What is Abrasion and why is important
6 May 2021 | Admin
Abrasion resistant gloves are worn to protect hands from scuffing, scratching, wearing down, marring, or rubbing away.
If you do a quick Google search for abrasion resistant gloves, you'll find that with EN388 a glove will be rated between 0 and 4 on abrasion where the abrasion can be identified by the first number, eg. EN 388 - 3211 (where 3 is the glove resistance to abrasion)
Abrasion can be an effect of exposure to normal use or exposure to the elements and the the suitability of a glove for abrasion protection also varies depending on the environment it is used in.
Resistance to abrasion is one of the most important attributes that a glove can have. Abrasion can determine the "life" of a glove and how well they will perform over time.
In light duty gardening tasks with low risk of abrasion ( weeding, planting pots) you may use fabric gloves to protect against abrasion. Note that the protection provided by fabric gloves may decrease upon exposure to a wet environment.
Gardening gloves with low abrasion resistance: Cotton Gardening Gloves
Briers Cotton Gardening Gloves
Cheap gloves that any gardener can afford; offering protection against dirt, scratches and garden waste.
You can use them for any light duty tasks that require hand protection including but not limited to: (planting, potting, weeding in the garden or for any DIY projects around the house)
Gardening gloves with medium abrasion resistance:
You can identify the abrasion resistance in the below table or checking the first number in EN388 rating.
EN388 - 3122
Gloves with medium abrasion resistance can sometimes be classified as "hard work gloves" or "heavy duty work gloves" and can be used for both: light duty gardening tasks and for the tougher jobs ( eg. rose pruning, work in agriculture, building, construction, logistics or they can be used by fork lift drivers and truck HGV drivers)
A pair of gardening gloves with a decent abrasion resistance can be used for / in:
Not all leather gloves have a medium or high abrasion resistance, as you can see in this example:
Cutter CW800 Leather Men's Ultimate Utility Gloves
They don't excel in terms of abrasion but offers very high protection on Tear and Puncture.
EN388 - 1144
Gardening gloves with the highest resistance to abrasion:
TraffiGlove TG5010 Classic Cut Level 5 Safety Gloves
EN 388 - 4543
TraffiGlove TG5010 are lightweight and comfortable with the highest resistance to abrasion and a generous cuff.
The high levels of abrasion, cut and tear resistance offer protection from cuts, scratches, scrapes and dirt.
Ideal for dry condition tasks, including: