Polly Tucker reviews MacWet Gloves!

3 Jan

I had never before tried out a pair of MacWet’s and this was my very first pair.

I have found it had to find a well fitted pair of gloves that not only perform, fit well but also withstand most weathers. I have very small hands and always struggled to find gloves that would fit me perfectly and still perform. Most gloves in my size are aimed at children which make it hard for me to find performance gloves to meet the demands of eventing I often end up with ill fitting or poor quality gloves that don’t withstand longer than 6 months.

I was very impressed that the MacWet gloves come in a range of sizes- including small petite sizes for the likes of me and short or long cuffs so they do not restrict your wrist when it flexes. The gloves are professionally designed and the quality is to a very high standard and performance is not compromised.

 

I trialled these gloves over severally weeks in all sorts of weathers from rain, wind, sun and even ice. The gloves fit snuggly and are extremely comfortable, often you have to wear in gloves which can take several weeks and several blisters later! The material is soft yet very durable and did not restrict my hand movements while riding. The Micromesh gloves that I tried were the lighter weight gloves and would be perfect for all year round but I found the mesh backs were and would be brilliant in warmer weather as they allowed my hands to breathe and as a result I didn’t end up with soggy, sweat-sticky gloves. During the time I trialled the gloves we had bouts of very wet weather and I had concerns that the gloves would loose performance in the wet conditions however even trialled on very old worn down slippy reins the gloves held there grip and I felt confident that I wouldn’t end up with a slippery glove/rein combination as on a big horse when eventing in the rain the last thing you want is to loose grip. In the wet weather the gloves really performed and came into there own- amazingly in the cold wet weather my hands still felt warm which surprised me as the gloves are very thin and light weight. The gloves fasten together by a velcro fastening- most gloves fastening become loose and lose there grip but the fastening on the gloves still felt grippy and secure a few weeks into trying them. I never felt restricted in these gloves they felt like a second skin and even on a long beach ride on new years day they were comfy and kept grip all day long. The gloves seemed to pass every test I threw at them- even a wash in the washing machine they washed up lovely and have retained their shape, quality and colour.

 

I have been so impressed with the gloves that I think they will be a regular and necessity for my eventing kit- I will most definitely be purchasing another pair of Climatec gloves for the winter months. I have no doubt that these gloves would suit a range of sportmen and women (my next door neighbour who shoots also swears by them!) and I would highly recommend them to all equestrian riders.

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