My Joules gloves came as a Christmas present from my son. I was delighted with their bright colours and the flexibility the fingerless option gave to me. They looked trendy and cheerful, but I was soon to find out that, at £16.95, my son had made an expensive mistake.
~~ What they look like ~~
The gloves are very jolly and fun to wear. The ribbed cuffs are light blue, with the pink Joules logo on the edge. The main part of the glove is a mitten glove with a bright yellow button and bright yellow ribbing on the straight edge. The mitten part can be pulled off your fingers, and bent back on itself so that it can be buttoned back and not flap around.
Underneath the mitten part there are four pink fingers, all half sized so that they come about halfway up the finger and leave the finger tips free. The thumb is also pink.
This makes a lively three-colour glove that really does brighten up dull winters days.
The glove is made out of 80% Wool and 20% Polyamide and is advertised as machine washable, although I did not get an opportunity to try this out as the gloves fell apart before they needed washing!
~~ Disappointments ~~
I was so disappointed with these gloves. From the first time that I put them on I could feel that they were too thin and stretchy. Gloves need to have some substance, even fashion gloves, but these gloves are so thin that the wind cuts right through them and they feel flimsy and inadequate on my hands.
The fingerless idea is traditional and good, but I found that the mitten part of the glove was so shapeless and loose that the tops of my fingers got cold even with the mitten on - the wind blew straight up inside the mittens, ballooning them out and making me cold. The ribbing on the straight edge of the mitten could do with being a lot tighter and less stretchy. In addition, the top of the thumb is not removable, and this makes picking up things difficult, and writing impossible without taking off the entire glove.
Although the cuffs of the gloves come up high on my wrists, they are slack and the ribbing is not robust enough to grip tightly and cut out the cold.
The biggest disappointment was durability - the loose weave of the glove got caught on something in my pocket the first time I wore them, tearing and making a small hole. I quickly sewed this up and you can hardly notice it - just a small hard lump in the middle of my palm.
A week later I discovered that the cuff had become unstitched from the main part of the glove. I have to say that by this time I had given up, and quietly swept the gloves into the darkest part of my drawer.
~~ Conclusion ~~
These gloves are without doubt the worst value that I have ever seen. They are not warm, not durable and really poorly made.
I did quietly go into Joules to see if I could take them back without offending my son - he had already told me that the receipt was lost. Unfortunately my local Joules no longer sold them - and I really don't like taking presents back however disappointed I am.
If I had bought these myself I would have made much more of a fuss.