Here is a snapshot of MCR Safety’s Cut Pro gloves that utilize Hypermax. For those of you not familiar with gauge, which measures impact cut scores and comfort levels, we discuss it more below the matrix.
|Hypermax Version||Cut||Gauge||Shell Color||Palm||Palm Color||Style #|
|2.0||A3||15||Navy Blue||Nitrile Foam||Black||92715NF|
|1.0||A7||13||Salt & Pepper||Nitrile/PU||Black||92743BP|
|1.0||A6||13||Salt & Pepper||PU||Gray||92743PU|
|1.0||A6||10||Hi-Vis Lime||Nitrile Foam||Orange||92720HV|
|1.0||A4||13||Salt & Pepper||Double Dip Nitrile Foam||Black||92783|
|1.0||A3||13||Salt & Pepper||PU||Gray||92752|
|1.0||A2||13||Hi-Vis Lime||Nitrile Foam||Yellow||92723HV|
What is a gauge? When glove manufacturers, like MCR Safety, throw out a term such as “gauge”, they are referring to the number of knitted stitches per inch in a glove. The higher the gauge number, the tighter the knit, with more stitches per inch than gloves with a smaller gauge number. The gauge simply refers to the number of stitches per inch in a glove. This is important because a thicker gauge may achieve a higher cut-resistant level, but the comfort level is diminished as more stitches per inch results in a stiffer feel. Here is a breakdown of each gauge:
The lower the gauge number, the fewer the stitches, but the thicker the thread. Thick thread usually offers better protection but less dexterity. Thinner thread allows better movement and sense of touch, but usually doesn’t offer as much protection or last as long. From a user standpoint, this language is useful because higher-gauge products are traditionally more comfortable and provide greater dexterity. With advanced yarns being introduced, like Hypermax UHWMPE fibers, 18 -Gauge gloves are achieving higher and higher cut-resistant levels. The recent 92793PU glove is 18G and achieves an A6 cut level! This would have been unthinkable just 3-4 years ago. Only a 10 to 13 gauge glove would have achieved that score. Just keep in mind, heavier gauge gloves are not as expensive and offer other benefits, other than just feel. With our aramid fibers, 7 gauge gloves are an excellent resource for heat protection.
In short, advanced fibers have allowed us to "push the needle" and introduce cut-resistant gloves in a higher gauge.
As you can see in the matrix below, Hypermax earns top scores in almost every category. Compared to other HPPE fabrics, Hypermax provides equal performance at a lower cost.
|Material||Cut Resistance||Abrasion Resistance||Heat Resistance||Dexterity||Cost||Coolness||MCR Style|
|Dyneema® Diamond Tech HPPE||3||4||-||4||1||4||9676|
|Dyneema® Diamond Tech HPPE / Steel Blend||4||4||-||3||1||4||9672DT5PU|
|Hypermax 1.0 HPPE||3||4||-||4||5||3||92743PU|
|Hypermax 2.0 HPPE||4||4||-||3||4||3||92793PU|
|Kevlar® / Steel Blend||4||2||2||2||3||2||9399|
|Spectra/Fiber Glass Reinforced||4||2||-||2||2||1||9346D|
|Steelcore® II Synthetic/Steel blend||4||3||-||2||2||1||9356|
Well, that is HPPE in a (rather large) nutshell. We hope the information we have provided has helped make you an informed purchaser of PPE. Our goal is to make the most advanced gloves on the market and to protect people from the hazards on their job sites.