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What do we mean by glove gauge?

We refer to gauge throughout our website because it’s very relevant to the properties of the glove and the intended use. It’s a way of measuring the density of the construction and it indicates whether the glove is lightweight, heavyweight, fine or bulky.

The word “gauge” indicates the number of stitches per inch of the glove. As the number of stitches per inch increase, the glove’s gauge increases.

This is because the thickness of the yarn decreases as we go up in gauge. So as the gauge increases the thickness of the glove decreases.

For example, 7-gauge gloves are generally thick and bulky compared to 18-gauge gloves which are really thin and light.

At MCR Safety we offer various gauge gloves such as 7, 10, 13, 15 and 18.

There are many different yarn compositions used to knit the shell of the glove which all have different protective properties. You can learn more about yarns by visiting the Yarns and Fibres page of our Knowledge Centre.

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Recognising Different Gauges

Feather weight 18 guage design for precision handling
These two gloves are from completely opposite ends of the scale when it comes to gauge.

The blue glove is Contour Air, a general handling glove designed for precision tasks. It fits the hand like a second skin and is extremely lightweight and fine.

Contour Air is knitted using an 18 gauge needle. The needle is very thin and therefore can make more stitches per square inch of fabric. In fact, it will make 18 stitches across a linear inch.

The grey glove is Aquaglass, a robust cut resistant glove designed for handling hazardous materials in high-risk environments. It achieves level ‘F’ in the EN388 cut scale.

Aquaglass is knitted using a 13 gauge needle, a thicker needle which will only make 13 stitches per linear inch. The cut-fibre yarn is robust and the glove has a leather palm coating.
Thick 10 gauge design for heavy handling tasks

Which Gauge Is The Best?

This all depends on your working environment and hazards you face. Certain gauge gloves performance better in certain environments. As fibre technology changes, this allows us to development superior gloves which are thinner and strong. Historically is would have been a thicker and bulker designer.

New work glove Cut Resistant Level
Cut Fibre

New work glove Cut Resistant Level
Double Dip Nitrile
Fully Coated

New work glove
Double Dip Nitrile
Fully Coated

New work glove Cut Resistant Level
Double Dip Nitrile
Fully Coated

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