How to Break in Your New Vinci Glove
Among the first things you will notice with your new Vinci glove is the sturdiness
of its construction. Each glove is handcrafted using only the highest-grade
leathers and materials. All baseball gloves
and softball gloves
need to be "broken in" before use in order to provide a proper fit and to play
a better game. Many companies use industrial machines to simulate the natural
breaking in process. At Vinci, we find that this method often results in "floppy",
ill-fitting gloves with significantly shorter product lives. The individual
nature of a player's hand size and shape, catching style and glove preference
lends itself better to a more customized break in process. The steps below will
provide you with some basic tips on how to quickly and effectively incorporate
your new Vinci glove into your game.
- Pete Vinci
The two basic goals of breaking in a glove are softening the leather
and forming the pocket.
To properly soften the leather, Vinci includes a complimentary jar of exclusive
Glove Conditioner with every new glove.** Using latex gloves, apply conditioner
to all leather areas of glove including the pocket, laces, and rear. Too much
conditioner can actually shorten the life of your glove by speeding up deterioration,
so a good rule of thumb is to never apply more than a pea sized amount at a
time. Usually 3 - 5 pea sized applications will
sufficiently treat each side of a new glove.
2) Let your glove sit for 24 hours allowing conditioner to fully absorb into
leather. Wipe off any excess using a clean, dry cloth. Do not apply more conditioner
for at least 2 weeks.
3) Move the heel of the glove firmly back and forth in a "shoe shining"
motion. Do the same with the fingers and where the bottom of the web meets the
glove. This movement will help to loosen the fibers of the leather and interior
Besides playing catch there are many ways to form a pocket into your
4) Get a baseball or softball depending on your needs for the glove (some players
prefer using a hollow plastic ball like the one pictured in the Vinci
Break In Kit). Place the ball firmly into the pocket area of the glove.
5) Using 2 Vinci Glove Bands (string, elastic bands, belts, or bungees will
work as well), wrap the outside of the glove in an "X" pattern, closing
the ball firmly into the pocket. Allow the glove to sit overnight.
6) Remove the bands and toss a ball firmly into the pocket area 50 - 100 times.*
Taking time to press and twist the ball into the leather.
7) Repeat steps 3 through 6 until your glove is sufficiently broken in.
You may also use a glove mallet like the one included in the Vinci
Glove Break In Kit to hammer into the pocket. The tapered handle
of the mallet can be used to size the finger holes of the glove if they feel
too tight on your hands. Place the tapered end of the mallet into the fingers
of glove and rotate slowly to expand the size of the openings.