Current Retail: $45.00
Reviewers Paid: $44.00
all-leather glove, coated with a natural wax for weatherproofing
These gloves are for morning chores, all day on the slopes from first chair to last call, and still perfect for that après time around the campfire.
- Fast break-in
- Great customer service
When work and play become indistinguishable, you’ve got it figured out. In our forest, we smile just as hard when we’re enjoying a cocktail as when we’re chopping wood and watching it burn. The foundation to a successful day in the woods are your boots… of course. But second only to your boots are your gloves.
We were told about Give’r products by our friends at Prospect Farm. These folks work in the rugged outdoors of northern Vermont through long winters and warm summers. They have their hands in everything from grease to poop. They build fences and drag poultry tractors. While Lane breaks the ice in the water troughs, Meryl fixes the bailing wire on the gate. I was splitting wood one day when they stopped by our acreage in New Hampshire’s north country. Between swings of my axe, I was whinging about my gloves wearing out after a couple of months use.
Now I have Give’r gloves.
Since the end of February, I have worn my Give’r gloves every day. I’ve skied in them a dozen times. I’ve dropped trees, split cords, and stacked firewood with zero complaints. While the gloves are sturdy as can be, they are not stiff, and the break-in period is two full days at most.
I have skied in the finest gloves from Outdoor Research and Black Diamond. As an employee of the ski industry, I have worked long, cold hours in Kinco gloves, model 1927 with safety cuff. What I get from my Give’rs is dexterity without compromising on warmth; insulation without losing out on durability; and a compact, simple design without having to trade craftsmanship.
The first test of a glove is how easy it is to put on. While Black Diamond and Outdoor Research gloves slide on easily enough, and Kincos practically slip onto your hands by accident, my Classic Give’r gloves go on easily enough that I no longer wrestle zippers and pocketknives with leather fingers. An easy-on, easy-off glove is crucial for our purposes. Gloves that are so hard to get your hand into that you delay gassing up the saw, leave a pocket unbuttoned, or decide I’ll lock up the coop in a minute, is a great way to run out of fuel, lose the keys, or let the chickens run wild.
I often choose to ski in leather gloves, so I needed my Classic Give’rs to be warm and low profile. I don’t like to have to mess with Velcro, cord lock bungees, or tucking my gloves in under my cuff. Where the Kinco 1927s go over my sleeve nicely, they all but eliminate access to my Apple Watch. My watch plays me my tunes and my Audible books, things that are crucial to my sanity. Ever split wood to Miles Davis? Try it.
The simplicity of the Give’r Classics means sleeve meets glove cuff, offers a casual greeting, and the two move on with their lives. No drama, no funny business—just polite cohabitation.
Compact design is crucial for stowing your gloves when they are not in use. I shove my work gloves into my left back pocket. Whether I am in Filson wool bibs, Carhart double knees, or Johnson Adirondack Plaid Cargo Pants, my left back pocket is stretched out from years of toting bulky leather work gloves.
This tradition is altered when I’m skiing. My Flylow Baker Bibs inexplicably have no left rear pocket. However, as it was with my previous gloves, so it is with my Give’rs, when the gloves are off, they are under my arm, when briefly visiting the men’s room, or on the bar in front of me. Every reader who has stepped into their skis only to find that a single glove remains in their jacket pocket will identify with this devout practice.
So many of my old gloves were so bulky, I had to attach ski pass wickets to them, allowing me to hang them from carabiners when they were not in use. The Give’r Classics fit nicely into my back pockets, so I’m never without my complete pair.
There are all kinds of wacky tests on the web involving fire, boiling water, and extreme tests of glove superiority. As a sane and grounded user of gloves, I don’t go in for that sort of thing. However, do Give’r Classic and Lightweight gloves allow me to move flaming logs around in the firepit? They sure as heck do!
Do they allow me to slip when sharpening my hatchet, grazing the back of my hand along the katana-sharp blade because our nine-year-old pointed out a butterfly and I had to look? Yep. Can I ski first chair at minus 14 degrees F, then shovel out the sheds and coop at minus six, then smoke twenty pounds of Prospect Farm ribs over mesquite at just under zero? The answer is, “happily,” and as often as possible.
At a competitive price, with excellent customer service, and with a plethora of applications from powder turns to forestry work, the Give’r Classics are the go-to glove for every member of our family and a growing number of our friend group. After twenty years in the outdoor recreation community, I have many gloves, and they are all different and each one is appreciated, but it’s my Give’rs that I reach for every day.
I wear gloves six months a year, all day, everyday, from the morning chores, to the day at work, to the evening chores, to the evening fires, and the weekend recreation. Give'r is my new favorite glove maker.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $44