Maybe you’ve noticed this at ski hills: the lift operators, instructors, groomers and bartenders — in other words, the locals — can often be seen wearing tan-colored leather gloves with quilted backs. They’re called Kincos, and they cost less than $20 (compared to high-end ski gloves that can run in the hundreds). Skiers and snowboarders wear them until they’re ragged and then head to the hardware store or gas station to pick up another pair.
Kinco gloves will suffice for many, but others who want more durability and more warmth without the price can look to Flylow, a company that used the cheap work glove as a platform and refined it for the mountain. Flylow uses pigskin leather baked with SnoSeal beeswax for waterproofing and a layer of synthetic insulation for additional warmth. Beyond that, its gloves and mittens remain simple, and they aren’t expensive either — right now you can get a pair for just $40.
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