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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

These GLoves ROCK! Fly Low Gloves.


 
 


FlyLow leather gloves ...


"Why does every ski patroller wear work gloves while skiing? The answer is simple, because they are just as tough as $150 leather palm gloves and they breathe better, so they keep you dry longer. Dry hands = warm hands. Flylow took the classic 1/2 leather work glove and made it nice: the fingers fit right, the stitching is consistent, the leather is soft and flexible. Then we brought on Big Al the glove baker to heat up the gloves and apply Astko's SnoSeal Bees Wax treatment to the gloves. But that is not all! Then he bakes them again, coats them again and bakes them one final time to give you the best pair of work gloves a guy (or gal) could ask for. Triple baked and super affordable!"

$30 for the fabric back, $40 for the full leather model.

A great lwt ski glove.  They simply rock!  I just bet $40 they will work with a set of ice tools.  Price is right.  I like them!  Easily available, just do a quick Google search.

Rumor is:

"Kinco in Portland OR makes these for Flylow, and Flylow, seals them, then rebrands 'em.
Go to the hardware store, buy a pair of Kincos for $12, buy Snoseal for $3 - bake them yourself.
The only other edge Kinco has, is they reinforce their palms and fingers with an extra layer of pigskin. The Flylow version doesn't have this. "

8 comments:

Diarmuid Duggan said...

These gloves are made by Kinco. Flylow gets them from Kinco and applies a water proof solution called Sno-Seal. Kinco gloves are $22 on Amazon and the snow seal is $4.

Dane said...

Dude, you really need to read the ENTIRE post before commenting. I didn't find this specific full leather model on Kinco's web site. No doubt Kinco makes them though. I did find the fabric version. $26 for a do it yourself job or $30 from FliLow and pre waxed for you. A penny saved and all.

Anonymous said...

I run a set of full leather Kinkos as my primary ski glove and have loved them. The trick I've found is to really bake them with Snowseal, rather than just rubbing it in. I did just migrate from Colorado so I'm a little curious how they hold up here. I'd really recommend you pick up a thing of Snowseal for keeping up on treating the gloves. They start getting a little funky as the Snowseal wears off. These are the gloves I have.

http://www.gemplers.com/product/22760/Kinco-Gloves-Pigskin-Insulated-Knit-Wrist

copper said...

I have used the make your own version for several years now. Great down to a certain temperature.

gimmeslack said...

How exactly do you 'bake in' snowseal?

PurpleJesus1994 said...

I purchased a couple pairs of the flyflow gloves a month or two ago. After multiple people told me they are hands down the best gloves they have ever had. At this point i have only climbed in them once. I will say i think i may be a convert as i was very very happy with both styles.

They are inexpensive by comparison, warm and fairly dexterous. I will be interested to see how they last. So long as they stay $40 or less i am fine if i get half season out of a pair. As far as being waterproof imop just about any leather glove i have ever used gets a coat of SnowSeal just about every time i head out.

I would imagine like 220 or so in the oven for 10-20 minutes would do the trick for baking the SnowSeal in?

Anonymous said...

The one hitch, and I learned this the hard way is that Snowseal smells like ass when you put it in your oven. I hung mine 12 inches or so in front of a wood stove that was going pretty good until the gloves were steaming. This, or the oven may do the trick, especially when your significant other/roommate is not home. The other thing I've noticed, is I've had way more luck out of a beat up soft shell glove in terms of breathability compared to the Kinko/Flylow glove. Of course it could be different for you.

Tomas said...

I've just got Flylow full leather gloves at our local shop in Big Sky, MT. The first and only gloves I needed all day long. That includes ski approach, dry tooling, ice climbing, rappelling, belaying and skiing out. Oh and shoveling driveway in the morning :) All in temps 15-25F. They were a little tough for dry tooling and quick clipping, but this will get only better with use.