Posted: 30/03/2016 at 10:02
In the winter I particularly like my thermal waterproof gloves. They have a knitted style back which is very effective for warmth and a waterproof butyl type coating over the palms, bottoms of fingers and fingertips. Definitely keep my hands warm and dry in the winter and I have yet to wear a hole in these.
From spring onwards I prefer lighter gloves which are a mix of very thin, soft leather and fabric and resemble a full golf glove. They are very close fitting and the right ones have thin enough leather to allow for most weeding / pruning / dead heading tasks. I usually develop a hole in the palm (where the hand fork and secateurs nestle) towards the end of the season.
For pricking out and potting on I either wear no gloves or use latex fine touch gloves - tend to be single use only.
For tougher jobs involving thorns and branches I have leather gauntlets - last for several seasons.
As others have said - the only way is to try them on and see what's comfortable for you. Cheap cloth gloves are a waste of money for me - I usually wear a hole in them after a couple of hard pruning sessions. Most leather gloves are way too thick for my taste. I cannot do anything other than coarse shredding / digging type work in anything other than soft really thin leather gloves.
Only started using gloves a few years ago after I sustained quite a serious injury to my knuckle from a rose thorn (became infected and rather nasty). Has made a difference but I still seem to have dirty nails