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Kinco Pigskin Leather Review

This pigskin glove is perfect for the penny-pincher looking to explore the mountains in dry, warm conditions
Kinco Pigskin Leather
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Price:  $20 List | $20.81 at Amazon
Pros:  Incredibly affordable, durable leather, no-frills design, decent dexterity, cool points
Cons:  Cold, absorbs water, unisex and limited fit, few to no features
Manufacturer:   Kinco
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 18, 2019
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  • Warmth - 25% 3
  • Water Resistance - 25% 3
  • Dexterity - 25% 7
  • Durability - 15% 4
  • Features - 10% 3

Our Verdict

Looking to pad your wallet? The Kinco Pigskin Leather Gloves maybe your best option. With a super low price tag, it is inexpensive and built with high-quality materials. Featuring a pigskin leather outer and a cloth-knit material on the back of the hand, this glove is fairly warm and quite breathable. It features a polyester knit cuff that slips under jackets nicely. Not only is it perfect for skiing on warm days at the resort or hiking uphill in the mountains, but it also doubles as a great yard work glove. However, we weren't too impressed by its warmth or water resistance. The knit cloth on the back of the hand provides a place for heat to easily escape and for water to absorb readily. Because of this, we can't recommend this glove as cold weather or wet climate option.

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Pros Incredibly affordable, durable leather, no-frills design, decent dexterity, cool pointsWarm, lightweight and packable, breathable, waterproof, single construction, dextrousVery warm, dexterous for a mitt, durable shell, waterproof, removable and water resistant linerWarm, versatile, dexterous for a mitt, touchscreen-compatible liners, excellent valueGreat price, breathable, warm, comes with liner glove
Cons Cold, absorbs water, unisex and limited fit, few to no featuresExpensive, won't fit super small handsLiner packs out after a season, split finger design leaves index finger cold, no leashes includedNot a lot of extra insulationNot fully waterproof, less durable construction
Bottom Line This pigskin glove is perfect for the penny-pincher looking to explore the mountains in dry, warm conditionsThis unisex glove is off the charts for almost any adult, noticeably feeling different and excelling above other gloves on the market we have testedOur favorite all-around mitten for backcountry and resort skiingA mitten that is weather-resistant and dexterous at a reasonable priceA well-priced glove that'll work fine for your ski trips this winter
Rating Categories Kinco Pigskin Leather Arc'teryx Fission S... Black Diamond Mercu... Gore-Tex Mitten Dakine Camino
Warmth (25%)
3.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
5.0
Water Resistance (25%)
3.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
4.0
Dexterity (25%)
7.0
10.0
5.0
5.0
8.0
Durability (15%)
4.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Features (10%)
3.0
6.0
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7.0
9.0
Specs Kinco Pigskin Leather Arc'teryx Fission S... Black Diamond Mercu... Gore-Tex Mitten Dakine Camino
Waterproof Material Leather outer 84% nylon/16% elastane, Gore-Tex Pertex Shield Dry-Ride Two Layer & Gore-Tex Insert Nylon Shell (black part), Hoxton (75% nylon, 25% polyester) DWR treatment, Leather palm (water-resistant)
Insulation Type HeatKeep Thermal Lining (polyester) 200g PrimaLoft Silver and 133g Gold synthetic fibers 340-grams Primaloft Gold w/ high loft synthetic insulation ThermaCore Synthetic Insulation 110/350g high loft synthetic
Palm Material Grain pigskin leather Goat leather Goat leather Leather, Sticky Icy Grip Palm Goat Leather
Inner Glove Material (if applicable) n/a Octa Loft High-loft fleece Fleece 150g tricot, 100% polyester
Double or Single Construction? Single Single Double Double Double
Gauntlet or Cuff Length? Gauntlet Medium Cuff Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet
Special features None Unisex fit, kevlar stitching, removable wrist leash, carabiner loop Nose wipe, trigger-finger liner, carabiner loop, no wrist leash, foam padding on knuckles, kevlar stitching Nose wipe, leashes, warmer pockets, wrist cinch Google wipe on thumb, touch screen compatible liners, removable wrist leash
Sizes (Women's) Men's S, M, L, XL, XXL XS, S, M, L, XL XS, S, M, L XS, S, M, L XS, S, M, L
Fit Fits large (unisex sizing) Fits large (unisex sizing) True to size True to size A little smaller, size up if you're unsure
Treatment Required? Yes Yes No No No
Warranty n/a Lifetime 1 year Lifetime Lifetime

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.

Performance Comparison


Simple, great materials, and super affordable. What else could a...
Simple, great materials, and super affordable. What else could a penny pincher ask for?
Photo: Amber King

Warmth


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 Heatkeep insulation is soft, fuzzy, and warm. However, the cloth...
The Heatkeep insulation is soft, fuzzy, and warm. However, the cloth exterior allows heat to escape way too fast, making this one of the coldest gloves tested.
Photo: Amber King

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.

Water Resistance


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!

Here we see the water draining from the Kinco glove after the...
Here we see the water draining from the Kinco glove after the squeeze test. This was the most absorbent glove tested and the least water resistant. Water seeped in through the cloth fabric on top, not through the actual leather textile.
Photo: Amber King

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.

The cloth exterior fully absorbed water after just a squeeze or two...
The cloth exterior fully absorbed water after just a squeeze or two, completely soaking the glove. No other product performed this poorly.
Photo: Amber King

Dexterity


Since this glove has a unisex fit, make sure to order it in a smaller size. For example, if you normally fit a women's medium, be sure to order a Kinco small.

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.

Amber on a cold day, putting skins away before descending down...
Amber on a cold day, putting skins away before descending down Browns Gulch. The Kinco Pigskin gloves provide good dexterity, but at this point Amber can't feel her fingers due to the cold, windy conditions (despite her smile).
Photo: Amber King

Features


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.

This glove has a no-frills design. We do appreciate that the cuff...
This glove has a no-frills design. We do appreciate that the cuff fits nicely under jacket sleeves, but we found the glove connectors (pictured on the right) too small to be of use.
Photo: Amber King

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


To ensure this glove maintains its water resistance and durability, be sure to treat it at least three times a season with a leather sealant.

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.

The pigskin leather is fairly durable, providing good protection...
The pigskin leather is fairly durable, providing good protection from the elements at the palms. Be sure to treat the leather consistently to avoid the leather from cracking and losing its water-resistant properties.
Photo: Amber King

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.

Here we note a widely-spaced stitching pattern with a couple of...
Here we note a widely-spaced stitching pattern with a couple of fly-aways.
Photo: Amber King

Value


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.

Conclusion


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