Gear Guide Tried & Tested

Wet weather gloves

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Wind and rain can be tough on your hands, whether you’re in the saddle or on the yard, so we’ve put a range of gloves to the test

Our testers: These gloves are designed to stand up to wet weather, and were tested to see how they’d perform for both riding and yard work.

The products

Woof Wear Waterproof gloves
RRP
£33.00

Woof Wear Waterproof gloves

Breathable gloves with a thermal lining, synthetic suede palms and long cuffs.

Features velcro closure and waterproof outer

 I really like these gloves – they kept my hands warm and dry, and the cuffs kept the rain and wind out. They aren’t bulky, which meant I could easily do fiddly tasks around the yard in them, and they offered excellent grip and feel on the reins while I was riding. However, I found the lining could slip a little. I’d buy them again because I think they’re versatile and good value for money.

Horse Health Pro Touch DryTex Waterproof gloves
RRP
£27.50

Horse Health Pro Touch DryTex Waterproof gloves

A softshell outer with a breathable membrane and insulated lining. 

Features waterproof outer and silicone grip

The gloves had a very good grip, which was useful for both riding and yard work. They’re quite thick, so I preferred to hack in them rather than wear them for schooling, but I could still carry out most yard tasks with ease. They performed well in the rain, and kept my hands really warm and dry. I’d purchase them again for use in wet weather. 

Noble Outfitters Winter Show gloves
RRP
£24.95

Noble Outfitters Winter Show gloves

Lined with microfleece, they have leather palms and reinforced areas on the fingers. 

Features velcro closure and water-resistant

I was impressed by these gloves. The palms were grippy, even when my horse was strong out hacking, and I had enough feel on the reins for schooling. They’re windproof and stood up well to rain. For such lightweight winter gloves, they’re really warm, but I’d have preferred a longer cuff, as I could get a gap between them and my jacket sleeves. Overall I think they’re great value and really smart. 

Horseware Competition gloves
RRP
£21.95

Horseware Competition gloves

Smart gloves with a digital printed palm, faux leather binding and elasticated wrist.

Features velcro closure and water-resistant

These gloves were very comfortable to ride in, with excellent grip and feel, and I was really pleased with how they performed. The mesh insert meant my hands didn’t get too hot, but it did allow the rain in and, because they don’t have a lining, I feel they’re best suited to warmer weather. However, they’re smart, and ideal for riding and competitions, so I’d buy them again.

Hy5 Water Repellent Softshell gloves
RRP
£18.99

Hy5 Water Repellent Softshell

A water-repellent outer and 40g insulation, with grip palms and long cuffs. 

Features velcro closure, water-repellent and silicone grip

These gloves were fantastic in cold, wet weather. Personally, I found them a little bulky for riding, but they were great for on the yard and generally being outside. The grippy palms were helpful for carrying heavy buckets and handling tools. I found them easy to slip on and off, and they’ve stood up well to wet, muddy conditions. For the price I thought they were good value for money. 

MacWet Sports gloves
RRP
£29.99

MacWet Sports gloves

Lightweight gloves made from technical, soft, non-slip fabric with mesh backs.  

Features velcro closure

These gloves were very comfortable and grippy, even when it was really wet. They don’t keep your hands totally dry, but they’re designed to grip even when they’re wet through, which they do brilliantly. The mesh vents make them ideal for warmer weather and they’re tough enough to be used every day, but still smart to wear for competitions. I think they’re worth the money and I’d buy them again.

Samshield V-Skin gloves
RRP
£36.99

Samshield V-Skin gloves

Ultra-thin synthetic leather, with soft fabric palms and Spandex for stretch. 

These were the best gloves I’ve ever had for grip, particularly in the wet. They resisted rain and, while not the warmest, were very breathable and flexible. I found them suitable to wear on the yard, too – the grip was second to none for handling tools. Although the design on the palms isn’t my usual style, I’d definitely buy these gloves again, as the flexibility and grip were the best I’ve had. 

Kramer Impressive Winter gloves
RRP
£34.90

Kramer Impressive Winter gloves

Windproof, breathable gloves with knitted cuffs and a warm lining. 

Features velcro closure, waterproof outer and silicone grip

These gloves were really comfy, and while they’re bulkier than my normal gloves, I still had sufficient feel on the reins for hacking and schooling. For a bulkier glove they’re pretty nimble and were fine to wear for most yard jobs, but I still took them off for fiddly tasks such as doing up my bridle or tightening my girth. I really rate them – they’re waterproof, windproof and really grippy, even when wet.

SSG 10 Below gloves
RRP
£39.99

SSG 10 Below gloves

Four-layer, breathable gloves with digital fabric palms and elastic wrist straps.

Features waterproof outer and touchscreen compatible

These gloves are really robust and perfect for around the yard. They’re ideal for very cold weather – very warm and waterproof. I found them a little bulky for my taste, particularly for riding, but the grip on the palms was great for leading horses in and out of stables without being too sticky. I thought the wrist straps were a really handy feature and I’d buy them again to wear on the yard. 

Shires Neoprene Super Grip gloves
RRP
£15.99

Shires Neoprene Super Grip gloves

Insulating, softshell backs with faux nubuck palms and finger inserts.

Featuring water-resistant outer

I’m really impressed by these gloves – they’re warm, comfortable and excellent for all kinds of riding. The palms are grippy, and it was easy to adjust tack and do yard chores. The softshell repels water, but the finger inserts and palms aren’t waterproof, so moisture could seep in. I think the price is great for such reliable, hardwearing gloves, and I’d definitely buy another pair.

Mountain Horse Reflective gloves
RRP
£30.00

Mountain Horse Reflective gloves

Fleece-lined, with a reflective panel on the back and knitted cuffs.

I liked these gloves and they kept my hands dry in the rain. Personally, I found them a little bulky for riding, but they’re great for yard work and keeping your hands really warm. I really liked the elasticated wrist – they were secure, but I could still easily slip them on and off. The reflective panels on the back are a useful feature for hacking and they stood up well to muddy conditions.  

Sealskinz Elgin waterproof gloves
RRP
£55.00

Sealskinz Elgin gloves

Windproof and breathable, with a durable synthetic suede palm.

Features velcro closure and waterproof outer

I loved these gloves – they were completely waterproof and super-warm. As they’re a bit bulky, I was concerned I’d struggle to use my fingers for fiddly jobs, but I could still tie up haynets and easily adjust my reins while riding. The lining did start to slip a little, but I think it was because my hands were so warm. I’d recommend them, especially if you suffer from cold hands. 

Dublin Everyday Showerproof gloves
RRP
£14.99

Dublin Everyday Showerproof gloves

Showerproof, polar fleece gloves with knitted cuffs and finger reinforcements.

Features water-resistant outer

These gloves were a bit stiff to ride in at first, but this did improve the more I used them. My hands stayed dry in light rain and didn’t get too sweaty on warmer days, but I feel they’re best suited to cooler weather. They were a little thick for undoing rugs and more fiddly yard work such as tying up haynets, but great for walking the dog and other general wear when it was chilly.

Roeckl Westlock gloves
RRP
£74.95

Roeckl Westlock gloves

Softshell gloves that have faux suede palms with silicone grip. 

Features Velcro closure, waterproof outer, silicone grip and touchscreen compatible

These gloves were comfortable for riding and yard work, and faultless in terms of grip and freedom of movement. The touchscreen capabilities were fairly reliable and useful if I wanted to take a photo or read a message. My hands were warm without getting sweaty, and stayed dry even when I dunked them in water. They’re durable, practical gloves that protect your hands from the elements.

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