The seamless knitted, coated palm GRX glove range comes in a variety of palm coatings. You may be asking yourself, why is a certain style coated in latex, while another in nitrile? Or, what’s with PU coated gloves, are they called PU because they stink? (Glove humor, I know) What are the main palm coatings found in the work glove industry? The current GRX line up of gloves features 3 commonly found palm coatings; Nitrile, Latex, and Polyurethane (or, PU). Each coating has its own unique feature and benefit, and depending on the task at hand, you may want to consider which palm coating will perform best for you.
This material is currently the most in vogue palm coating because it can handle many different applications. Nitrile, also commonly referred to as NBR, is a synthetic rubber. It’s man made, and thus can be dramatically tweaked during the manufacturing process to achieve different features.
For example, styles 451, 452, 453, and 481 feature Breathable Palm Technology™. Breathable Palm Technology™ is a nitrile based process that allows the hands to breathe through the palm. In addition, we use a “sandy” or rough finish to add more abrasive resistance. Breathable and durable, that’s the mission behind Breathable Palm Technology™. And, we can achieve that because of Nitrile, and it’s ability to change during production. Gloves that feature this technology are extremely comfortable to work in, even in hot conditions.
Style 431 also features a nitrile coating, however this is a flat nitrile, or simply a regular nitrile coating process. We modified the recipe so the palm would be stickier, and have an enhanced grip.
Nitrile has superior strength – think durability and tear resistance – and is quite resistant to oils and chemicals. Have a job that requires you to handle small, oily components, then the 451 or 481 is the glove you need.
So then, why would I choose latex over nitrile? The reason to reach for a Latex coated glove the next time you’re at the contractor counter is because of the grip. Latex palm gloves typically, on average, offer better gripping on a pound for pound basis. Are you installing drywall, or grabbing bricks on the jobsite? Or hauling boxes while moving apartments or homes? You’ll find the grip of Latex to hold up well in both wet and dry conditions.
Latex is a natural rubber, heavily processed to get it to the stable form you’ll find on a glove. Unfortunately, latex gets a bad rap because over 12 million Americans have an allergy or certain sensitivity to it. Plus, it’s a runner-up to Nitrile when it comes to handing oil and chemicals. Come to think of it, latex technology has lagged over the past 20 years with not much innovation or creativity with this polymer. I wonder if some glove company is going to come up with something revolutionary with latex in 2019? We’ll have to see….
Polyurethane, or PU as we call it in the industry, is a low durability, low abrasion resistant coating. It is used to increase puncture protection while providing only a thin coating. Gloves with PU coatings typically offer great dexterity because the PU coats on thin. Another benefit of PU is the grip. Whereas a flat Nitrile is both grippy and sticky, PU offers enhanced grip without the stick. PU also offers good resistance to oils and chemicals.
If you need dexterity on the job site, for tool handling or tactile work, try style 551. This thin nylon glove with a PU palm offers breathability on the top of hand and great grip on the palm
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