Well ive gotten alot of PMs and Questions on exactly how i break in my catchers so i figured id do it step by step with pics here. Everyone who puts on one of my gloves is always amazed(so they say) at how broken in the glove feels for being new. I JUST got my new 5500 and heres what she looks like outta the package straight from Vaughn.
The glove outta the box felt damn good, Vaughn is makin them more game ready as the years go by right outta the factory, but i like mine to snap shut real well and easily.
First Step get the tap water runnin as hot as you can. Open the glove and let the water run right into the hand, let it run for bout a minute to get the plastics and gel etc nice and warm.
Next step is to do the same into the catcher area of the glove makin sure to get the palm and crease good and warm.
Then put yer hand into the glove(assuming you wont get burned) and squeeze it hard and close it the way you want it to shape itself into, also ,make sure to curve the glove so there is no real gap when the glove is shut.
Then Slip your hand out without changing the shape of the glove! Wrap it in a towel-I do this one so the water doesnt make a mess and two-more importantly you dont wanna get the glove dirty especially those pretty white ones!
I then carefully wrap the glove with the towel and put a good size weight or object right on top of it so that it stays that way. In this case i stuck it under my couch which is plenty of weight.
Let the glove sit there until its dry, about 24 hours should do it. I then will usually repeat this process once or twice more.
This method works on pretty much every and any catcher i've ever used and i've had NO issues with the gloves falling apart or prematurely wearing down, after all these gloves see soo much sweat what is clean tap water gonna do to em!? Just remember to let the gloves dry!
I also use this method to clean my gloves periodically using a lil antibacterial hand soap and an old toothbrush to get in the finger stalls, then repeat the method above. Any Questions shoot!