Just got my XCRs from BC last night, and the package came with a sample of the Hestra branded leather balm. On that sample and on the website, Hestra recommends to 'Grease the leather regularly,' but doesn't mention anything about greasing them before first time use... I'm assuming that you don't have to if they didn't mention it, but I thought I would throw the question out to the community.
you actually should do it first time, they don't come treated from the factory
I read the same thing on the Hestra website, just couldn't find andthing that recommended treating them before first use. Taking them out for their debut tomorrow AM, so I'll grease them up tonight.
Yup, condition before first use. Makes the leather more water resistant and buttery smooth and supple.
Ended up using the balm on my gloves before their first day of use. You could really tell a difference in the leather the morning after applying, softer and seemed a bit more water repellent.