My last pair of NOS leather gloves had finally gotten to skanky to wear, so I took advantage of the end of season sales and picked up the top of the line summer gloves from two high zoot makers: Assos and Etxeondo. I’ve put a few hundred miles on both gloves and have come to like them both for different reasons. Both gloves seem well made and don’t look any the worse for wear after some use and a couple of washings.
You can see from the above photo that the Etxeondo Oinatz has a longer snot wipe then the Assos. Good for wiping, not so good in hot weather as it becomes uncomfortably hot under the wipe making the glove a poor choice for 80+ degree days. However when the temperature drops below 70 and a stiff breeze kicks up the wipe is perfectly positioned to act as a mini wind blocker. So the Etxeondo proved to be perfect for what most of the country would call fall and early spring conditions while the Assos gets the nod for hot weather performance.
The Assos has thicker padding, which for me would normally be a minus, but Assos has managed to position the padding in such a way as to get all the advantages of extra dense padding without it feeling like you are holding a pillow. In fact the padding is less obtrusive then the Etxeondo’s thinner padding. If you look at the photo the Assos glove has denser padding but less of it leaving much of the glove unpadded. They seem to have gotten the ergonomics of positioning the padding just right. Of course everyones hands are different so YMMV.
If I had to pick just one glove for South Florida it would be the Assos. But for cooler temperatures, especially when there is a stiff wind, the Etxeondo is more comfortable then going to a full finger glove. I’d looked at some of the current leather glove offerings but they just didn’t do it for me. Nothing looks as good as those old natural color leather gloves but nothing that I’ve used functions better in hot weather then the Assos Summer glove.