Padded Gloves are the first Glove-class arm equipment available in both Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age. It is sold in armor vendors at Vale and Vault in Golden Sun and at Daila and Madra in The Lost Age. These gloves can be equipped on all Adepts in both games, and is in fact initial equipment of Isaac and Garet, and Jenna in the first game and Felix and Jenna in the second. It increases the equipped Adept's base Defense rating by 2 points. Its buy value is 10 coins and its sell value is 7 coins.
In Golden Sun after the prologue sequences, the player begins in present-day Vale with a level-1 party of Isaac, Garet, and Jenna each equipped with Padded Gloves, and Padded Gloves are the weakest hand armor in the game (and indeed the weakest defensive equipment in the series). Obviously you would not buy Padded Gloves to equip on party members because of this; on the contrary, you would want to buy stronger defensive equipment for Isaac and Garet from the very start, because stronger Wooden Shields are available from the very start of the game in the first town of Vale's armor vendor. Selling off both Padded Gloves would net you 14 coins back, which certainly isn't much but could be used to buy an Herb.
In Golden Sun: The Lost Age, the Padded Gloves effectively plays the same lowest-of-the-low role, with Felix and Jenna being the only ones equipped with one this time and Sheba equipped with a more defensive Leather Armlet. Right away you should buy a Wooden Shield for Felix, but you can't do anything about Jenna's Padded Gloves until you reach Madra where you can get a Leather Armlet for her too.
|Gloves in Golden Sun|
|Padded Gloves • Leather Gloves • Gauntlets • Vambrace • Battle Gloves • War Gloves • Spirit Gloves • Aura Gloves|
|Gloves in Golden Sun: The Lost Age|
|Crafted Gloves • Aerial Gloves • Spirit Gloves • Titan Gloves • Big Bang Gloves • Riot Gloves|