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crowther4376967 wrote a review of on February 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these a couple of years ago. I'm about 5'10", 180lbs (reasonably athletic, with fairly chunky legs) and bought the Large.

I've taken these on trips to NZ, Canada and several trips to Europe, and they're as good as the day I bought them

The fit is awesome, the fabric is fantastic (waterproof, durable, a bit of stretch, and just enough warmth).

I HATE overheating and didn't want the bulk of a fully insulated pant. These are perfect. I've skied on really cold days in Whistler, Zermatt and Chamonix in these things, and I'm completely comfortable with a single pair of merino thermals underneath.

When I warm up, I make liberal use of the side vents (which helpfully have a mesh backing, so you can keep skiing even in pretty deep snow without worrying about them filling up your pants).

Pockets are great as well - two pairs on each side plus back pockets. The top and back pockets have waterproof zippers, but the main ones I use are the side pockets which have the flaps over them. I keep energy bars, lip balm, trail maps, leatherman, whatever I need in there, and completely forget it's there while I'm skiing.

This pair of pants really won me over to the Mammut brand. I've since bought the Stoney jacket to go with the pants - the only drawback I had was that the pants and jacket are meant to clip in to one another to keep snow out, but the clip-in system had changed by the time I bought my jacket (2009 pants, 2010/11 jacket), so they're not really compatible.

Aside from that, highly, highly, highly recommend either as standalone pieces.

For me, these are the perfect ski pants.

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crowther4376967 wrote a review of on May 28, 2012

3 5

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.

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