Wear & Performance

Abrasion resistance is most critical to the longevity of a work glove, since constant rubbing caused by repetitive motion is by far the most common force encountered. That’s why we test our leathers for performance characteristics as illustrated in the chart shown. For true abrasion comparisons, equivalent weights or thickness of leather need to be tested.

Many leather gloves, in order to achieve greater tactile sensitivity or flexibility, are made from a “thinner” or “shaved” leather thereby reducing their abrasion performance. There can be many misconceptions regarding leather performance when leather thickness is not considered. Gloves are routinely made form different thickness leather in order to satisfy specific glove performance requirements at the expense of abrasion ability.

Wells Lamont is a proud member of the BLC, British Leather Centre. The BLC is the leading leather technology center offering a multitude of services, including leather testing, to companies in over 40 countries. We routinely test our leather gloves through the BLC to insure that our leather gloves achieve the standards and quality levels that we expect for our customers.

NOTE: This table is meant to give you a general indication of how various types of leather perform in relation to each other during standard testing.

NOTE: Recommendations shown above are for better types of work gloves. Jersey, canvas, and other textile gloves are suitable for a very broad range For recommended uses of liquid proof and chemical resistant gloves, please refer to tables on pages 40-41.