How to Know It's Time for a Custom Glove
So you think you're ready. You've never in your life built a custom glove, and you think today might be the day. But is it really? Let's find out.
First, remember this: We were all rookies once, and there's nothing to be embarrassed about here. You've purchased stock gloves your whole life, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Odds are you've always thought, I'm no artist -- I should just leave the glove-designing to the pros. Buying stock models has been easy, safe, and predictable. We get it.
But lately, there have been signs.
Last week, you caught yourself doodling pockets and webs on the back of your science notebook. The other day, you realized you've been noticing whether your teammates' gloves have lacing and stitching colors that really "pop" (or really clash, or are just kind of "there"). A few nights ago, before bed, you went down an hour-long Google-search rabbit hole trying to understand the pros and cons of single- and dual-welting.
But now the symptoms have worsened.
Last night you dreamt about picking the perfect binding color, but then you woke up at 3:00 a.m. and couldn't fall back asleep until you decided whether you like the split-basket or shark web style better (hey, don't look at us -- the Buckler team is a hung jury on that one!). How broken-in should my glove be? Do I want long laces or normal? Should I go with a finger pad, or no finger pad? Your mind is racing, but it's the good kind of excitement, like we'd imagine Einstein felt putting the finishing touches on his theory of relativity.
If this sounds like you, then it's official: It's time for a custom, and you should start here now. Congratulations, and good luck -- from all of us -- with your first creation. Our only advice? Trust your artistic intuition, and design with confidence. You're going to order a beauty.
The Buckler team
P.S. You'll have teammates who aren't ready yet. Don't judge them. Send them here.