John Hocking

John Hocking

John Hocking

John Hocking wrote a review of on August 24, 2011

5 5

I love these gloves. The goal of every manufacturer of cold weather glove is to maximize both dexterity *and* warmth, which is a challenge because warmth requires insulation, which adds bulk and reduces dexterity. Every serius cold-whether glove is a compromise between these two objectives. The Hestra Fall line has succeeded in achieving both excellent dexterity and warmth better than any glove I've ever encountered.

Of course there are warmer gloves - Hestra's military models or the Black Diamond Mad Max, for example; and there are gloves that provide more freedom of movement - Marmot's Exum Work gloves or Black Diamond's Transition gloves come to mind. But I've never seen such impressive dexterity *and* warmth in the same glove.

The name, "Fall Line," does not mean that these are designed for Spring or Fall skiing. These are intended for heavy duty, take-no-prisoners, January-February skiing, and other outdoor activities. They are made of extremely soft, supple and flexible leather. Your hand feels like they are in a custom, warm cozy home. The insulation is remarkably light for the amount of warmth provided. When the velcro wrist seals are in place, no snow is coming in. The gloves are also completely waterproof.

You can get an idea of the quality of construction by blowing-up each of the pictures.

The only caveat I'll offer is I found them to fit small. I don't know if this is true of Hestra, in general, but it is definitely true of the Fall Line. I normally wear Large and my wife wears Woman's small. Based on other reviews, I ordered a size up, 10, which according to the sizing table is XL. The gloves fit me perfectly. My wife normally wears a woman's small, which the chart shows as a 6. The 6 is too small.

I think these would be well worth the full retail price, and are probably one of the best deals on Dept of Goods at their present price.

IMO, you can't go wrong with this glove.

(0)

 

0 Comments

John Hocking

John Hocking wrote a question about on June 15, 2011

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.

(0)