Glossary of Terms Related to Gloves, Rainwear, Boots, and Protective Safety Wear
Latex gloves are made from a thin, flexible rubber and are very
well-suited for use as medical examination gloves, for food processing,
and for use with household chemicals. The latex glove may be powdered
or powder-free. Disposable latex gloves are widely used.
Rubber gloves are generally thicker than latex gloves, providing more
protection against cuts and punctures. Rubber is a multi-purpose
material, extensively used in rubber boots, gloves, rainwear, and more.
Neoprene is a tough, synthetic rubber that offers protection against
harsh chemicals like acid, oil, gease, solvent, and more. Neoprene
gloves are widely used in industrial applications. Neoprene can also be
combined with a substance like latex to form a neoprene and latex glove
that provides protection while retaining flexibility.
Nitrile is a synthetic rubber that is more durable than latex or vinyl.
Nitrile gloves come in a wide range of weights, from disposable nitrile
gloves to heavy duty ones that offers protection against cuts and
punctures. Nitrile gloves are a good alternative for people with latex
Plastic gloves, or polyethylene gloves, are very lightweight gloves
best suited for applications such as food service, cosmetics, precision
work, and so forth. Disposable plastic gloves are standard.
Polyethylene is also used for plastic rain ponchos.
PVC is a synthetic coating that is applied to gloves and rainwear to
protect against chemicals, solvents, and so forth. PVC coated gloves
are a lower cost alternative to nitrile or neoprene gloves. PVC rain
ponchos are another use of this waterproof material.
Polyurethane is a synthetic with many different uses. When used on
gloves, such as a polyurethane palm-coated cotton glove, it provides
good protection while maintaining maximum elasticity. A
polyurethane-coated glove is excellent for fine applications such as
Kevlar is the registered trademark of a synthetic material developed by
Dupont. Its high 'strength to weight' ratio makes it 5 times stronger
than steel on an equal weight basis. Kevlar gloves offer excellent heat
and flame resistance, and also protect against cuts and punctures.
Kevlar gloves and Kevlar yarn is used in such varied situations as
welding gloves, heat protective mitts, lightweight Kevlar knit gloves,
- Hot Mill
Hot Mills gloves, developed for use in such demanding environments as
foundries, forges, and mills, are tough, durable, protective gloves
made from heavy duty fabric that may be reinforced with double palms
and other features to protect against high heat while allowing movement
Calfskin, used in making calfskin leather gloves, is a thin, supple leather that fits snugly around the hand.
Deerskin, in addition to being a soft, supple leather, remains soft
even when wet, making it the perfect choice for cold, wet weather. Our
deerskin leather gloves are made from select American deerskin.
Thinsulate is a trademark of the 3M Corporation. It is a synthetic
fiber used for insulation in clothing. Thinsulate-lined gloves provide
warmth and comfort, while an outer layer, such as deerskin, provides
protection from water and cold. Thinsulate-lined deerskin gloves are a
perfect combination of comfort and functionality.