Baseball Glove Oil and Conditioner

The Best Baseball Glove Oil

There is a variety of ways to break in a baseball glove – you can find the correct and incorrect ways to do so here.

One of the methods I recommend involves the use of baseball oil (or conditioner – they’ll be used interchangeably through out this article).

 

A Snapshot of the Three High Quality Products

BrandNokona

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Rawlings

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Wilson

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Rating4.5/55/54.5/5
Spray or Spread?SpreadSpreadSpray
Cost$6.99$14.29$3.90

 

Should You Even Use Conditioner or Oil?

There are only three reasons I’ll break out the glove conditioner or oil. First, if I’m trying to restore an old glove that is brittle and stiff I’ll use some Rawlings Primo Glove Butter on it. This stuff is magical in terms of being able to bring a glove back from the dead.

The second reason I’ll use oil is if I don’t have a lot of time to break in a new glove. If I have a few weeks I’ll avoid the oil all together and do it the right way and play catch with it.

The final reason I’ll use glove conditioner is if the leather starts to become stiff. During the season I’ll apply a few coats on as needed. I’m undoubtedly reducing the life span of my gloves but that’s something I’m willing to accept to ensure the leather always feels exceptional.

Glove oil isn’t as harsh as some of the other techniques commonly used to break in a baseball glove, but it still breaks down the leather. I’ve never seen a manufacturer claim it helps prolong the life of a glove.

 

Glove Oil and Conditioner Reviews

 

Nokona NLT Conditioner

Nokona’s glove conditioner is my personal favorite. It doesn’t stain and it helps to break in a glove quickly. I don’t always use oils and conditioners but when I do this is my preference.

The primary difference between the Nokona conditioner and other oils/conditioners on the market is it’s base is petroleum jelly. After doing extensive research, I found petroleum jelly is generally gentler on a glove than an oil based product.

 

Rawlings Primo Glove Butter

For restoring an old stiff glove, Rawlings Primo Glove Butter is the best choice. This oil base glove conditioner has Shea Butter (which is why it’s pretty expensive) ┬áthat can help rejuvenate older gloves.

I don’t recommend using it on new gloves, but if you’ve got an old mitt in the attic collecting dust you’ll be amazed at how quickly this glove butter can restore it.

I have two concerns when it comes to applying the Primo Glove Butter. First off, being oil based it is harder on the leather. Secondly, their is a high probability that your glove will change color. Particularly if the glove is light brown, expect it to be a little darker after the treatment.

This is also one of the more expensive glove conditioners on the market.

Wilson Premium Glove Oil

The Wilson Glove Oil is a spray application, whereas both the Nokona and the Rawlings are pastes. This is product is cheaper than the other two options. I wouldn’t use it on a more expensive glove, but if you need to quickly break in an inexpensive glove this stuff will do the trick.

 

That About Sums It Up

If you must use glove conditioner or oil purchase it from a glove manufacturer. Always keep in mind that the primary purpose for using oil isn’t to extend the life of a glove, it’s to speed up the breaking in process.

3 thoughts on “Baseball Glove Oil and Conditioner

  1. Hey Dan…

    Advanced Leather Solutions has for the past 25 years has been restoring leather, typically high end leather furniture, automotive leather, jackets, etc. We understand the science of leather and the chemistry behind it. We know what is good for leather, what can be harmful and most importantly why. From this knowledge we developed and manufacture restoration products that actually do help to prolong the life of leather by resolving the issues that are in fact causing leather deterioration. For years, those who know our company have been advising us to create a solution for baseball gloves. We spent about a year in R&D and developed a product set call Mitt-Spit Solutions. We’d love to have you test it. Let me know your thoughts.

  2. Hi Dan, I’m a catcher and I have the All Star Catchers mitt,yadier molina uses lexol to condition his globes but in don’t know what to get for catchers mitts

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