How to Make Longboard Gloves

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How to Make Longboard Gloves - Getting Started

How to Make Homemade Longboard Gloves
How to Make Homemade Longboard Gloves. Steve Cave

Making your own gloves for downhill longboarding is easier than you might think - and there's just something cool about making your own gear! Finding downhill longboarding gloves to buy is also a bit tough, so why not save yourself some cash and make your own!

I know of two different ways to make your own longboard sliding gloves, and I'm going to tell you about both methods here. In one way, you screw the plastic slide pads onto the gloves, and in the other way you melt them on. Either way works just fine - it all depends on what you feel most comfortable doing. Kyle Chin (from downhill longboarding videos like Let Go) offered help and advice on the Velcro method, and downhill longboarder Matt Morley offered his homemade gloves for these photos, and as you'll see he likes the screwed on method. Thanks to both of these guys for your help!

So here's a list of what you'll need:

  • Work Gloves - from a hardware store. They should be thick and strong. Don't get too cheap, or you might regret it later!
  • A Thick Plastic Cutting Board - from the housewares section. I'm talking about the kind of board you put down to chop vegetables on. These boards are perfect for making sliding pucks for longboarding gloves!
  • A Jigsaw - you are going to cut that cutting board up, and a jigsaw is the easiest way to do it.
  • The Velcro Method: you’ll need some Shoe Goo and a couple feet of industrial strength Velcro (both hook and loop sides). This can be purchased for a relatively low price at a hardware store and will give you plenty of extra for making replacement pucks (and additional gloves) later on.
  • The Melting Method: you'll need a strong torch, like a large butane torch will do.
  • The Screw Method: you'll need screws! Several of them - get at least 20. These need to be small screws, around a quarter of an inch long. You don't want them to go all the way through the pads at the start, so take a look at the cutting board you buy and don't get screws longer than the board is thick. You also need a power screwdriver (like a powered hand drill). And finally, some thinner scrap plastic will help make your gloves more comfortable, but it's not needed.
Once you've got these supplies, you're ready to go!
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How to Make Longboard Gloves - Cutting The Pucks

Making Homemade Longboard Gloves
Making Homemade Longboard Gloves. Steve Cave
As you can see in the picture above of the finished glove, we're going to cut the plastic cutting board into pieces that will be attached to the glove. These pieces are called "pucks". The end result is a funky ninja-turtle-like two fingered paw with thick plastic on the bottom.

The size and shape of the pucks is up to you. Take a look at the gloves you are using, and draw out shapes about the right size on the cutting board. A sharpy marker works well for this, but you can use anything you want. The shape doesn't need to be perfect - as you can see from these in the picture, the point is to cover the palm, fingers and thumb well.

Keep the leftover scraps of cutting board - you never know when you might want to replace a piece, or add some more. In Matt's glove in this photo, you can see that he added some more smaller pieces below the main pad on his left glove. You can also see that he did this, after ripping through the glove in that area. These gloves are to help protect your hands, and to give you a surface to drag along the ground at high speeds. With that in mind, there's a great chance that something unforeseen will happen! You might lose a puck, you might shred a glove, or you might crash and burn ... so keep the extra pieces for later!

Once you have the shapes drawn out, get your jigsaw and cut them out. Again, the pucks don't have to be perfectly shaped, so don't worry too much about that.

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How to Make Longboard Gloves - Attaching the Pucks with Velcro

Loaded Velcro Gloves
Loaded Velcro Gloves. Kyle Chin
The best way to attach pucks to your gloves is to use industrial strength Velcro. This method may not sound like it provides the strongest attachment, but this actually provides two important benefits: easy replacement of worn pucks and safety. The Velcro interface is plenty strong to hold the pucks on your gloves during even the fastest slides; however, it will allow the pucks to pop off easily if you accidentally drag your hand over a nasty crack or pothole. This will save your wrists, elbows, and shoulders from potential dislocation or other injury.

Once you’ve cut your pucks out from the cutting board, affix a sheet of hook-side Velcro on one side of each piece. Both hook and loop Velcro strips have a self-adhesive backing that should make this part quite easy. You can trim the excess Velcro with a disposable razor blade to match the edges of your pucks.

Next, cut pieces of loop-side Velcro (for each finger and palm puck) to attach to your gloves. Peel off the backing to expose the self-adhesive, and then spread a few millimeters-thick layer of Shoe Goo over the adhesive layer. The Velcro adhesive alone won’t hold the strips onto a glove for very long, so the Shoe Goo will help create a strong bond. Firmly place the loop-side Velcro pieces onto your gloves in the desired positions and allow the Shoe Goo to set completely.

When your gloves are done drying, place your pucks on the gloves and pull/wiggle them around a bit to make sure the loop-side Velcro is attached solidly to your gloves. If necessary, add a little more Shoe Goo. Once everything feels sturdy, you’re ready to slide!

In the picture above, you can see a pair or professional Loaded longboarding gloves. These gloves use Velcro, and you can see where the Velcro was placed.

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How to Make Longboard Gloves - Melting The Pucks On

longboarding slide glove
longboarding slide glove. Steve Cave
The second best way to attach the plastic pucks is to melt them on. This way works well and in a lot of ways is easier, but the pads aren't always attached as strongly. But this is a popular method, and it works fine for the most part.

In this method, you hold a torch up to one side of each plastic puck and get it melting (wear OTHER gloves while you do this, to protect your hands!). You don't want the whole puck melting, just the back side, and just enough so that it's more than soft, but not goopy. Just gooey.

Then press each puck into place on the longboarding glove. The plastic should bind with the cloth fibers of the glove, and seal into place as they dry.

With the pucks in place, give the gloves a while to dry. A day should be more than enough. Then try them on and test out the bonding of the plastic to the gloves. Assuming everything is solid, you should be ready to hit the hills!

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How to Make Longboard Gloves - Attaching the Pucks with Screws

Using screws to attach the pads is another way to hold the pucks in place. But screws can be dangerous. For one, screws are metal, and so they transfer heat. So, if they grind through the puck (which they eventually will, and send out sparks that look cool), then the screws will get hot and can burn your hands. Also, if you catch a crack just right with a puck, and the puck is Velcroed on, then the puck gets torn off instead of your arm. And finally, if a puck DOES get torn off, you'll have some sharp metal screws sticking out of the palm of your hand... which you won't appreciate as you wreck and tumble, flailing around. All of these are reasons that the "screw on" method is listed LAST!

But it can still work, so here's how to do it! You're going to put screws through the back of the glove, through to the plastic pads.

To make this happen right, you will need to either cut holes on the top of the glove where you are going to put the screws through, or you will want to cut those holes after you've screwed your gloves closed! Cutting the holes after the fact is tough, because you don't want to cut through the bottom layer of the glove.

Cutting some thin scrap sheets of plastic out to fit inside the gloves will help to make them more comfortable, and it will help he pads to be kept even more securely in place. In these gloves, Matt put a piece of plastic under his palms, and under his wrists.

Put two screws through the thumb, three into each finger pad (in a triangle shape, with two through the upper and lower part of the inside fingers, and one through the middle of the outside finger), and four into the pain palm pad (in the shape of a square).

I highly recommend putting a layer of leather or something inside the gloves, to shield your hands from the screws if / when they get hot.

Once the pads are all secure, you should be ready to get out and bomb some hills!

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