The Best Cold-Weather Garden Gloves
Gold Leaf Gloves
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
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™.
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.
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 Spencer
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