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Is it possible to de-funkify ski gloves ?

post #1 of 28
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It has been my experience that I can get about 2 seasons out of a pair of ski gloves.  Towards the end of the second season, my gloves seem to start wearing through at the seams and palms, but even worse, they start smelling really funky.  Getting into the car at the end of the day, it's easy to tell who has gloves that are about 2 seasons old - their gloves and hands smell really funky.

 

Question 1: Is it possible to de-funkify ski gloves ?  Washing gloves seem to always screw up the lining, etc. Any suggestions ?

 

Question 2:  Do the more expensive gloves, like Hestra's, etc. really last longer  - are they made with some sort of anti-funk material ?

 

I've typically purchased low to mid-range gloves, $30 to $60 (Head, Spyder, etc) and they've all lasted about 2 seasons.  My latest pair, the Head Ski Gloves they sell at Costco (anyone who shops at Costco knows them - they come out every fall) - I paid only $15 for them.  I expected them to last about 1/2 season, and I've got 2 full seasons out of them - more than happy with the value here.  So, whether I spend $15 - $30 - $150 is 2 seasons the limit on gloves ???  th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #2 of 28

 

 

Febreze upholstery cleaner is your friend.

post #3 of 28

(Let me be first!!!)

look here - bunch of useless great information:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/65142/help-needed-cats-peed-in-ma-boots

 

Vlad

post #4 of 28

Buy gloves or mittens that come with removable liners and wash the liners in a washing machine....

post #5 of 28

I'd give Febreze a try, maybe with assistance from some sort of odor absorbing insert.

 

I've never had any liner problems when washing gloves. If you do wash them, try a sport specific wash designed to tackle that level of odor.

 

Or just wash your hands when you take the gloves off biggrin.gif

post #6 of 28

You got to funkifize.

 

 

Oops!  Wrong thread.

post #7 of 28

Under Armor glove liners are good by themselves to about 25F. Below that my hands don't sweat.

post #8 of 28

I've had good luck with 2 things.

 

1. Wear liners.  Most of the sweat/smell will come out with the liner.

 

2. Turn the glove inside out and Febreeze the hell out of it.  Let it sit for a day to dry before putting it right side out.

post #9 of 28

If they are fabric gloves, it is very simple. Start the washing machine (no soap needed), and when the water fill is full-ish, stop the machine and add 2 cups of white vinegar and the gloves (and anything else that is funky or mildewed). You may need an extra rinse cycle.

 

post #10 of 28

Kinco 901's. Cheap, last forever and they're not really ready until they are funky.

post #11 of 28

1+ on the liners.

 

My son has sweaty hands and stinkin' feets. Gah.

 

Turn his mitten liners inside out and spray with anti-perspirant.

 

I do the same thing with his socks. And I make him change his socks at least twice during an all day ski.
 

Has saved many a pair of nice Eurowool socks.

 

Cheers,

 

Alli

post #12 of 28
Originally Posted by ILOJ View Post

Question 1: Is it possible to de-funkify ski gloves ?  Washing gloves seem to always screw up the lining, etc. Any suggestions ?

 

How about hand washing? I find my gear lasts longer if I hand wash. 

post #13 of 28

 

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Originally Posted by Metaphor_ View Post

 

How about hand washing? I find my gear lasts longer if I hand wash. 

 


If you hand wash sufficiently, your gloves don't get funky in the first place.

post #14 of 28

I had a pair of Dakine gloves, one smelled like armpit all the time. Wash, hang to dry the smelly one took days to dry, the other not so long. Wonder if it's possible the membrane was sewn in backwards?

post #15 of 28

 

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Originally Posted by jimmy View Post
. Wash, hang to dry

 

Were you ever at the house long enough for me to show you how well one of these works on gloves?     

 

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post #16 of 28

Hey thats a nice one. I've used a portable boot dryer, dam glove still wouldn't dry.

post #17 of 28

 

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Originally Posted by jimmy View Post

Hey thats a nice one. I've used a portable boot dryer, dam glove still wouldn't dry.

 


$40 - and it works on running shoes/hiking boots/Vibram 5Fs/hockey skates/climbing shoes...quietly.     Taken apart it takes up less room in the luggage than my ski tools - and it doesn't change Intuition fit.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by jimmy View Post

 I've used a portable boot dryer, dam glove still wouldn't dry.

 

 

Was the lining sewn looser in that glove?    Was the insulation...more wadded up, i.e. worse?     Any chance the lining could have been DWR'ed?

post #18 of 28

 

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Originally Posted by jimmy View Post

Hey thats a nice one. I've used a portable boot dryer, dam glove still wouldn't dry.

 

I've also found the little portable blowers don't work very well on gloves (but are great on boot liners).  A stand-up one like that would probably be more effective.

 

Removable liners (or a separate liner and then a 'shell' glove) are probably your best bet for long-term maintenance...

post #19 of 28

Ya they're a shell, probably a little bit of insulation but they came with liners that i rarely wore. I still think the membrane was only working in the wrong direction.

post #20 of 28

 

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 I still think the membrane was only working in the wrong direction.

 

That's ...dangerous .... in so many ways. eek.gif

post #21 of 28

Dry your wet gloves out after you use them and they won't get so stinky.

 

Febreeze is great, but I find that adding sunshine to Febreeze makes it better. Turn them inside out, wet with Febreeze and leave them in the sun to dry.

post #22 of 28

Those membranes prevent liquid water from passing while allowing vapor through, but don't they do the same thing in either direction? 

 

My tip is spring gloves. I'm sure it's no coincidence that this thread was started in April.

 

Gloves that keep your hands warm in winter are going to make your hands sweat in springtime. Turning waterproof/breathable gloves inside out is asking for trouble. The membrane is not stitched to the shell and it's likely to be very difficult to turn right-side out again.

 

Spring gloves. You don't wear your down coat or your Turtle Fur neck warmer for spring skiing, don't wear your winter gloves either!

post #23 of 28

My spring gloves don't stink but they do have mud all over them. Wonder how that happened :) ?

post #24 of 28

I've always used a combo of foot powder and newspaper. Then put them in an open window for a few dry days. Febreeze works great too.

 

 

post #25 of 28

 

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Originally Posted by ILOJ View Post

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Question 1: Is it possible to de-funkify ski gloves ?  Washing gloves seem to always screw up the lining, etc. Any suggestions ?

 

Question 2:  Do the more expensive gloves, like Hestra's, etc. really last longer  - are they made with some sort of anti-funk material ?

 

I've typically purchased low to mid-range gloves, $30 to $60 (Head, Spyder, etc) and they've all lasted about 2 seasons.  My latest pair, the Head Ski Gloves they sell at Costco (anyone who shops at Costco knows them - they come out every fall) - I paid only $15 for them.  I expected them to last about 1/2 season, and I've got 2 full seasons out of them - more than happy with the value here.  So, whether I spend $15 - $30 - $150 is 2 seasons the limit on gloves ???  th_dunno-1[1].gif

 

I don't spring ski so this is geared to cold weather gloves.

 

1. Agree with curih and Allison Matura. Glove liners will keep the natural oils from your hands plus dander and unnatural stuff from getting deposited on the gloves. Especially valuable when you are eating sloppy burgers at lunch (on the patio because you cannot find a seat in the Roundhouse). I have both silk and merino glove liners. I use the merino on cold days and the silk all other times. With leather gloves, you'll want to apply neatsfoot oil (or Hestra's proprietary stuff) to keep them waterproof. I'll dry them overnight with my boots in the heating bag. 

 

2.  A bit of both I'd reckon. I'd used a middle range shell/liner glove from MEC (similar to a Black Diamond model) for 8 years. I'd just pull the liner out and wash it regularly. The shell was similar to gore text. Had to replace them a couple of years ago when WestJet lost one on the way to Whistler - along with a bunch of other stuff. I got the Hestra Seth Morrison Pro - by far the most expensive glove I've had but next year will be my third season with them and aside from packing a bit they show no signs of coming apart. They are not much warmer but much better built and they really do fit the shape of a hand well and provide much better dexterity. The dexterity has become important to me since I go the skier's thumb and especially as I almost broke my hand playing soccer last spring (I still cannot straighten two fingers on my right hand completely yet - but I made the save!).

 

I also bring along a cheap(er) pair of Head gloves just in case they go walkies again...

 

 

 

 

 

post #26 of 28

I use down gore-texmitts, and I sweat in them, but I've never noticed a smell, even after years. I wear liners, though, and they get soaked.

post #27 of 28

 

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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

My tip is spring gloves. I'm sure it's no coincidence that this thread was started in April.

 

Gloves that keep your hands warm in winter are going to make your hands sweat in springtime. Turning waterproof/breathable gloves inside out is asking for trouble. The membrane is not stitched to the shell and it's likely to be very difficult to turn right-side out again.

 

Spring gloves. You don't wear your down coat or your Turtle Fur neck warmer for spring skiing, don't wear your winter gloves either!

 

Any particular ones that you'd recommmend?

 

post #28 of 28

A little lighter fluid and a match goes a long waysmile.gif If its anything like the funk of hockey equipment...You ll never get it out .JUST BURN UM ALREADY!!!

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