Grandoe, the warmest gloves I’ve ever owned
Aspen Times Weekly
Aspen, CO Colorado
I purchased my first pair of Grandoe gloves more than a decade ago. They were carefully reserved for downhill skiing no matter how cold my hands might get during other pursuits while wearing other, lesser gloves.
Finally, the insulation began to pack down and I decided it was time for new ski gloves. This was maybe four years ago. Though I’d purchased the Grandoes in Aspen, I couldn’t find a new pair anywhere and settled for Swany gloves, which aren’t as warm, I swear. (Admission: I’m prone to frigid digits and use those little hand-warmer packets when I ski, no matter what gloves I’m wearing.)
The old Grandoes became the gloves I wore to work in the subzero darkness. They’re the ones I dig out of my pack on backcountry outings when exertion alone isn’t enough to keep my hands warm. When I spied a tiny tear in one of them this winter, I panicked.
Fast forward to New Year’s Eve 2009. I’m about to enjoy an early dinner at one of my favorite El Jebel haunts when the guy at the next table leans over and says, “Excuse me, but how do you like those gloves?” with a nod to my old Grandoes, sitting on the empty chair next to me.
“If I could ever find another pair of these gloves, I’d buy them,” I told him. “They’re the warmest gloves I’ve ever owned.”
He grinned and started gushing about his own best-gloves-ever Grandoes.
Inspired, I subsequently logged on at grandoe.com and perused an overwhelming selection of gloves from a company that, as it turns out, has made nothing but gloves for more than a century (until a recent foray into slippers). Grandoe is even located in a place called Gloversville, N.Y.
They don’t sell their products online, but I found someplace else to order a pair of the Grandoe Micro G glove with its special insulation in each fingertip – where, as the company notes, you need it most.
The insulation is indescribably soft and, I don’t know how, but after a minute on my hands, it feels like the gloves themselves are generating heat. They’re the new best gloves I’ve ever owned.
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