I used to hate wearing gardening gloves.
You know, the cheap ones.
The ones with thick grey suede type leather and huge fingers.
The ones you can’t feel a thing through, but which are as effective as tracing paper at stopping thorns!
Yes, you know the ones.
So, one wet day I decided, If I could design the perfect pair of gardening gloves what would they look like?
- They would fit like a, well, like a glove
- They would be thin enough to be able to work in
- They would be thick enough to withstand thorns
- They would last forever
Enter my trusty gardening gloves, which I absolutely love. (#glovelove)
They have been used for tricky gardening jobs for over 5 years and are still as comfortable as the day I parted with, well, with enough cash to buy a David Austin Rose, and became the proud owner of my first pair of Gold Leaf Soft Touch gloves.
As these gloves have been part of my gardening life for so long, I thought it was time that I slipped them off, to write this review, sharing with other enthusiasts how the gloves have performed over the years.
Yes, the leather is worn, yes, they are scuffed, yes, there are bits of fluff and old jumper stuck to the velcro, but do you know what?
They still fit like a glove, protect my hands, and resist thorns.
They have been wet through when working out in the rain, and they have been baked in the sun when left out on a summer evening.
They have taken all of the abuse and they are still as effective, as good, as comfortable as the day I bought them.
They have faithfully protected my hands when stacking logs, when pruning fruit trees, when planting, digging, weeding, and almost every other gardening task you can mention.
Indeed I was so impressed with my Soft Touch gloves that when facing the prospect of clearing an overgrown garden with shoulder high brambles I bought a second pair of Gold Leaf gloves, this time though they were the extreme all action Tough Touch gloves.
These are more like a gauntlet, and are much thicker and so resist thorns very well indeed. They are now three or so years old.
Overall I cannot fault either pair of gloves, they have stood the test of time.
In fact they have performed so well that I have specified them to Garden Centre clients as must stock items.
Yes they are expensive, but as I am with fellow Plant Enthusiasts I feel I can share, when someone starts fishing they have a stick and bent nail, as they get hooked (sorry) then they buy more and more advanced kit to bring greater sophistication and joy to their hobby, and it is the same with Plant Enthusiasts, we want the best as we spend so much of our time out in the gardens with out plant collections.
So, all that is left to say is, here’s to the next five years!
Gold leaf gloves, are the only gardening gloves endorsed by the RHS
For more information check out the Gold Leaf website