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    Guard your hands with Gore-Tex XCR and Hestra's impeccable quality.

    The steepest and deepest beckon, so slip on the Hestra Army Leather Gore-Tex XCR Ski Glove and send it. This big-gauntlet bomb shelter for your hands stays warm on the coldest days and dry in the heaviest snow. Hestra's ergonomic Eagle Grip follows the natural curve of your hands in supple Army Goat leather and burly Triton nylon, while fiberfill and a fleecy lining insulate without sacrificing an iota of crucial grip. Gore-Tex XCR denies soak-through while you dig your test pit, and breathes like a champ when your palms start sweating at the tip of Hypodermic Needle. Hestra's innovative Handcuffs attach these gloves by a lanyard to your forearms, so you can take them off and find your Dermatone without dropping them to the tram floor.
    • Item #HES0023

    Tech Specs

    [body] Triton polyamide, [palm] goat leather, [lining] Bemberg polyester
    Removable Liner
    Gore-Tex membrane
    hook-and-loop strap, elastic drawcord
    Goggle Wipe
    Nose Wipe
    Hand-warmer Pocket
    Recommended Use
    skiing, snowboarding, alpine climbing
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    Best Gloves ever

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I have pretty bad circulation in my hands but, these actually keep them warm and dry. They've been incredibly warm, durable and comfortable. I've had these for the past 3 years and they're still going strong. I love the elastic wrist strap also - it's not bulky and keeps me from always dropping my glove.

    Best mountaineering gloves I ever owned

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    First, they are not dexterous. If you need high precision movement or rope handling they are not up to a job. They are true high altitude mountaineering gloves. They are long, warm, have idiot cord, made of high quality material, waterproof,.. Don't leave on summit day without them.

    warmest gloves around

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    took these gloves with me to go hunting, and the whole time we were up there in the cold, my hands stayed nice and toasty. you cant go wrong with these gloves.

    Awesome glove

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I've used these through an entire season in some cold and deep backcountry skiing in Japan. Absolutely exceed expectations. Only the slightest bit of cold creeps in while on long lifts. Absolutely worth the money.

    Warm and comfortable

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9

    My hands are very sensitive to the cold. These are quite warm for finger gloves....and they feel great! A bit pricey but they get the job done except for skiing on extremely bitter cold days on the slopes of New England......that's when I break out the Mitts....

    Sick to the max.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    Amazing gloves. Super warm and feel super durable. Dexterity suffers by about 15% wearing these gloves, which is better than most gloves this warm but not as dexterous as some. That trade-off is A-OK. Would definitely buy again.

    Best gloves I've ever owned!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    Super warm, super fit, bullet proof construction. Wrist straps lash so tight you could scuba dive in these gloves. Worn in 0 degree temps with no complaints. Worth the money!

    You get what you pay for!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    You're feet are sure to be pissed because your hands will be so comfortable. This will be my 3rd season in this glove, and I'm still in love. They have just started to show discoloration in the palm, but it is only where my pole rests. The construction is next to none. I have used them in all temperature ranges except for the really warm spring days. Hestra hit this one out of the park, this glove is rock solid. Worth the money!

    My roommate had the heli glove which is also a solid choice, but it just didn't last like this glove has. He retired them last year. Spend the extra, if you're ok with a glove that doesn't have a removable liner.

    Great gloves!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    Just bought these gloves and tested them out in a blizzard. Gloves were warm and toasty. They are also super comfortable.

    Water did eventually seep through the leather which made the gloves a little cold. This was after 5 hrs of constant snow pounding me and sitting on the ground/strapping in. It was to be expected though with the conditions I was in. I don't think any gloves would have been dry in this weather.

    Glove runs a bit large. I was spot on a size 8 according to the chart but a size 7 fit better.

    Warmth and Dryness for Days

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    Hands have stayed warm and dry in the most foul weather. The gore-tex membrane does its job. I wear a size 8 in the Hestra Ski Cross Glove, went for the same here. This glove has a bit more room in it.

    Best Gloves

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    Used the gloves today and my hands stayed toasty all day. These are the best gloves I had since I started skiing. I just wish now that they made a hunting model. I ordered a size 9, I usually take a med to M/L. Great fit ?liked everything about them.

    Great gloves

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    There's a reason that ski guides throughout the country wear these. They are warm, very waterproof, and malleable after you break them in a little bit. Have used them in breck with wind chills down to minus 25 and they were still good. Layered with a very thing Sirius liner and it adds even more warmth, tho as expected adding a liner makes it a little harder to move ur fingers. Also the wrist straps r all gloves don't have this by now is beyond me. Highly recommended

    Compared to my old, ratty Dakines...

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large

    Was pretty excited about getting these gloves. I'm tall, thin & suffer too often from cold fingers. I'm always on the lookout for a warm glove. Given all the positive reviews on this glove, I was sure it was a winner. Not so fast...

    First off, let me say that I love the basic fit. Long fingers and thin hands are hard to fit, but the size 9 was spot on. Quality is good. However, had one primary concern right off the bat: when you close your hand as if gripping your pole, a mound of extra leather puckers up in the palm. It's as if they didn't pre-curve the glove enough. I'm not sure if this wouldn't somehow break in over time, but it concerned me quite a bit. The dexterity of the glove isn't so hot, either, but that could be due to the leather being new and stiff. I put on a liberal coating of the leather conditioner, thinking that might help soften them up. It didn't.

    Setting that aside, though, how did they perform? I wore them one day and wasn't overly impressed with their warmth (or flexibility), so decided I needed to do a side-by-side with my old, beat to heck Dakine Apollos.

    Day one, Bridger Bowl, Bozeman, MT. Somewhere around 10 degrees. Dakine on the left, Hestra on the right. Both hands got really cold on the first chairs. Both started to warm up at the same time. No difference at all in the final warmth. Sure did miss the nose wipe that the Hestra doesn't have.

    Day two, Bridger bowl. Hestra on the left, Dakine on the right. Somewhere around 20 degrees, but windy. Both hands got cold at the same time, and got to the same levels of warmth at the same time and across the whole day. No difference. Was sure nice to have my nose wipe back, though.

    In the end, the Hestra performed no better than my old, beat up glove. Having done a similar test a few years ago, I've concluded the warmth of all quality gloves is about the same, with the real difference being how warm you are in general.

    Sending them back.

    Compared to my old, ratty Dakines...

    Great Gloves but prefer the Guide

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    I ordered both the size 9 and 10 in these and found the 9 too small and the 10 fingers too long. Seems like a great glove for the specific size hand. Kept the guide since it has a better fit, more dexterity and a removable wool liner. Love the Guide glove.

    Really great gloves

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I tried on almost every comparable glove I could find, and it came down to the XCR's for a couple of reasons. The first is they are gore tex, which is something that cannot be overlooked. They will keep water out no matter what, even if the shell is soaked. It is worth the one time up charge in my mind from the Heli's. The other reason is they are very dexterous, I am surprised more people don't rave about Hestra in general for that fact. I find that I am a large in all gloves, and the 9's fit me perfectly. The included leashes are a great feature... look around, you can't just find them for sale on their own, let alone attach them to gloves that don;t have them. The other feature that stands out is the wrist velcro strap... very secure and easy to use. Cuff could be easier to loosen, but that is my only gripe. Glad they added a grey color this year, used to be only black. Hestra has always been a great glove for me.

    Alright, but I like Kinco/Flylow better

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I have these gloves, got them off the old for $70 shipped in summer '09, they have held up very well, but Flylow/Kinco gloves are just as good or BETTER at 1/4 the price. I think Hestra sells more on there name, actually i barely use them. Actually I'm most likely gonna sell mine on, because they stay in the closet most of the time. I think the Flylow gloves the best 'bang for your buck' on the market.

    I would rather save money & put it toward more useful backcountry skiing gear vs. Hestra gloves.

    My stalwart companions

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I got these gloves as a present 4 years ago. At first I just liked the excellent powder cuff. Now after years of hard use they have served me well from the wet and icy slopes up and down the east coast to -30f backcountry runs in jackson hole to lung filling face shots in Utah . Even with my XXL hands and long limbs they have kept my fingers warm and, most importantly, dry. For a big glove I am very happy with the dexterity these allow as well. When I sadly retire these gloves, another pair will soon be getting their beeswax treatment and preparing to keep my fingers toasty. The old ones will be sitting on my mantle as a happy reminder of many good days on the snow.

    BTW, I found these gloves colder if worn with a liner,Maybe it compresses the insulation? Not sure but it was noticeable.

    Would these gloves be able to be used during extreme cold to manipulate camera controls? My fingers freeze and I can't keep taking mittens, glomits or gloves off to fiddle with the controls.

    These don't look like they come with a...

    These don't look like they come with a hard warmer pocket? Do they still work well with hard warmers (i.e., is there a place to fit them in?

    Are these a complete Gore-Tex XCR membrane...

    Are these a complete Gore-Tex XCR membrane (i.e. like a goretex glove liner, so under the leather palm as well as the rest of the glove)?

    Just trying to work out if they are comparable to the ArcTeryx SV's...

    So I just got a pair of these, they fit...

    So I just got a pair of these, they fit ok but the fingers are a bit long. I am using them for patrolling and need dexterity but I also need warmth. I'm wondering if these were designed to leave some space in the fingers to create an air pocket for warm air? I'd rather not return another pair of gloves to Backcountry, it would be the 3rd pair and I'm getting tired of hunting for a good glove.

    I am torn between the Heli and the XCR....

    I am torn between the Heli and the XCR. Am I understanding correctly... The heli has a removeable liner and the XCR doesn't?
    I see that the XCR has a couple extra pieces of leather and the XCR in the lining.
    How water resistant IS the DWR Heli gloves compared to the XCR?

    What do i do if the sizing is off? I just...

    What do i do if the sizing is off? I just got a pair of hestra Kaj and Sverre pro models in a size 9 and they fit perfect. The size 9 XCR gloves i just got are a full inch too long on my fingers. I see lots of comments about the sizing being on target so am I to assume I just got a weird sized pair?

    Probably, I would hope on Live Chat and they should be able to help you out with ordering a new pair in the same size. If you're crunched for time, I would order a size smaller as well and then just return whatever doesn't work. Tell the live chat guys and they'll take care of you.

    Sizing - being tall and are...

    Sizing - being tall and are my hands
    Length 8.5", but max width 9.75"
    I assume that going with the Size 11 is the thing to do, but any suggestions??

    Are these much stiffer compared with the...

    Are these much stiffer compared with the Hestra Heli gloves? I see the extra leather inserts on the thumb and index finger, and know there is a Gore-Tex layer, in addition to somewhat different materials used. I'm just wondering if this glove is going to feel too stiff while gripping ski poles compared with the Heli gloves.

    This season I ended up getting the XCR, and my best buddy got the Heli. I tried one on each hand and there didn't seem to be too much of a difference. I used them 6 full days and they continued to loosen up considerable through use. I wouldn't be too worried about them being too stiff.

    Just got my XCRs from BC last night, and...

    Just got my XCRs from BC last night, and the package came with a sample of the Hestra branded leather balm. On that sample and on the website, Hestra recommends to 'Grease the leather regularly,' but doesn't mention anything about greasing them before first time use... I'm assuming that you don't have to if they didn't mention it, but I thought I would throw the question out to the community.
    Thanks guys.

    To elaborate just a bit. I don't ski, but...

    To elaborate just a bit. I don't ski, but weather permitting, compute 30 miles on a motorcycle with no fairing or heated grips, let alone a plug in heating system. Weather that keeps me off the bike is unrelated to cold. As long as it's not raining hard, or forecast to do so, I ride with temperatures often in the teens, with wind chills routine at -10 and lower, and ocassionally higher if I happened to be riding at 50 - 60 into a 20 mph head wind. (The gloves I used last winter were inadequate from about freezing (32), and below. I won't mention the brand because to do so would be an unfair, gratuitous slam. They were not designed for my needs.) Water resistence, or proofness, is important, too because I sometimes am caught in hard rain and that 20 mph head wind and at near freezing. On those days I wish I had taken the car, which gets between 1/2 and 1/3 the MPG.

    I own a pair of the non gore tex hestras.I ski an average of 30X a year. Plus I tour which leaves me more in the open and less time to stop in one place and warm up. To put in perspective, I got the gloves I did because from the reviews I read they were extremely warm gloves and very high wind resistance. After using them for a season the only time they weren't toasty was when the temps dropped (without wind chill)to about -10F, I was high on a mountain with 40 mph winds. The wind did not get through the gloves, just the cold temps, and on the same note, they weren't cold, just not hot as normal.
    I firmly believe that is you go to the higher grade army gloves, you will be completely protected as far as wind coverage, I know the liners are extremely warm as they are comparable to the non gore tex.

    Can anyone compare these gloves in warmth...

    Can anyone compare these gloves in warmth and dexterity to the Black Diamond Mad Max?

    is there a difference between these and...

    is there a difference between these and the heli glove?

    What does it mean if a glove has google...

    What does it mean if a glove has google and nose wipe features?

    Some gloves that are designed for skiing or similar activities have a small rubber piece that acts like a squeegee to clear your goggles. Some also have a small pad usually on the top side of the gloves for you to wipe your nose on, since most people get runny noses in winter sports. These gloves have neither feature.

    Just got these and they seem a little...

    Just got these and they seem a little tight. I ordered a size Large (9) as that is what always seems to work for me. Does Hestra run small? I'm afraid if i order an XL (10) they may be too big.

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    My Hestra's were a little tight the first few times I wore them as well. You have to give them a little time for the liners to pack out. Just to make sure they're not too small, take the liner out and put your hand in just the shell. If that's tight then they're definitely too small. If you have some wiggle room you're good, just need to pack out the liners.

    For an East Coast Ski Patroller which is...

    For an East Coast Ski Patroller which is better these or the Heli's?

    They'll be close to being equally waterproof. For the extra money I'm sure you're paying a bit for the name too. Also, in your line of work, the glove won't last a super long time anyways so I'd go with something less expensive than this!

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    Just to counter that point about them not lasting a super long time, these are the most durable, longest lasting gloves I have ever owned. I have been boarding for 16 years (20 - 40 days of hard backcountry riding per season), skiing for about 10 yrs prior to that. Prior to these gloves, I went through at least one pair of gloves per season, even considering I wear pipe gloves for the later part of the season. I have been rocking these Hestra's going on 4 seasons now. The only issue I have had which just occured this last season was some stitching coming loose on the index finger, but has not lost any of its ability to stay dry. By my math, even with a higher price up front, these gloves end up costing about 1/4th the cost of any other pair of gloves when forced to purchase a new pair every season. When it does come time to buy another pair, I will be purchasing these same gloves, possibly in a mitt style for added warmth.

    Would these be suitable for women? The...

    Would these be suitable for women? The length from my wrist to my middle finger is 7 inches.

    I've just got a pair of these in a size 9...

    I've just got a pair of these in a size 9 and I can't decide whether they're too big or not - there's room between my finger tips and the tips of the glove but it's not excessive..... They're a bit cumbersome to try and do things with and they're not tight fitting but I'm not convinced they're too big! Any thoughts on sizing guys? Is a bit loose quite good or do you want them to 'fit like a glove' as it were(!)? I know this is a bit vague sorry - any help is greatly appreciated! Cheers

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    Personally, I always like to have a bit of extra room but it is such a fine line between just enough extra space and too much extra space. If you haven't decided yet, I would recommend wearing them and play around with whatever equipment you would use while wearing them. If you don't have the ability to do that, just wear them around the house and see how difficult it is to do things so that you can decide if they are too large or not.

    how do these compare in warmth to the Heli...

    how do these compare in warmth to the Heli glove?

    I've heard these are warmer than the regular Heli glove; however, these don't have removable liners which doesn't allow you to customize warmth as easily. I live in Alaska and decided on the regular Heli gloves over these. I have yet to test them out--I will post a review when I do.

    I need a warm glove. I own this glove and...

    I need a warm glove. I own this glove and my fingers are cold, even with a thin wool liner. Any recommendations for a new glove? What about the Marmot Expedition? A friend of mine says stop using a glove with Gore-Tex. Thoughts? Thanks.

    If you don't absolutely need gloves, mittens or two-finger gloves will always be warmer. I've heard others say that the Hestra Heli's are warmer, though they do not have the Gore-Tex liner. With proper leather treatment, you probably won't need the Gore-Tex liner in normal conditions anyway. The other thing that will make a huge difference is wearing gloves that are large enough. If wearing liners makes the gloves fit tightly, your hands might actually be warmer without the liners. I just got these gloves and have done some ice climbing and skiing in them, only got cold hands once hiking from the lift to the summit in a snow storm because I was carrying the skis. I'll have a full review coming shortly, but in answer to your question: if you have cold hand issues, larger gloves or preferably mittens are what you need. I don't think gloves with this much dexterity get much warmer than these!

    How does this glove compare to the older...

    How does this glove compare to the older Marmot Ultimate ski glove? I am not a fan of the 2008-2009 Marmots and mm looking to replace them.
    I want a glove that has primaloft (or something comparable), lots of dexterity in the fingers, XCR goretex, and warm that will last. Can you recommend a few of your best gloves that fit the above descrition?

    I have the Hestra Army and a pair of Marmot mittens (that otherwise look almost like the Hestras). The Marmots are warmer (but they are mittens). The first time I wore the Hestra Army I was skiing on day when it was about 20 degrees and the wind chill was probably about 10 degrees. My fingers were cold. I purchased a VERY thin IBEX wool liner--made all the difference. My fingers are warm now. The Hestra offers lots of dexterity--great glove.