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    How do I shrink leather gloves??

    I got a pair of Alpinestars SPS gloves in Large and they were too small so I got XL and they are a little too loose. I get a crease on my palm when I hold the grip. Is there anything I can do to shrink the leather a little bit. I really like these gloves just need to get them to fit a little better.

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    you can shrink leather by putting it in boiling water for about 10 seconds. the only problem is that it can get real stiff also. it's a bit radical and might not be worth doing it.

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    You can shrink leather by getting it wet and drying them with heat. Dunk them in the toilet, and put them in a pillow case and in the dryer on low....

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    Leather gloves stretch a lot. Sounds like you just needed to give the smaller size time to break in. I had new Dainese gloves that hurt to wear, put they are perfect now. It doesn't matter if you shrink those bigger gloves, cause they're going to stetch again as soon as you wear them.

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    100% True

    Any moisture-induced shrinkage will be temporary at best. I've never seen leather shrink with age. At times it's felt like it did but...ah NO.

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    "Is there anything I can do to shrink the leather a little bit. I really like these gloves just need to get them to fit a little better." - VPR80

    Have you tried to grow bigger hands?
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    Next time check out Held gloves - they come in a large range of numbered sizes and you are sure to find one that fits... well.... like a glove.......

    I also have the Dainese T-Age and they don't even approach the quality of the Held's...

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    Hank is right ---HELD gloves rock----

    My first practice session in HELD's, the first time I reached for the levers I thought "Jesus I forgot to put on my gloves!" I couldn't believe how good they fit and how soft they were. That kangaroo skin is some tough hide and soooo soft. Worth every penny.

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    I bought the AlpineStars GP Pro gloves las year. I got them a little tight thinking that they would stretch to fit and they did. They fit perfectly now.
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    Problem is that with the large gloves I could not get my hand into them to even streth them. For some stupid reson there us is a huge difference between the two sizes....and YES I did check the sizes on both gloves.

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    Get'em wet with hot water, don't wring 'em out, put 'em on and make fists over and over again. Repeat. Essentially, you will just be speeding up the break-in process. Expect some of the color to bleed onto your hands.
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    I'm surprised no-one's mentioned glove liners yet. Give it a try, they're cheap, protect your paws from cold and will make slightly-too-large gloves fit just fine. Sometimes.

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    A while back roadracing world used to do crash reports on all sorts of gloves. A point they made was that old gloves that have been soaked with sweat fell apart easier than new ones. I believe anything you do that involves water with your gloves is just speeding this proccess up.

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    Yup.

    'Tis true about sweat-damaged gloves. Last summer I was coming over Tehachapi on the Futura and felt this weird little zipper sensation on my right-hand Held glove. Sho' 'nuf, where the base of the thumb met the top of the glove it just tore right down the stitches, all the way down. I love my Helds 100% but these particular ones had less than two years of use...BUM-mer.

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