Technology

Here you will find all information about the technologies and materials we are using for the different ESKA products.

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We craft high-tech gloves that are built to protect you.
Because we care for your hands.
SK Merino Wool

SK Merino Wool

Absorbs less moisture – keeps warm and dry
Breathable
Warmth without weight

THINDOWN®

THINDOWN®

Thindown® delivers all natural benefits of a down insulation – just thinner. The insulation consists of a renewable, precious resource. Good expansion rate after compression and warmer reflection in reduced room. Thanks to the 3D construct, no down is lost and the glove keeps its shape.

SK softplush

SK softplush

A very soft lining with a high pile
Excellent warming
Pleasantly cosy to wear

GORE-TEX® gloves SNOWSPORT

GORE-TEX® gloves SNOWSPORT

GORE-TEX® gloves are durably waterproof, windproof and highly breathable – guaranteed. Water stays on the outside while perspiration can easily escape from the inside.

Less moisture is trapped in the insulation, so it remains drier thus keeping hands warmer. The result: enduring weather protection and personal comfort, balanced heat transfer and optimum moisture management – even in harsh conditions. Your hands stay warmer when it‘s cold, and drier when you perspire.

For more information about GORE-TEX® inserts in ski gloves go to: GORE-TEX® gloves

SK Isodry

SK Isodry

SK Isodry is a special insulation with a soft touch and great wearing comfort. Fine micro fibres which are wipped makes this insulation three-dimensional. This delivers a vakuum which isolates the warm air even in long term use. SK Isodry is resin covered on booth sides, which is breathable and protects against wind and water.

  • Stores warmth and air
  • High compressible and dimensionally stable
  • Resistant against wind and water
  • Lightweight and breathable
GORE-TEX® gloves + Gore warm technology

GORE-TEX® gloves + Gore warm technology

Warmer. Longer. Waterproof and breathable.

 
Gloves engineered with GORE-TEX® inserts + Gore warm technology are durably waterproof, windproof and breathable – guaranteed. Even in harsh conditions the whole system of inner lining, membrane and outer material is optimized to keep your hands warmer for longer.

Fore more information to this technology go to: GORE-TEX® gloves + GORE warm technology

GORE-TEX® gloves + Gore grip technology

GORE-TEX® gloves + Gore grip technology

Outstanding tactility. Sure Grip. Waterproof and breathable.

 
Gloves engineered with GORE-TEX® inserts + Gore grip technology are durably waterproof, windproof and breathable – guaranteed. Thanks to their innovative layered construction, they provide outstanding dexterity and tactility for an optimum grip. This makes it easier to handle your ski poles, zippers, goggles, bags, etc.

For more information to this technology go to: GORE-TEX® gloves + GORE grip technology

GORE-TEX® gloves + Gore active technology

GORE-TEX® gloves + Gore active technology

Drier. Longer. Waterproof and breathable.

 
Gloves engineered with GORE-TEX® inserts + Gore active technology are durably waterproof, windproof and breathable – guaranteed. The whole system of inner lining, membrane and outer material is optimized for extreme breathability. This increases the level of comfort even in a wider range of activity levels.

For more information about this technology go to: GORE-TEX® gloves + GORE active technology

GORE-TEX® gloves PROFESSIONAL

GORE-TEX® gloves PROFESSIONAL

GORE-TEX® gloves provide protection against heat, flame, liquids and abrasion while ensuring you still have the tactility necessary to do your job. GORE-TEX® gloves with Gore grip technology are recommended when improved breathability and tactility is required. The GORE-TEX® insert also offers protection against burns caused by superheated steam, provides splash protection against certain chemicals (acc. to EN 659) and keeps the glove´s insulation dry.

For more information about GORE-TEX® inserts in fire fighting gloves go to: GORE-TEX® workwear

PROmarble

PROmarble

A worldwide new and unique product exclusively from and for ESKA® – Granite-Silicone-Carbon coating.

A completely new coating material technology that outshines all previously used coatings (e.g. ceramic, conventional PU or silicone coatings). ONLY this special composition ensures a complete surface cover of the material that really offers guaranteed & permanent protection against abrasion and water, chemical and oil penetration. An additional important advantage is the extremely improved grip in both dry and wet conditions. The biggest challenge with this development, which ran over years, was creating a material and a coating that guarantee the highest possible protection (abrasion highest performance level 4) AND enormous dexterity. With this development, ESKA® very clearly distinguishes itself from all competitors – as usual.

SK Isodry

SK Isodry

Isodry is a special insulation with a soft touch and great wearing comfort. Fine micro fibres which are wipped makes this insulation three-dimensional. This delivers a vakuum which isolates the warm air even in long term use. ISODry is resin covered on booth sides, which is breathable and protects against wind and water.

  • Stores warmth and air
  • high compressible and dimensionally stable
  • Resistant against wind and water
  • lightweight and breathable
Thumb Protector

Thumb Protector

A completely newly developed concept for the protection of the backhand-thumb area. The thumb is the part of the backhand that is first exposed to heat during fire-fighting operations. That’s why ESKA® developed a unique system – the Thumb FR Protector. This proprietary invention, whose patent has already been filed, protects the wearer in the backhand-thumb area against extreme heat, water vapour, shock & impact. The additional protection was conceptualized in a way that leaves the movement of the thumb unrestricted.

CROSSTECH®

CROSSTECH®

The CROSSTECH® insert offers permanent protection against blood, viruses, and bodily fluids in tactile and sterilizable fire brigade gloves. It has been developed for firefighting in buildings and technical rescue activities (compliant with the valid NFPA, EN, and ISO standards).

For more information to CROSSTECH® inserts go to: CROSSTECH® inserts

GORE® WINDSTOPPER®

GORE® WINDSTOPPER®

Gloves engineered with WINDSTOPPER® product technology offer absolute windproofness and water resistance while being extremely breathable. The latest enhancements to our WINDSTOPPER® laminates are designed for exceptional skin comfort.

SK Ultraplush

SK Ultraplush

  • Incredibly soft and ultra-flexible stretch lining
  • Comfortable, soft and warm
  • Easy to slip on and off thanks to the silky finish
  • Breathable
SK Ionix

SK Ionix

Reduces body-odor greatly cause of the antibacterial effect. The body-odor from perspiration is effected by corrosion from bacteria. Silver kills the bacteria which reduces the body-odor strongly.

  • super cosy silverfleece liner
  • antibacterial, anti-odor, reduces microbes
  • heat reflective, temperature balancing, antistatic
  • natural, cause nontoxid and free from chemicals and pesticides
SK shield

SK shield

  • Stretchable insert, complete weather resistance against wind and humidity
  • Waterproof and windproof
  • Comfortable
  • W/P: 10.000 MM
Mink

Mink

The animals are bred in strictly controlled, certified farms in Scandinavia (Denmark, Finland). Genuine mink, shorn – après le séchage professionally trimmed by traditional furrier.

American white-tailed deer

American white-tailed deer

American white-tailed deer live in large areas or preserves, are free-roaming and not constrained. The deerskins are suitable for smooth or nappa leather dressing, the tanning is chrome tannage, with aniline-based water-repellent finish (not pigmented). Approx. 0.9 to 1.1 mm thick and with a soft, silicone-based dressing, this leather is ideally suited for gloves and clothing exposed to hard-wearing conditions. The skins are small-pored, when finished and dressed as described above they have low moisture and water absorbency and produce a decidedly soft crumpled, durable glove.

Silver fox

Silver fox

Silver foxes are kept in breeding centres. Only select, beautiful, exclusively European quality skins from Scandinavia (Finland) are used to make a glove. Certified farms are strictly monitored by the authorities.

Python leather

Python leather

Pythons are from Southeast Asia and Africa and can be up to 10 m long. The design of the snake skin is considered very evenly proportioned and attractive and python leather is therefore one of the most desirable luxury leathers. Python leather has a soft feel and is elastic and resilient. Trade with Python leather is regulated by the CITES agreement (also called Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) by which the trade in these animals is controlled. Each skin is permitted to be on the market only with an appropriate certificate and a seal.

Two-strap system

Two-strap system

The fire-resistant two-strap system ensures a secure fit.

One-strap system

One-strap system

The fire-resistant one strap system ensures a secure fit.

Cut protection lining

Cut protection lining

A newly developed cut resistant lining made from Kevlar® using steel fiberglass and silver threads (anti-bacterial) guarantees the users the highest level of safety for emergency services, even in extreme circumstances. The lining only offers cut resistance protection level 5 according to EN 388 and is classified level D according to EN ISO 13997, in combination with further layers it reaches the highest possible level F.

Hand wash

Hand wash

MAINTAIN YOUR ESKA GLOVES to prolong the wear life.

  • Use a mild or enzymes or bleach phosphate-free detergent without optical brighteners (do not use fabric softener as this destroys the impregnation)
  • Wash the gloves by hand or switch on a washing program „hand wash program 30°C“ (remove carabiners before washing them in a machine)
  • Gentle spin-cycle
  • After washing stretch gloves lengthwise
  • Do not tumble dry, dry slowly at a max. temperature of 30°C (do not dry gloves on a heater/radiator!)
  • Hang gloves on the fingers (not on the cuff!)
  • After drying stretch gloves slightly in all directions
  • Re-shape gloves with your hand (slip into)

1st expert tip: After washing and before hanging gloves, put them in a dry absorbent towel and leave them approx. 1/2 hour at a max. room temperature of 30°C – reduce drying time.

2nd expert tip: Only applicable for leather gloves – prepare detergent with 1 drop of glycerine oil (available at the pharmacy) per pair of gloves, which regreases and therefore retains the softness of the leather.

60 degrees Celsius

60 degrees Celsius

MAINTAIN YOUR ESKA GLOVES to prolong the wear life.

  • Use a mild or enzymes or bleach phosphate-free detergent without optical brighteners (do not use fabric softener as this destroys the impregnation)
  • Use a delicate washing program at 60°C
  • Gentle spin-cycle
  • After washing stretch gloves lengthwise
  • Do not tumble dry, dry slowly at a max. temperature of 30°C (do not dry gloves on a heater/radiator!)
  • Hang gloves on the fingers (not on the cuff!)
  • After drying stretch gloves slightly in all directions
  • Re-shape gloves with your hand (slip into)

1st expert tip: After washing and before hanging gloves, put them in a dry absorbent towel and leave them approx. 1/2 hour at a max. room temperature of 30°C – reduce drying time.

2nd expert tip: Only applicable for leather gloves – prepare detergent with 1 drop of glycerine oil (available at the pharmacy) per pair of gloves, which regreases and therefore retains the softness of the leather.

40 degrees Celcius

40 degrees Celcius

MAINTAIN YOUR ESKA GLOVES to prolong the wear life.

  • Use a mild or enzymes or bleach phosphate-free detergent without optical brighteners (do not use fabric softener as this destroys the impregnation)
  • Use a delicate washing program at 40°C
  • Gentle spin-cycle
  • After washing stretch gloves lengthwise
  • Do not tumble dry, dry slowly at a max. temperature of 30°C (do not dry gloves on a heater/radiator!)
  • Hang gloves on the fingers (not on the cuff!)
  • After drying stretch gloves slightly in all directions
  • Re-shape gloves with your hand (slip into)

1st expert tip: After washing and before hanging gloves, put them in a dry absorbent towel and leave them approx. 1/2 hour at a max. room temperature of 30°C – reduce drying time.

2nd expert tip: Only applicable for leather gloves – prepare detergent with 1 drop of glycerine oil (available at the pharmacy) per pair of gloves, which regreases and therefore retains the softness of the leather.

30 degrees Celsius

30 degrees Celsius

MAINTAIN YOUR ESKA GLOVES to prolong the wear life.

  • Use a mild or enzymes or bleach phosphate-free detergent without optical brighteners (do not use fabric softener as this destroys the impregnation)
  • Use a delicate washing program at 30°C
  • Gentle spin-cycle
  • After washing stretch gloves lengthwise
  • Do not tumble dry, dry slowly at a max. temperature of 30°C (do not dry gloves on a heater/radiator!)
  • Hang gloves on the fingers (not on the cuff!)
  • After drying stretch gloves slightly in all directions
  • Re-shape gloves with your hand (slip into)

1st expert tip: After washing and before hanging gloves, put them in a dry absorbent towel and leave them approx. 1/2 hour at a max. room temperature of 30°C – reduce drying time.

2nd expert tip: Only applicable for leather gloves – prepare detergent with 1 drop of glycerine oil (available at the pharmacy) per pair of gloves, which regreases and therefore retains the softness of the leather.

Hand-stitched seam

Hand-stitched seam

Stitch by stitch the seamstress sews with a needle and thread, requiring up to three hours to produce a single pair of gloves. During this time, up to 2,000 stitches are sewn.

Inside & Outside seam

Inside & Outside seam

This somewhat more sporty seam leaves the two leather edges visible. A differentiation is made between seams with an internal (hidden) flap and an external (visible) flap.

Piqué seam

Piqué seam

The piqué seam is the original seam used in glove making. These highly fine, elegant seams are created using special machines, which only a very few experienced seamstresses have to skill to use. The typical double-stitched seam has a chain stitch on the left side of the glove.

Overcast seam

Overcast seam

The overcast seam is sewn using a special machine. The loops are pulled over the seam edge. It is modern and particularly striking when created in a contrasting color.

Genuine fur

Genuine fur

People have worn fur for centuries, not just due to its naturalness and warmth but also due to its unique haptic properties.

Curly

Curly

The fine, short-wool lambskin produces beautifully warm gloves. Most curly skins come from New Zealand. 50% of newborn lambs die within 24 hours and are collected on a daily basis for hygiene reasons. Only the skins that come from this natural selection are used to produce curly leather. The leather is tanned with wool and the lightly curled natural lambskin wool is worn against the skin in replacement of an inner lining. The back of the lambskin acts as the velvety velour outer side of the glove and is available in multiple colors.

Elk leather

Elk leather

Elk leather is extremely soft and warm and is predominantly used for highly robust products. The premium-quality leather is obtained from Nordic elks, which are regarded as extremely strong and healthy. Elk hunting is subject to strict controls and can only be carried out with a hunting permit. The hunting season coincides with the time at which the elks’ skin is the strongest. The skins are then individually selected and processed (elk leather is approx. 1 cm thick before processing).

Coney fur

Coney fur

The rabbit skins have European ancestry (Spain, the Netherlands) and are raised for their meat. Fur has attended the humanity for hundreds of years now, not only because of its naturalness and warmth, but also because of its unique haptic characteristics.

Lamb leather

Lamb leather

Good hair sheeps have their origin in South America and Afghanistan.
Hair sheeps are a mixture between sheep and goat. The animals are being kept for milk and meat use. Since the animal has no wool but solid hair, the skin of the animal is very fine pored. It’s now up to the tanner to produce a good glove fur out of the good greige. Glove leather must be prepared soft and supple, reached by a certain greasing which is given into the barrel. The coat for really good glove leather is dyed pure aniline (dyed in the drum, breathable, supple and silky smooth). The leather is rendered water repellent for SNOW DELUXE gloves (strong water-proof finish).

Goat leather

Goat leather

Goat leather is extremely hard wearing yet also fine and smooth. It is furthermore water repellent and flexible.

Horse leather

Horse leather

Horse leather is extremely hard wearing and robust. Its high fat content makes it extremely water repellent.

Peccary leather

Peccary leather

The highly exquisite, soft, silky leather is extremely durable and warm and lasts for decades. Peccary is a premium-quality, highly robust leather with a distinctive pore structure. These wild animals are solely hunted for food. ESKA only imports leather with an international CITES certificate (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Peccary gloves are all hand-sewn and are extremely exclusive products.

Doeskin

Doeskin

The raw hides are from Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Hungary. Animals can grow up with completely flawless skin only in a clean environment. From a number of 100 doeskins, a maximum of 8 to 10 beautiful skins can be sorted out for glove leather. In the tannery Artner in Eferding (Upper Austria), the skins are fulled in fish oil (blubber) and hung over airy ground to dry. The released fatty acids of the blubber, combined with the oxygen of the air, have a tanning effect. This time-consuming process is repeated three times, the final hanging lasting six weeks. The next steps require great sensitivity, the fur being guided over a turning roller covered with emery. Thus the leather is given the silky touch and coloured in the hand-stroke process (the colour is applied manually with a brush).

Feathers

Feathers

Some models come with hand-made, real feathers or a special finish.

Silk

Silk

Silk is a fine textile fiber acquired from silkworm cocoons, making it the only natural endless fiber. Characterized by its shininess and high strength, silk insulates against both heat and cold.

Cashmere

Cashmere

Cashmere is a highly refined natural fiber acquired from the under-fleece of the Cashmere goat. The hairs are particularly soft and fine with a diameter of only 12 to 19 micrometers. Despite having an extremely low weight, cashmere still has excellent heat retention properties. Cashmere wool is one of the most valuable and expensive natural fibers.

Swarovski

Swarovski

For a special finish these gloves come with real swarovski crystals.

Wool

Wool

Wool is an environmentally-friendly renewable resource that records show to have been used since the 4th century B.C. As wool is largely made up of air, it is naturally thermo-regulating and a perfect thermal insulator. Wool absorbs little odor (e.g. sweat) and is self-cleaning. After brief airing, any odors absorbed are neutralized leaving the glove smelling fresh once more. ESKA wool linings are specially processed and do not fluff (fuzz) or scratch.

Leather

Leather

For over 5.000 years leather has been used to make clothes, and that material has lost none of its appeal to this day. Experienced glove makers recognise the strengths and benefits of their craft’s most important basic material and perfectly know how to work with it. ESKA only uses high quality leather and in the case of street gloves, particularly soft and supple hides which envelop your hands like a second skin. Glove leather must be prepared soft and supple, reached by a certain greasing which is given into the barrel. The coat for really good glove leather is dyed pure aniline (dyed in the drum, breathable, supple and silky smooth).

X-Static®

X-Static®

Silver fibers are antibacterial (bacteria is eliminated in less than an hour), preventing odor formation. Silver is also temperature-regulating and anti-static.

PrimaLoft®

PrimaLoft®

PrimaLoft® is the synthetic insulation for warmth, water resistance, softness and compressibility. PrimaLoft® is an ultra-fine microfiber insulation that is as warm, soft and lightweight and is warmer wet or dry.
• Excellent thermally efficiency
• Lightweight and breathable
• Superior water resistance
• As warm, soft and compressible as down
• Dries faster than down
• Wind resistant

Real Down

Real Down

The down resembles a fine snowflake. Its three-dimensional structure enables it to trap a large volume of air in relation to its own weight. A layer of non-heat-conducting air is therefore formed to provide protection against the cold.

SK Softcurl

SK Softcurl

  • Extremely soft feeling lining, structure based on „curly lamb fur“
  • Optimal storage of air and thermal efficience cause of the high curly wool setup
  • Soft and cosy feeling on the skin
i-Touch

i-Touch

The i-Touch function makes it possible to operate a smartphone or tablet PC even when wearing gloves.

Hard-Shell

Hard-Shell

The hard-shell specially developed by ESKA® consists of a special flame-resistant carbon mixed granulate. It offers optimum protection and fit thanks to three specially tailored sizes for left and right gloves.

Ergonomic Cut

Ergonomic Cut

High wear comfort and tactility thanks to an ergonomic cut based on the natural hand position.

Kevlar®

Kevlar®

Kevlar® is an aramid fiber with a low specific weight that offers high tensile strength, excellent heat resistance, dimensional stability, and low elongation to
break. Kevlar® is chemical-resistant and has outstanding abrasion resistance.

Kermel

Kermel

The product by the leading European manufacturer of meta-aramid fibers is used in protective clothing for heat and flame protection. The material is suitable for use under extreme temperatures and offers optimum mechanical performance while also fulfilling the high requirements in terms of heat protection, comfort, and breathability.

Fire Block leather

Fire Block leather

We use carefully selected calf leather which is specially tanned to have hydrophobic and flame-resistant properties. The leather is washable, does not shrink even at high temperatures and offers 100% tensile strength.

Nomex

Nomex

The fibers are characterized by outstanding resistance, great impact strength, great rupture elongation, good vibration damping, and resistance against acids and alkaline solutions. They are also extremely heat and fire resistant. Aramid fibers do not melt at high temperatures; instead, they start to coke at temperatures of approximately 400°C.

Lenzing FR®

Lenzing FR®

Lenzing FR® is a specialty viscose fiber. The acronym FR stands for ‘flame resistant’. Manufactured from the natural raw material wood, Lenzing FR® offers heat protection in various work areas. Unique heat insulation properties combined with permanent flame resistance make Lenzing FR® the ideal heat protection fiber.

PBI®

PBI®

PBI® is an organic, high-perfor­mance fiber that was initially de­veloped for the NASA Apollo spa­ce program due to its excellent flame-retardant properties and outstanding chemical resistance. PBI® Matrix and PBI® Gold fabrics produce first-rate heat protection clothing thanks to the combina­tion of excellent thermal protec­tion and impressive comfort and durability.

Rescut™ Fire

Rescut™ Fire

RESCUTTM fire material specially developed by ESKA® for extreme conditions. Provides optimum surface-level protection to prevent sharp objects from penetrating the padding, which acts as a second barrier in conventional models.

Anitbacterial Silver

Anitbacterial Silver

Silver fibers are antibacterial (bacteria is eliminated in less than an hour), preventing odor formation. Silver is also temperature-regulating and anti-static.