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    Default Is there a way to "shrink" leather gloves?

    My favorite set of gloves went "bye byes" this morning...I left them sitting on the bumper of my wifes car last night and when she left this morning the gloves went for a ride...I'm sure they fell off in a very short distance and someone has a nice set of gloves now My fault for being a dumb ass

    Anyways they were Icon Merc shorty gloves left over from my F4i sport bike days...absolutely the best gloves I have ever had

    I have another pair in the same size...but with Icon's weird process these ones are a bit longer in the fingers even with base of my fingers all the way in...so...is there a way to shrink gloves so that they will fit better??


    I know weird question but thought I'd give it a shot



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    I would ask O.J. LoL

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    You wasted that for your first post?? I'm just busting ya.... yeah I gave a call to OJ but he isnt available for the next 15 years or so with any advice on that


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    Wash them in the clothes washer. Believe me, they will shrink. Ask me how I know....


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    Go ridin' in the rain, they'll shrink.

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    Water will do but as soon as they are dry use quality leather conditioner or they will look crappy soon

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    Wet em, let em dry then use leather conditioner on them. I got mine wet while riding and it took about three or four days to get the black off my hands.

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    Put them in ice cold water...seems to have that affect on a lot of other things
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    when she left this morning



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    Sorry to hear that she left you, nice to know that your head is in the rite place. Wash them in the cold water and all will be good again.
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    1. Put them on.
    2. Go in the house.
    3. Soakem' in cider.
    Might not work, but it could be fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideways View Post
    Wet em, let em dry then use leather conditioner on them. I got mine wet while riding and it took about three or four days to get the black off my hands.
    I did the same thing....wore a brand new pair (fingerless gloves) got caught in the rain.....results were bright white finger tips while everything else was covered in a faded out black stain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by viper4097 View Post
    I would ask O.J. LoL
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    Opposite problem- just received a real nice pair of Fieldsheer gloves that are a little to tight. Best way to stretch them???
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDAna View Post
    Opposite problem- just received a real nice pair of Fieldsheer gloves that are a little to tight. Best way to stretch them???
    Why don't you two just trade gloves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snush View Post
    Why don't you two just trade gloves.
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    Good idea! These are larges- guess I need XL.
    Maybe neetsfoot oil? (SIC?)
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    Back when I was a kid and building fences in the hot summer sun, I would soak my new gloves in water over nite, put them on next morning and go to work. The sun would shrink them down to fit my hand.

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    I guess you could do what I did. WAsh and dry them. Well maybe that doesn't work so well. I had my summer gloves in my saddle bag along with some towels. I ride in the rain all the time and use towels often to dry off the seat. I washed them and I guess one of my gloves stuck to the towel. Now I have one glove that would only fit a child.
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    Wink Shrink gloves?

    Put them on a couch and ask them to tell you about their childhood, or maybe how it feels being a glove???



    Sorry, I've had a few beers. . .



    Seriouly, I've molded glove grade leather over my sidecovers (only person I know who's done this) and what I did might work for your gloves.

    Get some boiling water and drop the gloves in for 30 seconds (the idea is not to cook them, just soak them).

    Next, get a towel you can toss away later and soak most of the hot water out. When it's cool enough, put the gloves on and keep soaking out the water with the towel. When the gloves are just damp you could try a hair dryer to speed up the process. The leather should shrink a lot, but having it on will keep it from shrinking too much.

    Seems like a lot of work. I'd just get the right size.
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    I guess the consenus is to wash and dry them Hope they dont fall apart..they have the carbon fiber knuckles in them...

    just noticed that have a little black on the back of my hands..must be from sweat today...can imagine what my hands will look like if I wash them and put them on


    So this method will shorten the finger length as well?


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    Quote Originally Posted by House O' Pain View Post
    Put them on a couch and ask them to tell you about their childhood, or maybe how it feels being a glove???



    Sorry, I've had a few beers. . .



    Seriouly, I've molded glove grade leather over my sidecovers (only person I know who's done this) and what I did might work for your gloves.

    Get some boiling water and drop the gloves in for 30 seconds (the idea is not to cook them, just soak them).

    Next, get a towel you can toss away later and soak most of the hot water out. When it's cool enough, put the gloves on and keep soaking out the water with the towel. When the gloves are just damp you could try a hair dryer to speed up the process. The leather should shrink a lot, but having it on will keep it from shrinking too much.

    Seems like a lot of work. I'd just get the right size.

    Problem is with ICON its a crap shoot if they'll fit..yeah could try another brand but I really like these gloves a lot.....I like your method..I think I may give that a try...thanks




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