bigh0rt wrote:Beat the holy hell out of it. I used oils in my gloves in the past and they worked great. Also sent it through dryer cycles, tied the shoelace around the ball in the pocket, stuffed it under heavy crap, threw it around, flipped it inside out, etc. etc. etc. Anything that'll soften the leather without deteriorating it.
This is awful advice. You are confusing properly "breaking in" a glove with turning a glove into a floppy piece of crap.
Do not use oils. The oil tends to close the pores of leather, causing it to harden over time and become heavy.
Do not expose the glove to excessive temparatures. No dryers, ovens, roofs, car dashboards. It's leather...excessive temps are NOT good!.
The best way to properly break-in a glove is:
- Play catch - lots.
- Apply petroleum jelly (vaseline). A light application will reduce the stiffness of the glove, but won't clog the pores. Wipe off excess with a rag.
- When not in use, keep a ball in the pocket and a rubber band around the glove.[/list]