Written by Liv Godfrey.
Whether you learned the hard way through blisters in the summer heat, frostbite in below freezing temperatures, or you took a weathered riders’ advice to wear gloves, you know how important they are; not only for form but also for function.
Tack stores offer many different types of gloves such as the inexpensive gloves that get us by for a weekend of horse showing, thick leather that lasts but ends up smelling worse than a helmet at HITS in the summer, and the layered, insulated gloves that we only dare put on in the winter.
Noble Outfitters gloves are certainly beautiful. They are thin and conveniently mold around anyone’s hand.
But unfortunately, these gloves are not ideal for everyday rides as they result in inconvenient blisters and sores. I would recommend a thicker glove: One that has more protection against sweat and the leather of your reins (and other tack, for those of us that wear our gloves while tacking up). These gloves may be appropriate during the winter months, or it may have been a small fault by the company.
There are also many other gloves to choose from; SSG and Roeckel both offer reliable, durable gloves for both winter and summer. Although these gloves tend to be more expensive (usually between $30-$50), they do provide the necessary protection against hand sweat as well as the leather.
Personally, I have a pair of Roeckl gloves for the winter, and they’ve always kept my hands warm yet don’t led to my hand being overheated. I have also owned these gloves for a couple of winters. Because of their durability and warmth, Roeckl is a great option for any equestrian and their prices are less expensive than most.
These gloves, as well as SSG, are offered in the “show glove” and “schooling glove” type and can range from $20-$50.
Whatever gloves you buy, remember to do your research first. Unfortunately I learned that lesson the hard way. Talk to friends or look up reviews on Dover, or on SmartPak in order to ensure that your purchase will provide a long term protection for your hands, as this is an essential part of any riding outfit.