I am wondering if you all have any suggestions regarding good outdoor gear, especially gloves that would be water proof and good for dexterity but thick enough to resist blackberry thorns. I usually use leather gloves but they are pretty gross in the rain.
I'm happy for suggestions for any gear if you have a favorite.
We recently had a discussion about gloves.
This post by Gail Gardner sounds helpful:
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.
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