Resource Guide

your guide to glove quality


  • Most commonly used in our leather gloves
  • High abrasion resistance, puncture resistance, and tensile strength


  • Naturally soft and flexible
  • Highest cost of glove leathers
  • Moderate abrasion resistance


  • Economical grain leather choice
  • Higher abrasion, puncture and water resistance than other leather
  • Flexible after repeated wetting


  • Dense, but flexible, fiber structure
  • Retains good strength for a thinner leather
  • Perfect for medium duty jobs

synthetic leather

  • Thin & flexible – Ideal for high-dexterity gloves
  • Provides excellent abrasion resistance, tear resistance, and puncture resistance
  • Does not harden or absorb moisture when exposed
  • Machine washable

Glove Care Guide
  • FULL LEATHER – Leather gloves should not be washed. Wipe with a damp cloth and dry vertically.
  • GRAIN LEATHER PALM – Wipe with a damp cloth and dry vertically.
  • SPLIT LEATHER PALM – Brush off loose dirt. Do not use any water with split leather.
  • SYNTHETIC LEATHER – Machine wash on permanent press setting. Tumble dry low or hang to dry. Do not bleach. Do not dry clean
  • COATED – Hand wash entire glove. Hang to dry.
  • CHORE/JERSEY/CANVAS – Washing not recommended.
  • KNIT – Machine wash on permanent press setting. Tumble dry low or hang to dry. Do not bleach. Do not dry clean
  • CHEMICAL – Wipe off with damp cloth.
  • SOCKS – Machine wash warm. Tumble dry medium.

Size guide

Wrap a flexible tape measure around the widest part of your hand. If your measurement falls between 2 sizes, size up. Reference chart below to find size.

Can I Buy Wells Lamont Products from you directly?

We do not sell Wells Lamont products directly to the consumer. Visit our Where To Buy page to find a participating retailer near you!

Where can I find the Wells Lamont style number?

The Wells Lamont style number is located only on the ticketing attached to the glove at the time of purchase. The tags inside the glove do not identify the specific style of glove, but instead are manufacturing location numbers. 

Try browsing our Online Catalog of gloves currently produced by Wells Lamont to help you determine the style number. If you do not find your particular glove on our website, the style may have been discontinued.

What is your Return Policy and Warranty?

Our gloves are unconditionally guaranteed to be free from manufacturer’s defects. If you believe your Wells Lamont gloves contain a manufacturer’s defect, please return gloves to initial store of purchase.

Why do you discontinue certain styles of gloves?

Wells Lamont is continually introducing new products to better meet our users’ needs. That being said, there are many reasons why a style may be discontinued. Please share your feedback about your favorite glove with us at any time using the Contact Us page.

How can my organization be considered for glove donation or sponsorship by Wells Lamont?

Every year, Wells Lamont donates high quality gloves to a variety of local and national charities for a wide range of purposes.  We have long-standing relationships with charities, but also respond to new requests.  Please feel free to submit your donation request using our Contact Us page.

Can I waterproof or condition my leather gloves?

For HydraHyde products, no treatment is necessary to keep your gloves soft and water-resistant. For other leather products, yes, you may apply a waterproofing/conditioning product. Keep in mind, waterproofing treatments do not last the life of the product and will have to be reapplied. Leather conditioning treatments/oil will not necessarily increase the wear and lifetime of the product.


E – Excellent / G – Good / F – Fair / P – Poor / NR – Not Recommended / * – No Data

chemical guide

Our gloves are unconditionally guaranteed to be free from manufacturer’s defects. If you believe your Wells Lamont gloves contain a manufacturer’s defect, please return gloves to initial store of purchase.



  • GRAIN LEATHER – The smooth outer layer, or grain side, is the best and largest piece of leather on the animal. Used for premium gloves, they look nice longer and give more dexterity to the fingers.
  • SPLIT LEATHER – The bottom layer of the hide is mainly used for gloves, apparel, and accessories. Generally stiffer and heavier than top grain leathers, it is used mostly in leather palm styles which have linings to protect the hands against its roughness.


  • COTTON – Wells Lamont cotton gloves are made in various weights of material, the most common being 9 and 12 ounce. This measurement means that there are 9 or 12 ounces to a lineal yard, 35 inches wide. This is referred to as a true weight of cotton. All our cotton gloves are made from tightly woven fabrics to assure greater seam strength – a typical weakness in gloves made from substandard materials.
  • WEARPOWER® JERSEY – Our blended jersey offers the same unequalled Wells Lamont quality of production as in the past, but gives 50% longer wear. Blended jersey is more shrink-resistant and offers richer, longer lasting colors. These jersey fabrics are a blend of 50% cotton and 50% polyester, and are used in lined and unlined, slip-on, and knit wrist styles.
  • JERSEY – Our jersey gloves are sold by 9 and 10.5 ounce weight designations. This means there are 9 or 10.5 ounces per square yard, depending on the material. Manufacturers can reduce the weight of jersey because knit goods have tremendous elasticity and can be stretched to 8 ounces per square yard. Wells Lamont uses a full die and makes a comfortable, roomy jersey glove. Some competitors, by stretching their jersey to save on material, will offer you a man’s size that is no larger than our ladies’ and teen’s size.
  • DOTTED FABRIC – Hob-Nob® plastic dots are impregnated into the fabric. This produces a glove that wear much longer and has an improved grip. Hob Nob® is a registered trademark of Wells Lamont.
  • CHORE FABRIC – Our standard rubberized chore glove is constructed of an outer layer of napped canton flannel fabric with an inner layer of white nap canton flannel. The advantages of single thickness woven canton flannel fabric are three more ounces of material than the standard chore, and longer wear of one thickness as compared to two layers of cloth, resulting in a roomier, more comfortable glove.


  • 3M® THINSULATE® INSULATION – Offers about one and a half times the warmth of down and nearly twice the warmth of high loft fiberfill insulations of equal thickness. It’s functional, lightweight, breathable, and durable and provides warmth without bulk.
  • THERMOFILL™ FIBERFILL INSULATION – A continuous filament, high loft polyester insulation that uses its bulk to trap and retain heat by preventing “thermal shorts,” or cold spots caused by compression. Thermofill™ won’t mat and retains its shape, even after wetting.
  • ACRYLIC / POLYESTER – This soft, fast-drying insulation has an excellent warmth-to-weight ration, and can insulate even when wet. Because fleece will also wick moisture away from the skin, hands stay drier and warmer.
  • JERSEY / FOAM – Lightweight yet warm 100% polyurethane foam with comfortable cotton jersey inner liner.
  • COTTON FLEECE – Warm 100% cotton duplexed to a jersey shell.


    Developed by DuPont as an oil-resistant substitute for natural rubber, versatile neoprene protects from a broad range of chemicals and is one of the best coatings for strong alkalies and acids. Neoprene has excellent tactile strength and resembles natural latex in flexibility, but is much more chemical resistant and impermeable to gases, vapor, and moisture.

    Neoprene performs well in temperatures from 0-300ºF and does not support combustion. It resists herbicides and pesticides, common farm chemicals, oils and a very broad range of alkalies and acids in degreasing, electronic, battery, and automotive unsupported applications. Petrochemical, metal fabrication, plating, galvanizing and general material handling are suitable applications for neoprene in its coated form.
    A synthetic rubber that provides excellent resistance to a wide range of solvents and hazardous chemicals, also resists punctures, cuts, snags, and abrasion. Nitrile protects against oils, greases, acids, caustics, herbicides, pesticides, pool chemicals, kerosene, naphtha, alcohols turpentine, tung oil, and many petroleum products. Nitrile gloves have better cut and abrasion resistance than neoprene and PVC gloves, and are considered an excellent general-purpose product.

    Nitrile functions well in temperatures ranging from 25-300ºF. Applications include common farm and garden protection, industrial painting, cleaning, and maintenance.
    Latex, or natural rubber, is the most elastic substance known. It has excellent abrasion, cut, and tear resistance as well as outstanding grip and temperature resistance from 0-300ºF. However, natural rubber has poor flame resistance. Natural rubber is a hydrocarbon and degrades in contact with hydrocarbon fluids like kerosene and gasoline. It is not recommended where resistance to oil, grease or petroleum solvents is required.

    Latex will withstand all liquids that mix with water, making unsupported styles especially suited for general household use. Heavier versions will resist acids, salts, and caustics such as common furniture strippers without sacrificing grip or tactile sensitivity. Coated versions have crinkle finishes, making them the best choice for handling sharp-edged materials such as glass and sheet metal, as well as hard to handle objects like large piping, lumber, stones, and concrete.
  • PVC
    PVC is a synthetic thermoplastic polymer that provides excellent economical resistance to most oils, acids, fats, caustics, and petroleum hydrocarbons in addition to outstanding abrasion resistance in its heavier forms. PVC gloves are useful in alcohols and glycol ethers, but not aldehydes, ketones, aromatic hydrocarbons, halogen compounds, heterocyclic compounds or nitro compounds. PVC performs well in temperatures ranging from -30º-150ºF.

Partnering with local organizations and social enterprises, Wells Lamont is proud to provide work gloves to those dedicated to serving the community. If you would like to inquire about becoming a potential Wells Lamont partner, please fill out the survey on our Contact Us page.


By partnering with committed residents and trusted organizations, Habitat for Humanity helps families and communities achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through housing, beautification and development projects.


Revolution Workshop is a social enterprise that provides carpentry and woodworking workforce development for unemployed or underemployed people in partnership with area businesses.


Rebuilding Exchange is a nonprofit social enterprise that repurposes building materials and provides job training for people with barriers to employment, making a commitment to education and economic development in Chicago’s underserved communities.