Riding Gloves

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Look for gloves that are made from breathable materials.

Look for gloves that are made from breathable materials. A ride can be a physical activity and your hands are going to get sweaty while you’re in the saddle. Choose a material that allows for air flow, such as cotton or nylon, to keep your hands cool while you’re riding. Avoid leather gloves if they don’t have ventilation holes as they tend to trap heat, which can make your hands clammy.

Opt for gloves with leather palms.

If you are looking for a durable pair of gloves to last several seasons, opt for gloves with leather palms. Leather is a natural material that will provide grip, protection and durability. As a natural material, it is also more breathable than synthetic materials while still providing flexibility and comfort. Leather is more durable than synthetic materials and thus the gloves will stand up to wear much better over time. Though leather riding gloves tend to be more expensive than their synthetic counterparts, they are worth the investment as they will last longer and give you better value for your money in the long run.

Buy gloves that fit snugly so they don’t get in the way.

You want to buy gloves that fit snugly, but not too tight. Gloves that are too tight can cause your hands discomfort and your fingers can tingle. Some people even get carpal tunnel from wearing gloves that are too tight! On the other hand (pun intended), you don’t want your riding gloves to be loose, because they could slip off when you’re riding, or impede your handling of the reins.

Imagine going up a steep hill on horseback and one of your gloves slips off. You have to stop and go back down in order to retrieve it—a pretty embarrassing situation! You also don’t want them getting caught on anything like branches or fences as you ride by.

In addition, gloves that fit snugly are easier to remove and put on than loose-fitting ones. When it’s time for a break, you’ll appreciate a comfortable pair of riding gloves that doesn’t take long to take off or put back on again (the same goes for winter riding). If you’re unsure about what size is right for you, measuring yourself is always an option; just measure around the widest part of your hand at the knuckles with a tape measure (not including the thumb) and then compare those measurements against the manufacturer’s sizing chart on each individual product page here at Equestrian Collections.

Try on different styles to see which ones work best for you.

Before you go with the first style of riding gloves that catches your eye, it’s important to try on a range of different styles. Only then will you know whether they fit well and feel good as you put them through their paces. Here are some things to know before trying on different styles:

  • What is important in a pair of riding gloves? If you’re looking for general use, keep an eye out for durability, comfort and grip. Or if you’re looking for warmer weather, look for lightweight gloves with moisture-wicking fabrics.
  • How do I know if the gloves fit me? If the material feels stiff and taut, then they are too small or too tight; likewise if there is excess fabric around your palm or fingertips. To make sure riding gloves have room for movement—but not too much!—make sure there is about half an inch of space between your palm and the end of each glove.

Get a pair that’s durable enough to last through many rides.

While a cheaper pair of gloves may seem like a good way to save money, there’s no point in buying an inexpensive pair that will fall apart before you’ve gotten much use out of them. If your gloves are made with stiffer materials like leather or suede, they’ll last longer. It’s also important to look for double stitching at the seams and make sure your pair can be washed in the machine. Reinforced palms are great if you want to make sure they don’t wear out quickly.

With patience and the right amount of research, you can find the perfect pair of riding gloves!

When choosing your new pair of riding gloves, be sure to try on different styles and pick the one that feels most comfortable. Some gloves may fit more snugly than others, so it’s good to take some time and make sure your new pair will be both durable enough to last for many rides, as well as breathable enough to keep your hands feeling comfortable throughout each ride. You may also want to look for a pair of riding gloves with leather palms. These will provide you with the best grip possible while out on the trail, or even during a quick trip over to your favorite Sunday morning brunch spot.

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