What’s the Difference Between Polyurethane Coated Gloves and Foam Nitrile Coated Gloves?

Posted by Melanie Predolich on

When you work in an environment where you need an enhanced glove grip, you’re probably familiar with two different types of palm coatings that are made to enhance your grip. But do you ever wonder which type of coating is best? This week we’re comparing the two most popular types of glove coatings, polyurethane and foam nitrile.
There are two main defining features of each type of coating.
A foam nitrile glove coating is great because it provides super grip levels when dealing with any sort of moisture and in those situations, is able to create a suction cup effect which significantly enhances your grip.
A polyurethane coating will help you to maintain the necessary dexterity you need when performing fine motor tasks and this type of coating offers a more “bare hand” grip because the coating has a tacky feeling which would be appropriate which works excellent for dry conditions but not well in wet or oily conditions.  
Based off of these key features of each type of coating, the best rule of thumb is to use foam nitrile in wet conditions and polyurethane for dry conditions.

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