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Types of Gloves

Gloves is a clothing that covers the whole hand, it has a separate sheath or opening for each finger and the thumb. When a glove has an opening yet it does not have a covering sheath for the fingers, those gloves are fingerless gloves.

Gloves provide comfort and protection to our hands against extreme temperatures of heat or cold. Nonetheless, it saves our hands from damage by friction, abrasion or chemicals, disease, and the like that should not be in contact with bare hands.

Healthcare professionals are very particular about hygiene and protective measures against contamination, thus they use latex, nitrile rubber or vinyl disposable gloves. Unfortunately, crime investigations became more difficult because of gloves, since criminals use gloves to avoid getting caught by not leaving their fingerprints.

Gloves are made out of materials which includes cloth, knitted or felted wool, leather, rubber, latex, neoprene, silk, and metal. Gloves that are made out of Kevlar can protect the one who wears it from cuts.

There are four general categories of gloves:

  1. - Work gloves or safety gloves
  2. - Fabric and coated gloves
  3. - Chemical-resistant or liquid-resistant gloves; and
  4. - Insulating rubber

Work gloves or safety gloves are personal protective equipment that is worn by workers when they are doing projects that involve hand protection from the wrist to the fingers. This kind of glove is used to protect the hands and fingers from cuts, blisters, splinters, skin punctures or heat and chemical burns.

Fabric and coated gloves are made out of cotton and fabric to provide a wide range of protection. Fabric gloves protect against dirt, slivers, chafing, and abrasions. However, fabric gloves do not provide a sufficient protection for use with rough, sharp, or heavy materials. There are some fabric gloves added with a plastic coating to strengthen the fabric. Coated fabric gloves are made out of cotton flannel and napping on the side of the gloves. This kind of gloves offer a slip-resistant quality, it is used for tasks ranging from handling bricks and wire to chemical laboratory containers.

Chemical-resistant or liquid-resistant gloves are made with different kinds of rubber: natural, butyl, neoprene, nitrile and fluorocarbon, and some are engineered with plastic: polyvinyl chloride, polyvinyl alcohol, and polyethylene. For a better performance of the gloves, these materials are blended or laminated.

The thicker the glove material, the greater the chemical resistance. However, thick gloves can impair the grip and dexterity, as a result of a negative impact on safety.

  • Butyl gloves- are made of a synthetic rubber and protect against a wide variety of chemicals, such as peroxide, rocket fuels, highly corrosive acids (nitric acid, sulfuric acid, hydrofluoric acid and red-fuming nitric acid), strong bases, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, esters and nitro compounds. Butyl gloves also resist oxidation, ozone corrosion, and abrasion, and remain flexible at low temperatures. Butyl rubber does not perform well with aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons and halogenated solvents.
  • Natural (latex) rubber gloves- are comfortable to wear, which makes them a popular general-purpose glove. They feature outstanding tensile strength, elasticity and temperature resistance. In addition to resisting abrasions caused by grinding and polishing, these gloves protect workers' hands from most water solutions of acids, alkalis, salts, and ketones. Latex gloves have caused allergic reactions in some individuals and may not be appropriate for all employees. Hypoallergenic gloves, glove liners, and powderless gloves are possible alternatives for workers who are allergic to latex gloves.
  • Neoprene gloves- are made of synthetic rubber and offer good pliability, finger dexterity, high density and tear resistance. They protect against hydraulic fluids, gasoline, alcohols, organic acids, and alkalis. They generally have chemical and wear resistance properties superior to those made of natural rubber.
  • Nitrile gloves- are made of a copolymer and provide protection from chlorinated solvents such as trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene. Although intended for jobs requiring dexterity and sensitivity, nitrile gloves stand up to heavy use even after prolonged exposure to substances that cause other gloves to deteriorate. They offer protection when working with oils, greases, acids, caustics, and alcohols but are generally not recommended for use with strong oxidizing agents, aromatic solvents, ketones and acetates.

Insulating rubber gloves are used by electrical workers, it provides from a classified level of voltage.

There are types of gloves that depend on their specified application. The users should know which glove is the safest, most comfortable in the market with regards to their usage. Work gloves should provide more than hand protection, it should have the capability to improve its grip, dexterity, and tactile sensitivity that can help the workers not to get harmed.


  1. Industrial or commercial gloves

- Workplaces with industrial and commercial environments are definitely exposed to a variety of hazards that can particularly lead to hand injuries. Works that deals with the handling of materials, assembly, and manufacturing can pose high potential risks of cuts, puncture, exposure to chemicals, burns, and impacts. This is why, industrial and commercial gloves should provide maximum protection, dexterity, and comfort to aid the work of the users safe and successful.

Examples of industrial or commercial gloves are:

Aircrew gloves

This type of gloves is designed to aid the hands of a flight crew warm, moreover, it is flame resistant, water resistant, and has an enhanced grip for instrument control.

Aluminized gloves

This type of gloves is recommended for welding, furnace, and foundry work since this type of safety gloves provide an insulation and reflective protection for the workers.

Anti-vibration gloves

This type of gloves is designed to protect a worker's hands when using oscillating tools, it is also puncture-resistant.

Antistatic gloves

This type of safety gloves suppresses dust-collecting electrostatic charges when handling delicate components. These dissipate electric static through the materials of construction.

Barbed wire handler’s glove

Chainmail gloves

This type of gloves offers unrivaled protection to puncture and slashing. These are used in food preparation, woodworking, and other high-risk puncture situations.

Chainsaw safety gloves

This type of gloves have cut-proof fabric, but only at the back of the left hand. Since most of the chainsaw injuries occur on the back of the left hand.

Chemical or Liquid-resistant gloves

This type of safety gloves has a variation that helps the hand protect against specific chemicals that can harm our health.

  • Butyl-rubber gloves are to protect the skin from nitric acid, sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, and peroxide.
  • Natural latex or rubber gloves is to protect the skin from water solutions or acids, alkalis, salts, and ketones.
  • Neoprene gloves are to protect the skin from hydraulic fluids, gasoline, alcohols, and organic acids.

Cotton and fabric gloves

This type of gloves can keep the worker's hands clean and protected from abrasions, however, it may not be strong enough to handle work with rough and sharp materials.

Coated fabric gloves

This type of gloves provides an utmost protection against moderately concentrated chemicals. It can be used in the laboratory work since it can provide an enough strong protection against the specific chemical being handled.

Cut-resistant gloves

This type of gloves is designed to protect the user's hand from cuts while working with sharp tools.

Disposable gloves

It can be also called as ‘rubber glove’, it protects the hands while performing tasks that involve chemicals.

Electrical gloves

This type of gloves is required when working in any kind of voltage application and can prevent electrical shock, arc flash, and arc blast. These items have been voltage rated and also offers some abrasion resistance.

Firefighter gloves

This type of gloves is a high strength, flame resistant, thermally efficient, waterproof gloves meant for firefighting operations. Structure fire and wildfire variants differ in construction, with structural designs needing additional puncture resistance and dexterity. Chemical firefighting will require proximity gloves, a type of glove capable of withstanding higher temperatures.

Food service gloves

Gardening gloves

Impact protection gloves

Kevlar gloves

This type of gloves has a wide variety of industrial applications. It protects the hands from cuts and abrasions, moreover, it can provide protection against extreme heat and cold temperatures.

Leather gloves

This type of gloves is used for welding since the leather can resist the sparks and moderate heat. Moreover, the risk of cuts and abrasions is minimized by the leather gloves.

Medical gloves

Rubber, plastic, or synthetic gloves

This type of safety gloves is usually used by workers who clean or works with oils, solvents, and other chemicals.

Sandblasting gloves

Tactical gloves

This type of safety gloves provide police, military, and security personnel with enhanced grip, puncture resistance, contamination control, and digit articulation when in confrontational or hostile operations. A sleek, covert design allows the wearer control of weapons and tools. Most of the designs of tactical gloves are fingerless.

Welder’s gloves

  1. Sports and Recreational Gloves

Sports needs ideal gloves for recreational play in whatever position you are working on. The gloves make it easy to break in and is slightly flexible, yet it is still protective enough to catch a fast throw.

American football position gloves

Baseball gloves

In a baseball game, the players in the field are required to wear gloves to help them catch the ball and to prevent from acquiring injuries to their hands.

Billiards gloves

Boxing gloves

This is a specialized padded mitten.

Cricket gloves

The batsmen wear gloves with a heavy padding on the back, this is to protect the fingers in situations that it might be struck with the ball. Meanwhile, the wicketkeeper wears the large webbed gloves.

Cycling gloves

These gloves are designed for cycling, it provides warmth, comfort, and protection.

Driving gloves

This glove is intended to improve the grip on the steering wheel. Driving gloves have external seams, open knuckles, open backs, ventilation holes, short cuffs, and wrists snaps.

Eton Fives glove

Falconry glove

Fencing glove

Football – Goalkeeper Glove

This is to prevent the fingers from bending backward, it has segmentation to allow greater flexibility, and palms are made of materials designed to protect the hand and to enhance the player’s grip.

Gardening glove

Golf glove

Golfers wear gloves to aid their grip on the club and to prevent blisters. Gloves are usually worn only on the player's dominant hand, but it is not exceptional for a player not to wear gloves on both hands, this results in a reduced chafing. Harder swings are being produced because of the increased grip and control, thus the golf ball is aimed with a more control and increased distance.

Ice hockey glove

There are three styles of ice hockey glove, for skaters, goaltenders. The skaters wear similar gloves on each hand, meanwhile, the goaltenders wear different gloves on each hand.

Gym gloves

It is also called fitness gloves or weightlifting gloves, these are small-sized with open fingers. These gloves are used to prevent calluses and blisters from repeated gripping and grabbing on various gym equipment. It also offers cushion and prevents wrist from strains. The gloves are categorized for durability, flexibility, and support.

Riding gloves

Racquetball gloves

Lacrosse gloves

These gloves are heavily padded, these gloves are worn for protection. It is designed to protect the hands, wrists, and forearms from checks, or legal defensive hitting done in the sports.

Kendo Kote

LED gloves

Motorcycling gloves

These gloves are made out of leather, there are gauntlets to protect the wrist of the rider, and help reduce drafts when riding during a cold climate. The gloves are intended to protect the rider from abrasion injuries.

Oven gloves

These gloves are also called oven mitts, they are used for cooking. It is an insulated glove to protect the hand from hot objects.

Paintball Glove

Racing driver’s gloves

These gloves have long cuffs, which is intended for protection against heat and flame for drivers in automobile competitions.

Scuba diving gloves

There are three types of scuba diving gloves, which are cotton, dry and wet. Cotton gloves have a good abrasion but has no thermal protection. Dry gloves; are made of rubber with a latex wrist seal to prevent water entry. Wet gloves; are made of neoprene and allowing water entry

Shooting Glove

  • Biathlon glove is an articulated padded combination of a skiing glove and a shooting glove, offers cold temperature protection outside in winter, as well as padding to support the .22lr ammunition single-action or a Fortner-action biathlon rifle, and it is suitable for use with poles in cross country skiing.
  • Pistol glove is used in competition pistol shooting to improve performance and cushion the shooting hand.
  • Target rifle glove is an open-fingered heavily padded one-hand glove with non-skid surfaces, it is used to support the rifle in prone shooting position. Also may be used in kneeling, sitting and standing positions. The glove cushions and distributes the weight of the rifle, which varies from 3 kilograms to 7 kilograms depending on the type of rifle stock used.

Skiing gloves

This gloves are padded and reinforced to protect from the cold, and from injury by skis.

Touchscreen gloves

These gloves are made with conductive material to enable the wearer's natural electric capacitance to interact with capacitive touchscreen devices without the need to remove one's gloves

  • Fingertip conductivity; where conductive yarns or a conductive patch is found only on the tips of the fingers thus allowing for basic touch response
  • Full hand conductivity; where the entire glove is made from conductive materials allowing for robust tactile touch and dexterity good for accurate typing and multi-touch response

Underwater Hockey gloves

This glove has a protective padding, usually of silicone rubber or latex, across the back of the fingers and knuckles to protect from impact with the puck; usually only one, either left- or right-hand, is worn depending on which is the playing hand.

Washing mitt or Washing glove

This glove is a tool for washing the body, it has scrubs attached on it to scrape off dead skin cells.

Webbed gloves

This glove is a swim training device or swimming aid.

Weightlifting gloves

It is also called fitness gloves or gym gloves, these are small-sized with open fingers. These gloves are used to prevent calluses and blisters from repeated gripping and grabbing on various gym equipment. It also offers cushion and prevents wrist from strains. The gloves are categorized for durability, flexibility, and support.

Wired glove

This is an input device for human and computer interaction. It is used in virtual reality environments and to mimic human hand movement by robots.

  • Power Glove this an example of a wired glove, it is an alternate controller for use with the Nintendo Entertainment System

Wheelchair gloves

It is used by people who use manual wheelchairs.

  1. Fashion gloves

People wear gloves for formal and semi-formal events. The most produced fashion gloves are those made of satin.

Examples of fashion gloves are:

Fleece Gloves

This kind of glove offers a superior warmth with its tightly knit synthetic fibers, the weight of the glove is equally proportional to the warmth that it gives off. However, the thickness of the gloves can affect the hand coordination and finger dexterity. This kind of glove is not waterproof and is not wind resistant, thus it is only best for light activities under the moderate cold environment.

Liner Gloves

This kind of glove is knitted tight fittingly, but it is also stretchable. It can provide warmth and comfort for moderate and high-energy activities. Liner gloves are waterproof and wind resistant, unlike the fleece glove, it has the ability to be worn in a light weather or be paired with another glove for an extra insulation. It quickly dries off and prevents moisture.

Soft Shell Gloves

This kind of glove is lightweight and waterproof, it can provide a sufficient amount of protection from water, wind, and snow. An exceptional warmth is provided by this glove, it can be used in low to moderate activity levels in cold environments and low temperatures.

Insulated Gloves

This kind of glove is made to preserve heat inside the gloves, it is made with synthetic fibers. The outer layer of the insulated gloves is waterproof and breathable. It is popularly used in extreme winter conditions.


It is not necessary to buy expensive gloves, when you make a decision on what gloves to buy, it is important to take note of the glove’s function, protection, and more so, consider your personal style. If the mentioned components are there, it will be great no matter how much it costs.

Find a glove with the best moisture management.

Our palms give out more sweat, water regulates heat faster than air because of its greater density. The layer next to the hand should not be made out of cotton, which can be the worst material for a winter glove. Cotton absorbs the sweat and moisture, it's a bad thing holding the water next to the skin, and however, some winter gloves are made of cotton.

Polypropylene and wool are the best material for the layer next to the skin, it prevents moisture and keeps the skin dry.

Glove sizing can be hard. Gloves are basically sold in four sizes, ranging from small, medium, large, to extra-large. Remember that wearing skin-tight gloves can make the hands colder by restricting blood flow and circulation. Do not choose a glove that is overly-fit on your hands, have one that is big enough to allow an adequate movement of the fingers and thumb, but it should also be tight enough to allow proper hand coordination and it can block the hands from injuries.

Some of the buyers have their gloves custom made. Gloves are based on two measurements, the hand length and the hand width.

When you talk about hand length, it is the measurement from the tip of the middle finger to the large cease that you see where the palm meets the wrist.

Moreover, the hand with is the full circumference of the hand around the widest part of the knuckles, but it does not include the thumb.

Take note of the typical palm measurements, sizes may vary from the specific glove type, you may find that a smaller or larger size may perfectly fit you. To ensure that you have selected the proper glove size for your hand, please review the online size chart.

If you are asked, how many pairs of work gloves do you have? Some people have 3 to 4 pairs of gloves for a specific task.

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Letter sizes will range from S (small) to L (large). To find your glove size quickly, refer to the online size chart provided by Scotty’s Gloves.

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Available styles of gloves ranges from ant vibration gloves, coated gloves, cotton/sting/knit/jersey/chore gloves, disposable gloves, driver’s gloves, high visibility gloves, kids gloves, ladies gloves, leather palms, mechanics gloves, military/law enforcement gloves, mitts or mittens, rag wool gloves, ski gloves, and welder’s gloves.

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