Cow: Most popular leather due to its abrasion resistance and attractive appearance.
Pig: Has the greatest breathability and is flexible after repeat wetting and use.
Goat: Soft and very abrasive-resistant. Has high natural lanolin content
Deer: Naturally one of the softest leathers and has excellent dexterity. Has the highest tensile strength.
Pile: A synthetic wool that is relatively inexpensive and has a realistic similarity to genuine wool.
3M Thinsulate™: This is the warmest thin insulation. Even in damp conditions it has the ability to retain its insulation.
Fleece: The most commonly used glove liner, made of napped brushed cotton.
Thermal: A thin cotton or polyester fabric, that helps keep hands warm during winter and cool during summer.
Band Top: A band of material sewn to the glove for wrist protection. It is very economical, easy to remove, and has good circulation.
Knit Wrist: Stretchable ribbed knit for a snug fit and helps prevent dirt and materials from getting inside.
Safety Cuff: Generally it is a 2 1/4 - 2 3/4 inch cuff. Provides protection and allows easy movement for the wrist and hand.
Gauntlet Cuff: An extra long cuff, generally it is 4-6 inches. It provides protection for the wrist and the forearm.
Slip On: This is constructed without a cuff. It is easy to slip on and off.
Denim: Economical single-fabric material
Leather: Long wearing and most durable.
Plasticized: Waterproof and washable
Rubberized: Abrasion resistant and water resistant
Starched: Economical two layers of fabric laminated then starched
Straight: Design that points the thumb vertically from the wrist. It is the most economical, and is cut as one piece with the palm.
Wing: The angled construction allows good flexibility; it has no seams on the palm side to obstruct work.
Keystone: Allows the most freedom of movement and is the most comfortable.
General Purpose Materials
Cotton: A natural fiber that provides comfort and breathability
Polyester: A durable, synthetic fiber with low moisture absorbency
Nylon: A synthetic, low linting fiber with excellent dexterity and sensitivity.
Cotton/Polyester: A synthetic and natural blend to increase strength and abrasion resistance.
Disposable Glove MaterialsLatex: Natural rubber latex offers good dexterity and can be used in light chemical environments.
CAUTION: Natural Rubber may casue serious allergic reactions in some individuals.
Nitrile: A synthetic elastic glove that offers better cut and puncture resistance than latex.
Vinyl: A synthetic plastic material that is most economical and offers adequate protections and good tactile sensitivity.