Not only do I love gardening, I love garden tools and accessories. Nonetheless, for quite a while I have been using inexpensive latex-coated polyester gloves that I buy at Costco for about $1.25 per pair (packet of 8, I think). I buy these because I always provide gloves for nature park volunteers who don’t bring their own. The gloves can be washed, they are comfortable, and they are fairly protective. But alas, they don’t last very long.
I have also used Foxgloves. These are extremely comfortable, wash up well, and last longer than the cheap Costco ones. However, they don’t stand up to the thorns on the wild roses. Furthermore, I think I only get about six months before they spring a hole in a finger tip. At over $20 a pair, that is not good enough.
Splurge for new gloves
So when a friend and nature park volunteer showed up with these awesome leather gloves, I was jealous. I decided I needed to up my game when it comes to gloves. After all, I would not be seen with a cheap pruner (Felco all the way!), so why do I cover my most precious tools, my hands, with cheap gloves?
As with all garden tools, there are good leather gloves and bad ones. The good ones are durable, breathable, pliable, and strong. I was pleased to find an amazing chart on Gempler’s website that compares different leathers. Looks to me like pigskin, with its excellent breathability, and puncture and abrasion resistance, is the winner.
What garden glove would you recommend?