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#273201 10-Aug-2020 10:58
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I have spent years trying different snowboarding gloves trying to find ones that are both warm and waterproof and don't cost a million dollars - and generally with little success.  The main bug bear for me is they dont stay waterproof, the shells seem incredibly easy to cut when I am carrying my snowboard but its edge, and once your gloves are wet its over rover.

 

I've noticed that all the lifties etc seem to wear yellow leather "kinco" gloves so after asking some of them about it I have decided to give these a crack and have ordered some.  You can see them here: https://www.snowandsurf.co.nz/products/kinco-gloves

 

I assume I will need to treat them somehow to get the leather waterproof.  What product would you recommend?  I am guessing it will be like dubin, but wondered how easy that would be to apply to gloves, especially the rought leather upper.  And maybe there are other options.


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  #2537775 10-Aug-2020 11:41
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I used castor oil on leather tramping boots and motorcycle gloves.

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  #2537778 10-Aug-2020 11:47
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You have to remember leather is a porous organic material. In waterproofing it you're trying to make it into something it isn't. Even if the leather was waterproof, sewing it creates holes everywhere.

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2537809 10-Aug-2020 11:56
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elpenguino:

 

You have to remember leather is a porous organic material. In waterproofing it you're trying to make it into something it isn't. Even if the leather was waterproof, sewing it creates holes everywhere.

 

 

Yep you're right, but like I said I have tried many snowboard gloves and they don't work for long so I am venturing a bit off the beaten path.  I figured if the lifties use them it could be a good sign.


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  #2537823 10-Aug-2020 12:10
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I have a bees wax product that works well on leather motorcycle gloves.  Warm the gloves up in the sun or in the oven and smear it all over until it soaks in, then buff off.  Sorry can't recall the brand.  





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  #2537831 10-Aug-2020 12:18
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I'd use a product like this: https://www.kathmandu.co.nz/footwear/accessories/care-waterproofing/granger-s-footwear-repel.html

 

 

 

It's meant for shoes, but states that it is able to be used on Leather and Suede, so is likely the best thing...





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  #2537842 10-Aug-2020 12:35
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Goretex?





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  #2537887 10-Aug-2020 14:12
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Been through all this with motorcycling. Spent hours rubbing on waxy goodness and buying gloves with high tech goretex type liners. Somehow, a good rainstorm still got through.

 

What worked for motorcycling was an outer mitt to stop the rain blasting directly onto the leather.

 

 

 

I think your options for leather gloves are:

 

-Get the best gloves with high tech waterproof liners you can afford

 

-Apply waterproofing gunge du jour

 

-Try not to fall over (so much)

 

-Have a spare pair for when they get really wet.


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