Fields and Lane contacted me several months ago to introduce me to their new line of gardening gloves. Nadia Ceballos-McLeod, general manager of the glove division, sent me two different gloves, the Flex Gardener and the Forester. If you attended the recent garden blogger meet-up, Seattle Fling, then you received a pair of Flex Gardeners in your goodie bag.
The Flex Gardener
I’ve been wearing the Flex Gardener for the past several weeks as I’ve been weeding and planting. I’m a big fan of goatskin gloves as the leather offers more protection than mere fabric does, yet is a lot more flexible than cow hide. At first, I admit, I found the index finger a bit snug, but after wearing the gloves for three days and breaking them in, that finger is now more comfortable. The gloves are flexible enough to operate my camera while wearing them, and the stretch knit backs are about as cool as you can get and still be wearing gloves.
I love how the entire index finger is leather, because a thumb-and-forefinger grasp is how I pull all those weeds that like to grow right under mature perennials in my flower beds. Sometimes I twine the weed around my forefinger before giving a pull, so that one finger gets a lot more wear–and even gets sore using gloves without the extra leather on that finger. And many of these summertime weeds have fine prickles, which the goatskin protects me from.
The Forester gloves are gorgeous, but much warmer, so I really haven’t worn them much. The elastic gusset across the knuckles gives them a lot more flexibility than similar leather gloves. They are so good-looking that I am tempted to take them out of my gardening tote and stick them in the car to be my winter driving gloves. They are definitely more flexible than my current driving gloves, which are made from polar fleece with leather palms.
Fields and Lane is new to gardening but not to gloves. It is an offshoot of Laughlin Cartrell, which makes gloves and other accessories for the lumber industry. I asked Nadia why they started making gardening gloves. “Although there are quite a few gardening gloves out there a small number of them have the quality and durability that this market deserves.” Did you hear that? Nadia thinks gardeners deserve quality and durability.
Three Commenters Win Five Pairs of Gloves Each!
Fields and Lane is offering the most generous glove givewaway I have participated in. Three commenters will each win five pairs of gloves–one each of all five of their glove styles, in their choice of sizes. To have a chance of winning one set of five pairs of gloves, go to the Fields and Lane glove page and look over their gloves. (While you’re there, why don’t you like their Facebook page? It’s not required for the giveaway but it is where the winners will be announced.) Come back here and tell us in the comments which gloves you liked the most, and why. Make sure your email address is correct, as that is how you’ll be notified if you’ve won. Only one comment per person, please.
Three different commenters will be chosen using the random number generator. Their names and email addresses will be given to Fields and Lane, who will announce the winners on their Facebook page. The winners will be notified by email and will have to provide their postal addresses in order to receive their gloves. This giveaway ends at midnight on Monday, August 8, 2011, as determined by the datestamp on the comments.
Discount For Everyone
Whether or not you win some gloves, you can get 15% off the price of any Fields and Lane gloves for the next 30 days by mentioning the code Happy15 when ordering by email or phone. Discount ends September 4, 2011.
Deadline Has Passed. Comments Are Closed.
I received three pairs of gloves from Fields and Lane to review. They also have paid for an ad in my sidebar. I think they are good gloves and that you, my readers, would enjoy them, and that is why I am participating in this giveaway.