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High Tech for Hands: These Garden Gloves Are Designed for Comfort and Durability. (Garden)

Magazine article Sunset

High Tech for Hands: These Garden Gloves Are Designed for Comfort and Durability. (Garden)

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Wintertime gardening can be tough on hands, especially in wet weather. Two new gloves, pictured here, can stand up to the most demanding of chores, such as pruning or digging up well-rooted perennials, yet fit perfectly, the way gloves should. If you're not a gardener yourself, they make great gifts for friends.

The Work Glove combines an upper layer of breathable, flexible nylon mesh with a synthetic suede palm that's as strong as leather but won't crack or peel. Extra padding protects palms from blisters, and fingers are reinforced with an additional layer of faux suede. An absorbent terrycloth covering on the back of the thumb serves as a brow wipe. Velcro wrist closures keep the gloves snug. They're better for heavy chores than delicate tasks (like planting seeds), which require greater dexterity.

The Waterproof Glove is made of the same outer material as the Work Glove but is insulated to prevent frozen fingertips. It has three layers to keep hands warm and dry--an outer shell, a breathable waterproof middle layer, and a soft inner lining. Silicone gripper dots on the palms improve your grasp on wet tools. …

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