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Any suggestions for good quality, non-leather women's work gloves?  I want gloves that are at least mostly breathable, that don't move around too much on my hands, and with nice short fingers.  The typical gardening gloves with rough latex coating on palms and fingers

are okay for light stuff, but I need something that will stand up to hours on a shovel without wearing through between forefinger and thumb. 
I've tried a couple brands in this style

and it seems like I get 10-20 hours of moving rocks, sifting dirt, hauling logs, etc. before busting out seams or wearing though fingertips.
Anyone know any good brands obtainable online?
 
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See what they have at the feed store. Around here, they are usually strong and tough.
 
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Jim Fry wrote:See what they have at the feed store. Around here, they are usually strong and tough.



The good ones tend to be generic, man-sized gloves.  As soon as they make something small enough to fit me, it needs to be pink and useless.
 
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My dad got me some Mechanix gloves, and they last quite a long time. I've worn through a pair by repeated use pulling extremely thorny blackberries, but I pull a LOT of blackberries. They also bend well with my fingers and aren't too stiff. They get a little clammy when wearing them, but so do all my other gardening gloves. The size Small fits my tiny hands rather well. There's only maybe 1/2 centimeter extra beyond my tips. It's definitely not enough to get in the way of working and grabbing things, and it's enough space that if my nails get long (long nails are great for untying things!), the nails don't make the glove too small. I find the gloves fit well. These are the type I have (http://www.mechanix.com/automotive/m-pact-impact-gloves).



Looking at their website, they offer even more durable gloves in their "Hardware" series, and those also come in size Small.
 
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Thanks, Nicole.  I'll try them out when the denim patches and construction glue stop holding my current pair together!
 
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I know you said not leather, but I’ve had decent luck with the goatskin gloves from harbor freight and if your wanting to spend some bigger money the petzl cordex belaying gloves. I get about 3-4 months out of either, but the petzl’s have a 1 year warranty, so I just took them back to rei for a brand new pair. I have small hands and wear a medium in the harbor freight gloves, but the come a size smaller. I wear a small in the petzl’s , and they also have an extra small.

I was a little worried about spending $40 on a pair of work gloves, but rei has a really good return policy, so if you get them and absolutely hate them you can get a refund really easily.
 
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Jan White wrote:Any suggestions for good quality, non-leather women's work gloves? 



Why non-leather? The best gloves I've found for working on blackberry bushes are Tuff Mate Soft Leather work gloves. They have kids sizes so no matter what size hands you have, you can find some that are tight enough to stay for hanging blackberry canes or picking blackberries with gloves on. I also wear these (but not as tight) for training horses.

I first bought these in a feed store, but since have bought them on eBay.  Check the sizes carefully, because the kids sizes are not always clearly marked as kids gloves. I have small hands for a woman, but the kids sizes are so tight I can barely get them on.



For wet jobs and during the winter when it is cold, I wear white cotton "North by Honeywell" gloves under heavy, water-proof Ansell coated gloves. The white cotton gloves are what ropers wear. I buy these on eBay, too.





The water-proof gloves are great for cleaning water barrels and the white cotton underneath gives them more padding and makes them more comfortable in both summer and winter.
 
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There is a mail order company that is owned/run by women because they had the same problem. I am sure they have 'other than leather' gloves, although I know they have leather too. I have also picked up some of their gloves on closeout at Ross, if you have one nearby. Otherwise, check at <https://womanswork.com/>.
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Clickable Link: https://womanswork.com

 
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Gail Gardner wrote:Why non-leather?



Because I'm vegan.

Gail Gardner wrote:For wet jobs and during the winter when it is cold, I wear white cotton "North by Honeywell" gloves under heavy, water-proof Ansell coated gloves. 



For winter jobs, I usually don't need much dexterity so I've been making do with some insulated waterproof men's gloves.  The pair I have is starting to let water in after two winters so I'll probably have to get something this year.  Doubling up is a good idea.  I'll see what's available here that I could do that with
 
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Gail Vance wrote:There is a mail order company that is owned/run by women because they had the same problem. I am sure they have 'other than leather' gloves, although I know they have leather too. I have also picked up some of their gloves on closeout at Ross, if you have one nearby. Otherwise, check at <https://womanswork.com/>.



I was given a couple pairs of gloves, so I haven't bought any myself since I started this discussion.  I'll add this website to my list to check out though, thank you.
 
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Anthony Cooley wrote:I know you said not leather, but I’ve had decent luck with the goatskin gloves from harbor freight and if your wanting to spend some bigger money the petzl cordex belaying gloves. I get about 3-4 months out of either, but the petzl’s have a 1 year warranty, so I just took them back to rei for a brand new pair. I have small hands and wear a medium in the harbor freight gloves, but the come a size smaller. I wear a small in the petzl’s , and they also have an extra small.

I was a little worried about spending $40 on a pair of work gloves, but rei has a really good return policy, so if you get them and absolutely hate them you can get a refund really easily.



I'm okay with spending some money, but non-leather's a must so those ones won't work for me unfortunately.
 
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