Kinco is a work glove company, the gloves are made out of cheap, but very durable, pig leather, and lined with Heatkeep insulation, which, as far as I can tell, works about as well as Thinsulate. The best thing about these gloves is not their long life or durability, but their price. At roughly $25 you could lose them 4 times over before even coming close to the price of a comparable name brand glove.
My second favorite thing about this company, and this might just be important to me as a jaded outdoor retail insider, is the unpretentious marketing. You don't see pro athletes on the covers of magazines wearing these gloves, they aren't advertised, and they aren't even for sale at outdoor stores. Best of all, they don't have any of the ridiculous names that the industry seems to love right now. There is no Kinco "Blast Furnace", Kinco "Volcano", or Kinco "Incinerator" glove. Instead, there is the humbly named Kinco "901 Ski-Glove". It is available, not in "Sahara" or "Ebony", but Brown and Black.
Swing on down to your local hardware store, or truck stop and bring a $20 bill with you. It should be enough to cover the price of the gloves and the can of "Sno-Seal" leather treatment for water proofing them. If you don't like them, you're out $20, if you do, you'll have a nice, durable, glove for a few years.
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.