On a recent episode of The Shopping Bags, the gals did a hands on test of several varieties of gardening gloves. A summary of the show and the detailed conclusions of their testing can be accessed here — you can navigate through the show with the small menu to the right of the article.
Their final conclusion when performance and price was tallied: …the comfortable, breathable and durable leather, but for value we recommend a rubber-type gardening glove.
For light gardening chores, where dirty fingernails are the only concern, I usually don’t even wear gloves, or I don something like the ones pictured above, a simple cotton. For anything that requires a bit more protection, I have a pair of rubber palmed-knit back gloves that do the trick.
Do you have a preference when it comes to a gardening glove, or does that change with the task at hand?