What in the heck is the difference between grain and split? And what’s a knit shell? What makes one lining different than the other? You’ve got questions, and we’ve got answers. In fact, we’ve provided a lot of answers! Checkout the snip-its of information below to help you become an informed glove user and purchaser. Learn about common glove materials, uses, and applications with the descriptions and images below.

Leather Finishes

Grain Leather that has had the upper “top grain” and lower “split” layers separated. The second-highest quality grade of leather is this top layer which has had the “split” layer separated away. This makes it thinner and more pliable than full grain.
Split (or Suede) Leather created from the fibrous part of the hide left once the top-grain of the rawhide has been separated from the hide. During the splitting operation, the top grain and drop split are separated. The drop split can be further split (thickness allowing) into a middle split and a flesh split.

Leather Types

Cowhide The most commonly used leather in work gloves. It is known for its strength and durability. This hide maintains its integrity and takes the shape of the wearer.
Deerskin Naturally soft and supple, with excellent dexterity. Deerskin also dries soft and flexible after being wet.
Pigskin This leather is tough and pliable. Soft drying and flexible, pigskin leather withstands moisture without stiffening. It also has excellent abrasion resistance and durability.
Goatskin Contains the highest natural lanolin content, which makes these work gloves soft and pliable, yet very durable.
Buffalo Buffalo leather is durable and abrasion resistant, yet comfortable. It also resists punctures better than most types of leather.
Synthetic MiraX2™ is a high tech microfiber made of polyester and nylon designed to perform as a substitute to genuine leather. While it is durable and long lasting like natural leather, MiraX2™ has the added benefit of being machine washable and flexible. This flexibility makes MiraX2™ the primary material for Kinco’s highest dexterity gloves.

MiraHV1™ is a high tech microfiber made of polyester and nylon with high intensity color saturation making this material Kinco’s most visible palm material. While it is durable and long lasting like natural leather, MiraHV1™ has the added benefit of being machine washable and flexible, creating a very dexterous glove.

Ulit7™ coated synthetic leather has the highest grip and lowest water penetration of all Kinco’s proprietary palm materials. These features make Ulit7™ the preferred material for wet weather gloves requiring maximum grip.

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The majority of the time canvas is white in color, a single layer and will vary in weight. Frequently cotton is blended with other materials, but can also be 100% cotton. This material is known and used when you want something light and breathable. Select styles are manufactured with PVC dots on the palm and fingers to help with gripping capabilities.

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Made a majority of the time with either 100% cotton or a cotton/polyester blend. Chore material comes in different thicknesses and colors. It is woven and fluffed on the outside to give it more body.

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It is usually made with a blend of cotton, polyester and ramie, but can also be made with 100% cotton. It is soft on the inside and slightly rough on the outside. Select styles are manufactured with PVC dots on the palm and fingers which help with gripping objects.

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Knit Shell Types

Acrylic Acrylic is soft, warm, and lightweight. This fiber is very durable, wicks away moisture and is machine washable.
Bamboo This material is created from the pulp of this woody Bamboo plant. It is both a resilient and durable fiber, which makes it perfect for an outdoor working glove. Not only is it Eco-friendly, bamboo fiber also wicks away moisture and has a high breaking strength.
Cotton Cotton fibers are knit into a breathable form fitting glove that is a delight to wear in the summer while working outdoors.
HPPE High performance polyethylene (HPPE) is knitted with acrylic fibers to create a form fitting, moisture wicking, cold weather, and cut resistant glove.
Kevlar™ Cut-Resistent Kevlar™ fibers are knit into a very durable glove that have a high tensile strength, withstands high temperatures and is cut resistant level 3.
Nylon Nylon is a durable, abrasion resistant and resilient fiber. Over all it is a well wearing and resistant to insects, fungi and mildew.
Poly-Cotton (TC) A blended material that utilizes both polyester and cotton fibers, which adds elasticity to the fabric while maintaining economic costs.
Polyester Polyester is much like nylon; durable, resistant to abrasions, insects, fungi, and mildew, but it’s also resistant to sunlight (UV Rays) where as nylon isn’t. The fiber is slightly stretchy which makes the glove form to your hand.
Ragg Wool Ragg Wool is soft and warm. Comprised of a yarn
blend of 45% wool, 45% nylon, and 10% acrylic.
Stryax™ Cut-Resistent Stryax™ is one of Kinco’s branded cut resistant fibers, knitted with a combination of comfortable and cut resistant material to create a form fitting and durable glove.
Thermal WarmGrip® Acrylic A unique shell with extra loops knit on the inside and then fluffed to create natural warmth within the fibers. Acrylic wicks away moisture to keep your hands warm and dry.

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Coating Types

Latex Latex palm gloves offer strong grip, dexterity, abrasion and puncture-resistance. The coating makes gloves suitable for use in the automotive industry, construction work and other general purposes. Latex has very high elasticity and exceptional grip capabilities; it can also withstand high temperatures and offers great tear resistance. Although it resists alcohols, latex coated gloves should not be used around most hydrocarbon and organic solvents, such as gasoline and kerosene.Note: Those with Latex allergies may not be able to use gloves with this coating type.
Neoprene Neoprene is part of the chloroprene family and was the first commercial synthetic rubber created by the DuPont Corporation. It has good abrasion and cut resistance and is resistant to the effects of aging, sunlight, ozone, oxidation and weather.
Nitrile Nitrile is a co-polymer of acrylonitrile and butadiene. It is a synthetic version of latex (but does not contains the latex proteins) that is strong, does not cause allergic reaction and therefore has a wider range of applications. It offers excellent resistance to punctures and tears and stands up well to oil, making it a good choice for handling small oily parts.
Polyurethane (PU) A versatile polymer that can be used to coat a range of glove materials for added protection. It has the quality of grip-ability without being sticky. Polyurethane’s softness, combined with great puncture and abrasion resistance, make it the perfect coating for several of Kinco’s garden glove styles. It provides grip and is puncture resistant, without reducing touch sensitivity.
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Polyvinyl chloride is a thermoplastic polymer that is used to coat the outside of gloves in order to provide protection from chemicals, punctures, cuts and abrasion. It is primarily designed to keep hands protected from oil and other slippery substances while providing a superior grip. Kinco offers a selection of fully coated PVC gloves, including oil resistant, textured finish, knit wrist or gauntlet, and insulated styles. PVC gloves are frequently worn by warehouse workers, farmers, agriculturists, construction workers and commercial fishermen.

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Lining Types

aquaNOT!® Waterproof Lining AquaNOT!® is Kinco’s signature waterproof liner. It is a durable, lightweight and flexible membrane material that is incorporated in between the outer shell and inner lining material in select styles. These gloves are ideal for jobs where hands require added protection from cold, damp conditions.
Heatflector™ Fire Retardant Lining Heatflector™ fire retardant lining is featured in style 7900. These multi-use welding and fireplace gloves will provide you with ultra heat protection. The lining is created from 100% polyester fleece that is laminated to a sheet of 100% polyethylene film which makes it fire retardant.
HeatKeep® Thermal Lining Finely spun polyester fibers create thousands of air pockets that surround the hand, trapping the heat that is being generated and repelling the cold that is coming from the outside. Combined with layers of nylon batting and nonabsorbent polypropylene material which “wicks” water away from the hand, Heatkeep® lining out performs the other leading insulators on the market today.
Kevlar™ Cut-Resistant Lining Kevlar® is a high strength material and is a registered trademark of the DuPont Corporation. It is used and known for its ability to resist abrasion and maintain its integrity in high temperatures. Kinco uses this material on some glove styles for its superior protection and durability.
Soft-Touch™ Thermal Lining Soft-Touch™ is a thermal polyester lining which is thin for dexterity yet warm and soft to the touch. Used in style 1721GR.

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Thread Types

Draylon® Thread Draylon® is used on many of Kinco’s double palm sewn gloves because it’s the best known material for abrasion and tensile strength. It is a material utilized in parachute cords which speaks for its strength.
Kevlar™ Heat-Resistant Thread Kevlar™ is one of the strongest and most heat resistant commercially available threads. It is about 2½ times stronger than nylon and polyester, has almost no stretch, will not melt, and decomposes at 800ºF.
Vizzo™ Reflective Thread Vizzo™ is a highly reflective thread used in style 1880. It’s comprised of nylon and polyethylene terephthalate coated with silicon dioxide.