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Work glove discovery

work gloves and how they fit

How do you get the best fit for a leather work glove?

My new method is to buy a size too small. Medium is a very tight fit for me, but it only took a few sessions of chopping wood for them to stretch just enough to form a custom fit on each finger.

I'm thinking this might also make the gloves last longer. The first place to usually show wear on the size large I bought in the past was on the fingers that didn't have a snug fit.

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I agree with the fingers wearing out first. I never thought about my gloves being to big. I have holes in the fingers long before the gloves wear out what do you do about that? Have you tried cutting the ends out?
Comment by Tressa Tue Jan 28 17:42:12 2014
Thanks for the tip! Wouldn't have expected this result, but since leather gloves stretch, this is really good to know!
Comment by Rhonda from Baddeck Wed Jan 29 09:31:03 2014
You might try soaking them in water before working with them the first time. This should speed up the "Fitting" process.
Comment by JC Wed Jan 29 12:23:44 2014
These are my most favorite glove. I buy a pair every fall to use with our woodstove. I never get burned using them...I can stick my hands in and turn a partially burned and shut the door without heat. Love love these gloves. I too wear a med and find it stretches out after just a few times wearing them....They are so comfortable and become fitted exactly to my hands. About the beginning of each spring I develop a hole in the tip of my index finger....who knows why....but by that time they have performed like a champ! I cannot bear them in summer as they make my hands hot but for fall and winter...they are amazing!
Comment by amy Mon Jun 30 10:25:58 2014

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