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Scratches and abrasions from pruning without protection.

Review: Farmers Defense Sleeves

A while back the folks at Farmers Defense sent me a pair of protective farming sleeves to test. I’m usually reluctant to accept products that are eventually going to end up in a landfill (see the end of this article about that), but after dabbing salve on my scratch-laden arms from pruning the hedges yet again, I figured they might be worth the investment.

I put them to the test, pruning sap-sticky hedges and overgrown trumpet vines. Let’s see how they did.

S/M Farmers Defense sleeves fit nicely for the task without slipping down.

We all know what it’s like to come away from a project feeling beat up by the elements. Sun, sharp twigs, thorns, and itchy residues from plants can take their toll.

Some of our hedges have sooty mold, and that stuff doesn’t wash off easily. Plus, farmer’s tan is real. These sleeves help with all of those issues.

We wore them while pruning a trumpet vine that usually leaves us with scratched up arms.

If you don’t have to dress up or go sleeveless for a week or so after yard work, unprotected pruning is fine. But if you plan to don a bare-shouldered ensemble, you might want to pick up a pair of these sleeves.

We tackled sappy, scratchy hedge pruning and trumpet vine trimming and came away unscathed. And the SPF 50+ protection made the job easier in the hot sun.

Farmers Defense provided the right kind of protection while pruning. No sap, no scratches.

The results were noticeable. No sap, no scratches. I didn’t have to spend time scrubbing off black soot with oil, then soap, then lotion. Just clean. YAY!

Sizing was accurate for me, and the package includes a size chart to figure out what you need easily.

The size chart and other info help you find the right size for you.

The Bottom Line

These sleeves performed well, did what they claim to do, and are well made to last a long time. Grab a pair for your next garden project and see the difference they can make. We make a few cents if you use the link above.

In recent news, the company announced that they will be making their products out of recycled materials, so that’s a plus. You can see their other social commitments on their Donations page.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Meredythe Winter

    Their customer service leaves much to be desired. I wasn’t happy with my purchase. Went through customer service to return & the package was returned to me. They wouldn’t accept it. Not a happy customer. If you buy from them, make sure you don’t have to return anything. What a runaround they want to make it.

    1. Christy

      Sorry to hear you had trouble with them. Usually if something has been worn, companies can’t accept returns so they just let you keep them. Or it costs them too much to send return labels so they just take the loss and issue a refund.

  2. debbie

    Do the sleeves protect you from Bouganvilla thorns?!!!!!!

    Thanks for all you do 🙂

    1. Christy

      We have not tested them on thorny things yet. They are fabric, so you’ll probably get caught on thorns, but it may offer some superficial protection from scratches. We still have to test them out on our blackberries this fall.

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