The Oven Method: Break In Your Gloves

A Tried & True Recipe

Our most common question: "Are my gloves supposed to be this tight?" By design, Give'r gloves and mittens are crafted to fit snug at first. Much like a well-worn, long-loved pair of leather boots, the break in process is part of the journey to making your pair not only fit like a glove, but fit like YOUR glove.

This six step process you can do at home will help your gloves start to form to your hand by softening the leather and packing the insulation into the leather. We want to be sure you have the right fit so have no fear on returns. If after the Oven Method your pair still isn't the perfect fit, you can always return or exchange for another size. All we ask is you don't give'r too hard in a pair that you are not set on. You can view our return or exchange policy here, but if you have any questions on the oven method, fit, or returns and exchanges, give us a holler or visit our Help Center.

 Gloves going in the oven

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Set your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2: Once heated, pop your gloves or mittens in the oven placing them in an “A-Frame” with the steel D-rings / glove clips pointing up so they do not burn. If you have wrist leashes, be sure to remove them first!

Step 3: Set a timer for 4 minutes.

Step 4: When the timer is up, take out your gloves and immediately put them on while they are still warm.

Step 5: With the leather soft and supple from the oven, grab a broom and sweep the deck, hold on to some ski poles and practice your mid-slope photo pose, or simply squeeze your hand in and out of a fist like you’re working a stress ball. These grabbing actions help create memory in the leather while packing out the insulation to form the gloves to your hands quicker. And don’t forget to work that thumb, mitten bakers!

After you have worked your 4-Season Gloves, firmly grab the tips of your fingers before removing your hand to keep the liner in place. As the gloves break in, the liner and insulation will pack out making it easier to remove your hands without worry.

Step 6: Get stoked on a pair that not only fits like a glove…but fits like YOUR glove!

Note! You can repeat this process a couple times or again before your next big adventure, but be sure to let you gloves completely cool before putting them back in the oven.


*Make sure you do not leave your gloves/mittens in the oven longer than the recommended 4 minutes! Give’r is not accountable for gloves/mittens that are forgotten in the oven.
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