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Man-made synthetic leathers are an ever-advancing technology. Traditional leathers are now outperformed by the most advanced microfibers that feature greater suppleness, greater strength, reduced weight, memory retention that allows a pocket to form, and breathable linings that wick away perspiration and moisture. Carpenter Trade Company has worked closely with the leading microfiber manufacturers to develop the most advanced performing materials made for baseball gloves today.

In general, the amount of synthetic materials in all Major League gloves is increasing every year. The most visible example of this is the growing popularity of synthetic mesh backs, but synthetics are also being increasingly used for the welting, padding, linings, and stays. Completely synthetic gloves for pro players will eventually be an industry-wide standard. Carpenter Trade LLC is proud to be leading the industry as the original and exclusive maker of the only all-synthetic gloves ever to be used in professional baseball.

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how to break-in, clean and store

break-in: Do NOT use any liquids or heat to break in synthetic materials. The best method is to play lots of catch. You can also pound in the pocket using your throwing hand while wearing it, or throw a ball into it, or use the end of a bat like a mallet. The materials will slowly form over time while keeping their strength.

cleaning: Clean off dirt using a scrub brush or toothbrush. Use water and, if helpful, a small amount of liquid cleaning agent (like dish cleaner) to wipe the glove clean. Do not drench the glove or allow water to soak into the padding.

storing: For smaller gloves, put two baseballs into the pocket and web. For bigger gloves, use one softball and one baseball. Close the glove with a rubber band around the middle of the glove.