Welcome to EN’s Product Review series! Who doesn’t love shopping… especially when the object of your search is new gear for yourself or your horse? As an enthusiast of all products equine, I LOVE trying out new gear. Which is why I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to try out products, so that I may share my many adventures with all of you! Please join me as I narrate my personal journey of trying out all of the products featured. While I will make no recommendations, I hope that you simply have fun and find entertainment while reading about my many adventures of trying new products, and that hearing about my personal experiences might help give you factors to consider when you are on your own quest for new gear!
Between riding and barn chores, my hands don’t have an easy life. They are definitely important, so I try not to beat up on them too much, but they certainly do get a workout of their own on a normal day. And that’s without throwing in those inevitable “OW! Why did I close my finger in the stall door AGAIN!” moments.
It was quite early on in my riding days that I discovered that wearing gloves was pretty much a necessity. I like to keep a light yet steady contact with my horse through the reins during a ride. I suspect that this constant contact is the enemy of my hands and fingers, for when I ride without gloves, I develop some horrid blisters on the outer sides of my index fingers.
As much as my hands need gloves, I don’t always actually pull a pair on before heading out for a ride. During the cold months of winter, gloves are pretty much a no-brainer since I’m not a fan of frostbite. Over the warmer months of summer, I sometimes skip gloves when it is an especially sticky day. Gloves might protect my hands, but I hate the clammy and slick feeling that I get when said hands start to sweat in the heat.
I feel like I’ve — or rather my hands have — been extremely lucky to have had the chance to try out a pair of Summer Cool gloves from Tredstep Ireland. Upon first pulling the pair of gloves out of their packaging, I discovered that they felt extremely lightweight. When I pulled them on for the first time, I noticed that the backside of the gloves has a nice, stretchy feel.
The cuffs of the Summer Cool gloves also feel like they have a slight stretch to them. The closure tab around the cuff fastens nicely shut with Velcro, and it also sports a sleek-looking Tredstep logo as well. I liked how the anatomical fit of the cuff allowed it to curve very nicely around my wrist. The cuff also feels lightly padded, making it very comfortable.
Back to talking about the back side of the gloves — the fabric feels quite light, and the stretch properties allow it to mold to my hand without feeling restrictive. The palms are constructed of Air Fibre fabric, which is a synthetic suede material that feels durable but not too bulky. The Air Fibre fabric also has increased abrasion resistance. I also took notice to the thumb, which is made out of fabric that reminds me of a hand towel.
I’ve been wearing the Summer Cool gloves for the warmest part of this season and have found them to be quite comfortable to ride in. This time of year, I would typically want to shy away from wearing gloves, especially on those extra warm days. What I’ve found with the Summer Cool gloves is that the lightweight fabric on the backsides feel like they allow enough airflow to keep my hands feeling cool.
The Air Fibre fabric of the palms and fingers also allows me to have nice grip on the reins. The fabric is thin enough so that I still can get enough feeling in my fingers, and it is also grippy on the reins. And even though the pair of Summer Cool gloves have been my go-to pair for the season, they have held up well for me.
One of the other pretty neat features is in fact the thumb — do you recall that I mentioned that that it is made from a hand towel-like fabric? Well, it actually comes in quite handy to me during my rides on hot days. When I’ve got sweat rolling down my face and stinging my eyes, I usually just try to use my arm to rub my forehead. With the Summer Cool gloves, the thumb actually acts as a wipe for my face when riding during the warm days.
I’ve found that the Tredstep Ireland Summer Cool gloves have provided me with a solution. Now, I can wear gloves to protect my hands in warm weather, without having my hands overheat and get super clammy. The Summer Cool gloves retail for around $24.95, and you can check them out here.
Go Gloves that Protect (But Say NO to Sweat!). Go Tredstep. Go Eventing.