Gardening Articles: Care :: Tools & Equipment

Glove Affair (page 4 of 4)

by Shila Patel

Grip-Enhancing

Each of these gloves makes it easier for you to hold onto a tool, reducing your fatigue and improving safety. Zigzags of gummy PVC cover both sides of this knit polyester-acrylic glove called Golden Gripper. Seamless and ambidextrous; once the sticky stuff wears thin, switch the glove to the other hand. Unisex sizes S-XL. By Wells Lamont. Widely available, including American Arborist Supplies; $3.50.

Similar to Golden Gripper, but rubber dots give extra gripping power. Knit glove is cotton string, which absorbs water like a towel and wears faster than cotton blends. Machine wash and dry at low temperatures. Sizes S, L. By Carolina. Available retail and from A. M. Leonard; $2.

Rubber dots cover cut-resistant Kevlar knit that's less absorbent than cotton. Machine wash, low-heat dry. Sizes S-L. By Wells Lamont. Available from American Arborist; $12.

This seamless open-knit cotton glove dipped in crinkled rubber is like the Mud Glove but the back is undipped for breathability. Because it's molded to fit a hand at rest, dexterity is excellent. Wash in warm water with mild detergent; air dry. Unisex sizes S-L. By Atlas Glove. Available from Ultimate Goods; $10.

. . . or the Garden Terminator

If you use any kind of power tool-lawn mower, chain saw, or rotary tiller-these half-finger gloves absorb vibration and reduce fatigue and the possibility of "hand-arm vibration syndrome." Besides, strapping on these gloves can make anyone feel like the real Terminator. The gloves' viscous gel inserts provide padding in the palms, thumbs, and index fingers; wrist support comes from a stiff elastic wrist wrap with Velcro. Spot clean. Unisex sizes XS-2XL. By Valeo. Available from American Arborist Supplies; $38 each glove.

Formerly managing editor at National Gardening, Shila Patel is currently the editor of the garden channel at marthastewart.com.

Photography by Sabin Gratz/National Gardening Association

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