A while back, I wrote a post about Dermatone, a product for preventing chapped skin. I mentioned that it was one of my favorite outdoor products because it was highly effective and very cheap. With those same qualifications in mind, I’d like to present another of my favorite outdoor products: Kinco Gloves.
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.