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Microfibre technology

At SHOWA we believe that comfort is as important as the protection, which is why we reduced the weight and improved the efficiency for our new model. In order to offer this premium combination, we engineered a microfibre fabric.

What is microfibre?

Microfibre is synthetic fabric with very small fibres or threads. The diameter of microfibre is about 20 times smaller than a human hair. The most common types of microfibres are made from polyesters, polyamides or a combination of polyester, polyamide and polypropylene.

Microfibre is used to make mats, knits and weaves for apparel, upholstery, industrial filters and cleaning products. The shape, size and combinations of synthetic fibres are selected for specific characteristics, including softness, toughness, absorption, water repellency, electrostatics and filtering.

[ 1 ] Microfibre
[ 2 ] Cotton Fibre

Microfibre Facts: high performance and low maintenance fabrics

  • Breathable fabric
  • Retains original shape
  • Comfort is similar to natural fibres and soft
  • High performance moisture wicking ability
  • Enhanced durability
  • Lightweight
  • Easily maintained and cleaned

Did you know?

Microfibre fabric is widely used in the clothing industry because of its absorption property. Athletes often use microfibre clothing, such as cycling jerseys, to improve their performances during competitions, as it provides a high capacity to absorb sweat while avoiding irritation.

Take comfort and protection to the next level

Professionals need optimized grip and maximum comfort when performing tasks that require extended wear and durability while keeping hands dry and cool at the same time. For workers who move between tasks from general handling to intricate assembly, requiring high abrasion performance, dexterity, finger sensitivity and comfort, SHOWA 381 is the ideal multipurpose solution. It provides the lightest SHOWA microporous nitrile coated glove supported by a microfibre liner with an abrasion resistance of level 4.

Only fibres smaller than 1 denier can be called microfibres. The 381 microfibre is 0.52 dennier thick and the whole glove weighs only  19 grams.
It’s comfort is further enhanced as breathability and moisture evaporation has increased by 20% compared to our standard offering.

How does it work?

Firstly, the microporous nitrile coating in 381 grants exceptional grip while allowing warm air and moisture from inside to escape, thus keeping your hands dry.

Secondly, the microfibre liner absorbs perspiration and moisture quickly. Due to the cohesive properties of water, the water molecules are pulled along the thin fibres of the microfibre material. The large surface area created by numerous fibres allows microfibre materials to hold over 6 times their weight in liquid. At the same time the larger surface area and heat from the hand trigger faster evaporation, where drying time is 20% shorter than our standard gloves. 
This results in cooler and dryer hands.

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