Noble Outfitters is a new (nice) equine outfitter based in Modesto, California.
Last year, they sent me their socks to wear and review, if I wanted to…
Hmmmm. I didn’t really think about socks that much… but OK. So, I wore them. And to my huge surprise, socks did make a difference and these socks were amazing!
(You can read that article here.)
This year, I met up with Noble Outfitters at the Western States Horse Expo where they grabbed my hand to measure and blurted, “YOU NEEEEEEEED THESE GLOVES!”.
And alas, a few weeks later, they sent a pair of ‘Perfect Fit’ gloves.
I wondered if they would be a ‘perfect fit’ since the gloves I previously used for riding were my favorites and had been for a few years…
I TOOK THE GLOVES TO WYOMING WITH ME – a good testing ground!
The little padded envelope encasing the gloves arrived a week or so before I was to leave for Wyoming on our Guest Ranch trip.
I figured this trip would be a good time to demo the Perfect Fit gloves, although I did bring my old standbys… just in case.
Now, to be clear, the Guest Ranch Experience should be equated to Trail Riding – not moving cows. I’m sure if you were working cattle, you may want gloves a bit more sturdy. But for me, who only trail rides with a few workshops thrown in here and there, nice/light/durable/beathable is what I like in a glove.
On the ranch, I would be riding for several hours daily, with some technical aspects, but I wouldn’t be clutching my reins and sweating a lot or doing dressage patterns. Pretty much, regular riding on a horse I didn’t know… (OK, maybe some rein clutching and perspiring…).
IT RAINED AND RAINED AND WE RODE AND RODE…
For the first 4 days, it rained pretty much the entire time. We rode anyway. So, my gloves were wet.
I gotta tell you, they didn’t feel wet or uncomfortable AT ALL. They are synthetic suede (not sure what that means) and stretch jersey (feels like breathable nylon) which made them very comfortable even though my hands were wet. I never felt cold or muggy in them. Nice.
And, best part, when I took them off, I could wrap them over the ends of a chair and they were dry very quickly.
AND THEN THE SUN CAME OUT AND IT GOT H-O-T OUTSIDE – but these gloves were great!
The last two days at the Ranch were fairly warm… at that elevation, it actually got HOT. And the gloves were perfect. I didn’t even know I had them on.
Seriously. Very nice.
WHAT I LIKED (a lot)…
What I liked the most was exactly what I said above… they were very comfortable, even in rain and heat.
I also liked the special patches between the thumb and forefinger and at the pinky divide. Whether you ride English or Western, your rein area is reinforced.
And, as riders know, the easier they are to put on and pull off is a big plus. These were easy – not sticky and not velcro’d out of control. Simple, easy.
WHAT WORKED PART OF THE TIME… FOR YOU TECHIES
These gloves are described as “touch screen friendly”. And they are… friendly… but not BEST friends.
I tried to take photos with my iPhone and the glove material on my pointer finger worked half of the time. And, I don’t really know why it worked some times and not others.
Dampness in the glove? Mist in the air?
I have no idea.
But, for you techies, I had to remove my gloves a few times to take photos… other times, they worked fine. So, I am of no help here, really…
MY VOTE… If you need riding gloves, get these! And other nice items… (No affiliation!)
Here is a link if you’d like to learn more about the gloves reviewed here…
And here is a link to a few other great items in their catalog… ;)