dunhammjwrote a review of Hestra Heli Mitten on November 22, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
I was looking for a mitten that didn't have finger separation inside. These had great reviews so I figured I would give them a try. These are better than I was expecting.
I love the fact that there are so many different sizes. I measured my hands and got the size 10. They fit better than any glove I have previously had.
The removable fleece-y inside is so warm and soft. The fact that it is has Velcro holding it in is great. It is easy to remove the liner and dry it overnight (it is polyester so it dries fast). There are no obstructions inside the outer mitt either so reinstallation is as easy as putting on any mitten and making sure the Velcro is stuck.
I have never had a little elastic wrist band that goes around my wrist to lanyard my mitten to me but oh boy, it's such a great feature! Being able to take these off to use a map, cool off my hands on a chair lift, or eat is nicer now that I never have to worry about dropping them.
This was the first time I ever spent more than $30 on a pair of gloves or mittens. I do love the sno-sealed cheap kinco glove you see so frequently for backcountry skiing, hiking, working, etc. and they do have their place in my life, but, for me, those don't cut it for in-bounds skiing or crazy cold days. These mittens cost a bit more than I usually spent in the past but if I lose these (which shouldn't happen because they attach to me), wear them out, or someone who is jealous (pretty much everyone that sees or tries them) steals them, I will definitely buy another pair. For the record, I don't expect these to wear out soon either, they feel durable and the leather palm is nice and supple.
So, if you are looking for a pair of mittens that are high quality, have no internal finger separation, will never fall in the snow when removed, and are built to last, trust me when I say, $135 is worth what you get with these.