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Published on November 29th, 2012 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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