Kinco Pigskin Leather Review
Cons: Cold, absorbs water, unisex and limited fit, few to no features
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Pigskin Leather Glove by Kinco is a great option for those seeking a glove that will perform well on warm, dry days. In addition, it's very affordable.
As one of the colder contenders tested, this glove is best used in warm weather or aerobic endeavors on cold days. Many of our friends and family members love this glove because it breathes incredibly well, especially while skinning uphill in the backcountry. The polyester insulation, in addition to its 'Heatkeep' thermal lining, is actually pretty warm itself and does a great job of wicking away moisture from the skin.
The cloth material on the back of the hand, however, is what makes this glove cold when the wind is ripping, or when the mercury dips into the double negatives. The cotton is porous and doesn't provide much in the way of wind resistance. That's why it's best for more aerobic endeavors. There are many types of Kinco gloves online, like the Pigskin Leather Gloves, that do not have the breathable cloth back but are instead completely leather. Based on feedback from friends and online, this type of glove is far warmer, but not as breathable. It also has a similar low, low price.
To be quite blunt, this glove is not very water-resistant. It does wonders on warm, dry days, but in cold, wet climates, it's not the best option. In our at-home dunk tests, this glove was instantly flooded in just two squeezes. In addition, the glove held 14 oz of water after the 100 squeeze test, which is a lot!
In the field, we noticed that when sweating, the cloth held moisture, and when the snow started falling, the glove eventually became saturated. The big reason this glove failed in this metric is because of the absorbent cotton knit cloth on the back of the hand. The pigskin leather, on the other hand, always did a great job of keeping the water out.
Providing better dexterity than most of the mitten options in this review, this is a great glove if you want something that performs simple tasks — like zipping up a jacket or taking off a pair of skins. Ensuring that you have the proper fit really impacts the dexterity of the glove. It features thick insulation in both the fingers and palm. As a result, it's not as dexterous as other contenders that are built with less insulation in the palm with a female-specific fit. We found it did the job when we had to switch our ski & splitboard set-ups from touring mode. As a result, we'd recommend it for both resort and backcountry skiing.
As one of the most featureless gloves, this contender really is no-frills. It only features an under the coat cuff and an incredibly small glove clasp that we were unable to use.
The single glove construction doesn't integrate a detached liner, adding to its minimalist design. That said, if you buy a larger size, you could probably fit an additional liner underneath as the cuff is quite elastic. If you're in the market for something with bells and whistles, this is not the glove for you. But, if you're all about simplicity and don't have a ton of cash to drop, you may have found your match.
Durability and Construction
When kept properly maintained, we've seen this glove last for years. The pigskin leather in the palm and fingers provide great durability over the years, as long as the gloves are kept moisturized with the proper treatment. This is a big reason its a top choice among penny-pinching guides and mountain people. It's a workhorse that can really stand up to tumultuous and consistent abrasion.
Even though it has a track record of glorified resilience, this glove earns a fairly low score in this category because of its lesser craftsmanship. When looking closely, we see thread fly-aways and widely spaced stitching. The cloth material on the back of the hand showed some abrasion and wear after our three month testing period. While it doesn't have the best craftsmanship, we have seen these hold up over the years.
This glove isn't the highest performer and doesn't compete with other gloves in specific categories, but it is a favorite amongst ski guides and ski bums. It is cheap, offers okay performance, and is easy to replace. There are many options out there, but none with a durable outer like this, for such a low price. Those that will find the most value will appreciate a single-glove design that is breathable and dexterous.
This glove is perfect for the penny pincher that loves to ski on a bluebird, warm, clear days. We like it for both the resort and backcountry. However, as soon as the skies darkened and snow spat down, we left these gloves at home and exchanged them for a warmer, more water-resistant option.
— Amber King