When it comes to palm coatings on work gloves, how do you know which is the right type of coating for your job? We’ve rounded up a simple guide that will show you the basic benefits and downfalls of popular coating materials to help you find the perfect coating for you.
Benefits: This synthetic material is very strong and doesn’t pose allergy threats. It has high resistance to abrasions.
Downfalls: Lacking in grip and stretch/flexibility compared to other materials.
Grip: Good grip in dry conditions, poor grip in wet conditions.
Industry Use: Perfect for general contracting and carpentry.
Foam Nitrile Coating
Benefits: This is a “whipped” version of a traditional nitrile coating which allows the coating to act as a sponge, absorbing more liquid and giving better grip.
Downfalls: Doesn’t do well when handling adhesives.
Grip: Excellent grip in wet and dry situations
Industry Use: Construction, fabrication, tasks where light oils are used
Benefits: This coating has high levels of elasticity, can withstand extreme temperatures, and good resistance against tearing.
Downfalls: Latex is a major allergen trigger for many people, performs poorly around chemicals like gasoline.
Grip: Excellent grip in dry situations, poor grip in wet situations.
Industry Use: Glass manufacturing, construction
Polyurethane (PU) Coating
Benefits: It offers excellent grip without a sticky or tacky feeling for the wearer, excellent abrasion and puncture resistance. One of the most versatile glove coatings.
Downfalls: Does not perform well in contact with hot water or above 175o F.
Grip: Good grip in dry conditions, moderate grip for wet conditions
Industry Use: Aerospace, appliance manufacturing, or anywhere where dexterity is desired.
Benefits: Neofoam offers great abrasion resistance and outstanding wet/dry grip. It is highly flexible and tough, but still offers good breathability.
Downfalls: Can be subject to snags and tears.
Grip: Foam grip is designed to channel away liquids to allow better handling in wet and dirty conditions. Also provides excellent grip and tactile sensitivity in dry applications.Industry Use: Furniture manufacturing, woodworking, automotive assembly