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Leather glove maintenence?

post #1 of 11
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I have a pair of Black Diamond Renegade gloves that I use in temp down to -10C, and it has been through quite a few soaking in around freezing/rain. The glove has goretex layer so leaking isn't a concern, but I'm wondering if there anything I can/should do to keep the leather palm in good condition given it's been through quite a few soak/dry cycles.

I know there are wax products for leather conditioning, but I'm hesitant to put any on gloves because I don't want any end up transferring to anything they touch, especially goggle lens, would be impossible to clean while on the hill. Is this worry unfounded?
post #2 of 11

Hestra Leather Balm religiously like after the base coats at least every week. I have leather gloves with no rips or worn out points after hundred of days of use. plus it make the leather more supple. I have turned a couple pairs of cheap flylow gloves into amazing nice and comfy gloves by using that stuff.

 

make sure is rubbed in before touching goggles but I have never had a problem. The best time to do it is when they are slightly wet. 

post #3 of 11
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Originally Posted by jzmtl View Post


I know there are wax products for leather conditioning, but I'm hesitant to put any on gloves because I don't want any end up transferring to anything they touch, especially goggle lens, would be impossible to clean while on the hill. Is this worry unfounded?

 

Not unfounded.   Do *not* use Snoseal or anything with 'neatsfoot oil' in it. 

post #4 of 11
Really? Because of your goggles? I occasionally use it, but throw the gloves in the dryer afterwards. Have never noticed a problem. But neither Sno Seal nor Hestra seem to really waterproof the gloves. Keep alternating without it seeming to help.
post #5 of 11

Leather gloves maintenance?

My mother has been using the same products for hand-skin care...as an example...Nivea cream (the original one which comes in the blue can, y'know?)

Then stores the gloves in a paper bag until next use...

But the gloves better be fully made of leather ...

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Really? Because of your goggles? I occasionally use it, but throw the gloves in the dryer afterwards.

 

Yup.    It's not much different than spraying WD40 on your goggles. 

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Leather gloves maintenance?

My mother has been using the same products for hand-skin care...as an example...Nivea cream (the original one which comes in the blue can, y'know?)

Then stores the gloves in a paper bag until next use...

But the gloves better be fully made of leather ...

seems kind of pricey.  But in general, I would agree, dead animal skin same as human skin.

 

I would just use lexol or other leather care product that you'd pick up  for your car, furniture, or for  horse/saddle care.

post #8 of 11

Don't touch your goggle lenses with your gloves and don't use too much leather conditioner.

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seems kind of pricey.  But in general, I would agree, dead animal skin same as human skin.

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Leather gloves maintenance?
My mother has been using the same products for hand-skin care...as an example...Nivea cream (the original one which comes in the blue can, y'know?)
Then stores the gloves in a paper bag until next use...
But the gloves better be fully made of leather ...

don't those contain glycerin to retain moisture? something you want with your skin but not sure I want on my gloves.
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Yup.    It's not much different than spraying WD40 on your goggles. 

Is that for the situation that the lens is difficult to remove?....smile.gif
post #11 of 11

I worked in the leather goods industry for about ten years.  Leather needs to be moisturized periodically or it will degrade, crack, and basically turn to dust like our skin does.  An over the counter hand moisturizer is actually better than nothing for that.  Will the moisturizer somewhat compromise the waterproof barrier?  Yes, a little. But, without it your gloves will wear out a lot faster.  It is possible to moisturize then and add a coat of waterproofing treatment afterwards a couple times a season if you use them a lot.  The stuff you spray on tent flies would probably work and also NeverWet treatment would probably be good.  Not certain that those chemicals wouldn't also compromise the longevity and durability of the gloves making it more brittle and less supple though.

 

In the end, gloves wear out.  If I paid over fifty bucks for a pair of gloves I'd take supple and less likely to crack for an additional year or two of life over absolutely 100% waterproof any day.   Besides, on the wet snow days where water and sopping wet gloves are an issue yo don't need something super warm.  On those super cold sub zero days you don't really need anything totally waterproof.  So, the good gloves for really cold days are going to get leather care lotion periodically.  The old ones will get NeverWet or waterproof spray for spring days.

 

But, my really heavy gloves aren't leather at all, but I have a couple of full grain leather jackets including a full length duster.  That one sucks in a LOT of leather care hahaha.  Also, the oilyness of the lotion does help it bead water pretty well.  It's more waterproof conditioned than it is dry.  I'd think the same would be true for gloves.

 

The best leather care I've used is Neatsfoot Oil

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