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.