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Old 01-15-2020, 11:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got some gloves that fit snug. Maybe too snug. They are full leather. I can't decide if I should size up or run em.
Finger tips are just to the tips of the gloves. The snug part is around the fingers. I dont have fat finger but these gloves are tight around them. Will the leather stretch out some? I have some leather conditioner . Making a fist isn't too bad but a little tight. Ive never had full leather gloves before.
These are Judged Gear, co-defendant. 600gram on back 100 on front.
If leather gloves stretch out a significant amount, the next size up may lose dexterity and these large ones may be fine. But for $150, I like to know while i can still exchange them.
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They will be cold if they are that tight.
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I'd swap em for a size up.
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Go bigger. Tight = Cold
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Old 01-16-2020, 01:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Advice heeded. Ordering bigger!
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I have exchanged Olympia gloves before with no problem, just don't use them before. They will get loose over time but its a long time and the insulation is going to break down ever so slowly.
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the one thing I used to do with brand-new leather snowmobile gloves back in the day was shovel the yard several times with them. It really helped to break them in faster than normal.

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I agree if gloves are too tight you will miserable every time out with them. Well made leather gloves should last for years and be comfortable.
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I have two pairs of the same gloves. Yes, they do break in. They don't really get "bigger" per se, but, they do get a lot more flexible. Leather doesn't stretch out so much as it becomes more dextrous. If they are too short or too narrow around your fingers to start with, you're gonna have to size up.

The gloves OP is talking about are very heavy leather, well made, with a huge layer of insulation on the back. More than any other leather glove I have tried. It took me a long time to break mine in (like a season of riding). I really like 'em.

And if you don't, Walt @ Judged has always helped me get the right product and fit for my needs with a minimum of hassle. Small shop but he cares about his customers. I first became aware of his stuff five years ago in Maine and I'm extremely happy with everything I have bought from him, except the goggles -- the goggles work OK and hold up, they just don't fit my particular face/head as well as some other brands.
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Once you get the correct size, the best thing for leather, especially heavy leather and leather in the outdoors, is mink oil. I get it at TSC and have been using it since my all leather Polaris suit. Mink oil will keep leather flexible and supple and helps if it sees any moisture. I just put my gloves on, dab a bit on and rub gloves until everything is coated, once a year.
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