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Green Fingered Gloves
Town and Country The Gardener Ladies Gloves
Member Name: zoe_page_1
Town and Country The Gardener Ladies Gloves
Advantages: Cheap, nice tight wrists
Disadvantages: Wear away too quickly, ugly
I am not that green fingered, but I have front, back and side gardens that I find can be quite nice with a minimum of effort. When I moved back into the house, I realised my gardening gloves had been stolen back by their original owner, so got these when I was in Trebaron. I hadn't been planning to get them until I saw the stand and remembered, so they were not a researched purchase, but chosen from a selection on the shop based on their price and size.
These gloves come in 3 sizes, and these are the medium. My hands are on the small side (ladylike and dainty and all that) but these are a good fit, so I wonder if the others are actually aimed at children. The pair I have are marked as ladies' and 7-8 which means nothing to me - instead I slid my fingers into them in the shop (trying not to think how many other people's sweaty hands had done just that) and found them to be a good fit.
I accept that gardening is not a high fashion sport (and indeed often do it post-gym and pre-shower to save on washing) but these really are noticeably unattractive. Each glove has 3 yellow fingers and 2 apple green ones and they look odd at best and ugly at worst. Made of cotton with vinyl, they do however had soft, snug fitting wrists that fit me well, helping to keep the garden muck out as I work. The fingers are spacious, and though there are lots of visible seams, you can't feel these when they're on.
The gloves aren't entirely waterproof but then are meant for gardening, not swimming. You can feel dampness if you're picking up, say, a load of wet soil, but the gloves definitely reduce the sensation, and my hands aren't left soggy or clammy afterwards. I live near a school and my front garden can get a bit of rubbish in it, which I much prefer picking up while wearing these than with bare hands.
The gloves don't constrain my fingers in any way, so I have full movement. They are flexible to wear and offer good grip thanks to the textured coating. They are easy to pull on and off and look like they should last well...but they don't.
My real problem with these gloves, however, is the quality. I do not do heavy gardening - maybe a bit of weeding, some light leaf raking, a token prune here and there. Despite this, these gloves are failing fast. One finger on my right hand has worn through entirely and there's a hole bigger than my finger tip. On the thumb beside it, a small hole has started too, and several others have lost colour and begun to look a bit worn, as if holes are imminent. I wear gardening gloves as a barrier between skin and dirt, and these just don't provide that any more - the moment that finger gave way, I knew instantly. And, because of the places they are wearing out, they're really just not practical any more. With palms I could probably cope, but once I end up with mud caked nails and pricked finger tips from my rose bushes, I may as well not bother wearing them at all.
I paid £2.99 for these. I admit that is cheap, but I would still have expected them to last a season, while instead the first hole appeared the third time I wore them (and I only ever do maybe half an hour at a time). So that's about 90 minutes wear for three quid which for a product not meant to be disposable, is poor. There is nothing on the label indicating what sort of use these will withstand, and in any case it cannot be less than I use them. I have been truly disappointed by this product and have been put off purchasing any more from this brand. The back of the tag says "If you are pleased with our products, please write and tell us". Since I'm not, I'm telling you instead.
Summary: Cheap but not a bargain
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