This post is for all of my fellow gardeners and those who live in their yards over the summer months.
In my 10 years of gardening, I have gone through countless work gloves. No gloves have ever carried over from one season to the next and my old pairs are usually thrown out with my last bag of old plants and leaves as I prepare for winter.
I was lucky enough to try out some gardening gloves and other items from Dig It, another great Canadian company, specializing in work gloves for women. I have been trying out their items for about a month now and I am really impressed.
Before trying the gloves on, I asked my self “If I could have a glove for me, what would I want?” In a nutshell, I want a glove that protects as good as the men’s gloves out there, but still allows me to have my girl hands when I take them off. It was always a catch 22 with me and gloves. I wanted to protect my hands, but the only gloves out there that did that were the mens gloves. Then, whenever I needed to do more delicate work, I always had to take them off – defeating the purpose. In the end, I always got fed up and when I was done, I wasn’t wearing gloves, and I really didn’t have pretty hands.
These gloves really are made for women. They are made to be breathable and my hands don’t sweat if I keep them on while doing a coupe of hours of work. They fit really well and allow me to grab at small stems and pick smaller vegetables. I was even able to pull my hair back in to a ponytail and secure it with the gloves on. Both my mom and I used them while working in the garden this summer and we gave Dig It four nicely manicured thumbs up!
The gloves are also water resistant and are made from recycled materials. In addition to the yard work, I was able to easily switch from gardening to heavy duty work and used them as work gloves.
At the tips of each finger is a pillow-like padding that protects your nails and on the palm side, there are rubber grip pads to help with grabbing. There is a velcro strap closure at the wrist that keeps dirt and debris from entering in to your gloves. and the glove also comes in a High Five size. The high five is the same as the regular glove except it extends five inches farther past your wrist and is ideal for landscaping and working with more prickly plants or plants that could irritate your lower arms.
At the end of this season, these gloves will be neatly packed away and I’m looking forward to using them next spring.
I also tried out some Eye Wear to protect your eyes while working outside. As for me, I have a really nice, expensive pair of sunglasses. I won’t garden with them for fear of scratching them or breaking them. Truth be told, I saved up a bunch of gift cards and bought a really nice pair. I put on the Eye Dig It and showed Papa Bird. Without knowing what pair was what, he said that he liked this pair better than my ‘old’ pair. Gulp – that was the pair I spent a fortune on.
The sunglasses fit snug to my face, blocking out the sun. They are made with a scratch resistant polycarbonate with a UV protection factor that meets the highest standards on the market. They are durable and offer great protection and come in tortoise shell or black frames. Not only do I wear these while in the yard, I have also chosen them over my other sunglasses while running out on errands because of their durability and like my husband says, I look good in them.
The gloves retail in their online store for $34.00 per pair, $39.00 for the High Five length, and the sunglasses retail for $26.00. Do you still have yard or garden work left to do this year? Do it in style with Dig It.
GIVEAWAY: I have a gardening package of one pair of the High Five Womens Gloves (size L), one pair of the Eye Wear (black frames) and two samples of DeBug (deet free insect repellant to give away to one lucky This Bird’s Day reader. (ARV $65)
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Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.