Review of the Crud Gjöra Gloves
Having a pair of working-gloves in the forest isn’t a necessity but it can sure make things easier, safer and cleaner. In the past I’ve had my share with bleeding fingers after just scratching that little protruding twig, having my fingers burned by taking a pot out of the fire or having dirty hands after searching for fatwood in a rotten tree. A good pair of working-gloves could help me to avoid these inconveniences. Good gloves provide grip, protect hands, are comfortable, keep the hands clean and most of all, good gloves feel like a second skin.
A few weeks ago I received the Crud, Gjöra gloves to test them in my outdoor adventures. I’m happy to share my observations with you.
The gloves are made out of yellow-brownish leather from local high quality (Swedish A-Grade) cow hide (not made out of Veg tanned leather from Tärnsjö Tannerylike like all their other products). For durability reasons the leather in the gloves is made from chrome tanned leather. Veg tanned leather of that thickness would simply not last long with tough use. As Crud fights against a throw-away mentality, they produce it for the long run.
To protect the material against the elements and to make the surface water-repellent, Crud polishes and impregnates the leather with bees wax, fats and oils from local sources. I tried to find out which waxes and oils have exactly been used but as that is classified information by the company I can’t tell. What I can tell is that the gloves smelled great. They smelled like Nordic pine when they arrived so they probably used pine resin. The leather looks high-quality, cultivated and strong.
Each glove is individually hand cut and sewn together which gives these gloves a unique and characteristic look that I like very much. The gloves are (of course) unlined as they are meant for working with and not to keep your hands warm. I could feel exactly what I was doing when I was wearing them which is a good thing.
The gloves didn’t feel hot when I worked with them in the sun and with high temperatures and in cold conditions I felt I had to keep busy to keep my hands warm. As the gloves are water-repellent, they keep your hands dry and therefore warm in wet conditions.
The gloves feel very durable and grow to the hand very nicely. It felt like a second skin from the beginning.
The gloves provide a lot of grip, protect my hands (against sharp objects like protruding twigs and hot surfaces like taking a pot off a coalbed) and keep my hands clean.
It was also nice to see the quick color change of the gloves when I started using them. Don’t forget that these gloves are made to do the dirty work with. They derive their beauty from adapting to what you do with it! Mine became darker very rapidly but as it is a handmade product, the feel and color can shift differently with each glove.
The gloves come with small black brass eyelets for easy storage when not in use, perfect to snap on to a self-made, or Crud key chain.