Evolution to a Thinner Glove

MYTH: A thick glove is a better glove.

Actually, thin gloves are more friendly to the environment, provide substantial cost savings, and are more comfortable to wear. That’s why the industry continues its trend in favor of thinner gloves.

Many are reluctant to realize the benefits of a thinner glove out of fear the glove will lack the same strength and performance of its thicker counterpart. Through advances research and development, leading manufacturers are now able to produce thinner gloves of equal or superior tensile strength and ultimate elongation as their thicker predecessors.

For buyers, thin gloves offer tremendous opportunities for savings because they decrease freight costs and require less raw materials to manufacture. For users, thinner gloves minimize hand fatigue and provide improved dexterity, making the gloves easier to use and more comfortable to wear. Thinner gloves are also more environmentally friendly because they require less packaging material.

Whereas at one time, a 5 mil thick glove was standard, today the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) maintains thickness requirements below 2 mil for some examination gloves. In fact, none of ASTM’s examination glove standards require that thickness exceed 0.08mm (approx. 3.15 mils) in any part of the glove.