How to Soften and Break In Hockey Gloves

Everyone loves getting a new pair of gloves. Few people, however, actually like the work it takes to break in your fresh new gloves so they’re ready for the ice. Here’s the fastest way to get your gloves all broken in by the time your first game rolls around.

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Steaming

If you happen to have a steamer lying around your house or locker room, steaming your gloves is the easiest and fastest way to ensure a quick break in process. Pop your fresh gloves in front of the steamer head for roughly ten minutes, letting the steam and moisture seep through the gloves. A little steam coming through your glove is perfectly fine, but make sure to only do this process for 10 minutes.

Then, allow your gloves to cool down for 20 seconds before putting your hands back inside. From there, it’s all about the hand movement. Move your fingers and wrists around for at least 10 minutes while wearing your gloves. This will ensure that every corner and finger gets worked in.

You can take your hands out after ten or so minutes and give your gloves a little massage. If you want good hands on the ice, you’ve got to show your gloves some TLC first.

Other Tips

Looking to expedite the break in process even more? Keep your gloves on for everything. Sleep in them, brush your teeth in them, eat in them (if you’re a clean eater), etc.

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