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The Difference Between Supported & Unsupported Gloves - Cordova Safety

October 4, 2018by Krista Creel

As you may have already guessed, the difference between supported and unsupported gloves lies in the -un.

Supported gloves are made with fabric linings that provide support to a protective outer coating, such as nitrile, latex, neoprene, and PVC. They are made by dipping or cutting and sewing. They are typically used to protect against chemicals, such as those found in painting, stripping, household cleaners, and oils.

Supported Dipped Gloves

Unsupported gloves are typically designed from latex, nitrile, and vinyl and feature no lining underneath. Ceramic formers with embossed grip patterns are dipped directly into protective polymers. Generally, unsupported gloves are available in palm thicknesses that range from 11 to 30 mil. These gloves are used primarily for disposable applications, such as food preparation, painting, household cleaning, and animal husbandry.

Types of Supported Gloves

We provide supported gloves with latex, nitrile, neoprene, and PVC coatings and unsupported gloves with latex, nitrile, and neoprene.

Latex offers superb gripping power in wet and dry conditions. It is liquid resistant and provides protection against punctures.

Unsupported Nitrile Glove

Nitrile is a synthetic rubber developed as a substitute to natural rubber. It protects against organic solvents, oils, bases, and animal fats. It provides excellent resistance to abrasion, snags, punctures, and cuts.

Neoprene is impermeable to gases and vapors and resists ozone, sun, and weather. It is well-suited for use with alcohols, acids, ketones, detergents, and greases.

Cordova Safety Products Oil Demon PVC Supported Glove

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC, Vinyl, Plastic) is the thermoplastic polymer of vinyl and chloride. It is produced by combining resins and plasticizers and then fusing them through a heat process. The wear, flexibility, and chemical resistance of PVC can be controlled by carefully regulating the compounding of these two ingredients. PVC provides protection against caustics, acids, bases, detergents, and solvents. It offers excellent resistance to most acids, oils, animal fats, caustics, petroleum hydrocarbons, and alcohols.

Cordova Safety Products provides Core Safety Protection. Their mission is to help keep people safe at work and at home by supplying personal protective equipment they can trust. Learn more at




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