Exactly one year ago I was contacted by a marketing rep for Bionic Gloves. She asked me to try out a pair of gloves and write a review, but I warned her that she wouldn’t hear anything for a while. My garden glove buying decisions are all driven by the One Year Rule: all gardening gloves self-destruct after 12 months, and should be evaluated (and priced) accordingly.
These Bionic gloves were wonderful, they truly were. They were comfortable, they actually fit (a size small is usually too big for me, but these were just right). They were sturdy enough to stand up to thorny brambles, but flexible enough to wear as an all-around garden glove. They’re machine washable. I’m not sure if the scientifically designed, specially padded ergonomic zones really made a difference, but they certainly didn’t get in the way. What’s not to like?
But sure enough, after exactly 1 year, a seam came apart at the fingertip. Again, I’m not faulting the gloves. All gloves fall apart after one year on my hands. That’s just part of the deal. But they’re also about 40 bucks, and I can buy a lot of daffodil bulbs for 40 bucks.
Other gloves I have known and loved for exactly 12 months:
Foxgloves. Really fabulous gloves. Beautiful colors, lovely soft, stretchy, washable fabric, and a few different styles, including a new grippier version. These gloves are perfect for handling tiny seedlings and for standing around in the garden sipping Martinis. What’s not to like? They, too, come apart, but it’s fun while they last. I like to give these as gifts because they feel like such a treat. Around $25.
West County gloves. Sturdy, bad-ass gloves in hot colors.I was so excited about
these gloves when I first found them, because they come in an extra small size. Lots of different styles, totally rugged, but also doomed to destruction in 365 days. Thirty bucks.
So what do I wear? Atlas, baby. A good hardware store will carry a wide selection of their nitrile-coated work, garden, and outdoor gloves. I usually buy a thin pair for everyday work, and the thicker knit-with-tough-coating version for very cold days and thorny pruning.
And guess what? I’ve never paid more than five bucks for a pair. Sure, they fall apart on schedule, but hey, the price is right.