Zen Glove Maintenance
Riding gloves should fit close for comfort and control, but if they get wet and then dry too quickly they may be ruined. Many leathers can harden and shrink as they dry. To prevent this, and to help protect your gloves through rain showers, try this leather treatment:
- Wear your new gloves without any treatment until
they fit your hand.
- Put both gloves on and while wearing them, spray
lightly (all over) with Camp Dry or similar silicone
Leather colors other than black will darken when
sprayed, but will later return to their original color assolvents evaporate. Do not soak or saturate your
gloves or they will be ruined. Just one light spray. Too much
will limit your gloves ability to breathe and absorb perspiration.
- After spraying, flex the gloves on your hands for several minutes then remove them...then put them right back on backwards, i.e., put the left glove on your right hand and the right glove on your left hand. You will look ridiculous.
- Carefully get a small gob of Snow Seal, Mink Oil, or similar waxy
shoe grease (using one backwards gloved finger) and smear it between your palms, (onto the backside of the gloves only). Now rub your hands together energetically, keeping them flat like clapping or praying.
The object is to work a small quantity (less than half of a restaurant
pat of butter) of waterproofing into only the backside of each glove, (especially across the knuckles and on the back of the fingers)
without getting any grease on the palm and fingertip side.
Let them dry for a day, then enjoy improved waterproofing and a good grip.