Phil A.wrote a review of Hestra Heli Mitten - Women's on January 10, 2010
I'm a guy. I bought these for my girlfriend for Christmas. Just want to get that out of the way.
She was really wanting some nice ski gloves because her hands would freeze all the time. In addition to that, she has Raynaud's Disease, which basically means her fingers are extremely susceptible to cold conditions. You can look it up on Wikipedia if you want. She really NEEDED some nice gloves, although she didn't realize exactly what a "nice" glove/mitten entailed until she used these for the first time.
We went skiing (day and night) on a really cold, snowy, windy day in NY a couple of weeks ago. When we were done, she said that this was the first time in her entire life that she's been skiing and her hands didn't get cold. Usually we have to stop at the lodge for 20 minutes every 2 hours so her hands can warm up, which we didn't do once. THAT is the difference a nice pair of mitts like these can make.
The liner on the inside is a very soft mitten (not separate fingers) that velcros into the shell of the glove. It is removable, so when you're done for the day, you can take out the liner to dry (if it's wet). The shell is an extremely lush leather (palm), and they include a packet of leather conditioner with the glove, presumably to be used every time the winter season ends.
Obviously, high marks from me for these. I also own a pair of Hestra gloves for myself, which are outstanding. Great company.