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best way to protect and waterproof leather gloves?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
 here are several different products, SnoSeal, Nikwax, hestra balm, leather spray from the shoe store, etc...  so many choices, but only one pair of glove. which one works the best? 
post #2 of 23
I;ve seen good luck, over many years, with many gloves with snowseal.

dont think you can go that wrong with any of the above
post #3 of 23
I have used Biwell for many years.  Google will give you some sources.
post #4 of 23
 I put the gloves in the oven on the very lowest setting and then apply several heavy coats of Snow Seal to the warm leather.  After the gloves cool, I buff with dry cloth.  This darkens the leather a lot, but it gives a great result.  
post #5 of 23
I use the Hestra stuff and put them in the dryer on the lowest setting and toss them for about 15 minutes.
post #6 of 23
 I've had good success with Sno Seal in the past.

Here is a recent review of Sno Seal from backpackinglight.com:

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/snoseal_review.html?id=SPm6Jev7:98.247.141.108
post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
you put them in the dryer before you apply the balm, or after?  also do you need to use the balm before first time use?  
post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by opimian View Post

you put them in the dryer before you apply the balm, or after?  also do you need to use the balm before first time use?  
By heating up the leather before application, it opens the pores, so they can drink in the water-proof-er, thereby saturating the leather.
post #9 of 23
Well, I actually put the balm on first, then put them in the dryer a bit.  Then rub it in good once they warm up.
post #10 of 23
Hi,

I know I can be a bit old fashioned sometimes, but I really don't think you can beat simple Beeswax.

My first skiing trip was to Switzerland, 35 years ago, and they were still using leather boots that only came about half way up the shin! But the old fella that ran the hire shop told me they kept their boots waterproof and supple using the aforementioned wax.

I currently have a pair Level gloves with leather palms and still use Beeswax. It also leaves the leather slightly tacky to the touch, which psychologically feels better when gripping my poles
post #11 of 23
Sno-Seal is based on beeswax;   they obviously added softeners and penetrants.    Beeswax by itself is rather, uh, firm.


No one hearts teh lanolin-based or silicone-based  formulations?
post #12 of 23
Thread Starter 
 how often do you need to apply Sno seal or other blams?  i have new pair of Hestra leather gloves this season, they were pretty expensive and i want to take care of them.
post #13 of 23
I have a set of Rocky Mt hand shoes for about 3 years now  I have been using  just mink oil on.  It dose darken the leather tho, and after a while have a peitty dark build up.   I tun an eye on the stove on and put on the gloves and warm them like i was trying to warm my hands on the eye and then just put the mink oil on and rub it on the gloves like was putting washing my hands or putting on lotion..  It usually lasts 3 to 4 ski days for me but i am a pattroler so i am working with my glove on some..  I have found that when it gets under 10 degrees it seams like the mink oil makes the gloves colder..  that is why i have thought about trying out just some regular boot oil..  I have heard of some people using Vaseline..  
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post

Sno-Seal is based on beeswax;   they obviously added softeners and penetrants.    Beeswax by itself is rather, uh, firm.


No one hearts teh lanolin-based or silicone-based  formulations?
 

Thank you sir - perhaps I can join the 21st Century after all, eh!
post #15 of 23

I know this is an old thread, but can be relevant to all the new purchasers of expensive ski gloves.

Best waterproofer I've found is SnoSeal, which is basicall beeswax with a few ingredients to make applying easier. I have a somewhat expensive pair of deerskin Sierra's that I've broken in one season. They have never been drenched or wet and always very supple. However, I've never treated them and tonight gave them a liberal coating of Snoseal after warming them on my space heater. It did darken the leather a tad, but nowhere near other products I've used in the past. I feel the Snoseal will do a good job of protecting the leather this season and keeping my hands warm and dry. I will be sure to update as the ski season moves along.

post #16 of 23

Welcome to Epicski, SkiBum49.  Hope that works for you.

post #17 of 23

Snoseal once or twice a season does it for me. I have a lot of gloves-mostly KInco's--in different sizes so I can dry them out and accommodate liners as needed. I also use them for shoveling snow and other outdoor work. If I had fewer gloves I'd have to apply it more often. I put the gloves on, apply sno seal to both and work it into the gloves rubbing my hands together, especially the inner surfaces of the fingers, then heat the gloves with a hair dryer. Do not get snoseal all over your wife's hair dryer.  With leather boots I just leave them sitting in the hot sun, but I don't think that far ahead with ski gloves. 

post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post
 

Snoseal once or twice a season does it for me. I have a lot of gloves-mostly KInco's--in different sizes so I can dry them out and accommodate liners as needed. I also use them for shoveling snow and other outdoor work. If I had fewer gloves I'd have to apply it more often. I put the gloves on, apply sno seal to both and work it into the gloves rubbing my hands together, especially the inner surfaces of the fingers, then heat the gloves with a hair dryer. Do not get snoseal all over your wife's hair dryer.  With leather boots I just leave them sitting in the hot sun, but I don't think that far ahead with ski gloves. 

 

I use sno seal on gloves, boots, pretty much all of my leather working gear. I just put the stuff in the oven at 200 degrees for a few minutes and then apply the sno seal and it soaks right in.

post #19 of 23
Been told by many that toilet ring wax is the way to go. Will try pretty quick , see how it gose.
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by Scrundy View Post

Been told by many that toilet ring wax is the way to go. Will try pretty quick , see how it gose.

 

Let us know how it goes after you flush that one out :D

post #21 of 23
Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP is the greatest.
post #22 of 23
Think I will stick with the $1.50 toilet wax ring. Gee if I had half I brain I repackage the stuff and sell it as High end leather water proof. Bet I sell some on epic. smile.gif
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by opimian View Post

 how often do you need to apply Sno seal or other blams?  i have new pair of Hestra leather gloves this season, they were pretty expensive and i want to take care of them.


My wife got me a nice pair of hestras for Christmas two years ago (I never would have bought a glove that expensive for myself) and I have used nikwax since and they still look and work great. It did darken them a bit, but in a cool way. I have had great luck with snoseal too, if you can find it. It seems to be disappearing in Canada!

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