Iíve been riding in the same pair of SSG All-Purpose Gloves(http://the-riders-touch.amazonwebstore.com/SSG-All-Purpose-Gloves/M/B0002DVE7S.htm) for years. I school in them, show in them, blaze the trails in them, and they have held up through thick and thin. They have finally begun to wear out in the fingers(causing my grip on the reins to be compromised at some points) and I decided to ask for a new pair for the holidays. I got them shipped from my Uncle, but when I opened them this morning they just didnít look rightÖ The elastic usually puckers the leather on the back of the hand, making them fit very well and look quite stylish as well. I planned to just use the new gloves for showing so they would keep looking nice. The elastic strips on the inside of the gloves are all stretched out and, therefore, are not doing their job. Iíve put both the gloves on and they donít fit well or look as nice as my other pair. We e-mailed the site from whence they came and explained the problem. Iím not sure they understand that itís just a problem with the elastic because they answered with the fact that the gloves have been coming in with wider cuffs than usual? They offered me my choice of a few different types of gloves, but I really love the All-Purpose. I donít want to get the same pair and have the same problem, but Iím not sure Iíll like any of the other gloves theyíve offered meÖ I can send mine in exchange for the SSG Classic(http://the-riders-touch.amazonwebstore.com/SSG-Classic-Gloves/M/B0002TA2L6.htm), SSG Pro Show(http://www.theriderstouch.com/store/product-info.php?pid108.html), or the SSG Soft Touch(http://www.theriderstouch.com/store/product-info.php?pid129.html).
I like the look of the Soft Touch, but Iím concerned that having a glove made entirely of that material may lead to some negatives. Iíve taken a few falls in my trusty old gloves and the palms(made of this same Reinlock material) have lost some of their grippy material. The leather backs show not a single scuff. Iím afraid that abrasions and scuffs will show badly on the Soft Touch gloves due to this.
The Pro Show gloves are very similar to the All Purpose pair I have now other than that they are all leather. Iíve ridden in a pair in the past and I liked them well enough at the time. I only fear that because they are thicker, I will lose some of my feel on the reins.
Iím not so keen on the Classics because of the tab enclosure being higher up on the glove. Iíve have problems with tabs on gloves getting stuck on the inside of my coat in the past and just making my wrist look bulky and unattractive under my show jacket.
Anyone have any opinions on any of the gloves Iíve listed? Any advice? Thanks in advance!