Bender Synthetic: Colorful Alternative Fits and Performs Well

    Glove tested: Bender Synthetic (men’s) Retail price: $14.99 Material(s): Synthetic leather, cabretta leather, elastic Colors: White, red, blue, orange, green, pink yellow, brown, gray and black Hand: Left, right Sizes: XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, XXL

    Available in cadet* fit: No Weather: All

    About this glove: All-white, cabretta leather golf gloves are a dime a dozen. Figuratively speaking, of course.

    While it’s not impossible to find a glove with a splash of color – G/FORE and Asher are among the companies offering a variety of hues – the game’s top manufacturers don’t make it easy. That’s why Bender was created.

    “We were tired of seeing white gloves,” the company’s website explains, “and loved the thought of wearing gloves that could match our shirts, hats or pants.”

    Still, Bender takes a relatively conservative approach to its diverse palette. Aside from a touch of gray or black elastic and piping and a cabretta patch on the palm, its gloves are solid colored. Red is all red, blue is all blue and, yes, white is all white.

    Rather than go the all-cabretta route, Bender decided on synthetic leather due to its colorfast properties. When colored, genuine leather tends to run or fade.

    Bender also makes gloves in kids’ sizes, which seems like a good plan. The question is, do Bender’s products marry form with function? Let’s take a swing at that question.

    Appearance: As long as your glove matches your outfit, you’ll look sharp in a Bender model. We’re especially fond of the blue version, which goes with most anything. The colors are vibrant but not loud or obnoxious, with just a hint of muting to keep them tame yet fashionable.

    Comfort: The glove fits very well. It’s easy to slip on and off, with plenty of flex and breathability. The synthetic leather isn’t quite as soft as high-grade cabretta, but it’s hardly harsh against the skin. Overall, Bender’s gloves are quite comfy.

    Feel: Frankly, we kept expectations low due to the glove’s synthetic fibers and its fashion-first marketing pitch. But Bender acquits itself pretty well here, too. While the cabretta palm makes a difference, the synthetic portions don’t hamper feel. The material is thin and supple, so info comes through the club clearly.

    Tackiness: As long as the palm stays attached to the grip, slippage generally isn’t a problem when wearing a glove. Hence, Bender performs fine thanks to its pure leather palm. We had no problem with the faux leather sections, either.

    Durability: The Bender glove held up well in limited testing. Construction appears solid, with secure seams and well-cut fabrics. Based on our experience with similar models, we’d expect above-average durability.

    Bottom line: The Bender glove would be a worthwhile pick if it were only available in white, but it doesn’t really stand out from the crowd for performance. Now, throw in those optional colors and the picture changes. If you’re itching to spice up your on-course style, you can go with a Bender glove without sacrificing comfort, feel or durability – or a big chunk of your budget.