glove Sizing 
 Glove Strength and Uses 
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