*** Please note, this post was unsolicited and uncompensated by Kerrits.***
I am a fan of wearing gloves while doing barn chores and riding. It wasn’t always that way for me though. I used to be more of a “winter only” glove wearer. But as I’ve aged, I find I develop rubs and callouses more easily than I did back in the day. So gloves it is! Pretty much year-round now.
I admit that wearing gloves during the Summer can be uncomfortable due to heat and humidity. While I have not yet found a glove that prevents my hands from sweating, the Kerrits Ice Fil Gloves are my Summer glove favorite.
Here is a description of the gloves, taken from the Kerrits website:
“Ice Fil® technology absorbs sweat while quickly and effectively being converted into cooling energy. Cools skin by up to five degrees. GripSoft™ palm for secure rein handling; reinforced for durability. Easy pull-on design Touch-screen friendly. Cools by reducing skin’s temp up to five degrees. Four-way stretch for comfort. Highly breathable. UPF+50 sun protection. 81% Nylon/ 19% Spandex.”
The material is lightweight and flexible. My hands don’t feel restricted like they do in some other gloves. I appreciate the UPF protection. I also like the feel of the grip they provide when I am handling lead ropes, lunge lines and reins.
One of their best features, as far as I am concerned, is that they contain no velcro. So many riding gloves have velcro closures at the wrist.
I like being able to take off my gloves without them making that “ckckckcckc” sound as the hook and loop closures come apart, especially when I am mounted.
My only disappointment with the gloves has to do with their reported “touch screen friendly” feature. I, unfortunately, have not found this to be the case. I usually have to take my gloves off to work my cell phone. In defense of the gloves, I will say that I do have an older model phone. Perhaps the gloves were tested on newer phones with more sensitive screens than mine?
This is the second Summer that I have used the two pairs I own. Both pairs are still going strong and are not sprouting any holes. The care instructions say that they can be machine washed and tumbled dry on low, but I prefer to mostly keep them out of the drier. I lay them flat out on a towel instead. They do dry quickly (this is likely what helps make them a cooler Summer glove too).
For those of you who like to add a pop of color to your riding outfits, note that the gloves come in five different shades.
I have to say that Kerrits is probably my favorite equestrian clothing brand. I wish they made more Western/casual barn wear, but I am happy to sport their items no matter the kind of saddle I am using. They seem to make quality clothes that last from year to year, without having an absolutely outrageous price tag attached.
At about $32 a pair, the gloves are a tad pricey for my budget but not unaffordable. I appreciate having them in my collection for Summer riding. I am not surprised that Kerrits make a glove I really like.
What about you? Have you tried Kerrits Ice Fil Gloves? Or do you have a different brand that you prefer for horsing around during the Summer? Let me know in the comments section.
6 thoughts on “Product Review: Kerrits Ice Fil Gloves”
I tend to be a winter only glove wearer but down here in SC it is so hot and humid in the summer that the gloves I have tried in the past make me sweat even worse. I’ve also had issues with gloves molding in the tack room which is gross. I will keep these are my “to try” list.
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Moldy stuff in the tack room is no fun. We have enough humidity in the Midwest to make that a frequent Summer issue here too. Would love to hear how the gloves work for you if you ever do try them!
Roeckl made a summer mesh glove that I loved. And loved it especially because it came in white. Being in a god-awful desert, I want light colors that reflect light, not absorb it. Go figure tho, when I lost one of them Roeckl wasn’t making them anymore. So I use whatever gloves I have. Or I ride in the morning. Or now I ride for only 10 minutes lol. But I’ll have to check these out. If they come in light colors, I might just try some! Thanks for the review!
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The Kerrits website shows a tan and black pair available. I didn’t see any white unfortunately. All the other colors are kind of dark. It IS disappointing when you go to replace something you liked, only to find out they aren’t made anymore. Exaspersting. Maybe a resale site might have a gently used pair of the Roeckl’s for sale? I too like to stick with stuff that I know has worked for me in the past, but if you do give the Kerrits gloves a try, I would be curious to hear how they work for you living in a hot and dry environment (it is humid where I live).
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Ooh! These sound great. I got a pair of riding pants with Ice Fil earlier this summer and love them. I also really like Kerrits stuff because it fits and are flexible. I don’t have to adjust my pants to mount. At least they do have some pants you can use for Western events! I’ll get some gloves!
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I hope you like the gloves as much as I do. I really do enjoy the feel they provide while protecting my hands at the same time. I don’t have any other Ice Fil items so it is good to know you like their leggings too!