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Offline SWriverstone

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New life for old Held gloves...
« on: December 10, 2013, 09:41:11 AM »
A while back, I posted up about wearing a hole through the clutch index finger of my beloved Held Steves. Took them to a local leather repair shop, who patched them with some black leather...which promptly came undone a few weeks later.

So I took 'em back to the same shop and politely said "I don't think the repair person understands how much abuse the fingertips of motorcycling gloves get—can you try again, and reinforce the middle finger while you're at it?

The results—excellent!

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She used double-stitching around the patches this time. Cost: $25—far better than forking out another $175 for new gloves!  :banana:

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Re: New life for old Held gloves...
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2013, 09:47:33 AM »
I think I can figure the answer by looking at the gloves, but do you ever wash them?  I'm sure your sweaty hand is breaking down the leather prematurely.

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Re: New life for old Held gloves...
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2013, 10:18:55 AM »
I see seam induced blisters in your future....
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Re: New life for old Held gloves...
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2013, 10:37:51 AM »
I think I can figure the answer by looking at the gloves, but do you ever wash them?  I'm sure your sweaty hand is breaking down the leather prematurely.

Guilty as charged—I've never washed them once.  :couch: You're right—that would probably help! (I think washing them would remove my riding mojo, LOL.)

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Re: New life for old Held gloves...
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2013, 10:47:59 AM »
I talked to the folks at Held and they told me that kangaroo leather is particularly prone to sweat rot.  I don't know if your gloves are kangaroo, but I have always made a point of washing mine every so often.


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Re: New life for old Held gloves...
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2013, 11:28:23 AM »
Held Glove Care

Here is a discussion about how to care for your Held gloves. This information was provided by the folks that distribute Held gloves in the USA:

When you ride, all of the sweat, along with the oils, acids and salts contained in your sweat will soak into the leather. After a while this built up sweat contamination may cause the leather to fail prematurely. You should wash your gloves with soap and water to remove this sweat build up.

After riding, let your gloves breathe and dry out. Do not store them in a closed container, jacket pocket, helmet or tank bag.

Held recommends washing and conditioning gloves at least once a year. And more often if you sweat heavy, ride in a hot climate, notice salt rings (white stains) or discoloration from repeatedly being soaked with sweat, if the leather gets hard or stiff, or if you begin to notice a smell from the gloves.

And here is how to do it!

•Rinse the gloves with clean water (do not use high pressure). You may also soak the gloves for awhile in clear water to loosen up and draw the sweat out of the gloves.
•Wash the inside of the gloves with soap and water. Dilute soap in the water; do not apply soap concentrate directly into gloves. Regular antibacterial liquid hand soap works well. Allow the gloves to soak in the soapy water.
•Using your hands, work the inside surfaces of the gloves. Rinse and repeat as needed until you are satisfied that the gloves are clean. Rinse the gloves thoroughly.
•Use your fingers and hands, starting at the finger tips and working down, press or squeeze the water out of the gloves. Do not twist or wring the gloves when wet; this may distort the shape and fit of the gloves.
•For gloves with Kevlar or padding, you may want to place a small folded towel in the gloves and press the water out of those areas.
•Allow the gloves to dry slowly. Do not place in direct sunlight or expose to high heat. Lying in front of a fan in the garage is a good place.
•Just before the gloves are completely dry, put the gloves on and shape them to your hand while damp. Remove the gloves, trying to keep this hand shape in the gloves. Allow to continue drying.
•After the gloves are completely dry, apply a good quality leather conditioner. This is important because properly treated and conditioned (oiled) leather will breathe and the internal micro fibers will move freely in the leather. Use a good quality leather conditioner that will allow the leather to breathe. Apply conditioner generously and rub into the leather. Allow the conditioner to soak into the gloves and reapply (you can do this in the sun).
•Wipe off any excess conditioner and make sure the gloves are not slick on the motorcycle controls.

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Re: New life for old Held gloves...
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2013, 12:34:00 PM »
Well I'm going to have to file this in the "I don't know crap about" thread. Longtime Held gloves user. Never knew you were supposed to wash them.
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Re: New life for old Held gloves...
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2013, 01:56:26 PM »
Well I'm going to have to file this in the "I don't know crap about" thread. Longtime Held gloves user. Never knew you were supposed to wash them.

Either did I. This thread made me Google it.

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Re: New life for old Held gloves...
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2013, 04:24:48 PM »
Fecking hands.
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Re: New life for old Held gloves...
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2013, 06:33:54 PM »
Fecking hands.

Agreed. Hooves are better.
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Re: New life for old Held gloves...
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2013, 08:26:10 PM »

Either did I. This thread made me Google it.


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Re: New life for old Held gloves...
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2013, 10:13:43 AM »
Makes me think I need to wash mine over the winter.
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Re: New life for old Held gloves...
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2013, 10:16:35 AM »

Personally, I wash mine over the sink- but do what you want.
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Re: New life for old Held gloves...
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2013, 11:23:11 AM »

Personally, I wash mine over the sink- but do what you want.

Snow is healthier for the leather.  :D
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Re: New life for old Held gloves...
« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2013, 05:33:45 PM »

Personally, I wash mine over the sink- but do what you want.

Snow is healthier for the leather.  :D

Just not the yellow snow.. :crazy:

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Re: New life for old Held gloves...
« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2013, 08:20:43 PM »
Makes me think I need to wash mine over the winter.

Thanks to this thread, I washed mine and applied some conditioner.   :smiley_thumb: