Let’s take a moment first to review one of my top color obsessions.
Well. Guess who makes riding gloves in this favorite non-green shade of mine? Noble Outfitters! Color match made in heaven achieved! Obviously, I like the look of these gloves.
The gloves have a few features that makes them very easy to wear and school in. The palms are reinforced in key places to combat wear, between the thumb and forefinger and the ring and pinky fingers. The material of the palms is a soft, suede-like material, and is mobile device compatible. I did try typing on soft keys wearing these gloves, and I had to press a little harder than usual, but it worked. This also means I’m not sacrificing any kind of feel on the reins that I’m used to having with Eli–the gloves are practically weightless and I still have a nice, close feel on the reins, rubber or laced.These have been very comfortable, light-weight gloves that I keep reaching for to ride in, to the point that they just stay with my helmet in my helmet bag. Eli doesn’t especially lean on the bit or pull much, so I’m not sure I can speak to how durable they are just yet. The one issue I have encountered is that the material across the back of the hand is very delicate. I have unfortunately already snagged one of the gloves on something, and there is now a visible snag in the material.
An unexpected feature of the gloves that I noticed after a number of uses, including two jump schools, was that the black suede-like material didn’t show dirt at all. I rather reluctantly admit, Eli hasn’t had a proper bath in months, and I certainly haven’t scrubbed his mane. He’s pretty clean otherwise, but I fully expected to see dust on the material–it just looked like it would be a dust magnet, but it’s not! The black stays black. I’ve even set jumps in these gloves (possibly how I got the snag) and the black material stayed clean.
So far I’m really happy with these gloves, and for schooling I think they are the perfect pair!