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        All About General Purpose Gloves

        All About General Purpose Gloves

        Learn more about the different liner materials, liner gauges, coating materials and abrasion levels in the below guide. For a downloadable pdf, visit our Resources Page on and click on the All About General Purpose Gloves Guide.

        Liner Materials

        • Ultra lightweight, durable, and abrasion resistant fiber that offers superior comfort and flexibility.
        • Cooling on the hand. Dries quickly.
        • Excellent dexterity and sensitivity.
        • Ultra lightweight, durable, and abrasion resistant fiber.
        • Excellent dexterity and sensitivity.
        • Dries quickly.

        Liner Gauge

        Gauge is defined as the number of stitches included in each inch of material. The lower the gauge, the heavier the glove. The higher the gauge, the lighter the glove.

        Coating Materials

        • Provides a high resistance to puncture, tearing, and abrasion.
        • Good chemical resistance.
           Flat Nitrile
           • Tough coating that provides super tacky dry grip.
           • Excellent abrasion and puncture resistance.
           Foam Nitrile
           • Channels oil and liquids away from the hand for a better grip.
           • Excellent abrasion, puncture, and snag resistance.
          Sandy Nitrile
           • Suction cup-like texture provides a non-slip grip in heavy
           oils and liquids.
           • Good abrasion, puncture, cut and snag resistance.
           Micro-Foam Nitrile
           • Ultra breathable.
           • Super abrasion resistant coating provides good dry grip and excellent glove life.

        • Lightweight, strong and durable coating provides high resistance to abrasion.
        • Offers great flexibility.
        • Good for dry grip, handling small parts, and effective in light oil conditions.

        • Highly elastic material with good puncture resistance.
        • Best overall dry grip.
        • Adding a finish texture such as foam or crinkle also helps channel liquid away.

        ANSI Abrasion Resistance

        Abrasion Resistance refers to how long the glove will last, or the glove life. The higher the ANSI abrasion level, the longer the glove will last. The number of revolutions needed to break through the liner and the coating determines abrasion level. This is based on a test conducted by rotating a piece of the glove’s palm under two abrasive, weighted wheels that scrape against the material.


        All VGuard® gloves are tested to the ANSI abrasion standard. As noted above, the higher the ANSI abrasion level, the longer the glove will last.

        EN388 Badge Anatomy

        EN388 is a European standard that tests gloves against mechanical risks such as abrasion, cut, tear and puncture. The shield icon has four numbers underneath that represent the Abrasion, Cut (Coup Test), Tear, and Puncture testing results. The last letter in the sequence represents the new cut resistant testing results (Based on the TDM machine).

        All VGuard® gloves are tested to the EN388 standard and list the applicable ANSI abrasion level and EN388 icons on the back of the hand and on the insert tag.



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