Seamless palm made from a continuous piece of material. Back of glove has parallel seams. Finger side seams are toward palm of glove.
Benefits: Provides a roomy, comfortable fit. Seamless palm means greater ease of movement and comfortable gripping. Primarily used in fabric gloves and lightweight leathers.
Seamless on back. The palm side of the middle two fingers is a separate glove pattern and is sewn to the palm at the base of the middle two fingers. In full leather and leather palm styles, the seam is reinforced with a welt that gives additional resistance to wear in this critical area.
Benefits: Seam in natural hand crease allows flexibility; seamless back increases comfort. Finger seams away from the palm increase gloves' durability and wear life.
A thin piece of leather sewn into a seam towards the outside of the glove to protect seams from abrasions. Protects seam stitching on welding gloves from sparks, reducing burn-through.
What's a "mil"?
Oftentimes, the thickness of a particular glove design is measured in what is called a "mil." For example, our Amber Latex Canners Gloves are 20 mil in thickness. One mil is equivalent to approximately 0.001 inches (0.0254 mm), meaning that the latex material for the Canners Gloves is about 0.02 inches (0.5 mm) thick.
The following diagrams detail the testing categories for BS EN388, BS EN407, and BS EN511. A tested item is given a performance rating of 1 (lowest) to 4 (highest) on some or all of the listed categories. Water Impermeability is an exception in this case, as this test is pass/fail - '1' signifies a pass. Frequently an 'x' will replace one or more of the numbers, this means that the corresponding test was not performed.
CE Standards Mechanical Hazard EN388
A European Directive establishing harmonized standards for all Personal Protective Equipment items used in the European Union went into effect during 2004. Many of our hand protection offerings reflect the CE logo and a 4-digit performance rating that measure abrasion, cut, tear, and puncture resistance (ACTP). Listed below are the four physical tests that are required for protective gloves under European Standard EN388 and the results necessary to obtain each performance level rating.
|Criteria||Performance Guide for EN 388: Mechanical Hazards|
| ||Performance Level||0||1||2||3||4||5|
|A||Abrasion Resistance (Cycles)||< 100||100+||500+||2000+||8000+||N/A|
|C||Blade Cut Resistance (Index)||< 1.2||1.2+||2.5+||5.0+||10.0+||20.0+|
|T||Tear Resistance (Newtons)||< 10||10+||25+||50+||75+||N/A|
|P||Puncture Resistance (Newtons)||< 20||20+||60+||100+||150+||N/A|
What It Means
CE Standards Mechanical Hazard EN407
What It Means
|A||B||C||D||E||F||Burning Behavior||Contact Heat||Convective Heat||Radiant Heat||Small Splashes Of Molten Metal||Large Splashes Of Molten Metal|
CE Standards Mechanical Hazard EN511
What It Means
|A||B||C||Convective Cold||Contact Cold||Water Impermeability|
CE Standards Chemical Hazard EN374
What It Means
||Sulphur Containing Organic Compound
||Sodium hydroxide 40%
||Sulphuric acid 96%|
||Heterocyclic and Ether Compound
||Inorganic Mineral Acid|
CE Standards Micro-Organism Hazard EN374
What It Means
This ‘Micro-organism’ pictogram is used when the glove conforms to at least a performance level 2 for the Penetration test for micro-organisms.
CE Standards Antistatic EN1149
What It Means
This pictogram indicates that the glove is antistatic and meets the electrostatic requirements and the test methods for protective clothing dissipating static electricity to avoid sparks which could cause fires.
CPPT Cut Resistance
In an effort for our hand protection industry to have a standard performance level analysis, the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) in conjunction with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) created test protocol known as ASTM F1790-97. Many of our cut resistant products reflect scores based on the portion of this standard for cut resistance which was developed in 1997. This cut protection performance test is often referred to as CPPT. Changes to the cut resistant protocol are pending at this time and may be adopted. The pending test protocol may require revisions to our advertised scores.
This test method is significantly different than the CE cut resistant method. Cut resistance with a weighted gram load is measured in relation to distance to cut. A total of fifteen cuts (each with a new blade) are conducted. Five cuts each are made at three different gram loads. Test values are scaled based on the blade performance with a neoprene rubber material.
Recognize performance levels for CE and ANSI/ISEA 105 are different test methods and are calculated differently. Grams are used for the ANSI/ISEA 105 and the EN388 uses an "index" with a different scale for scoring. Test methods cannot be directly related. Different standards mean different performance at the same "level."
| ||Level 0||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
|Cut||Grams||< 200||> 200||> 500||> 1000||> 1500||> 3500|
GRAIN - Grain leather is the smooth exterior side of the hide. Grain leather provides durability and dexterity.
SPLIT - Split leather is the rougher interior side of the hide. The different types of Split are Side, Shoulder and Belly Split:
- Side Split - Comes from the rib area of the animal. This part of the leather is the most durable and provides the greatest protection because of its greater density of fibers.
- Shoulder Split - More economical than Side Split, but less durable. The additional movement of the animal in the shoulder area creates less fibers and a more visible texture difference.
- Belly Split - The most economical. However, it has the least consistency of texture and appearance.
Leather - For longer wear and heavy-duty applications; launderable.
Denim - Economical single-fabric material; launderable.
Duck - Single ply of cotton material; launderable.
Plasticized - Waterproof polyethylene layer laminated between two pieces of fabric; launderable.
Rubberized - Two layers of fabric with a rubber material in between. Adds water resistance in addition to heavier wear resistance.
Starched - Two layers of fabric laminated, then starched; launderable.
Cow - Cowhide is the most commonly used leather in the glove industry due to its abundance. The advantages include comfort, durability, excellent abrasion resistance and breathability.
This chart provides an indication of how types of leather perform.
Pig - Pigskin affords the greatest breathability due to the porous texture of the hide. Additionally, pigskin tends to become softer with use and withstand moisture without stiffening. When laundered, this leather will return more to its natural soft texture than other leathers.
Goat - Independent tests have shown that Grain Goatskin is twice as durable as Cow Grain and Pig Grain leathers. The natural lanolin produced by goats helps to create the softest, most abrasion-resistant leather. This leather is highly recommended for applications requiring tactile sensitivity.
Deer - Known to be one of nature's most luxurious, softest leathers, providing all-day comfort and sensitivity to touch.
|Performance||Grain Pigskin||Grain Cowhide||Split Cowhide||Grain Deerskin||Grain Goatskin|