July 12, 2019 | Ryan |

Celebrating Our Passion: Revisiting The Glove Nerd Encyclopedia

Whether it is safety or innovation, here at Superior Glove, we consider ourselves a pretty passionate group, always striving to improve on everything we do, from our glove design to every step of the customer experience.

So since July 13 is “Embrace Your Geekness Day”, we thought it would be the ideal time to go back and re-visit one of our favorite blogs: The Glove Nerd Encyclopedia.

Regardless if you’re a returning reader or just a first-timer, we’re hoping you’ll be able to embrace our passion too.

Ever had questions about the ins-and-outs of the glove world? We have answers!

Do you know your Palm Coatings?

A staple of our varied and versatile glove lineup, palm-coated gloves can be a tremendous asset, as they add additional protection against your standard workplace hazards. But knowing what options you have available can make a world of difference. Depending on your specific task or industry, the coating or coatings you need may change.

To keep things simple, here are six of the palm coatings you’ll be most likely to find in work gloves: 

  1. Standard nitrile (also called flat nitrile) 
  2. Foam nitrile 
  3. Micropore nitrile 
  4. Polyurethane 
  5. Neoprene 
  6. Three-Quarter Dip

Standard Nitrile (Also: Flat Nitrile)

Able to protect from numerous hazards and the coating of choice for many thanks to its adaptability, standard nitrile-coated gloves offer both puncture and tear resistance, while also being able to handle oil.

Additionally, they can also be used in a wide range of temperatures, from -4°C (25°F) and 149°C (300°F).

Foam Nitrile

Manipulated from the same compounds that make up flat nitrile and possessing many of the same properties, foam nitrile has an added benefit: acting as a sponge.

It can absorb liquids, providing a much better grip then standard nitrile can allow.

Micropore Nitrile

Another variety of flat nitrile, micropore nitrile is specifically treated to create tiny craters on the surface of the coating, which acts as suction cups and works to improve grip in oil-heavy or liquid-based environments.


Known for its versatility, polyurethane-coating is often used in cut-resistant gloves, able to maintain a lighter feel while improving grip and enhancing puncture resistance.

Polyurethane-coating also has chemical resistant properties, being able to withstand, oils, solvents, grease, and gasoline, among others. Polyurethane, however, has poor resistance to hot water and should be used in temperatures above 79°C (175°F).


Resistant to oil, usable in both wet and dry conditions and resistant to oil, neoprene-coating doesn’t melt when exposed to heat or flame and is commonly found on heat-resistant and arc-flash gloves.

Three-Quarter Dip

A coating that covers (as the name suggests) three-quarters of the glove, this coating fully covers the palm and a portion of the back, a benefit to those working in jobs where more protection or coverage could be needed.

ANSI/ISEA 138/Anti-Impact

Due to the very nature of the work required, deciding on the right anti-impact glove can often come with its own unique set of challenges, in addition to the usual things you might look for when searching for a new glove: injury prevention capabilities, the material used and so on. Where can you even get started?

Luckily, the American National Standard for Performance and Classification for Impact-Resistant Gloves (ANSI/ISEA 138) is here to help. The standard, created earlier this year, provides a consistent, uniform classification system for impact protection equipment in North America. 

As the market for impact-resistant gloves expanded, with newer materials and products constantly appearing, there was little way for customers and end-users (that’s you, reader!) to know the difference between each, when trying to decide on the right glove for their specific impact-related task.

ANSI/ISEA 138 was designed to lessen this burden. With testing methods standardized, a clear classification system put in place and claims by manufacturers now able to be verified by a governing body, those choices are now much easier, allowing you to make an informed decision when it comes to your Anti-Impact gloves – and your safety.

The Glove Clinic

More than almost anyone else, here at Superior Glove, we know that deciding on the right gloves and safety apparel can be a big decision. After all, there can a lot to consider, including specific workplace hazards, worker comfort and engagement and perhaps most importantly, injury prevention.

Superior Glove’s revamped Glove Clinic program was designed to provide practical solutions to all three of these things through the combined efforts of a specialized workplace assessment plan, employee and employer education and a Personal Protection Equipment trial.

We’re very excited about rolling out the Glove Clinic and can’t wait to see it possibly make its way to your workplace someday soon. Curious for more details? Click here for a more in-depth look at the ins-and-outs of the Glove Clinic!

Safety Made Simple

Knowing how safety can impact your work environment on a larger scale, either through something like the Glove Clinic or a new ANSI standard is one thing but sometimes, it just helps to know what is going into your PPE. You might be using a pair of gloves or a protective sleeve on a daily basis, but how are these things keeping you protected?

Reinforced Thumb Crotch

Offering additional protection between your thumb and forefinger (the highest wear area for a glove), a thumb crotch may also be made with a secondary material, either leather, nitrile or Kevlar® stitching, that will help to improve your glove’s durability and lifespan.

Safety Cuff

A safety cuff adds additional protection around the wrist and forearm area while also being easily removable in the event of an emergency.


An elasticized armband that is able to sit snug against the bicep, STAYz-UP™ prevents your protective sleeves from slipping all without the use of clips or hooks.

Thumb Hole

Used on protective sleeves, the thumb hole prevents the sleeve from sliding or slipping during use, protecting the wrist and arm from many potential work hazards, including cuts, lacerations, and unwanted contact.

Wherever or however you’re working, you should never leave safety to chance. Being aware of safety in all its forms, from new industry programs and regulations to the more everyday aspects, like how your PPE protects you, can not only prove essential when working but also, that knowledge just might save a life.

Still curious about palm coatings? Click here to check out our blog, The Guide to Palm Coatings! 

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