These 100% goat leather Vermonter Vermont Gloves are pretty sweet. Made in (you guessed it) Vermont, they are a beefed (goated) up, higher quality version of the popular Kinco Ski Gloves.
My first impression was out of the package the Vermonter Glove offered a nice pretty true to size, comfortable as all heck fit and feel.
Kinco Vs Vermont Glove
Kinco has a huge range of gloves and so does Vermont Gloves. So down to brass tacks the biggest difference is the majority of the Kinco gloves are made with cowhide. Vermont Gloves are 100% goat hide. Biggest difference is goatskin has oils in it aka Lanolin that when it gets wet it dries out soft and flexible, just as it was wet.
Cowhide lacks those oils and it dries out, and stiffens. Biggest take away from that is the Vermont Gloves will be a bit more durable ,and will maintain the glove feel even if you sweat or get them wet. No more crusty fingers.
Another thing is the Vermont Glove does have the seems on the tips of your fingers, which adds not only protection, but takes seems off of your finger feels that you are actually using. Not to mention the double walled palm!
Well I used these snowboarding in Steamboat. 60 degree sunny slush day, which usually means soaked gloves. That wasn’t the case at all with the Vermont. Although they did keep my hands hot, they weren’t wet at all and were super comfortable to ride in! That being said, they do have insulated ski specific gloves, and liners you can use, that would be great for those cold February pow days.
After this I went camping up in Wyoming for a week chasing trout. These gloves were great to have around, weather it was chopping wood or grabbing the skillet when cooking dinner, they were a perfect pair of gloves to have around. Needless to say these gloves haven’t left the center console of my truck as they are now my everyday glove.
The Vermonter Glove from Vermont Gloves ($100.00) is a great everything glove. It’s a durable, comfortable, thoughtfully made, and American made glove. If you’re running through pairs of other gloves every summer, this glove, although more expensive, will be more durable and be more comfortable then other gloves on the market. With the option to turn it into a winter glove.
Pretty stoked to see something different. Kinco Gloves has been jumping their prices up every year, losing the affordable and durable reason that they got popular for. Now for a few extra bucks, you’ll get quality and comfort and be supporting a true family owned American made business.
Pro Tip: *All the gloves mentioned do require maintenance with oil/beeswax for upkeep and waterproofing*