Riding gloves - in the winter gloves are a very practical accessory, but in the summer they can feel uncomfortable. For some riders, they are a must, but some people find them distracting.
There are a large variety of designs from different brands out there. You can choose from lined gloves, sun-permeable gloves, touch screen compatible gloves, breathable gloves and may other styles. The overwhelming amount of choices can make it hard to find the right model.
We tested Röckl and Hauke Schmidt's classic models: the "A Touch of Class" by Hauke Schmidt and the
"Roeck-Grip" riding gloves by Röckl. Find out more about our test below!
The look is quite similar for both gloves. They both feature a classic design with decorative stitching, but without many frills. The respective logos can be found on the round Velcro fastener. Since the marbling of the Röckl glove is a bit finer, for us it is a little bit ahead of the design of the glove by Hauke Schmidt.
Fit / Comfort / Function:
We didn't find any major differences between the fit and comfort of these gloves. The gloves are slim cut and lightweight and comfortable to wear. Both offer a good grip, keeping the reins safely in your hand. Thanks to the large velcro closure, they can be easily closed and opened. The elastic material provides good freedom of movement of the fingers.
Lifespan is always an important issue when it comes to wearing gloves. Riding gloves naturally need to be replaced now and then, but we would like to avoid having to buy new gloves frequently.
This time, one of the gloves really has an edge up. After frequent use, the Hauke Schmidt glove showed a visible loss of quality. The material started to stretch, making it hard to have a firm grip on the reins. The Röckl gloves, however, were still intact. From previous experience, the Hauke Schmidt logo on the glove does wear away over time, as it is only glued on. Röckl's gloves will not last forever, but are still the clear winner in this competition.
Bang for York Buck
These two gloves represent the classic models of each brand. They are therefore more equipped with standard features and are also slightly cheaper than other glove lines. This means the value you get for your purchase is still quite high.
Although the two glove brands were initially head-to-head, Röckl overtook Hauke Schmidt in the competition after wearing them several times. In terms of design and fit, the Hauke Schmidt glove is in no way inferior to Röckl. Due to the good value for your money, the two models are ideal for daily training. Since the quality of the Röckl glove was a bit better, Röckl won this round.