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Kinco 901 Ski Glove

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Thread Starter 

I just picked up some http://www.kinco.com/product/901/ Kinco 901Ski Gloves. The price was very reasonable comparatively speaking. They have been mentioned many times here at Epic. They arrived today and I must say they seem very burly. The fit is good for me.They are insulated with a proprietary synthetic and a nice interior liner. The Pigskin leather seems to be of a heavy gage, with reinforcements on fingers and palm. They are stiff. They are tagged as being treated with Nikwax glove proof. Which leads me to a question for those that have tried these. Short of simply wearing the glove out of the box, how would one soften them and train them to conform to my grip? Right now they feel like a straight jacket for my hands.Any suggestions?

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I have a pair of these for use on rope tows. They soften up with a bit of use.
You could use a leather conditioner I suppose. Back in the day, we used to wear our new leather Army boots in to the shower to help soften them up. Maybe you could wet them and wear them for awhile.
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Originally Posted by PAPA View Post

Short of simply wearing the glove out of the box, how would one soften them and train them to conform to my grip? Right now they feel like a straight jacket for my hands.Any suggestions?

They're work gloves - if you work hard enough in them they'll break in. It may help a little to heat them to around 150 degrees and rub in Sno-Seal, but they are what they are - heavy work gloves. Work in them and they'll get better.

Don't get me wrong - I like them and have worn them daily for years...at work. They're fantastic for less than $20, but if you want soft, conformable gloves out of the box you're going to have to spend more.
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Thread Starter 

Please do not get me wrong... These will be utility / work / ski gloves. To get the picture think bringing in firewood, shoveling the walk, snow blower, all around winter wear. I have a variety of Swanny, Hestra, and Smartwool for resort wear, I just don't want to thrash any more of them with un-avoidable chores. My hope is they will hold up well and I'd like to break them in properly.  

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The newer ones are a lot stiffer than they used to be. Maybe the Nikwax, maybe thicker leather. They do last forever--I have a couple of pairs that are at least 5 years old, used for skiing, shoveling, moving rocks, etc, etc. finally wore a little hole in one glove. And a marmot ate the cuff of one.

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bring back this thread with a simple idiot question... where the hell do I buy those gloves? Maybe I'm not looking where I should...
post #7 of 19
Google is your friend
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Google is your friend

Yes.

http://discountworkgear.com/Ski_Gloves-526-0.html
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thanks! looked local in most hardware stores and couldn't find... gotta try online!
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^ Just an FYI - those 901's are pretty stiff to start and need to be baked with SnoSeal or whatever your flavor is. The Flylow version is pretty nice too, can usually be found on sale and is pre-treated and slightly broken in. I have both. Also the 901's sometimes fit weird. The Flylows are more conistent. YMMV.
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Found mine at a hardware store.  Also got a pair of Kinkos mittens.  Both the gloves and the mittens together cost a total of $30.  

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^ Just an FYI - those 901's are pretty stiff to start and need to be baked with SnoSeal or whatever your flavor is. The Flylow version is pretty nice too, can usually be found on sale and is pre-treated and slightly broken in. I have both. Also the 901's sometimes fit weird. The Flylows are more conistent. YMMV.

think I saw the flylow sometime ago for less than $10... SAC I guess, it's a nice and simple glove! Think the regular price is $30 and $40
post #13 of 19
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thanks! looked local in most hardware stores and couldn't find... gotta try online!

 

You obviously didn't try Mountain Hardware in Truckee--the store that has everything. 

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Originally Posted by givethepigeye View Post

^ Just an FYI - those 901's are pretty stiff to start and need to be baked with SnoSeal or whatever your flavor is. The Flylow version is pretty nice too, can usually be found on sale and is pre-treated and slightly broken in. I have both. Also the 901's sometimes fit weird. The Flylows are more conistent. YMMV.

They are Nikwaxed so you don't need to snow seal them for waterproofing, at least not when they're new. I did snowseal a couple of pairs and can't say they are softer than the ones I didn't treat, and they're not breaking in after a year. Anyone have any other suggestions for softening them?

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 I did snowseal a couple of pairs and can't say they are softer than the ones I didn't treat, and they're not breaking in after a year. Anyone have any other suggestions for softening them?

 

Have you had them wet yet?

post #15 of 19

If you want broken in and soft from the start try the Kinco 90HK. I ski with it all the time. Holds up to work really well.  

post #16 of 19

hestra leather balm will break them in.

 

but the flylow can be had for cheap and are better glove of the same thing

post #17 of 19

I see the 901's are now treated with Revivex instead of Nikwax. Wonder if that makes a difference. 

The Hestra stuff is wax, like snoseal.

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I see the 901's are now treated with Revivex instead of Nikwax. Wonder if that makes a difference. 

The Hestra stuff is wax, like snoseal.

 

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post #19 of 19

A few years ago I bought a pair of work gloves in a hardware store in Colorado for Spring skiing. Don't recall exactly, but I'm sure I paid less than $15. Cream colored, (to reflect light/heat), buttery soft, just the right amount of insulation. Loved those suckers, and ... left em on the roof my car one day at Heavenly last Spring. Doh! They wuz so gone, forever!  ;-(

 

So I went to the hardware store and bought the closest cheap pair of work gloves I could find. Kinco's, just like yours. ( Had no idea they were being advertised as "ski gloves" - hilarious! Some smart cookie at Kinco obviously realized if others can charge big bucks for leather work gloves then why aren't we, eh? ;-). Again, $15, or thereabouts. Stiff as a board at first, and big, (sometimes feel like I'm in a Foo Fighters video when I'm skiing in them), but after maybe a dozen outings they have broken in nicely and I have grown to like them. Not as much as the others, but they'll do when it's sunny and 20 degrees or above.

 

I know you asked for suggestions above and beyond, but hey, just wear em.

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