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Microfiber 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 microfiber fabric.

What is microfiber?

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

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

[ 1 ] Microfiber
[ 2 ] Cotton Fiber

Microfiber Facts: high performance and low maintenance fabrics

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

Did you know?

Microfiber fabric is widely used in the clothing industry because of its absorption property. Athletes often use microfiber 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 microfiber liner with an abrasion resistance of level 4.

Only fibers smaller than 1 denier can be called microfibers. The 381 microfiber 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 microfiber liner absorbs perspiration and moisture quickly. Due to the cohesive properties of water, the water molecules are pulled along the thin fibers of the microfiber material. The large surface area created by numerous fibers allows microfiber 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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