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Hestra Army Leather Gore-Tex Glove - Men's

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Army Leather Gore-Tex Glove

The steepest and deepest beckon, so slip on the Hestra Army Leather Gore-Tex Ski Glove and send it. This big-gauntlet bomb shelter for your hands stays warm on the coldest days and dry in the heaviest snow. Hestra's ergonomic Eagle Grip follows the natural curve of your hands in supple Army Goat leather and burly Triton nylon, while fiberfill and a fleecy lining insulate without sacrificing an iota of crucial grip. Gore-Tex denies soak-through while you dig your test pit, and breathes like a champ when your palms start sweating at the tip of double black-diamond chute. Hestra's innovative Handcuffs attach these gloves by a lanyard to your forearms, so you can take them off and find your sunscreen without dropping them to the tram floor.

  • A ski glove built for blistering conditions
  • Gore-Tex ensures reliable waterproofing and breathable comfort
  • Fiberfill insulation and fleece lining offer midweight warmth
  • Eagle grip with goat leather palm easily holds poles and handlebars
  • Multiple adjustments ensure a secure and comfortable fit
  • Item #HES0023

Material
[body] Triton polyamide, [palm] goat leather, [lining] Bemberg polyester
Waterproofing
Gore-Tex membrane
Insulation
Fiberfill
Removable Liner
no
Style
gauntlet
Closure
hook-and-loop strap, elastic drawcord
Recommended Use
skiing, snowboarding, alpine climbing
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 5

Awesome / Keeps you Dry

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XL
Height
6` 2"
Weight
210 lbs

These are Awesome. I have a lighter pair of non Goretex gloves which are great for bluebird days but definitely needed something for the colder wet days skiing. They have kept my hands dry and warm and the overall functionality I couldn't be more satisfied with. Best gloves I've ever owned.

>Rating: 5

On second pair. Best glove ever

Simply the best glove I've owned in 24 years of snowboarding. Get them.

>Rating: 5

Solid glove

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Warm and comfortable. Keeps me dry on almost ll resort days. The strap is really comfortable and doesnt feel like it is there

>Rating: 5

No other glove

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I will never buy a different brand. As a traditional tele skier I have to use my hands to get in an out of bindings so I wear gloves out fast. Hestra's are as tough as they get. I got 300 days out of my first pair and the only reason I'm replacing them is because I left them on the roof of the truck and drove off.

>Rating: 5

Fantastic! Warm and comfortable

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I have used these gloves for 2 seasons now. They are excellent gloves - from the moment you put them on you realize how comfortable they are. Went skiing in Whiteface this weekend, everyone else was complaining about their hands being cold on the way to the summit... except me. For the first time in my life, my hands are some of the warmest parts of my body when skiing.

Awesome review, Jeffrey! Thanks for your feedback!

>Rating: 5

Best glove you can get!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This glove is super durable and warm. Hestra's leather is the best quality I have used and really enjoy the warm lining of the glove!

>Rating: 5

Great Glove!

This is my favorite glove. It's super warm, and doesn't sacrifice too much dexterity for the amount of insulation. I love them.

>Rating: 5

Outstanding gloves.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

The Hestra Army Leather gloves are very well made. As to the complaints about them not having enough insulation, that is true. Please bear in mind that the thicker the insulation, the less less flexibility you have in the fingers. The solution is to buy thin glove liners. Glove liners will definitely add warmth without too much loss in prehensile ability. I used these gloves, with glove liners, in 0 degree Fahrenheit weather while working 10 hour shifts. I was inspecting oil and gas drill pipe. The gloves allow sufficient dexterity to manipulate large calipers and tape measures. A picture of me coming inside on a -15 degree F day. I have taken off my Gore-Tex shell

The
>Rating: 1

SO COLD

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

They might be well made, but I don't think your hands should be freezing in a pair of such expensive gloves!! I also can't get them under, nor over any of my three jackets so there's always a gap between the gloves and the jacket. Very disappointed.

>Rating: 5

Great Glove

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I did a lot of research on gloves before making a big purchase like this and after reading other reviews and using these gloves in Utah, I am happy to share my opinion. My reason for shopping for new gloves were to get a warm glove. This glove exceeded my expectations. At the top of Alta it was 25 degrees F with 30+ mph winds. Not sure where that puts the wind chill, but it was cold enough to find out if these were warm, and they kept my hands toasty. The next day at Deer Valley it was hot; which meant my hands were hot. It didn't bother me, but I wouldn't use these on warm days if you have the option of a lighter glove. My final day was at Solitude and it snowed at the top and rained at the bottom. Being goretex the glove performed perfectly. If you do decided to purchase this glove do expect the white leather to get dirty and remember to treat the leather as well. I am very happy with the glove and the service Matthew P provided at Backcountry.

>Rating: 3

Great glove but not as warm as I hoped

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

One of my favorite things about hestra is the multitude of sizes and the ease of the sizing chart. So that was also on point here. Also, the glove has great mobility/dexterity which is awesome. My only complaint here is that the glove isn't as warm as many of their other options, even though it's at the same price point. If your hands run warm, no problem though. They perform well for skiing and the random snowball fights, and my hands never got wet with the Goretex membrane! I just wish they were a little more insulated.

>Rating: 3

Can't Get on Board

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I really wanted to fall in love with these gloves. There is no arguing that they are very well made, and that the feel and function of the gloves is outstanding. However, they aren't nearly as warm as a nearly $200 glove should be. If you're hands run warm while you ski, then this is the ticket. But if you're looking for warmth, there are better and less expensive options.

>Rating: 3

Inconsistent sizing

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it

8" length, 9" wide, bought a 10 I've been struggling to find gloves I liked for a while, so I decided to throw money at the problem with Hestra. I wanted something reasonably warm, with good dexterity that I could use for biking to work, snowboarding, shoveling, etc. I tried on the regular heli in store and the fit was great, but I needed something actually waterproof. The pair I received were huge, easily an inch of extra room in the middle and ring fingers. I tried on a different size 10 in a store today, and they were too small in the thumb. At this price point, I expected more.

>Rating: 3

Great construction, not very warm

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

There is no question Hestra makes great quality products. With that being said I have been fairly disappointed with the warmth of this glove in temperatures below 32F. I first purchased this glove in the non-gore tex model and my hands literally froze on the first day at 20F at A-Basin. I thought perhaps the Gore-tex model may offer more wind protection, so I returned the first pair and paid the additional $ for the Gore-tex version. Essentially the same glove from a warmth perspective. In fairness, I have a difficult time keeping my hands warm and have struggled in the past to find a comfortable glove for below freezing temps. Unfortunately I used these a couple too many days to return them in hopes they would magically meet my expectations...which they have yet to do. I don't think they are overpriced for what they are, just recognize that if you have chronically cold hands these gloves will disappoint you.

>Rating: 3

Well Made - Not That Warm

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

These are my first pair of Hestra gloves and I was excited to try them out. I've put them through the wringer for 3-4 seasons - heli skiing in AK, Eastern Sierras, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and in every type of condition. Bottom line, they're well made, waterproof, and durable but they're just not that warm. I don't get cold easily when skiing but these gloves are terrible for warmth. Even with aftermarket merino liners. I've had gloves in college at a third of the price that were much warmer (but not as waterproof). After several seasons they're still holding up structurally and I'll still use them for days above 25 degrees F. I'm online this week to buy gloves for days below 25F. I'm looking at a mitten for the first time ever and think I'm going to try Outdoor Research's Alti Mitten. It may be overkill but better to have a layered glove that breathes and can get too warm than a glove that doesn't protect your finger tips and makes you more susceptible to long term nerve damage.

>Rating: 2

Expensive for...what??

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Weight
180 lbs

I've heard time and time again that gloves are something you should binge on and get a great pair that will last. So I pulled the trigger on these gloves, spending nearly 200 bucks. While I think they are built well, my hands were freezing and while skiing in overcast 28 degrees. Serious buyers remorse with these gloves...would not buy again.

>Rating: 5

Hestra army leather

Great glove for the winter. Super comfortable and my hands never get cold. Gore Tex++

>Rating: 5

Best Choice

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size

Hestra know's how to make an incredible glove, because they've been doing it for a long time; since 1936. This is one of their top of the line gloves, and my top choice for a glove. Gore Tex insures that you stay dry and a fiber fill insulation keeps you warm down to cold cold temps. I love the gauntlet too!

>Rating: 5

Wonderful Gloves

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 0"
Weight
205 lbs

These are great gloves! They kept my hands warm and dry in single digit skiing. The sizing chart works very well to determine the proper size to order. If you’re right between sizes I’d suggest sizing down, as they do stretch ever so slightly and nothing is more annoying than excess fabric at your fingertip end. Even comes with leather conditioner to keep the leather from drying out during the summer months.

>Rating: 3

Ok. Not very warm

Not sure why people think these gloves are so warm. Using them as ski patrol in Colorado and well constructed gloves but I'd really look elsewhere for warmer gloves. Simple 20-30 degree F weather and these gloves were cold. My cheap mitt/fingerless wool gloves are warmer. The strap for your poles and the gortex are great but I would never buy these gloves again.

I've used these skiing several days around 28 degrees and think this is spot on. My hands are cold and I'm not sure I'd want to risk using these in sub 20...

both very fragile men with poor circulation, need to get checked out at a doctor. Gloves are the best out there, been in 0 degrees and were perfect.

>Rating:

Would these gloves be able to be used during extreme cold to manipulate camera controls? My fingers freeze and I can't keep taking mittens, glomits or gloves off to fiddle with the controls.

You can turn car ignition keys, turn a lamp switch, but because of insulation and leather shell, turning radio volume knobs are a bit tricky unless you have a super-tight fit.

>Rating:

These don't look like they come with a...

These don't look like they come with a hard warmer pocket? Do they still work well with hard warmers (i.e., is there a place to fit them in?

There is no hand warmer pocket, per se, but you can slide a hand warmer between the liner and outer glove. It stays put pretty well.

>Rating:

Are these a complete Gore-Tex XCR membrane...

Are these a complete Gore-Tex XCR membrane (i.e. like a goretex glove liner, so under the leather palm as well as the rest of the glove)? Just trying to work out if they are comparable to the ArcTeryx SV's...

Yes, they are.

>Rating:

So I just got a pair of these, they fit...

So I just got a pair of these, they fit ok but the fingers are a bit long. I am using them for patrolling and need dexterity but I also need warmth. I'm wondering if these were designed to leave some space in the fingers to create an air pocket for warm air? I'd rather not return another pair of gloves to Backcountry, it would be the 3rd pair and I'm getting tired of hunting for a good glove.

I have always worn my hesteras tight without space in the end of the fingers. They are not supposed to have space at the end of the finger tips.

I just received my pair of these Hestra Gloves and I also noticed the fingers to be way too long, so I may have to try the next size down.

>Rating:

I am torn between the Heli and the XCR....

I am torn between the Heli and the XCR. Am I understanding correctly... The heli has a removeable liner and the XCR doesn't? I see that the XCR has a couple extra pieces of leather and the XCR in the lining. How water resistant IS the DWR Heli gloves compared to the XCR?

the XCR is far more water resistant

>Rating:

What do i do if the sizing is off? I just...

What do i do if the sizing is off? I just got a pair of hestra Kaj and Sverre pro models in a size 9 and they fit perfect. The size 9 XCR gloves i just got are a full inch too long on my fingers. I see lots of comments about the sizing being on target so am I to assume I just got a weird sized pair?

Probably, I would hope on Live Chat and they should be able to help you out with ordering a new pair in the same size. If you're crunched for time, I would order a size smaller as well and then just return whatever doesn't work. Tell the live chat guys and they'll take care of you.

I just had the same problem. I had a pair of the Falts (guide gloves) in a sizee 8, they fit perfect but I got these in an 8 and the fingers are too long.

>Rating:

Sizing - being tall and skinny...so are...

Sizing - being tall and skinny...so are my hands Length 8.5", but max width 9.75" I assume that going with the Size 11 is the thing to do, but any suggestions?? Cheers

how, I think you are spot on. You definitely don't want a glove that is too short for you, so have to go with the 11. Good luck, and keep in mind that Backcountry is awesome at working with you on returns, etc.

>Rating:

Are these much stiffer compared with the...

Are these much stiffer compared with the Hestra Heli gloves? I see the extra leather inserts on the thumb and index finger, and know there is a Gore-Tex layer, in addition to somewhat different materials used. I'm just wondering if this glove is going to feel too stiff while gripping ski poles compared with the Heli gloves.

This season I ended up getting the XCR, and my best buddy got the Heli. I tried one on each hand and there didn't seem to be too much of a difference. I used them 6 full days and they continued to loosen up considerable through use. I wouldn't be too worried about them being too stiff.

>Rating:

Just got my XCRs from BC last night, and...

Just got my XCRs from BC last night, and the package came with a sample of the Hestra branded leather balm. On that sample and on the website, Hestra recommends to 'Grease the leather regularly,' but doesn't mention anything about greasing them before first time use... I'm assuming that you don't have to if they didn't mention it, but I thought I would throw the question out to the community. Thanks guys.

you actually should do it first time, they don't come treated from the factory http://hestragloves.com/en-us/good-advice/glove-care/

I read the same thing on the Hestra website, just couldn't find andthing that recommended treating them before first use. Taking them out for their debut tomorrow AM, so I'll grease them up tonight. Thanks

Yup, condition before first use. Makes the leather more water resistant and buttery smooth and supple.

Ended up using the balm on my gloves before their first day of use. You could really tell a difference in the leather the morning after applying, softer and seemed a bit more water repellent.

>Rating:

To elaborate just a bit. I don't ski, but...

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.

I own a pair of the non gore tex hestras.I ski an average of 30X a year. Plus I tour which leaves me more in the open and less time to stop in one place and warm up. To put in perspective, I got the gloves I did because from the reviews I read they were extremely warm gloves and very high wind resistance. After using them for a season the only time they weren't toasty was when the temps dropped (without wind chill)to about -10F, I was high on a mountain with 40 mph winds. The wind did not get through the gloves, just the cold temps, and on the same note, they weren't cold, just not hot as normal. I firmly believe that is you go to the higher grade army gloves, you will be completely protected as far as wind coverage, I know the liners are extremely warm as they are comparable to the non gore tex.

>Rating:

Can anyone compare these gloves in warmth...

Can anyone compare these gloves in warmth and dexterity to the Black Diamond Mad Max?

Dont know the "Black Diamond Mad Max" . but the sweden army use this gloves for the winter in -40F !!!

>Rating:

is there a difference between these and...

is there a difference between these and the heli glove?

The heli glove has a waterproof membrane that is not gore-tex. Additionally, the heli glove has a removable liner. Other than that, they're pretty much the same.

it also has more leather so its a little more durable. the heli is awesome i have but about 20-30days on it and no real signs of wear yet.

>Rating:

What does it mean if a glove has google...

What does it mean if a glove has google and nose wipe features?

Some gloves that are designed for skiing or similar activities have a small rubber piece that acts like a squeegee to clear your goggles. Some also have a small pad usually on the top side of the gloves for you to wipe your nose on, since most people get runny noses in winter sports. These gloves have neither feature.

>Rating:

Just got these and they seem a little...

Just got these and they seem a little tight. I ordered a size Large (9) as that is what always seems to work for me. Does Hestra run small? I'm afraid if i order an XL (10) they may be too big.

My Hestra's were a little tight the first few times I wore them as well. You have to give them a little time for the liners to pack out. Just to make sure they're not too small, take the liner out and put your hand in just the shell. If that's tight then they're definitely too small. If you have some wiggle room you're good, just need to pack out the liners.

When sizing the glove (if you have a glove) they should fit with just about 1/4 of an inch room at the end of your finger (enuff for you to pinch). That will give your hand the room it needs to circulate air to keep it warm. (That's straight offa' the Hestra People)

>Rating:

For an East Coast Ski Patroller which is...

For an East Coast Ski Patroller which is better these or the Heli's?

They'll be close to being equally waterproof. For the extra money I'm sure you're paying a bit for the name too. Also, in your line of work, the glove won't last a super long time anyways so I'd go with something less expensive than this!

Just to counter that point about them not lasting a super long time, these are the most durable, longest lasting gloves I have ever owned. I have been boarding for 16 years (20 - 40 days of hard backcountry riding per season), skiing for about 10 yrs prior to that. Prior to these gloves, I went through at least one pair of gloves per season, even considering I wear pipe gloves for the later part of the season. I have been rocking these Hestra's going on 4 seasons now. The only issue I have had which just occured this last season was some stitching coming loose on the index finger, but has not lost any of its ability to stay dry. By my math, even with a higher price up front, these gloves end up costing about 1/4th the cost of any other pair of gloves when forced to purchase a new pair every season. When it does come time to buy another pair, I will be purchasing these same gloves, possibly in a mitt style for added warmth.

I've never tried these, but i got the heli. They were FABULOUS. Plus, they are red work well for ski patrol.

>Rating:

Would these be suitable for women? The...

Would these be suitable for women? The length from my wrist to my middle finger is 7 inches.

Yes these would be fine for a woman, however we only have a size 6 in at this time and your hand is going to be better suited to a size 7/8

>Rating:

I've just got a pair of these in a size 9...

I've just got a pair of these in a size 9 and I can't decide whether they're too big or not - there's room between my finger tips and the tips of the glove but it's not excessive..... They're a bit cumbersome to try and do things with and they're not tight fitting but I'm not convinced they're too big! Any thoughts on sizing guys? Is a bit loose quite good or do you want them to 'fit like a glove' as it were(!)? I know this is a bit vague sorry - any help is greatly appreciated! Cheers

Personally, I always like to have a bit of extra room but it is such a fine line between just enough extra space and too much extra space. If you haven't decided yet, I would recommend wearing them and play around with whatever equipment you would use while wearing them. If you don't have the ability to do that, just wear them around the house and see how difficult it is to do things so that you can decide if they are too large or not.

>Rating:

how do these compare in warmth to the Heli...

how do these compare in warmth to the Heli glove?

I've heard these are warmer than the regular Heli glove; however, these don't have removable liners which doesn't allow you to customize warmth as easily. I live in Alaska and decided on the regular Heli gloves over these. I have yet to test them out--I will post a review when I do.

>Rating:

I need a warm glove. I own this glove and...

I need a warm glove. I own this glove and my fingers are cold, even with a thin wool liner. Any recommendations for a new glove? What about the Marmot Expedition? A friend of mine says stop using a glove with Gore-Tex. Thoughts? Thanks.

If you don't absolutely need gloves, mittens or two-finger gloves will always be warmer. I've heard others say that the Hestra Heli's are warmer, though they do not have the Gore-Tex liner. With proper leather treatment, you probably won't need the Gore-Tex liner in normal conditions anyway. The other thing that will make a huge difference is wearing gloves that are large enough. If wearing liners makes the gloves fit tightly, your hands might actually be warmer without the liners. I just got these gloves and have done some ice climbing and skiing in them, only got cold hands once hiking from the lift to the summit in a snow storm because I was carrying the skis. I'll have a full review coming shortly, but in answer to your question: if you have cold hand issues, larger gloves or preferably mittens are what you need. I don't think gloves with this much dexterity get much warmer than these!

>Rating:

How does this glove compare to the older...

How does this glove compare to the older Marmot Ultimate ski glove? I am not a fan of the 2008-2009 Marmots and mm looking to replace them. I want a glove that has primaloft (or something comparable), lots of dexterity in the fingers, XCR goretex, and warm that will last. Can you recommend a few of your best gloves that fit the above descrition?

I have the Hestra Army and a pair of Marmot mittens (that otherwise look almost like the Hestras). The Marmots are warmer (but they are mittens). The first time I wore the Hestra Army I was skiing on day when it was about 20 degrees and windy...so the wind chill was probably about 10 degrees. My fingers were cold. I purchased a VERY thin IBEX wool liner--made all the difference. My fingers are warm now. The Hestra offers lots of dexterity--great glove.

I have a pair of both, and greatly prefer the Hestras. Actually, my ultimates are in the loaner pile these days, as I experienced cold spots throughout all fingers with the Marmots. The Hestras have worked great, though.