docglov wrote:Well I have to say that I have probably conditioned more gloves than all of you together. And I still can't make up my mind..
Nothing like experience to put everything in perspective. I have also noticed that the brown Lexol does seem to evaporate a little, and often use a couple applications (especially on a dry glove) to get it conditioned. Nevertheless, I like it because it does not make the gloves heavy and greasy.
There is no substitute for hard work and playing tons of catch to break in a glove. I am usually at least 1 year behind on breaking in a new gamer. Of course I like breaking in new gloves, and at 50+ it is more fun to get a new glove to play with than a new girl friend. Recently, I commented to a HS kid looking for a new glove. He was torn between a ProPref 12.75 Trap and the comparable GG model. His season was starting in a couple of weeks and he wanted a new glove really bad. I recommended buying the GG for this season and getting it broken during practice right now. I also recommended that he buy the ProPref and begin breaking it in for summer ball once his HS season began. Now he has 2 gloves, 1 to play with now (and his backup for the future), and his gamer for next season. Probably have started him on the path to perdition and he will end up with a closet full of gloves.
I am sure his parents are appreciative of spending the extra bucks on 2 gloves instead of 1 . But what the heck, if you're the parent of a youth player you are used to laying out the bucks for baseball gear and misc expenses. How many folks drop $300 bucks/season for the new bat with this year's graphics, and then try to go cheap on a glove?