The Best Cold-Weather Garden Gloves

Gold Leaf Gloves

Gold Leaf garden gloves are made of soft, flexible leather.
Gold Leaf garden gloves are made of soft, flexible leather. | Source

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Gold Leaf Gloves

Gold Leaf Gardening Gloves are billed by the manufacturer as "Gloves for People Serious About Gardening," and it's true.

Gold Leaf gloves offer long-lasting, outstanding protection and comfort, allowing gardeners the dexterity and safety they need when weeding, pruning, harvesting, potting and doing any of the other numerous tasks that gardeners do.

Gold Leaf Gardening Gloves

Four Types of Gold Leaf Gloves

Gold Leaf gloves are the best gardening gloves I've ever used.
Gold Leaf gloves are the best gardening gloves I've ever used. | Source

Endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Gold Leaf Gloves are used by gardeners at the RHS gardens at Harlow Carr, Rosemoor & Wisley, UK.

Gold Leaf sells four types of gardening gloves: Dry Touch™, Soft Touch™, Tough Touch™ and Winter Touch™. Each has its own particular selling point.

Made of specially treated leather, Dry Touch™ gloves are especially water resistant. Soft Touch™ gloves have nylon and leather construction, as well as a Velcro fastener, making them particularly form-fitting and flexible.

Gold Leaf Winter Touch™ gardening gloves have two linings, a Thinsulate™ thermal lining and a Ski-Dri™ waterproof, breathable lining. They keep gardeners' hands warm and dry, no matter how cold and wet the conditions.

Tough TouchTM Gardening Gloves offer more protection than the other three. Gauntlet-style, they cover the wearer's wrists and forearms. And they are made of tough, pliable leather that's strong enough to stand up to thorns.


To me, the best Gold Leaf glove for the money is Tough Touch™.

5 stars for Gold Leaf Gardening Gloves (Tough Touch)
Wearing Tough Touch gloves, I don't have to worry about getting pricked by thorns on rose bush canes.
Wearing Tough Touch gloves, I don't have to worry about getting pricked by thorns on rose bush canes. | Source

The reviewer is not affiliated with the maker (or any sellers) of Gold Leaf Gardening Gloves. She just loves Gold Leaf gloves! If you're really into gardening, you'll love them, too.

All Gold Leaf Gloves are pricey. Gardener's Supply Company sells them for just under $50. That's a lot of money for gardening gloves. However, for serious gardeners, Gold Leaf gloves are worth it simply because they last. While $15 gloves will ordinarily last only a season with constant use, Gold Leaf gloves will last year after year after year.

Of the four glove styles, I prefer Tough Touch™. They have the best qualities of the other glove types.

Tough Touch™ gloves are warm, comfortable and water-resistant. They are also flexible enough for fine work like tying string, potting plants and weeding.

As their name indicates, Tough Touch™ gloves are durable and strong, offering protection from thorns. They also have a soft leather cuff that not only covers the wrist, but also extends up the forearm for extra protection from prickly canes.

Gold Leaf gloves fit well so tasks that require fine motor skills, like weeding, are easy to perform.
Gold Leaf gloves fit well so tasks that require fine motor skills, like weeding, are easy to perform. | Source
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About the Author

The Dirt Farmer has been an active gardener for over 30 years.

She first began gardening as a child alongside her grandfather on her parents' farm.

Today, The Dirt Farmer gardens at home, volunteers at community gardens and continues to learn about gardening through the MD Master Gardener program.

© 2012 Jill

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The Dirt Farmer 2 years ago from United States Author

Hi Rebecca. Thanks for the positive review of my review! lol Happy New Year! --Jill


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This is a great product review and a great resourse for gardeners. Thanks!


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The Dirt Farmer 3 years ago from United States Author

I know what you mean, aviannovice. Just going to the mailbox, I stop and weed. Maybe we should wear gardening gloves all the time! Thanks for commenting. (: Jill


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

These sounds like great gloves. So many times I have gone out there to work in the dirt with nothing at all on my hands. I do like the idea of forearm protection for picking bramble berries and work with limbs.


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The Dirt Farmer 3 years ago from United States Author

@ RTalloni-- Chainsaws?! Good heavens, woman! And I thought I was tough on gloves. (: You really DO need to pick up a tool once in a while. You must be doing lots and lots hard garden labor with your hands alone! Thanks for making me smile--and for the comment. Happy New Year! --Jill


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

I need to put these on my shopping list! Once I bought gloves that were supposed to be strong enough to protect from chain saw accidents but I wore the finger ends out just as fast as any others I've tried. Maybe these will be the answer for some of the heavy duty work--and maybe I should use tools more often. :) Thanks for this look at Gold Leaf gloves.


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The Dirt Farmer 3 years ago from United States Author

Hey Glimmer Twin Fan. I think you'd like them, but they are expensive. They might be cheaper from some other company. --Jill


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

I love the gardener's supply company. They always have such interesting products. I usually get the gloves that look like they have bee dipped in rubber, but once wet, they take forever to dry and get an odor. May have to look into these! Thanks.


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The Dirt Farmer 3 years ago from United States Author

Hi Deb. It is tough to find good gloves! Hope these work for you. --Jill


GoldenThreadPress 3 years ago

I am also an avid gardener and love to be outside in all four seasons. Never have found a glove I liked. I will give these a try. Voted Up and thanks for the informative Hub! Best Regards!--Deb


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The Dirt Farmer 3 years ago from United States Author

Hi Kris! You're welcome! I go through ordinary gloves (and pruners) like Kleenex, but Gold Leaf gloves really last, although they're not particularly cool. Thanks for stopping by. (: Jill


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Kris Heeter 3 years ago from Indiana

Thanks for sharing this recommendation. I can't tell you how many pairs of garden gloves I've gone through over the years. It's so hard to find a pair a that fits well, protects the hands but also allows the hands to breath a bit and not become too sweaty!

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