Foxgloves Original Gardening Gloves: Product Review
There are so many gardening gloves to choose from that it can be overwhelming trying to find just the right ones for your needs. I know some gardeners with dozens of gloves – one for every gardening task!
But if you’re looking for an excellent pair of general purpose gardening gloves, you can’t go wrong with the Foxgloves Original gardening glove. It has some unique features that make it a good choice for most gardening tasks.
About Gardening Gloves
There are hundreds of types of gloves on the market these days. So how do you know which ones are best for your gardening environment? Some of the most important things to consider are dexterity, comfort, fit, protection from sharp objects, and grip, but there are other things you’ll also want to look at.
You can find a complete description on our Best Gardening Gloves page.
Unique Stretchy Material
Foxgloves were designed by a woman horticulturist and landscape designer/architect. She was searching for a glove that would protect her hands without impeding her sense of touch. She liked the way the old-fashioned, elbow length silk gloves fit but knew the delicate material would not last and could not be washed. Using Supplex® nylon and Lycra® elastane, she was able to create a strong yet snug fabric. In 1999, she launched her New York-based glove business with these original Foxgloves.
I particularly like the material because it seems to breathe, like cotton. When I’m wearing the gloves in summer, my hands don’t feel hot or get sweaty.
Another neat feature is that the material is lab certified with a 50+ UPF rating. When you spend a lot of time in the garden, it’s good to know that although these are thin gloves, your hands are protected from sun damage.
Note that although the gloves are described as being “water resistant”, they’re not waterproof. During rainy spring months, I use several pairs a week: I let one pair dry while I use the other.
Snug, Comfortable Fit
Foxgloves Original gardening gloves are meant to fit snuggly. But don’t worry – the fabric has plenty of “give” so they don’t feel tight. They’re made of a four way stretch fabric that makes them form-fitting but extremely comfortable.
The wrist closure is well above your wrist and stays put to keep soil and debris out of the gloves.
For most of my weeding, planting, and harvesting, I use the Foxgloves Original gardening gloves because they provide an excellent fit. Foxgloves are like cotton surgical gloves – form fitting with air circulation! With these gloves I’m able to grasp small seedlings, wiggle my hands to the roots of weeds, and pick herbs and vegetables without staining my hands.
Colors and Sizes
They’re available in 8 mostly muted colors (black, fuschia, purple, moss green, blue, beige, spring green, and red).
Foxgloves Original gardening gloves are unisex and come in small, medium, and large sizes. The Foxglove website provides information to help you select your size . And, in case you’ve forgotten your size when you want to order more, the size is marked inside the glove.
The material is machine washable and although the gloves can be put in the dryer the company recommends line drying. They have thoughtfully added a loop at the end of each glove so they can be hung up on a hanger.
I wash my Foxgloves Original gardening gloves in a bucket of water outside to get most of the dirt off and then wash them in the washing machine. I put the damp gloves on the bathroom towel bar and they dry quickly.
Foxgloves guarantees that the gardening gloves will be free from manufacturer’s defect. They will replace any glove found to be defective due to faulty material or manufacturer defect for thirty days from date of purchase (save your receipt – you’ll need to submit that with your request). I’ve never had a defective product but it’s nice that they include this notice with the package.
As with all gardening gloves, Foxgloves don’t last forever so it’s understandable that there is no lifetime guarantee. I use mine often and I have noticed that it takes about two years for the fingertips to wear out.
I have used Foxgloves gardening gloves for many years and recommend them for everyday common gardening chores, such as planting, transplanting seedlings, weeding, pruning, and harvesting. The tight fit lets me feel thin transplants or wiry roots. I prefer the muted color range, for some reason it reminds me of autumn. They’re easy to clean and last for a long time. Foxgloves also make excellent gifts for gardening friends – fancy yet essential.
Where to Buy
Foxgloves can be ordered directly from the Foxglove website for $21 plus shipping, which ranges from $4 and up. Shipping is free if the order is over $75.00.
Foxgloves Original garden gloves are also available through Amazon for $21 plus $4 shipping.
If you’d rather not order online, you can call the company on their toll free line (888-322-4450). The website has a store locator showing where you can buy their gloves in person; most stores are independent garden centers. The website also has a list of gardening events or flower shows where staff have a booth so you can try them on and order from the booth.
And now over to you – What do you like best about these gloves? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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Excellent fitting gloves for most gardening chores
Available on Amazon