Nope. Leather gloves that have been properly waterproofed will
let the sweat out, but keep the water out for long enough to
get a day's work done. They'll dry overnight just fine, if put
on the rack over the woodstove or in front of the heater.
BTDT daily for 12 years, so far.
The way to a man's heart is between the fourth and the fifth rib.
Rubber work gloves. Not the little skinny stuff
to keep your hands clean, the real kind that are
heavy rubber with a fiber matrix meant to work in.
Used in lots of industries, e.g., chemical
plants, railroading, but you should be able to
find them at any farm supply.
Sno Seal (beeswax based). Got mine from a shoe repair place.
I use it on all my leather gloves & boots. While it doesn't make them
100% waterproof, it's about 90% effective. I can work for a few hours
in a wet garden or shoveling wet snow before I need to swap
gloves/boots for a dry pair.
My hands/feet perspire too much to wear synthetic, 100% waterproof
items. The Sno Seal is a good compromise, so I retain some of the
breathability of a good leather but can work comfortably for a few
hours at a time.
You might want to shop around and try different leathers. I found that
not all leathers are the same. Different animal skins have different
properties, try pigskin or goatskin. The tanning process used can
affect skin properties as well.
I have a pair of goatskin gloves treated with Sno Seal. I love them.
They are thinner than cow leather so more flexible, yet offer almost
the same strength as thicker cow leather. Very very comfortable to
work in, yet very strong.
Get a can of Huberd's Shoe Grease or a can of Snow Seal.
Heat your oven to 200F. Keep the door open and put your
gloves on the oven rack. Let them get warm/hot. (Watch them --
you don't want to fry the leather.) Then get your can of
waterproofing goop, open it, put the gloves on, dip a finger
into the can and start doing a "washing your hands" motion,
to work the goop into the leather. Repeat as needed.
Get a good coating of the goop on your gloves, then set them
back on the oven rack for awhile and let the heat work the
goop into the leather. You can put the gloves back on after
awhile, and wipe any excess goop off on a rag. The gloves
will be nice and soft and waterproof under some pretty
severe conditions, but the leather won't get softened so
the gloves will wear out faster. They'll be fine.
I live on a beef cattle ranch in coastal Alaska, in a wet climate.
I wear Carhartt brand insulated leather work gloves all winter, and
came up with the above process out of frustration. It works.
Re-goop the gloves as needed. (Doing my process about twice
all winter should do it. Winter last for 7-8 months at my
The way to a man\'s heart is between the fourth and the fifth rib.
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