The only thing worse than cold hands, is cold and wet hands.
In a recent post, we covered warmth and insulation solutions. But client specs usually call for designing gloves that keep hands both warm AND dry.
Today, we’ll talk about windproof and waterproof barriers, and other materials we can use to protect hands from the elements.As you’ll see, the solution we recommend varies by budget.
Glove Manufacturer Toolkit for Rain and Wind
To keep hands dry, we add a fully sealed waterproof/ breathable (WPB) insert. The insert is a very thin film, usually polyurethane (PU) of a variation of Teflon known as PFTE.
Budget has a direct impact on performance, for the most part a measure of breathability, i.e., the ability of the glove to avoid that “clammy hands” feeling.
In simple terms, the WPB insert has microscopic pores which are big enough to allow vapor molecules to pass through (breathable) while small enough to prevent liquid to pass. (waterproof)
Protection from Wet Conditions:
There are a range of options you could choose for your project, depending on brand needs:
Protection from Wind:
Fact is, not every consumer needs a truly waterproof glove. Sometimes simply making a glove windproof is the goal.
The Right Glove Solution for YOUR Project
To shield hands from the elements – cold, rain, snow, wind – we have a lot of tools at our disposal. They range from innovative materials, to time-tested construction techniques.
When it comes to keeping hands warm AND dry, the bottom line is performance, and the tradeoff is budget. But a talented design team can develop a solution for every price point.
To ensure happy customers, choose the right materials -- and design team -- for the job.
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