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The Heli keeps you warm and dry from east coast ice to Alaskan steeps.
- Item #HES0073
- Q & A
waterproof, unless its damp out
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
I purchased the Hestra Heli gloves and used them once for a night ski session (3 hours). Thumbs got wet and cold in about 1 hour. Rest of glove was fine. Was snowing moderately with no rain. Contacted Hestra customer service by email and was told not to use while snowboarding (?) or in the whole pacific northwest. Sent gloves to their warranty department for a check - they said the glove is fine.
Would recommend pretty much not at all.
Palms of my hands stayed nice and warm, but my finger tips where just cold all day long. I used these in PC on warm sunny days, and down low they where ok I could wiggle my fingers to warm them up, but once we hit the top it was miserable. No way was I going to try time on a real cold snowy day (if one shows up).
Not warm enough
Bought these gloves last year and just got a chance to use them skiing in Utah. Clear sunny but cold day. The first run down the mountain fingers were FROZEN. Got a pair of liners to use with them and hands were fine the rest of the day. Not sufficient for me.
Recommended... Or not.
I liked the feel of the gloves. The gloves (cuffs) were to long for my purpose. I needed more dexterity than the gloves allowed. Also being white they would not be easy to keep clean.
Hestra is the only glove/mitten I will wear. I am a person who has always had cold hands. Well no more. These gloves are great for those blue bird days or out in the back country. These are my second pair of Hestra gloves and I love every inch of them. However I do recommend using sno-seal instead of the Hestra balm I have found that it doesn't change the color quit so much and keeps the leather softer.
Most of the guides we skied with in AK used Hestra gloves so they were a natural consideration when my old North Face work gloves wore out. In temps above 0F these are excellent gloves and keep your hands very warm, waterproof performance is as good as it should be. Sizing based on the chart is a bit tight though I had to send mine back and go a size up.
Can anyone suggest a truly waterproof...
Can anyone suggest a truly waterproof woman's glove to be used in a downpour, not in snow, that still allows use of the fingers such as buckling large buckles, scooping grain, etc...?
no glove that has good dexterity will really be waterproof in an extended downpour.
try a neoprene glove, it will get wet but will keep warm.
I don't see a simple one for sale on this site but check a general sports store. Fishermen and kayakers use them.
I agree with AC that about the only glove that's really going to be completely waterproof in pouring down rain for hours is probably one of those lovely yellow rubber kitchen gloves.
That said, you should be good in quite a bit of rain with some gore tex gloves, here's a few:
There's plenty of other gloves out there as well that use some form of gore-tex for waterproofing, these are just a few. Many of them probably come in a womens version as well, I know the BD Guide glove does.