So I've been lurking on the boards for a while and this question just hit me: How long ARE gloves supposed to last? When glove manufacturers (Title, Everlast, Cleto Reyes, etc) make a glove and price it, is there some rule of thumb for how long their gloves are supposed to last or do they just go by the cost of material/labor? I bought some sparring gloves for my gym, the Ringside IMF tech lace up sparring gloves, that are $60. With near daily use they fell apart in about 6 months. On one of them the stitching literally exploded and the IMF foam flew out of the glove like a baseball. There are also a ton of $30 Everlast gloves there that are used daily on the bags/mitts that have been there for years. The foam has compressed and the hand compartment sucks but they're still holding up. Everlast seems to be a big culprit of this, with their higher end gloves (Powerlocks, laced Protex, MX line, etc) seem to break down pretty quickly despite being $100+ Of course I've also seen and owned gloves that were more expensive and seemed to last forever. I had a pair of velcro 12oz Cletos that I used on the bag pretty much daily and they looked and felt as fresh as the day I bought them when I sold them about 9 months later. I've seen reviews where gloves were pretty much useless after 6 months of use, despite being on the higher end price-wise (some Sabas, UMA, etc), but I've also seen reviews and some gloves that just kept chugging along year after year despite constant use (a pair of Rivals a gymmate uses, a pair of $50 Title Platinums, etc). There was a testimony here a few years ago where a guy bought a pair of Grants that started to deteriorate (stitching, padding) 3 months into use, despite being almost $400. I don't know, I guess the point I'm trying to get at is how exactly do these companies price these gloves and how long are they supposed to last? I mean, I don't really think it's good business to make a pair of gloves that cost $130 but only last six months. To add to this, what do you guys do to maintain your gloves and increase their longevity? I use a leather conditioner and glove dogs to try and keep the leather from drying out and the inside from becoming rancid.