Consumer editor Julia Heaton hand picks gloves to see which is the most thornproof
Best Buy 18/20
Tough Touch £26.95 (£2 p&p) Harrod Horticultural,
Tel. 0845 218 5301 www.harrodhorticultural.com
Hand is gold grain leather and the hide cuff has a suede feel. Available in both ladies and gents sizes.
The leather has been treated for more water resistance and the cuff is a generous size to offer comfortable all- round wrist protection.
Suppliers performance claim: “High level of protection.” Thorns seemed to bounce off these beautifully crafted gardening gloves making pruning roses and dealing with brambles a walk in the park. The extended cuff offered plenty of protection too. However, over time the palm and finger surface tended to scuff-up a fair bit and during hot days the yellow dye came off on the palms of the hand. This didn’t detract from their performance though.
Could be used all the time but reserve them for prickly pruning only and use the cheap RHS glove for general work.