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DIY Lax Tip: Pesky Palms

Jimmy Ciccone is back with a super helpful DIY tip on how to get a couple more years out of those great gloves you’ve got, that just happen to have worn out palms. When you love something, merely get the leather replaced. Don’t let it go!

(Editor‘s Note: We promise we’ll have an author’s bio up for Jimmy Ciccone this week!  Til then, we’re just going to keep introducing him as the newest LAS writer who spits hot fire 24-7.  Jimmy’s got a little Do-It-Yourself tip for lacrosse gloves palms.  Goes perfectly with Connor Wilson’s DIY tip on how to improve your floating cuff.)

Time for a rainy day repair. After writing that interview article with Mr. K18 himself (Kyle Harrison), I figured I’d write a quick tip on how to repair your original k18 glove palms.  Then again this could apply to any gloves if you want it to. This past summer, thanks to a certain D1 player, I was able to get a pair of Penn State K18’s. These things were beautiful but had their normal signs of wear and tear. I used them all throughout fall ball and I just made the palms worse.

The holes in them grew and the material wore down even more. So I searched for a way to preserve these beauties. I always heard about people repairing gloves’ palms but never really heard how, or where they did it. So over Winter break, I decided to do some detective work. After calling around a few places and getting directed elsewhere, I finally found a shoe repair place in Ocean City that would tackle the job.

I talked to the guys and they seemed pretty knowledgeable, not only with shoe/leather repair (their advertised services), but also lacrosse. So instead of shelling out over 100 for a new pair of gloves, I figured I’d give them a shot.  After about 2 days after dropping them off at the shop, they said they were ready. They looked great but when I put them on the palms were hard as a rock. Originally I thought they were going to cut out the palms and replace them but instead they sewed the new leather right over top the old leather. The palms worried me a bit but I figured I’d give them a chance to break in. Glad I did because after breaking them in at home and a few practices they were perfect.

The thumb was, and still is, a bit of a nuisance though.  Overall it was relatively cheap, only costing me $50. In the end I think it was completely worth it and something everyone should give a try if they’re trying to hold on to a certain pair of gloves. So give your local shoe repair place a call and get a quote and give it a try yourself.


-You can get a few more years of life on to your favorite pair of gloves.

-Cost: $50-$90 (the guys did it for me for 50 but they said if I ever come back or wanna tell any of my friends about it theyd charge $90)

-Does take a bit to break in but it is quality work

K18 Penn State Gloves
Give thse gloves some more life!
K18 Penn State Gloves
Leather palms ARE nice!

Sound off in the comments section if you’ve ever done this or have done something different and your thoughts whether it was worth it or not.

Thanks again for reading guys!


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