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05-19-2012, 07:48 AM
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Mystery of the horrible smelling gloves

I'm sure everyone has had experience with gear that smells bad; you air out your gear and throw some things in the wash and dryer immediately after getting home. Some pieces like pants, shoulder pads, shin guards and elbow pads are done maybe once every couple months. No prob so far.

It's the gloves. I don't know if it's because there is leather in them or what but they are truly offensive smelling. I was actually considering buying new even though these weren't cheap and are only a year old. These go in the wash too but I air dry them. I don't know if it's mold from water soaked into them that's not drying but they even make my hands smell. Maybe it's the fingers that are curled that can't get air deep into them to circulate and dry. I thought maybe the dryer might help with extremely hot air drying them through but I don't want to destroy them. One of my teammates throws all his stuff in the swimming pool in the summer after every use and let's the sun dry it but alas, I have no pool. Anyone else have any thoughts?

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My gloves make my hands smell terrible, even after a shower/hand washing. Im about to just buy some new ones.

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It seems that leather and synthetic leather palms retain odor and bacterial growth more than microfiber palms. Someone with more experience should chime in but with what I've had, this is what I've noticed.

You could try cleaning/treating your palms with lanolin (shaving cream) to make them softer, or take them to a Sani Sport cleaner. I had these really horrible synth leather Pittards on my S17s with really bad odor and had them repalmed with Nash, which eliminated that problem. However, I don't know if they were treated prior to repalming.

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I've repalmed with Kangaroo leather, and it is better, but still the same deal

I rotate between 3 pairs of gloves, and immediately dry them out over the register and they really don't smell

if they start to, I use a oder spray mixed with alcohol, and I was last told that cheap aftershave does a great job (like the dollar store green kind)

otherwise, I "WILL" pour boiling hot water through the palms, just one rince, and that pretty much will kill all bacteria

or bring them with your gear to a sani-clean

better palms don't do anything, except for those NXT treated palms from Winwell... but the way they embossed NXT all over them, have made good palms (heck good gloves) into bad ones

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Maybe you should try wearing wristbands. I've noticed that my gloves are less sweaty and thus never smell.

I don't wear wristbands when I play as a goalie and my glove and blocker smell terrible.

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My guess:

Sweat runs from your upper body down the arms and into the hands, where it collects in the gloves. Most gloves have a fair amount of foam or padding inside, which traps the moisture. Moisture + warmth = bacteria growth, which causes the smell.

I have a pair of Warriors with some nylon liner instead of cotton or whatever most gloves use, and it's actually been really resistant to smell. I would guess Franchises might be the best gloves for no smell.

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Also I've resigned to just buying cheaper/clearance gloves and then replacing every 18-24 months. I snagged my Koncepts for $50 on clearance and am about to get a second pair to rotate them.

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Also I've resigned to just buying cheaper/clearance gloves and then replacing every 18-24 months. I snagged my Koncepts for $50 on clearance and am about to get a second pair to rotate them.
i approve this message......do the same thing, will never spend more then $40-$50 on gloves again...the ones i have now, have not only lasted the longest but smell the least and if i remember correctly they were like $20-$30

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I might buy the Winnwell gloves because I really like the NXT stuff. I like my 4 Rolls too much though.

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The new 4-Rolls with the blue liner I think would be better than the old ones. I have no idea if it's just the color but my Tacklas and Warriors have the blue liner which repels moisture and has drastically reduced or no smell.

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Also I've resigned to just buying cheaper/clearance gloves and then replacing every 18-24 months. I snagged my Koncepts for $50 on clearance and am about to get a second pair to rotate them.
Good idea. I'll probably go this route from now on.

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I might buy the Winnwell gloves because I really like the NXT stuff. I like my 4 Rolls too much though.
Another good one; I have the NXT shoulder pads and dont have any problems with them.
That will be my next purchase but I'll have to roll with what I have at the moment because I just spent some bucks on sticks.

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just bring your gear for a round of esporta cleaning every few months... works like a charm

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My local shop has Winwell Pro gloves on clearance for like $55. I love the look and feel of them but are they worth it?

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I've found that lathering your hands with shaving cream in the shower for about about 30 seconds will get the smell off your hands better than soap.

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My local shop has Winwell Pro gloves on clearance for like $55. I love the look and feel of them but are they worth it?
Yes.

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Yes.
If these are the new pro stock, which are the tips r8 and have the gusset less index finger

Otherwise the old one was terrible

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Heck, at that price? Either one lol

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Heck, at that price? Either one lol
Lol, us think but no...

I've seen them for sale at Canadian tire, a smu sorta, and the Palms were thick as baseball mits and would require significant effort to break in... One55 gloves or s11 s by a longshot are better, just air them over a vent when u get home...

The new one is good and is basically a nxt treated tps r8, which is now my favorite glove

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Huh, I didn't realize there was an SMU, good point.

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Let me just say, in my semi drunken rant, that Hfboards kicks ass if im looking at smelly glove posts for fun!

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Last week at Hockey Giant they were blowing out Winnwell gloves and had two models. The cheaper one was $30 or so and honestly crap. The nicer ones was $50 and a pretty solid 4-roll. It wasn't the re-branded TPS R8, but those gloves are definitely worth up to $100 if you can find them.

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I washed my gloves once with some powdered soap(got the kind that didn't have any fragrance, dyes, etc) and it got most of the smell out with one wash. They have a noticeable odor if you stick your face in them, but no more stench following me around the ice.

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I washed my gloves once with some powdered soap(got the kind that didn't have any fragrance, dyes, etc) and it got most of the smell out with one wash. They have a noticeable odor if you stick your face in them, but no more stench following me around the ice.
it's a little embarrassing when people are holding their nose in the face-off circle.

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I bought a used pair of Franchises that had a funky smell to them. I stuck a dryer sheet down into each one and left them there for like 3 days next to an open window. The smell decreased drastically.

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