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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 Lined Grain Pigskin Leather - Women's
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Price:  $16 List
Pros:  Incredibly affordable, durable leather, no-frills design, decent dexterity
Cons:  Cold, absorbs water, unisex and limited fit, few to no features
Manufacturer:   Kinco
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 21, 2017
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The Skinny

If you're shopping around for a glove that will keep a little more cash in your wallet, the Kinco Pigskin Leather Gloves may be your best option. With a price tag in the area of $16, this glove is super inexpensive and high quality considering the price. Featuring an outer with 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's also a great option if you're looking to do yard work.

Even though this glove has a lot of great features and a low price tag, 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 a cold weather or wet climate option. Instead, consider the Gordini Gore-Tex Down III - Women's or the Arc'teryx Fission Glove - Women's for those environments. Or, if you can't afford the prices on those gloves, take a look at this glove's cousin, the Kinco Pigskin Leather Heatkeep for only $28. It features a full leather pigskin outer (without the breathable and absorbent cloth back) and fantastic insulation that will keep your hands more protected from the elements.


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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.

Performance Comparison


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

Warmth & Breathability


If you're looking for the BEST in warmth, look into our mitten selection. Specifically, check out the Dakine Tundra Mitt - Women's or the Hestra Heli Mitt - Women's.


As one of the colder gloves tested, the Pigskin Leather is probably one of the better choices for warm weather and aerobic endeavors on cold days. Many of our friends and family 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. 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. 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.

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

If instead you're looking for a warmer glove, check out the Gordini Gore-Tex Down III (Our Best Buy award winner). This was our warmest, and one of the least expensive contenders. Or if you're looking for a great combination of warmth and quality, look into the Arc'teryx Fission Glove, this year's Editors Choice for winter gloves. On the flip slide, if you are looking for a glove that does wonders in the backcountry, check out the Outdoor Research Arete - Women's. This glove provides less insulation than the Kinco Pigskin Glove, but it has a more versatile double glove design.

Water Resistance


To be quite blunt, this glove it 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 14oz of water after the 100 squeeze test!


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.
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.

In the field, we noticed that when sweating, the cloth held moisture, and when the snow started falling, the glove eventually became saturated. Once again, we think the Kinco Pigskin Leather Heatkeep, not tested here, will perform better in this metric as it features a full leather construct. 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 at keeping the water out.

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

If you're interested in a glove for the resort with better water resistance and wicking capabilities check out the Arc'teryx Fission Glove or the Burton Gore-Tex Glove - Women's. If you're looking for a more water resistant glove that does well for the backcountry, check out the Outdoor Research Arete Glove. If you instead want a mitten with great wicking capabilities, the Dakine Tundra Mitt is by far the warmest and the least water resistant.

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. As mentioned in our Best Ski Gloves for Women article, ensuring that you have the proper fit really impacts the dexterity of the glove. Like the Burton Gore-Tex Glove, the Kinco Pigskin 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 like the Outdoor Research Arete or Gordini Gore-Tex Down III. 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 this glove for both resort and backcountry skiing.

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).
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).

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. It has no touchscreen capabilities like the Swany Legend II Mitt - Women's or Burton Gore-Tex Glove.


Nor does it have a double glove construct like the Outdoor Research Arete. In fact, it doesn't have the simplest feature - the quick cinch pull and release, like most other products in this review. If you're in the market for something with a bunch of bells and whistles, this is not the glove you want. But, if you're all about simplicity, you may have found your match.

The cuff fits nicely under jackets while the glove connecters (pictured on the right) are almost too small to use. This glove features little to no features. A perfect option for those who love no-frills designs.
The cuff fits nicely under jackets while the glove connecters (pictured on the right) are almost too small to use. This glove features little to no features. A perfect option for those who love no-frills designs.

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 provides great durability over the years, as long as the gloves are kept moisturized with the proper treatment.

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

However, this glove earned a fairly low score in this category because of the 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. As a result, it's not the best glove for craftsmanship and durability, though to be fair, it does retail for $16. Our Editor's Choice, the Arc'teryx Fission Glove or the Hestra Heli Three Finger glove offer a higher level of durability (as well as a higher cost).

Here we note a widely-spaced stitching patterns with a couple of fly-aways.
Here we note a widely-spaced stitching patterns with a couple of fly-aways.

Best Application


If you're charging in warm, dry conditions, this glove is simply perfect. The cloth on the back of the hand provides wonderful breathability while the insulative interior provides the right amount of warmth you need. We found great applications of this glove in both the resort and backcountry. Leave it at home for incredibly wet or cold days. If you want a glove that has a little more versatility, check out the Arc'teryx Fission Glove or the Gordini Gore-Tex Down III instead.

Value


Even though this glove isn't the highest performer and doesn't compete with other gloves in specific categories, it is a favorite amongst ski guides and ski bums. For a price ranging between $14 - $18 online, this is our Top Pick for Penny Pinchers!!! If you want a glove with a similar price, but actually performs better (based on online feedback and talking to long-time owners), the Kinco Pigskin Leather Heatkeep may be a better option at roughly $29 (and cheaper with some sales). Better performance and a great value can be found in our Best Buy award winner, the Gordini Gore-Tex Down III, $90, instead.

Conclusion


This glove is perfect for the penny pincher that loves to ski on bluebird, warm, clear days. We love 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