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There are no perfect gloves, but these are nice

The WINNERS ARE CHRIS C AND LIL NED. Thanks for playing and for all the fabulous glove stories. Some of them were real sagas. Fascinating!

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 Other gardeners are far pickier about their gloves than I
am. Aside from having progressed beyond the cheap cloth gloves you can buy by
the dozen, I mainly require simply that I have gloves. I do not enjoy running
my hands through dirt and getting it under my nails, and I really hate drying
out my hands from too much washing. Recently, I have been rotating three pairs
of heavy white leather/suede elbow-length gloves. I have a lot of grabby shrubs
and perennials and narrow spaces to squeeze through, so I like the protection,
and I like having three of them, so I always have a dry pair.

I also occasionally wear the colorful Mudd gloves and the
stylish Ethel gloves we were all given in Chicago. I like the Mudd ones—easy to
slip on and off—but they get holes in the fingers pretty quickly. So far the
Ethels have been used for indoor gardening tasks only. They do have reinforced
fingers, so we’ll see how they do outside this spring.

 Recently, I was contacted by Womanswork,
a company that’s been mentioned here a few times, though I can’t see that we did a
giveaway. But so what if we did have one—here’s another one! Womanswork makes
gloves, hats, and other gardening gear. Their gloves have three distinctive
features: reinforced fingers and palms, a mesh insert for ventilation, and a
little metal carabiner (new word to me) hook that keeps the gloves together for storage.

I have two pairs to give away—a medium and a small, both the
color that you see above. If you'd like a pair, leave comments and please tell us about any new glove
discoveries you’ve made over the past year. I’ll choose from comments tomorrow at 11 am EST.

Posted by on February 2, 2010 at 4:48 am, in the category Taking Your Gardening Dollar.
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54 responses to “There are no perfect gloves, but these are nice”

  1. LauraP says:

    Gloves: the eternal quest. I wear a women’s medium in most gloves but need longer fingers. Who makes those? I’m always searching for something I can just settle on and have given up on a good fit.

    Currently my best pics are:
    1. a pair of men’s work gloves from a desplay in the hardware store — can’t read the brand on the tag anymore. Durable and warm, mediocre fit but at least the fingers are long enough and the wrist velcro keeps them snuggly in placewaterproof
    2. waterproof neoprene-like gloves from the feed store – again, no brand name. Great for barn chores in really cold weather and those nasty rabbit cage cleanups. I wear a pair of cheap stretch knit gloves underneath for warmth.

    My test pair of Ethyl gloves held up for 6 months of outdoor garden use before blowing out a fingertip. I spared them the really heavy barn chores, hay hauling, and the like because I figured that was expecting too much. They were great for normal garden chores though, anything that didn’t involve a lot of thorns – durable, nice flex to the fabric. If only the fingers were longer! I expect I’ll buy another pair for summer because despite the finger length issue, they’re the best summer garden gloves I’ve found to date.

    I n

  2. Diane says:

    I like West County work gloves. I’m on my second pair but the first one lasted several years. They’re nylon-backed and therefore stretchy and not too hot to wear, and they come in a size big enough for me (the large Ethels are a little tight, and the ones we got at Spring Fling I had to give to a tiny-handed friend). I wear my husband’s heavy suede gloves for the toughest tasks, but for most gardening purposes the West Counties are great!

  3. Sally says:

    Where is it written that All gloves be made in medium and small sizes? I am not either medium nor small so your give-away does not help me at all.

  4. Earth Girl says:

    A friend gave me a pair of Atlas 370 which I used all summer in the garden at work. I’m one who rips off gloves as I do “enjoy running my hands through dirt” and need the added dexterity. These stayed on my hands and there were no holes after more than 6 months of heavy use. The Atlas gloves were small but I normally take a medium, so it depends on how large the gloves are and how much give they have.

  5. Lisa, Ontario says:

    I had a pair of beautiful soft leather gloves, they felt wonderful on, however they got wet quickly and I wore through the middle finger in short time. The not so soft leather ones also wore the finger through quickly and got wet. The best so far have been the basic cotton covered with the neoprene stuff. The heavier duty ones will last me a couple weeks before I blow through that middle finger (I really must stop all that sign language :) ). I do like having dry hands. My biggest problem is finding gloves small enough. Even extra small seems to be too long in the fingers on most gloves.

  6. Pat says:

    I’ve been gardening for my entire adult life and I have yet to develop a regular glove habit. Every season I start out thinking I need to protect my hands…I buy a pair of gloves…and shortly abandon them. I have a basketful of lightly worn but discarded gloves. A medium woman’s glove that protects, but doesn’t get in the way of the tasks (at hand). That’s my impossible quest.

  7. angelchrome says:

    I think the only discovery I’ve made in gloves recently happened this weekend when I lifted two brand new pair out of a plastic pot I hadn’t moved in a year. Where they did they come from? HOW DID THEY GET THERE?

    I do realize this is probably actually an argument against giving me gloves, since apparently I can’t keep up with them. Maybe the fancy hook would help with that.

  8. Li'l Ned says:

    Oh, Glovie! The Quest of Ages! In my nearly 40 years of gardening I have run the gauntlet of …. well, hand-protective gauntlets. When I started gardening, in my 20’s, I didn’t use gloves. My mum was my role model and she never did. I soon learned, however, that my skin was much thinner and dryer than hers, and being a piano player, I HATED having mud on my hands and dirt under my nails.

    So I started with nice leather gloves. There was actually a small glove factory in our town, which would make you a nice set of gloves (plus presumably other leather items of your choice) if you brought in your own freshly-obtained (hunted) deerskin. I never went that far to get gloves, but I did buy a couple of pairs from them off the shelf.

    Our very sandy soil is volcanic in origin, and extremely abrasive. I ran through the fingertips of those sweet bambi skins in nothing flat. Next I tried heavier leather gloves. They lasted a bit longer but it was like trying to garden wearing wooden clubs.

    I progressed to cheap hardware store cloth (canvas) models and was never satisfied, but it was the best I could do for many years.

    Then we had our house remodeled and I got a look at the gloves the builder guys wore: Atlas ‘Fit’ gloves with knit backs and thick blue rubber coating on the fingertips and palms. Ooooh, do they come in Small?! That was a real breakthrough in glovedness.

    I continue to use these babies for hauling rocks and doing things that require a bit of cushioning. I like that they are washable. But what I currently love are the new nitrile-palmed knit gloves now commonly sold in nurseries & hardware stores. The nitrile coating is amazingly tough and I love that the gloves are super thin and flexible. It is the closest I’ve been able to come to bare hands.

    But the biggest glove discovery of the past year? I’m embarrassed to say it is this: owning more than a single pair of gloves at a time. Duh. Why I never figured this out before I don’t know. But now I own 3 or 4 pairs of these babies, wear them for a while and then wash ’em. Amazing.

    I feel vaguely guilty, using something that is undoubtedly a petroleum product (or worse) but more natural products (ie bambi/elsie) just haven’t worked out for me.

    That’s my glove story, sorry it was such an epic!

  9. Depending on the task, I’ll use my husband’s heavy work gloves (i.e., pruning, hauling away that pruned woody material, digging out more lava rocks from the borders, etc.) For “regular” garden tasks (which I guess is a pretty vague term), I’ve really been enjoying the Ethel gloves. They got a workout last summer and have shown no signs of holes or wearing through. Mostly I like them because they’re very form-fitting, and I like to feel that I’m not wearing gloves. There’s just a level of accuracy and delicacy in planting, weeding, and bare-rooting plants that can only be achieved with bare hands. However, I don’t like touching the bugs and worms in the soil so gloves are helpful. For me, the best ones are the most unnoticeable.

  10. Eliz says:

    It is not written, Sally; those are just the sizes I happen to have on hand, as it were.

  11. Dana says:

    I second Diane… I love my West County work gloves. Many years ago I had a pair of leather Womanswork gloves… they wore beautifully but I wasn’t sure about washing them. These Women’s Work gloves seem to be very similar to my West Counties. Flexible backs… reinforced fingers and my personal favorite feature… tight wrists preventing “stuff” from getting into the gloves and I can wash the West Counties easily. I checked their website… they’re similarly priced to the West Counties… approx. $24. Look great!

  12. I love my gloves…I have no idea what brand they are!

    But I do wonder why I STILL get dirt under my fingernails!

  13. I just discovered West County gloves…in fact, I have a Give Away on my blog right now–it is in recognition of earth day and asks bloggers to post on how they contribute to a sustainable lifestyle. I would be honored if you would help spread the word;-) (I am trying to get a few more garden products for this giveaway, so stay tuned…)

    http://thanksfor2day.blogspot.com/2010/01/earth-daysustainable-living-giveaway.html

    I take a size Womens M/L usually…but glove sizes seem to vary. I tried on a Mens L the other day and it fit, but normally the Mens M would be too large. I guess it all depends on the company.

    Jan

  14. My Ethal gloves from Chicago went to Bulbarella. They now sit filthy in a small garden tote bag with a Costco size can of cayenne pepper in the basement closet. At least they are not outside in the rubbermaid storage box where the mouse likes to build a nest and chew up the cheap cotton gloves for furnishings or buried in the snow to be discovered while strolling the ridge top garden in the spring when 10,000 daffodils and even more minor bulbs put on the annual Bulbapaloozathon.

    Bulbarella is 82 now. You’ld never know it from watching her climb up and down the mountain planting, digging and dividing bulbs and weeding throughout the season. She deserves as many pair of medium size gloves as she can lose or go through just for instilling an appreciation or passion for gardening in most of her five children.

  15. This isn’t from this year, but it is a worthy idea. I did an internship a while back and my boss used a belt clip to hold her gloves. She gave me one too. It’s the best. I no longer set my gloves down and wonder where they are. And I feel like such a professional with my gear strapped to me. (I also use a Felco pruners sheath which clips to my pocket and slowly rips a hole in them.)

    This is kind of what my glove clip looks like:

    http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/items/3RZR8?cm_mmc=Google%20Base-_-Safety-_-Hand%20Protection-_-3RZR8

  16. sara says:

    I wear women’s medium if and when I can find gloves sized like that at the local OSH or ACE, on a good day. I have a pair in goat-skin leather, with the breathable mesh on top of the fingers and backs of the hands, which are quite good, and my only complaint is that they don’t dry fast enough when I lather up with laundry soap, rinse, and hang up to dry (which is often this time of year).

    Before I found these gloves I was using the ‘Atlas Fit’ Flextuff gloves we order for the crew where I work. The coating on them is not impervious to water, but it does a great job at gripping weeds to be pulled. Alas, the small is too small and the medium is too big.

  17. JLC says:

    I’ve used men’s work gloves and found the cotton gloves with the neoprene palms to be fine. I always need to use bare hands when pruning though. Especially roses.

  18. According to Womanswear’s size chart I’m a Medium.

    I usually garden naked. Well, naked hands (what did you think I meant?). I’m a biologist and so I have a high tolerance for a lot of stuff other people would consider gross. Earthworms? Not a problem.

    Years ago I discovered that for handling wild hawks the cheap leather gloves from the home improvement warehouse worked great. I migrated them into the garden for moving rocks, dealing with thorny bushes or other extreme gardening events. They don’t usually last long but they fit and they protect my hands. Plus if I encounter a wild hawk in the garden I’m prepared.

  19. Jen Speer says:

    I need to get into the glove wearing habit, as a newbie gardener all these comments are very helpful. A medium usually works for me. I actually have the problem of most gloves being too long in the fingers.

  20. Gardenology says:

    I like the $1 or $2 ones you get at home depot or a bunch of other stores. A thin, soft, grey leather (the suede-textured kind) on the palms and fingers, with a blueish cloth on the back of the hand. It’s very comfortable, you can feel what you’re doing pretty well, and protects your hands quite well. The price is also hard to beat.

  21. I’ve acquired some nice garden gloves over the years, but I still need thick leather gloves for handling prickly pears. The fine, but barbed, glochids get stuck in any other glove and stick you again and again each time you wear them. I also have a specially marked pair of poison ivy gloves.

  22. Susan says:

    Scratches, scabs and blisters are an open invitation for trouble in my line of work…I’m a nurse, so I have to wear gloves to garden. I could go through the fingers of plain leather gloves in a day with all the scratching around I do. Lately, I’ve taken to wearing those loose weave cotton gloves that look like they’ve been dipped in blue latex. They’re the only ones that can make it more than a few weeks. I do like the looks of the Woman’s Work gloves–I think I’m up to the challenge–but are they?

  23. Anonymous says:

    I typically hate wearing gloves in the garden, but I learned that I really should. Going into the office with dirt under your nails most of the year does not look very professional :)

    So I broke down and started using some. The company I work for sells gloves, so I started there. We sell a nitrile coated nylon glove that is very breathable and I love them (as much as I can love a glove:). I’ve seen similar ones in many stores, they don’t really have a name, but they are just a thin, nylon material with a nitrile coating on the palm and up around the edges of the fingers.

    You don’t have to enter me, medium and small won’t fit my xlarge man hands!

  24. Cindy Pelkowski says:

    I have a very old pair of womenswork gloves, they are of a brushed leather fabric and they fit wonderfully. For awhile they were they only kind I bought. However, I have a tendency to cut the tips of my glove fingers off (ouch) when pruning, so I started buying less expensive ones. Smith & Hawken used to make a nice one that had the rubbery palms and also fit great, but I guess I can kiss those goodbye. The ones I always fell back on were Martha Stewart gloves from KMart. Purchased on sale they were usually around 6 bucks a pair, and would hold up a couple months, but now that Martha is breaking her ties with KMart those might be a goner too.
    Geez, I seem to be the kiss of death for gardening gloves!
    Seriously, the best garden gloves are the ones you can find when you want them, and that you can find both a left and right hand one, and that don’t have the fingertips cut off!

  25. I’m not a glove lover, but my hands have come to appreciate them. I’ve never used Women’s Work gloves before. I love the Ethels because I can toss them into the washer and dryer. I also like the Susie Coelho, spandex with leather palms, I bought recently. My big requirement is the velcro closure. They fit better that way, and soil doesn’t work its way underneath. I would wear a medium if I win. Thanks.~~Dee

  26. edwina says:

    i love using gloves, but can’t manage to always put them away. this fall i bent down to pick one up–one of those cheap latex palm fabric jobs–and worms were inside it! compostable gloves–who knew?!! and they went down in just a couple of months. sigh. i could really use a new pair and i promise to put them away! mediums if you have them. thanks!
    edwina

  27. I love my Ethels, but I’ve worn out two pairs of them already. Apparently, I’m tough on gloves. My husband brings home the used Atlas gloves from his workplace. Workers there use them once or twice and throw them away. What a waste! They don’t fit as well as the Ethels, but they stand up to just about anything.
    I’ve got a pair of WomansWork gloves I got a couple of years ago and don’t you know, I cut the tip off the end of one of the fingers with my Felcos. I sewed it back shut, but now they don’t fit very well with the shortened finger.
    I could use a new pair! I’m doing so much better at wearing gloves while working in the garden. Having outside cats will do that to ya, if you get my drift…

  28. aunty stephy says:

    I never used gloves at all while gardening until this year — dead bougainvillea can be brutal. I now use a nice bamboo glove with rubber “sole” area. flexi but sturdy. And sustainably grown.

  29. FlowerLady says:

    I didn’t really wear gloves all that much until a year or so ago when someone gave me 2 pair, because they were small and too small for them. I wear small. Now I happily wear these gloves even though holes are developing and they are looking worse for wear, but they are part of what I gather when I go out to garden these days. I don’t know the brand of mine.

    FlowerLady

  30. Carolyn Cates Wylie says:

    For sowing seeds, transplanting seedlings, etc., I like Foxgloves, which feel almost like bare hands but do keep the dirt away from my fingernails. I have seven or eight pairs, rinse them out after use and throw them all in the washer & dryer with the rest of the weekly wash. I think they’re made of nylon, in bright colors, available on line, not cheap, but fairly long-lasting. The small size fit me pretty well, but the fingers are a little short. (In most other gloves, the fingers are too long.) Foxgloves aren’t meant for heavy work and are no protection when working near roses or other thorny plants, but for the kind of thing I used to do bare-handed they are really nice.

  31. Kat says:

    You had me at carabiner! I’ve stopped wearing gloves becuase I can’t afford to keep buying them. Since I have roses and hawthorns, teasels and thistles, AND major contact allergies to all plants, I really should wear gloves. I must get myself a carabener-ed set. Thanks for the heads up on these!

  32. Lisa B says:

    I love gloves, hats, and scarves, and anything I win. I feel special then. If it is made in the US or EU even better. It’s that new glove feeling that feels so swell, stepping into my garden in March to get the kale planted will do me well.

  33. I used to be a bare hands gardener but it dries out my skin too much these days. There is no one glove that suits all purposes. For maximum dexterity I like Foxgloves, but they offer no protection against moisture or thorns. I like Ethel gloves where finesse is not a requirement, but they aren’t much protection against thorns, either. I have a pair of leather gloves for that, but they don’t fit me very well. And I’d still like to get a pair of elbow length leather ones such as you describe.

    I’m always up for trying a new kind of glove, and I’ve had my eye on the Womenswork brand. Size small for me.

  34. Tina says:

    I have the exact pair of Womanswork gloves shown, size small, same color. They have been comfy and fit well but the seams along the back started to rip out after a few light duty uses. I use several mismatched pairs of rubber coated gloves for very dirty or wet gardening jobs in order to keep my sturdier gloves from ruin. The best sturdy gloves I have found are Wells Lamont gloves that have leather palms and fingers and a nylon knit fabric on the back that allow for ventilation. They are available in a small size too, and I buy them at our local farm store. Good gloves really matter.

  35. Jean says:

    Ah, as your first commenter said, gloves are the eternal quest. I’ve been surprised by how much I like the Mudd gloves but they get pretty sweaty in the summer. I’ve tried Woman’s Work gloves before (a different style) and truly loved them, mostly for keeping dirt out. But then the right hand fingers gave out. I have a pair of Fox gloves (I think that’s the name) that look very delicate but have held up well (although I wouldn’t grub in the dirt with them). I also like the Ethel gloves we got in Chicago but again, haven’t grubbed around in them. So far the Mudd and WW gloves are best for grubbing. If I win, I wear a small. :-)

  36. Leslie says:

    Gloves are a must for me…they allow me to do some quick weeding or pruning when I don’t have an opportunity to wash my hands. I keep several types by the back door, from lightweight cotton to heavy leather and choose the type best for what I need to do. Most of my multipurpose gloves last only a few months before the right hand fingers wear out. My discovery of the year is realizing that I can’t hope to make it through a year with one pair and that’s OK. It’s my hands I’m protecting, not the gloves!

  37. I’ve discovered that only the cheap gloves from box stores fit my big fat hands. Maybe I should start trying the nice gardening gloves for men instead? Clearly gloves for women don’t come in real women sizes. Medium and small, bah humbug.

  38. Laura Bell says:

    Unlike your, Elizabeth, I am very picky about my gloves. Not that I have any sort of a manicure to protect, but I dislike dry or rough skin. So I want fit, ventilation, durability, grip, and preferably some sort of waterproofing. The Nitrile Glove offered by Gardener’s Supply (& lots of other places, I now find) is good for all of these. They fit snug but not tight, keep my hands dry (both from wet soil & sweat), and are thin enough that I can pick up relatively small items without removing them. I even use them to protect my fingers when cleaning prickly pear fruit to make my husband’s annual Christmas jelly – work like a charm ! Plus they come in bright colors to cheer up even dreary NorCal winter days.

    My other favorite glove is actually by Womanswork, I think – a suede, fabric & terry design with a velcro wrist closure to secure them. These, too, fit like a dream. The suede fingers give me hardwearing grip & protection from splinters & whatnot, the fabric back stretches & breathes well, and the terry over the thumb is good for wiping sweat from the forehead. The first day I had them I was using a newly sharpened hatchet to remove a stubborn shrub when the blade went way off aim (couldn’t be that I’m just poor aim, could it), and struck just above my gloved thumb. Not a glancing blow, either – this was full-on, chop-this-baby-down hatchet swinging. After swearing indecipherably under my breath, I inspected the glove & found not a mark on it. My hand underneath was bruised, but still intact – something I would not have expected if I’d been gloveless. I don’t go out to do heavy work anymore without these gloves.

  39. Daphne says:

    Once I had gloves I loved. They were deerskin and fit well. Most leather gloves I find uncomfortable as the seems rub, but these were great. I wish I knew who made them, but I just got them at my favorite garden store. A little over a year ago they closed down. Last year I used my last pair even though it had some holes in the fingers. This year I’m not sure what I’m going to replace them with. Maybe I’ll win a pair? If I do they would be medium.

  40. Nell Jean says:

    Gloves are a must for me. I wear everything from goat-skin to synthetic garden gloves. Little cloth gloves from the dollar store which are great for winter browsing in the garden where chapping is a bigger problem than anything else.

    Medium is fine. I could squeeze into small if need be, or flap around in some big ol’ leather loggers’s gloves if necessary when pruning. I really need some that the dog doesn’t find tasty.

  41. Queenie says:

    ah, gloves. . . . I know I should wear them, but I can never find any that are comfortable enough to keep on for much longer than 5 or 10 minutes. My woman’s work has taken a toll on my hands. . . . can Woman’s work gloves help? Are they comfortable and flexible enough for me to keep on while I work? That would help.

    I’ll let you know!

  42. Ah, gloves. Such a love hate relationship we’ve had over these years. Raking leaves in sub-freezing temps, I’d wear the cheap gray canvas/leather gloves over the cheap brown cotton gloves. But when the weather warmed up, I’d pull out the cottons and wear them till they got wet and nasty a few times. Wash them, they’d come apart, out they’d go.

    Every few years I’ll spend serious money on a pair of beautiful, soft, supple deerskin gloves and wear them out almost before they’re paid for (right hand, middle finger).

    Umpteenth dozens of pairs of cheap Wells Lamont canvas gloves have been purchased on the way to a job, something to get me through the day, but the stitching on these comes apart as soon as they get wet.

    Pretty much every pair of gloves I’ve owned has hit the trash once hot weather rolls around. I want my hands and feet as cool and unencumbered as possible in the summer. And yet, I really hate having dirty fingernails.

    This past summer you GardenRanters sent me a nice orange pair of West County gloves (size medium, and thank you) and I took one look at them and tossed them in the drawer. Summer was almost here. They looked hot. And heavy.

    The real reason I didn’t give them a trial immediately is that I had just discovered my first true love gloves. Atlas nylon gloves with nitrile palms let me pull the tiniest, most delicate weeds away from the base of the tiniest, most delicate new seedlings as easily as I can do it with bare fingers… I kid you not. The material is amazing. They breath so well I can wear them in hot weather, and if I need to rinse some mud off I just wring them out, put them back on and keep working… they dry quickly. Now get this: that first pair of gloves I bought ($8) lasted for SIX MONTHS! That is six months on the hands of a professional gardener who pulls weeds, plants flowers, pulls briars, plants shrubs, pulls saplings, deadheads (!), works with roses, and lugs around rocks, bricks, and concrete. In fact, that first pair didn’t even wear out. I just wanted a spiffy new purple pair one day, so I retired the neon green ones. (Did I mention the colors?)

    To be fair, I pulled out the West County gloves a couple of weeks ago when the temps were in the thirties. For this time of year, they are great gloves, too. I have worn them exclusively for the past several weeks, pulling brush, pruning trees, de-pupping sagos, cutting back roses, dragging brush, and pulling smilax vines out of trees, and they are as rugged as advertised. The velcro on the wrists helps keep poison ivy from sneaking in, and the little pull tab thingies that hold them together are convenient for helping pull them on.

    Well, you asked.

  43. Bev Carney says:

    I don’t even like garden gloves but LOVE the Atlas 370 line of garden gloves. I buy them by the dozen and give them away to spread the joy. Never met anyone who didn’t love them.

  44. Bladerunner says:

    I’ve got the opposite problem of a lot of your commenters – I wear a medium-sized glove, but my fingers are proportionally shorter than average. This means I end up with a bunch of glove-fingertip wadding up or folding over when I’m trying to do finer work in the garden (like pinch off leaves, move that one little wormie over a bit, or pick up the seeds I just dropped). I have a couple of pairs of hardware store suede/cloth gloves for working on bigger stuff like building raised bed frames and hauling branches. I’ve started wearing thin nitrile gloves for projects that are more messy than anything (like making concrete stepping stones). I have plenty of sensation without getting my hands stained by the concrete color dye.

  45. KatieB says:

    I used to think I needed to “feel” the garden. Until I was bitten by a spider while pulling weeds. My hand blew up and I almost went to the ER which I hadn’t contemplated since tearing off the end of my finger moving an antique cement window box. I couldn’t wait for my husband to come home. As then, I postponed, but I didn’t need stitches for the spider bite. I learned to not dig into the unknown without gloves. But that was last year, gardeners have short memories, how else we would deny our failure? I’ve worn the WW gloves for many years — the leather ones that had the nifty pull tab to tighten them around the wrist. I would hose them off at the end of my dirty work. They didn’t wear out, I lost them, like all of my gardening gloves.

  46. Marte says:

    I could never find a glove I would wear until I tried the Atlas 370. Now I have three or four pairs, love them, and wouldn’t garden without them. Please do not enter me in the contest because I am sure I could not find a glove I would like better than what I have.

  47. Someone please design a pair of gloves like a good condom.
    Form fitting, can take a bit of rough play & stay intact, and protect my hands from pricks ( rose pricks that is).
    But the addition of a carabiner would really be something quite handy when fumbling for a pair of gloves in the heat of a gardening moment.
    And if the gloves were ribbed for my pleasure , well then that would be just an added extra bonus.

    Currently I have a variety of gloves for a different job positions.
    The most common pair are a West Country knock-offs by Ace Hardware that sell for $ 9.99
    They’re Trojan work horses in the garden.

  48. Elizabeth says:

    I am very hard on gloves as a gardening professional. As a woman I couldn’t find gloves that fit and didn’t fall apart after a few weeks. And then I discovered the boys section at the coop. There are nice, tough gloves out there for lil’ wranglers that fit my small hands perfectly and I can work the heck out of them! Plus, they are usually cheaper than the grown-ups variety.

  49. Jess says:

    I like the cheap cloth gloves that look like they’ve been dipped in rubber on the fingers & palms.

  50. James says:

    I bought a pair of West County gloves last year. God, I HATE gloves. They make your hands sweat, they make you drop stuff, they need to be washed too often and they get holes. My West County gloves got a hole in them the very first day! Now the are a ghost of themselves, with as much hole as glove. MY glove discovery? They all suck.

    However I still wear them daily. I’ve seen too many folks with fungus ridden nails. Shudder. Gloves are a necessary evil.

  51. commonweeder says:

    I love all these glove stories. I take a medium. I like my Mudd gloves, and last spring I bought a 4.95 pair of Atlas glove which are really terrific. By the end of the summer I did have a couple of finger holes, but happily found a single pair on a sale table so I am ready for spring, but I will buy another pair or two when I see them. I have a great pair of Women’s Work leather gloves with a small gauntlet that I use when working with the roses. and a friend gave me a new pair of Rose Gloves for Christmas with a long gauntlet. I didn’t use gloves when I began gardening, but now I am quite devoted to them. The idea of a carabiner is a good one. I have a basketfull of single gloves – which I do wear all mismatched.

  52. No way…. Ethel Gloves! Wash and wear and beautiful hands despite rocky soil, lots of lifting, and compost!

  53. Bulbarella thanks you Elizabeth. Do you need an address?

  54. This really handy for sports enthusiastic people because it is durable and comfortable to wear at the same time.

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