What are Kevlar® gloves?

Professional anglers often wear gloves made of Kevlar to protect their hands.

Kevlar® gloves are used in industrial and manufacturing environments. Lumberjacks, chefs, fishermen, landscapers, butchers and builders also often wear Kevlar® gloves. Kevlar® itself is a material patented by DuPont in 1965. These fibers are strong and lightweight, making this material ideal for safety equipment. Kevlar® gloves are also heat and cut resistant and won’t melt, catch fire or conduct electricity. The fibers used in these gloves can also be as strong, if not stronger, than steel.

Kevlar® gloves are often used for sheet metal work.

Used in many hazardous work environments, Kevlar® gloves are comfortable but protect the wearer from the hazards of glass, abrasives, assembly line blades and sheet metal. Also, divers sometimes use this material to avoid cutting corals and sharp rocks. One disadvantage of Kevlar® is that it can be broken down by ultraviolet light, so it cannot be used in areas where there would be constant, long-term exposure to the sun.

Divers sometimes wear Kevlar gloves to avoid cutting corals and sharp rocks.

Kevlar® gloves come in several varieties. Some of these work gloves are designed to increase the wearer’s grip despite heavy oil or other lubricants. Other types of Kevlar® gloves are designed to prevent contamination in food manufacturing environments as Kevlar® fibers are constructed to prevent fluff, dust and lint. One type of Kevlar® glove, the Ove Glove®, is designed to withstand heat up to 540 degrees Fahrenheit (282 degrees Celsius) and be used as an oven glove.

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Kevlar is used in the construction of field hockey sticks and other types of sports equipment.

Kevlar® gloves can be washed and dried over and over without wearing out. As Kevlar® gloves are usually reversible, they can be worn for a long time. Kevlar® gloves can also be used under other gloves as a protective liner. Dishwasher safe varieties provide added convenience for chefs and other food service professionals.

Body armor worn by the military, correctional facility personnel, and law enforcement often uses Kevlar®, as the material is also bulletproof. Motorcycle suits may also contain Kevlar®. In addition, Kevlar® is used in special pants created exclusively to protect chainsaw operators, as well as aprons, jackets, sleeves and leggings. In addition to being used in clothing and gloves, Kevlar® can also be found in suspension bridge cables, bicycle tires, racing sails, fiber optics, brake linings, ropes and aircraft parts. Scotland’s famous Aberfeldy Bridge uses ropes containing Kevlar®.

Kevlar can be used in suspension cables in suspension bridges.

Composite materials using Kevlar® and other composites are useful in the construction of sports equipment including lacrosse, ice hockey and field hockey sticks, cricket bats, kayaks and rackets for badminton, squash and table tennis. The air bags used by some firefighters and fire resistant mattresses also contain this amazing material. Kevlar® also offers some acoustic benefits and can be used in drum heads, wind picks and loudspeakers.

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