This review won’t be long because there isn’t much to say, unfortunately. I was very excited to try these gloves, and I was very disappointed after just two rides.
Let’s start with the positive.
- Natural feel;
- Not bulky;
- Don’t make you sweat;
- Super soft
That being said, there’s a huge negative. These couldn’t even hold up for two rides, so I don’t know how a professional would use them. I ride four times a week, if I am lucky (two horses, two times a weekend). I tried these out on Saturday, and I loved them. I normally hate riding with gloves because I feel like it affects the feel, because they can be bulky, because they actually create more sweat and slipping – these did none of that. So, I was very happy with them.
After my lesson on Luther on Sunday, my fourth and last ride of the weekend, I dismounted and as I was putting up my stirrups, I noticed the threading on the gloves was already coming undone.
Four rides, and they were already coming apart. Not what I expected from a brand such as Samshield, and from a pair of gloves so highly touted. Plus, they were $64.50!
Honestly, I’d write more, but there isn’t more to write. I’ll try riding in them again this weekend, but I don’t have high hopes. I really just want to see how much more they’re going to fall apart since I have two lessons scheduled each day this weekend.
If you’re on the fence, and do a lot of riding, I wouldn’t recommend these. Go for a more durable pair like Roeckl. The Chester is $48.99 at Dover. If you don’t do a lot of riding, then maybe these gloves will work for you. However, they are not durable. At all.