Published on November 29th, 2012 | by Greg0
Grandoe Primo Elite Gloves: Toasty!
We’ll continue our trend of unusually-named outdoors apparel with Grandoe, after our recent post on Kahtoola. If you haven’t heard of them, Grandoe makes a wide range of gloves and mittens, for men, women, and kids. Ranging in price from $40 to $140, we tried for a mid-range, fairly serious pair, meant for use while skiing and snowboarding. While out in powder, there are few things worse than cramping or cold hands, so we hauled out to Killington with some other gear to test (like the recently-reviewed Salomon Prophet).
There’s a lot to like about the Grandoe Primo Elite Men’s Ski Gloves (ours were size small, in black, but they are also available in blue and a mitt style as well, often a bit warmer but sacrificing finger flexibility). Here are the basic specs:
- Shell: Velocity Soft-Shell and Deer Tanned Leather
- Palm: WaterBlock Sheepskin and Deer Tanned Leather
- Palm Insert: Dri-Gard Waterproof/Breathable
- Insulation: Thinsulate
For those looking carefully, those are some high-grade materials. There’s even a microfleece liner, which felt nice and kept fairly dry while out and about. We would’ve liked a little more traction on the tips of our fingers but there was a nicely texture area right below. And for those who want the tried and true down fill, Grandoe does offer several different sets with goose-feather insulation. Our fingers got a little cool towards the end of the day, but breathability was solid even if the styling was pretty basic.
Anyone in need of a set of good serious winter sports gloves should look at Grandoe- and one piece of advice, gloves are not “one size fits all”. They offer sizing that felt true to fit, and we definitely recommend making use of their size charts to help find the appropriate pair. The Primo Elites were comfortable, durable, and had excellent seams. Available at press time for $65, a drop from the normal $85.