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I own a large number of gardening gloves because I tend to take them off and set them down somewhere where they remain hidden for a while. I track them down quickly on my allotment but the garden I work in is just under 14 acres which gives me more scope for my glove treasure hunt! As a result I always happily receive new pairs for Christmas and birthdays, which is how I came to try the Town & Country Jersey Extra Grip garden gloves. They are now my favourite pair as they are the most versatile of all I own.
Town & Country make a vast number of garden gloves for both men and women, and they seem to be widely stocked in garden centres. Apparently the Master Gardener glove is the best selling garden glove in the U.K. The Jersey Extra Grip pair that I own is model number TGL101, and is listed under the ladies range although similar gloves are available for men too. I have a medium size pair, thanks to my long fingers which often stop ladies gloves fitting that well for me. I sometimes opt for a small men's pair instead but then the palm area tends to be too big. The Town & Country gloves have an excellent fit though, which in turn means I am less likely to take them off in frustration and lose them. They have a certain amount of stretch which means they are easy to slip on and off while still fitting closely enough to allow me to really use my fingers naturally.
The "extra grip" refers to the fact the gloves have PVC "pimples" or dots across the palm and fore fingers. These are the sort of feature you don't appreciate much until you use gloves without them. They make simple things such as opening bottles of plant feed or turning on a tap much easier. Some gloves make tools with wooden handles in particular twist in your hand thanks to their smooth surface, but the pimples prevent that here. You can't feel the pimples on the interior of the glove as you wear them which adds to the comfort. The inner lining feels soft and is very pleasant when you have the gloves on for extended periods as I do. The cuff is also soft - it is thick and knitted and fits closely to the wrist. This is supposed to keep dirt out and it certainly does it's job. The only downside is the thickness of the cuff means that if you get it wet it takes a while to dry compared to the rest of the glove which is made from jersey cotton. I have other gloves to use so I can live with that.
These gloves are intended for "light work" about the garden and I think that is accurate. They are not thorn proof and if I am dealing with something really prickly I like to use gloves that come with gauntlets that also protect my lower arm. I wear them whilst handling compost, weeding [they do guard against nettle stings most of the time], and basic tasks like that. They allow for more natural movement than really thick gloves and I find them more comfortable in warm weather too, as my fingers don't get sweaty as they do when wearing leather based gloves. I prefer fabric gloves anyway, as I am a vegetarian. The other advantage of the jersey material is that it is possible to wash the gloves. There is no point of having a pair that you can't get dirty! They come up well in a hand wash and dry fast apart from the cuffs. I have just noticed from the label that you are supposed to re-shape them whist wet. I haven't ever remembered to do that and they are still fine!
All in all I would recommend these for a useful pair of everyday garden gloves. They are not the sort you would wear to attack a bramble patch or prune a rose but they are not advertised as such. I wear my gloves at work for 2-3 days a week plus at the allotment a similar amount and I have had them since Christmas 2012. They have had a few periods of absence without leave in the garden, but I still have an entire pair which is miraculous. They remain in good usable condition, and the seams are intact. I could see some of the stitch work along the thumb seam when I first had the pair and I thought that they would be a weak point as a result but I was wrong. A quick look online shows the current RRP is just £2.99 which is a bargain. The Town & Country Site website lists 3 colour choices - purple, lime and raspberry. Mine are pink but they look darker than the current raspberry so maybe my shade is discontinued or the picture makes it look lighter. Whatever colour you pick, you will have a good buy.
These gloves were a present from a well meaning relative, probably in the hope that I might be more inclined to attend to all the weeds (and now Ragwort - thanks to my not-keen-on-gardening-neighbour) that my garden seems to encourage.
I'm not a natural gardener, and certainly not one who knows all the Latin plant names, but I do enjoy watching the fruits of my labour bloom, from Springtime onwards.
Gardens hold all manner of hazards though, ranging from the possibility of catching Tetanus from a minor scratch, to the diseases one can catch from scooping the poop. Owning a cat and dog myself who both use my pocket sized oasis as their lavatory, and with various cats from the neighbourhood who tend to see a well maintained garden and think: 'Toilet', keeping my hands clean when I'm gardening is a must.
Prior to owning these, I had some thick old padded gloves which are fine for more heavy duty work like grappling with thorny bushes, but for day to day gardening or for picking up the mouldy fruit that's dropped from my neighbours plum tree, they were too cumbersome.
These are light duty gloves made from jersey material. They have a nice knitted wrist part too which is designed to keep out the dirt. Mine are light blue, although there are other colours such as lime green and red available, if they take your fancy. The palm side of both gloves is covered with an extra layer of PVC in what I can only describe as a nice swirly pattern. This is intended to "provide extra grip without loss of dexterity".
Having used this for almost a year now, I can vouch for the gloves usefulness around the garden. For more heavy duty tasks, including rose pruning, I still use my older padded gloves but these are fine for keeping your hands clean on lighter tasks.
As for dexterity, I can whiz the mouldy plums back over the fence with an agility that would make Usain Bolt blush, so no problems there.
They don't make my hands sweat like ordinary rubber gloves tend to, and although they aren't the most fetching of gloves, they really are rather comfortable to wear.
Available from all good gardening stores and online, at a ridiculously low price of around £3.
And the final bonus? They came as a matching set with some nice Cloggies. Now if my neighbours didn't think I was strange before...
Soft and comfortable light duty gloves.