Cabretta Leather Golf Glove Reviews

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Introduction

If you’re looking for the ultimate in terms of feel then a Cabretta leather glove is the way to go, although there was a time a few years ago when kangaroo leather was being used by some manufacturers! Being a bit of a golf snob I’ve always tended to use a leather glove only resorting to all-weather gloves when playing in the rain (which I try to avoid!).

As you can see from the photograph I’m going to be looking at a wide variety of gloves from different manufacturers so it will take me some time to fill in all the product reviews.

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Selection of Cabretta gloves

I will be taking a look at the following gloves:

  • Srixon Cabretta Leather
  • Ping Tour Sensorcool
  • Mizuno Elite
  • Callaway Dawn Patrol
  • Titleist Permasoft
  • Titleist Players
  • Footjoy StaSof
  • Footjoy Pure Touch Limited
  • Bridgestone Tour Premium
  • TaylorMade TP
  • Cobra Pur Tour
  • Kirkland Signature Cabretta Leather
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Srixon cabretta glove

Srixon Cabretta Leather

This has tended to be my go-to glove for the past several years. I found that it offers excellent feel, decent durability and can be obtained at a reasonable price – certainly when compared to many other manufacturers’ products.

I find this glove fits my hand quite well and I don’t have any loose areas. I suppose it’s possible that I should maybe drop down a glove size but I found, in the past, when trying them on that the next size down was usually so tight I felt I would be ripping the seams on the glove.

For the money, I think this glove offers a great combination of feel and durability. While it’s possible to get slightly cheaper leather gloves or slightly more durable ones for me this Srixon hits the mark.

srixon glove
Srixon glove
Worn Srixon glove
Worn Srixon glove

Pros:

  • Fits my hand nicely
  • Excellent feel
  • Reasonably durable
  • Can be picked up for a reasonable price

Cons:

  • Can’t really think of any

If you like the look of this glove then UK readers should check out CG Discount Golf. They often have good deals on gloves.

You can also find a very similar glove on Amazon which doesn’t feature the stretch insert on the knuckles. Check it out here.

Ping tour sensorcool
This Ping tour sensorcool

Ping Tour Sensorcool

The only leather glove produced by Ping. Features SensorCool moisture-wicking technology in the wristband and made from Solite premium cabretta leather.

The glove even has pre-curved fingers to help with fit and grip of the club.

The leather is lovely and soft to the touch and the glove does offer excellent levels of feel despite feeling a little thicker than my usual Srixon glove.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have the same levels of durability as my normal glove since it has a tendency to stretch out of shape more quickly and also show signs of wear much quicker as well.

With a recommended retail price of $30, it is at the higher end of the market. While I wouldn’t be averse to using this glove in the future I would need to pick them up for a similar price to my regular glove or ideally a bit cheaper as they tend to wear out more quickly.

You can pick up the Ping Tour glove through Amazon or you could check out some other online stores to see who has the best deals at the moment.

Pros:

  • Good fit
  • Excellent feel

Cons:

  • Tendency to stretch more quickly
  • Appears a little less durable than some
Mizuno elite back
Mizuno elite

Mizuno Elite

The Mizuno Elite glove is a hybrid with certain parts made from cabretta leather and others from synthetic leather. The rear of the glove also features fabric that is carefully placed to allow the glove to stretch without stretching the leather as much or at least in theory.

I wouldn’t normally have opted for a glove of this type but they were on a special offer so I thought I’d give them a try.

In terms of fit, I found the fingers were a fraction too long for me so maybe would have been better off with one size smaller for this particular glove but as I purchased online it was more trouble than it was worth to send them back for the smaller size.

Performance -wise they proved to be pretty durable although the synthetic leather meant that I didn’t think the “feel” was quite as good.

I’m usually not a fan of gloves featuring fabric patches and in this case, I don’t think I was converted. The glove quickly became fairly loose. In fact, I would have avoided using it in a  competitive round even after just a couple of rounds.

Worn Mizuno Elite
Worn Mizuno elite

Pros:

  • Great for the price I paid

Cons:

  • Stretches quicker than some
  • Fingers seemed to long for my hand anyway

You can buy the Mizuno Elite glove on Amazon. Readers based in the UK might be better looking at CG Discount Golf as they have a good deal running on these Mizuno gloves.

Callaway dawn patrol packaging
Callaway Dawn Patrol packaging
callaway dawn patrol new rear
Dawn Patrol

Callaway Dawn Patrol

My initial impressions of this glove were quite good. The fit was nice and the leather felt fairly soft. 

This glove has actually proved to be something of a revelation. Although it feels slightly thicker than some (e.g. Titleist players) it is still giving great feedback and grip.

The area where it really excels though is durability. I have now used this glove for approximately 30 rounds (I’m usually playing two or three balls so it’s really more like 60) and as you can see from the pictures there’s very little in the way of noticeable wear. It looks like this glove is going to be good for at least another 30 to 40 rounds since it’s holding its shape quite well too.

Certainly, once I have completed this testing process Callaway Dawn patrol is likely to be a glove I start to look for to replace my current favorite (Srixon Cabretta leather).

callawy dawn patrol 30 rounds
Dawn patrol after 30 rounds

Pros:

  • Superb durability

Cons:

  • The leather feels slightly thicker than some models

These gloves will be available at most good golf stores or you can save yourself a journey and get them from Amazon.

Cobra Pur Tour

Really liked this glove from the outset. Nice fit and appeared well made. Its RRP is at a typical price point for this quality of glove around £15 although you can probably pick one up online for around £12. In the USA you would be looking around the $15-$20 mark.

  • 100% high-grade Cabretta leather
  • Tailored cuff for a better fit
  • Comfortable
  • Perforated for breathability
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Cobra Pur Tour

Unlike most other reviewers I am doing long-term testing of the gloves. Usually around 30 rounds or so. I think this gives me a better idea of the overall value for money you will get.

I doubt if Cobra is a name that many would immediately associate with gloves but I was pleasantly surprised how well this performed over approximately 30 rounds. It did stretch a little over that time but was still very usable right up to the point a hole developed on the thumb pad.

I think I may be gripping a little too hard there as I tend to wear I hole in the thumb on almost every glove.

As with any other Cabretta leather glove you need to look after it. Try to avoid getting it wet and on warmer days I would advise having a few different gloves that you can swap to in order to avoid any single glove getting too sweaty.

Overall it is a solid choice although not as durable as the Callaway Dawn Patrol.

cobra pur tour rear
back of Cobra Pur Tour
cobra pur tour front
front of Cobra Pur Tour

Pros:

  • Lovely feel
  • Good fit for my hand

Cons:

  • Didn’t last quite as long as some

Kirkland Signature Cabretta Leather

Initial thoughts: Looks and feels good considering it’s about half the price of the other gloves in this test.

What do you think?

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