A supported glove is constructed by taking a knitted glove liner and dipping that liner into the glove compound, whether that be nitrile, neoprene, or another material. In essence, the knitted liner is supporting the glove compound. Supported gloves have excellent resistance to hot and cold temperatures, they absorb sweat, offer superb puncture and abrasion resistance, and are quite durable due to the liner. Here are some great water repellant supported gloves. These supported work gloves have a nylon liner.
An unsupported glove is constructed by taking a hand form (usually made of porcelain) and dipping that form into the selected glove compound. Once that dipped layer dries it is removed from the hand form as a perfectly formed, well-fitting glove. Unsupported gloves are typically used to protect against chemicals and biological hazards. They are constructed to keep their shape and remain skin tight while worn and are not made to be reusable. It is important when using unsupported gloves to follow the proper protocol for wearing and disposing of these gloves to maintain maximum protection. Unsupported gloves are usually more cost effective and offer better tactile sensitivity and dexterity. They are measured by thickness, so you can determine that the thicker the glove, the more protection against chemical penetration you’ll have. Check out these unsupported gloves which are flock lined. Here are a great pair of waterproof unsupported work gloves.