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Superior® Sleeves Provide Superior Arm Protection

How to Select the Right Knitted Sleeve Protector

A common concern facing compliance personel is whether or not employees are required to wear sleeve prSuperior® Contender™ Tapered Aramid Sleevesotectors while on the job.

If an individual is carrying lots of large, heavy materials or working in an industry where arm cuts, punctures or burns are likely, then yes, they need to wear them.

Sometimes protective work gloves are not enough to prevent injury. Gloves will only protect the hands and for those who come into contact with sharp objects, tools, sparks, flames and other dangerous material, the arms are also at high-risk to injury. Some may opt to purchase gloves with extra-long cuffs, but an extended cuff in a glove will never cover or protect much of the arm.

Sleeve protectors pick up where the glove stops and depending on the demands of the application, one can choose a arm sleeve that's right for the job based on the thickness, the flexibility of the material, and even based on whether or not it will include thumb-holes. Thanks to all of the different options available on the market these days, there's no doubt that there's a Superior Glove® protective sleeve out there that's right for your workplace but it is important to select the right type.

Here are some criteria to ensure industrial safety:

  1. Make sure protective sleeves fit properly. Sleeves or arm covers that don't fit well have a tendency to roll down making them useless. Plus, the time spent rolling them up is a waste of precious time and energy.  That is why sleeves now come in a tapered fit and come in different widths to fit different size arms.
  2. Sleeves or arm protectors need a good closure to help keep sleeves securely in place. It helps to choose a sleeve that has either an elastic, metal clip, Velcro or some other way to keep them from falling down and bunching at the wrist. Superior has introduced sleeves with Stayz-Up elastic armbands which is both comfortable and effective.
  3. Sleeves or arm barriers need to be comfortable. If they are uncomfortable, they will not be worn and compliance will suffer. This is especially true during the warm weather months.
  4. Make sure the knitted sleeves continue to provide adequate arm protection after laundering. Tubular sleeves are prone to lose their shape after laundering. Superior knits their sleeves 1-2 inches longer than spec, so they will shrink to size after the first wash!

When selecting a protective sleeve, one must consider the job application

Heat & Flame-Resistant Sleeves

If one is working with heavy sparks or flame hazards, a flame-resistant sleeve such as aramid (Kevlar®), Protex® or other flame-resistant fabric such as a new line of blended knit sleeves should be worn.

  • +Aramid tubular sleeves feature an outer composite-knit layer, consisting of cut-resistant, aramid-encased, composite filament fiber yarn. The special fabrication of these sleeves means you get ANSI cut-level protection without compromising any comfort. This material will not burn, melt or drip on contact with open flame.
  • +Protex® protective sleeves offer ANSI cut-level protection and good heat, spark and flame resistance. These sleeves will not support combustion. Soft and comfortable, the double-layered tubular knit sleeve conforms to arm contours for all-day comfort. Fully washable, they are available in three lengths, all with or without thumb holes. Fully sewn with Protex® thread.
  • A specially engineered blend of black Kevlar® and flame-retardant modacrylic wrapped around a composite filament fiber continuous filament core are suitable for work around sparks in spot weld applications and more. These ANSI cut-level sleeves are comfortable and truly exceptional.

Cut-Slash Resistant SleevesSuperior® Knitted Protective Sleeves

If the job involves handling glass, stamped metal, or any other type of sharp-edged object, cuts are a constant concern.

  • +Kevlar® Sleeves offer reliable, economical ANSI cut level resistance and comfort.  Kevlar sleeves offer a wide selection of arm stockinet's in various lengths, styles and ASTM cut resistance levels. Several are available with thumb holes for added wrist protection.  It provides excellent protection against both cutting hazards and burn hazards, while being lightweight and comfortable. Kevlar® will not melt or drip on contact with open flame.
  • +Dyneema® sleeves provide cut protection and stays cooler than most fibers by conducting heat and sweat away from the body. Perfect for summertime use, they area available in several lengths, some Dyneema sleeves have thumb holes for added functionality and wrist protection.
  • +Cutban™, +Sure Knit™ and +TenActiv™ knitted sleeves made with high-tenacity composite yarns are designed to meet a range of applications, all at a great price. A variety of composite-knit yarns go into this line, some featuring high-strength composite filament fiber in the blend for unbeatable cut resistance. Available in different colors and lengths, thumbholes are available in select styles.


Don't expose your arms to dangerous cut/slash threats if you don't have to!  We've a lot of different styles of cut-resistant sleeves for you to choose from (with a variety of ANSI cut resistance ratings) so that you can make sure that your arms are always shielded from sharp and hot materials - regardless of the industry that you're in. If knitted sleeve protectors aren't your thing, check out MDS's full-line of +disposable sleeve protectors.

+shop for Knitted Protective Sleeves here

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