Water Resistant Gloves VS Waterproof Gloves

On typical work gloves, there are often two functional features: waterproof and water-resistant. However, these two functions are often confused. In the following article, we will help you better understand and differentiate these two unique features.

If your job requires personal protective equipment with these performance features, or if you are interested in the scientific principles behind these gloves, let’s explore the differences between these two performances.

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Definition difference

Water-Resistant Gloves

Water-resistant gloves are typically further treated with a durable waterproof coating on the glove’s surface, enabling them to resist the intrusion of water to a certain extent. However, with a relatively low waterproof rating, they are more suitable for mild outdoor activities in slightly damp or brief exposure to water.

Waterproof  Gloves

Waterproof gloves are typically made from materials with a waterproof membrane and undergo unique techniques to make them completely impervious to water. These gloves are designed to provide ventilation and breathability, preventing harmful chemicals and moisture from entering the fibers of the gloves.

They can keep the interior dry even in extremely wet conditions, making them suitable for outdoor work in heavy rain or snow. Many industries utilize gloves with these performance features, including fishermen, geologists, underwater workers, and more.

Why do you need these gloves?

Gloves with such special features can protect your hands in extremely wet environments or when working in low temperatures. Without high-quality personal protective equipment like this, your hands could quickly suffer from frostbite, and your fingers may be temporarily or permanently damaged, which would be a severe consequence for you. To prevent such accidents, it is advisable to have gloves with these capabilities to ensure your protection.


The terms “water-resistant” and ” waterproof“ have completely different meanings. The fundamental difference lies in the ability of waterproof materials or products to completely prevent the penetration of water, and their effectiveness in resisting water erosion varies. The waterproof rating also differs, along with the materials used and the specific working environments they are suitable for.

Additionally, many gloves on the market can achieve both water-resistant and waterproof functionalities. Therefore, when purchasing gloves, it is crucial to pay attention to these two distinct features to avoid confusion and potential issues arising from a lack of clarity.


Whether it’s latex, nitrile, various coatings, or added waterproof linings, all can achieve the above functions. The degree to which they can block water may vary. If you want a more specific and in-depth understanding of whether the gloves you need have these features and whether they are practical in a work setting, you can always visit our website to learn more about gloves.

You can also contact us through our email info@aibonsafety.com, and we will be happy to provide explanations for you– please contact us now.

More Resources:

How to Measure Glove Sizes – Source: AIBON

Medical Gloves – Source: FDA

Types of Gloves – Source: AIBON

Medical Gloves Guidance Manual – Source: FDA

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