Aramid: a synthetic fiber first introduced in industrial applications in the 1960s. It’s become known for its high-strength properties, emerging as a commonly used reinforcement material for cut-resistant gloves and other protective apparel.
Just like fiberglass solutions, materials made with aramid-spun yarn initially display high levels of protection performance … and just like with fiberglass, the abrasion resistance of aramid-based materials quickly declines after first use. More wear means less protection, as weak spots form along the glove’s key pressure points: the fingers, thumb, and palm.
The numbers speak for themselves: in testing, aramid offers durability over just 250 cycles. Compare this to Dyneema® Diamond Technology, which offers resistance for up to 1,500 cycles – a six-fold increase. It’s no surprise that aramid-based gloves need frequent replacement. In fact, the average industrial employee will use 26 pairs of aramid-reinforced gloves in a typical year, versus just nine pairs of gloves made with Dyneema® Diamond. Multiplied across an entire workforce, switching to Dyneema® represents significant cost savings for any operation.
Increased durability and cost efficiency are important considerations in industries like manufacturing and construction. But they’re not the only benefits to keep in mind. After all, cut-resistant gloves only work when they’re being worn – which makes comfort key. Dyneema® Diamond Technology is 30% lighter than aramid fiber, for gloves that offer superior comfort and control. And while gloves containing aramid trap heat, making wearers’ hands hot and sweaty, gloves with Dyneema® divert heat away from the body, keeping them cool and pleasant to wear from one shift to the next.