Riding gloves are the unsung heroes of the equestrian wardrobe. Without them, our hands get dirty, blistery and fingernails snag. Gloves might not be as exciting to match with breeches as trendy belts or be as showy as a sun shirt, but my Roeckl gloves are as sensitive and as hardworking as my beloved Doberman.
Before I detail the reasons why I am hooked on Roeckl gloves, I wanted to let you know about my giveaway running over on Instagram–win a pair for yourself and a pair for a friend! That’s right, you can win not one, but technically two pairs (one to share).
Update: The giveaway ended, but you can be in the loop for future giveaways. Sign up for my email list here.
(Disclosure: Roeckl gifted me with a pair of gloves for this review and will provide the winners’ gloves. I have owned Roeckls before, so I firmly believe in the brand. This post contains affiliate links.)
Reasons I’m Hooked on Roeckl Gloves
- Roeckls have the perfect thickness (which is actually thin, but durable), made from synthetic leather. They do not feel like a barrier between my hand and my horse’s mouth.
- Instead, they feel like an extra layer of skin–supple and with a just-right grip.
- Machine washable. Thanks to their synthentic-ness, they can be washed (I recommend gentle cycle because I like to baby my laundry. And let them air dry.)
- They’re cool. My hands don’t feel sweaty and icky when I’m done riding in the blazing California sun.
- Touchscreen compatible–I can snap between-the-ears shots from the saddle and set my Fitbit Blaze workout setting as soon as I am settled in the saddle.
- Have a traditional look and variety of colors. Mine are black which makes them perfect for schooling and the show ring. However, they also come in a wide range of colors from white to navy to plum and champagne.
- The Roeckl logo reminds me of the Vidal Sasson logo from the 80s, and I love the 80s.
I have the Roeckls in both a size 8 and a size 8.5. I’m tall and my fingers are fairly long–growing up people would comment on how I had piano player fingers. That didn’t help my piano playing, but typing is a breeze. Anyway, my 8.5 pair is a tad too big. They’re not tragic, but I prefer the smaller size 8.
If you want to get technical, find a cloth tape measure like this one and measure around the widest part of your hand. You need to wrap the tape all the way around–not including your thumb. The bottom and middle of your thumb should be able to clamp down on top of the tape–the tape should be aligned along that little crook area by your thumb’s base. You measure it and however many inches that measurement is and voila–your glove size!
Now that you’re further educated on this awesome glove brand, go enter the giveaway over on Instagram and share the #roecklglovelove with a friend.
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