Calling all keepers! Looking to get the most out of your gloves? Our team put together some helpful pointers to ensure that you get the most out of your gloves.
Ill-fitting gloves can cause more rapid deterioration of both the latex palms and the glove seams, so it’s important that you’re wearing the correct size. Most gloves include a sizing guide on the packaging, but for general fit refer to the chart below.
MOISTEN YOUR PALMS
Use water to moisten the palms of your gloves before use in order to increase performance and reduce wear and tear. Avoid spitting on them though, as this only adds bacteria that will eat away at the latex and break the gloves down more quickly.
PALMS OFF THE GROUND
You’re a keeper, so you can’t control the fact that you’ll be diving and sliding on the ground. What you can control is how you get up. Avoid pushing up on your palms; instead, use core and leg strength or your fists to lift yourself.
USE MULTIPLE PAIRS
Always have at least two pairs of gloves — one for training, and one for game days. Rotating gloves will allow you to limit breakdown and get you through the season!
KEEP THEM CLEAN
After use, always clean your gloves. If dirt and debris dry on your gloves, it can create a sandpaper-like effect that wears down the latex. Read on to learn about how to properly wash your gloves.
To keep your gloves in peak condition, follow these three steps:
1. WASH WITH WARM WATER
Be sure to rinse your gloves using warm water. Water that is too cold or too hot can damage the latex palms.
2. GENTLY SQUEEZE OUT EXCESS WATER
Remove water with gentle squeezing. Never wring your gloves out, as this can damage the foam layers of the palms.
3. HANG DRY OUT OF DIRECT SUNGLIGHT
Lay your gloves out to dry, but avoid placing them in direct sunlight. Do not use a tumble dryer or hair dryer.
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