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Gear Review

3 5

Solid, but didn't live up to the hype

I had previously owned a pair of Hestra 3-finger Heli gloves, but these got commandeered by my fiancee (as they were the only glove that kept her fingers from freezing). I'd been hugely impressed with my experience with Hestra, so decided to see what else was in their range, and after reading a deluge of positive reviews on the Vertical Cuts, I bought a pair two seasons ago.

I bought the black pair, and they look awesome, and they appear to be really sturdily constructed. So far, so good.

However, a key feature for me is dexterity (a lot of reviewers identified this as a key positive for this glove, which was a big factor in me buying it), and these gloves are not at all impressive in this regard. There's a lot of really stiff padding on the back of the hand and a whole bunch of padding/stitching around the fingers which makes the glove quite stiff. It doesn't seem like the sort of thing that will ease up over time either.

It's also clearly a lot less warm than my old Hestras. I'm generally pretty warm in the hands, but I got cold a few times (in Whistler, where it's not that cold) in these gloves. While it's true that my old pair are a 3 finger mitt, I still feel strongly that the Heli glove would be a LOT warmer than the Vertical Cut.

Finally, sizing is very different to my other Hestras. I bought the same size as my heli, and it was noticeably tighter around my fingers.

Overall, a solid glove, but aesthetics trump performance, which is a shame given the hefty price tag.