*** 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.