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Hestra Heli Glove - Men's

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    202 Reviews


    Heli Glove

    Isolation really sinks in when the helicopter pulls away from the peak after dropping you off with nothing but your guide and planks. At this point, you only have one way down. The suspense of how your ride will go might be rather intense in the moment, but you can at least rely on the Hestra Men's Army Leather Heli Glove keeping your hands warm up there while you scope out the best line for you. The Heli is windproof and water-resistant, and its durable palm helps ensure your grip stays secure when you finally drop in.

    • Hestra's best-selling ski glove is a durable, warm companion
    • Triton fabric is windproof, water-resistant, and breathable
    • Removable liner features Bemberg fleece and synthetic insulation
    • Multiple adjustments ensure a secure fit
    • Item #HES0017

    Tech Specs

    [membrane/laminate] Hestra Triton [face fabric] 100% nylon
    Removable Liner
    hook-and-loop, wrist cinch
    Palm Grip
    proofed army leather (goat leather)
    Recommended Use
    skiing, snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

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

    Disclaimer -- I have only used these for going to snowy football games and tailgates so far

    These gloves are warm, weather resistant, well thought-out, and overall pretty bomber. I recently attended 2 football games (with 6 hr tailgates beforehand) that were cold, mixed conditions, and in late November. These gloves kept me warm and clapped well too! I loved the wrist-straps too. Other gloves would have been lost after the many libations at the tailgate, but these clung with me. When I took them off, they just flopped around hanging from my wrists and were there later when I needed them.

    Stoked to use them up at the Bird this season.

    Glad I pulled the trigger

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I had a cheap pair (like $45 cheap) of Gortex and leather palmed gloves for 7 years. They didn’t have a liner and I never once treated the leather, but they were warm and they were broke in but sadly they needed to go. When I tried these on at the Backcountry, I loved them. They felt like they were already broke in and after using a couple times they proved to be very warm. I was a little worried about how soft the leather was, especially for the price. After a phone call to my gear head and a heavy wax treatment, I think they’ll be good. Not going to lie, It wasn’t fun, but I can handle it once or twice a year. I also had a couple other concerns.....they’re not Gortex and they have liners. I knew most upper end gloves have liners these days but I thought everything was Gortex?! Ive used these skiing twice and on a 4 day snowmobiling trip. While I wouldn’t recommend them for a dedicated snowmobile glove, they did a great job. I never once had a waterproof problem, they stayed dry all day long and my hands stayed very warm even when taking them on and off a lot throughout the day. This is the first glove I can give 5 stars to concerning the liner setup....they’re succured in with some Velcro and never once displaced while taking on and off, fingers even stayed in place. After the 4 day trip I took liners out to air out and they went back in very easy and felt great. Ive also never had the secure wrist strap so your glove doesn’t fall off the lift while messing with your phone, a nice feature. If the straps bug you, they’re simple to remove. Im very happy with how they fit right out of the package, the warmth, the liners, and how they come up just right on the wrist and cinch easy to keep the pow out. I was in between sizes, 9 fit perfectly snug, so I went with the 10 and im glad I did...... Im 5’8”, 135lbs. So far worth the money!

    Robust but not as warm as a mitt

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great glove, soft leather and very wide gauntlet to toss over jackets. May try finding a warmer liner for cold days or go back to my mitts but work great for skiing if over 15*F! Would buy again!
    Note on colors, debated between green and blue, purchased blue but it was nearly black and swapped to this lovely green.

    Digging these gloves.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I really like these gloves so far. I've had them up on the mountain a couple of times and they are nice and toasty, fit well and I really like the extra cuff to keep the from falling to the ground when removing them.

    I did size up one size. The size chart show that my 9" hand circumference should be in the size 9 but I went with the 10 and really like.

    I can't speak to the waterproof or if they get soggy as I didn't experience that.

    Digging these gloves.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Not even water resistant. I was excited to get these gloves however they completely are not worth the price. My $15 head gloves that I get at Costco are way better than these. When dry they did a decent job of keeping my hands warm but as soon as the snow turned wet they turned into a sponge and soaked my hands. I definitely do not recommend these. These are the worst gloves I have ever owned there is no wateproof or water resistant barrier between the leather palm and the fleece liner so the liner gets all wet. DO NOT BUY THESE GLOVES

    I agree. I was looking at the backcountry website tonight for gloves because I have these ones and they soaked through like a sponge last weekend. The weakness from what I can tell is in the leather. I have applied the oil that comes with the gloves, but it either doesn't work or doesn't last long enough to work

    Great for Resort Skiing

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've worn a lot of ski gloves over the years, but I just switched to Hestra and absolutely love these. The gauntlet style is perfect for fitting over a jacket and the lining kept me warm on top of a blustery and snowy Whiteface summit last week. They're pricey but worth it.

    First season with Hestra

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is my first experience with Hestra gloves this season and they have been impressive thus far. My previous gloves were a pain to get on and off in wet/storm conditions. These gloves do not have that problem. A comfortable and convenient wrist strap is a highlight, as is the unmatched comfort of these gloves. The bulk gets a little annoying when trying to navigate through my pack, or inside my jacket. Dexterity is good, not great. Durability is always public enemy #1 for me with gloves, so only time will tell whether these pass the test.

    First season with Hestra

    Warm and Dry

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These gloves are awesome! I use these inbounds and haven't had a problem. They keep my hands warm and dry and the wrist strap is nice for keeping the gloves on your person!

    Not good for storms

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I was really excited about these gloves. I was sick of cold hands and wanted a good strong pair to keep me toasty. I was stoked when I got these gloves, because they were warm and looked good.

    Alas. They are poorly made and do NOT stand up to wet snowstorms. They started dying during a 2 week road trip around BC, 75% storm days. But the nail was in the coffin when I tried to take them out on Tahoe's more wet storm days. They only lasted me 1.5 months. (but, I did ski ~20 days during that time)

    NOTE: I religiously used the Hestra leather balm. Did nothing.

    Nice, but doesn't live up to the hype

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    These gloves are fine but they don't quite live up to the expectations set by the other reviews.

    They're warm, but not warmer than other gloves in this price range. The dexterity is slightly worse than similarly warm gloves (I've used OR, Black Diamond, and Marmot gloves in the recent past). The lining is removable, which is nice, but it spreads lint around, which is annoying. Also, they aren't waterproof, although this probably wouldn't matter for most people since if it's cold enough to use these gloves you aren't likely to find liquid water.

    Overall they aren't bad, but a little worse and a little more expensive than their competition.

    Also I would say size 9 lines up best to a Large in other gloves, 10 is between what's normally L and XL.

    Good Glove

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 12
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 235lbs

    Pros: Great fit, plenty of room. The trend in a lot of these gloves seems to smaller versus larger. For example, I have a ten year old pair of Black Diamond Guide gloves in XL, but I can’t get my hand in the new BD XL Guides. In contrast, the Hestra’s fit great both length and width are appropriate. They have a super gauntlet, long and wide that slips easily over the bulkiest layers keeping out the cold and snow on deep powder days. Construction is high quality and rugged, leash is good as well. Liner removes easily for drying and probably can be hand washed if needed without being damaged. (I’ve not tried to wash it). The elastic gather lands where it ought to be on the wrist owing to proper fit of the glove. In contrast other gloves I own, even my beloved decade-old BD Guides, are a bit short with the elastic gather landing around the base of the hand.

    Cons: For some, may not be the warmest of gloves as the insulation is a tad on the thin side compare to other gloves. I find them warm down to the high teens, or on colder, sunny blue bird days where the sun gives a boost to overall body warmth.

    Over-all I very much like this glove.

    Speaking of warmth, I find keeping hands warm is an art and science and everybody is different. Gloves that fit too tight cut of circulation making you cold. Hands that are cold to begin with can tend to stay cold no matter what glove or mitt you put on. Gloves that are soaked form the inside from sweat can be very cold as most gloves are designed to remove moisture which creates evaporation which equals cooling. To avoid this, don’t over-glove. Be realistic in the definition of activity. Are you bombing down groomed runs at 50+ MPH making hardly any turns? Face it that does not generate much body heat and any heat is taken away by that 50 MPH wind chill. Or are you hammering bumps, which generates far more exertion and far less cooling due to the slower speed.

    Lastly, I get some strange looks for this. I tried wearing latex or nitrile gloves as liner gloves. This prevents any moisture from accumulating inside your glove or mitt. It is a bit awkward at first but you get used to it. At the end of the day, you have a glove or mitt that is completely clean and dry inside and does not get cold due to evaporation. It is great for multi-day use because the glove need not be dried out from the inside every night. True your hands do get moist but it is not as bad as you think and you just throw the liner glove away at days end. Latex is naturally hypoallergenic so there is no funk .

    Skiing Le Massif in Quebec

    • Fit: True to size

    Gloves fit true to size and most importantly keep your hands warm. This is my second set of Hestra's in 20 years and they are the best gloves out there.

    Skiing Le Massif in Quebec

    Gud Välsigne Sverige

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I'm in my fourth season with my Hestra's and still love them. Their well-built, durable and WARM! I've used them skiing, snowshoeing, and even a night in a snowcave on the side of Mt. Rainier. They are worth the price.

    Hestra = AWESOME

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    That's all I have to say about that! Well, not really… as with all Hestra products these gloves take an absolute beating and just don't die! Look as good as new even with 100+ days of skiing and trail work on them.

    for price and bulk, not warm at all

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: medium
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    My fingers get cold as soon as it dips below freezing in these gloves. They are bulky yet they keep my fingers about as warm as a thin spring glove would. I've been riding with these for almost two years hoping I was just imagining things, but its true. I now wear a black diamond primaloft filled mitten for days below 20 degrees and i'll probably buy kinco work gloves to replace these Hestras. They are just too disappointing.

    i found these gloves get cold initially, but once you actually start to do stuff, they warm up very quickly. I had same initial complaint but then 20 minutes on the hill and i was cool... and this was in -10F weather, without warmers. My fingers were not going numb even after 3-4 hours before warming. I also only spent 70$ on my pair... I do use a pair of cellphone liners combined with them, though.. they provide 0 warmth but when i need to pull a glove off for a second, i have my hands covered still.

    Hestra is the BEST!

      These gloves are the bomb! We now have 4 people in our family skiing in the gloves. They are warm and yet provide good finger movement and dexterity. Despite the cold, my son's fingers were warm and he was happy. Nothing better than warm hand/fingers on a cold, blower POW day.

      Great Ski Glove

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      Dropped some major coin on these, glad I did. Took them through Deer Valley, Park City, Canyons and Alta and they performed great. Very warm and very tough. I would buy these again.

      Winter Unleashed

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 9
      • Height: 6'1"
      • Weight: 185lbs

      This has been my go-to ski gloves for 4 seasons now and it has kept my digits warm through some brutal winter weather. I wear it on the outside of the cuff on my Arc'teryx Rush Jacket due to the big gauntlet (which took some getting used to) but I have never had snow get inside. My hands run cold but not in the Heli Gloves, even in negative temps. These are warmer than my Black Diamond Guide Gloves. I would recommend treating the leather every 50-60 days to keep it waterproof and prevent any deterioration. All Hestra gloves come with a small amount of extra leather treatment balm included . Here are my hand measurements:

      Hand Length: 7.8"
      Hand Circumference: 8.5"

      Feel free to contact me with any questions about Hestra Gloves:

      Winter Unleashed

      I have a pair of the Hestra Heli gloves. I have found that I continually get wet spots on the palms. When I pull the liners at the end of the day I usually notice some moisture. I haven't treated these gloves with Sno-seal or Nikwax yet, but have liberally applied the Hestra Balm on a number of occasions. My hands never feel clammy or sweaty, but maybe its possible I am sweating through the liners? My question is simply should I be "sealing" the glove with something besides the supplied balm? Has anyone ever tried sealing the inside of the glove?


      Hey Kaffieen, I live in Whistler, BC and we get lots of wet days skiing. I just use the leather balm and I find that it keeps the leather breathable and my hands stay dry (even on the wet days). My friend uses Nikwax on his full leather Hestra's and it does a great job, but his only complaint is that it limits the leathers ability to breath so moisture can escape.

      I would never put anything but the Hestra leather balm or any other well made conditioner targeted specifically for genuine leather.

      If you put something that seals the leather. It will not be able to breath and can become prematurely failing and/or drying and cracking. Leather is like skin, it has to breath to stay healthy. That remains true for animal skin too.

      As far as why you're having water, it's possible you are sweating in them. These are overkill on mild or spring conditions. You would surely sweat if you had the liners and gloves in that. Anything under 28F or so and I've never had any issues using both and that's all the way to well below zero.

      But if your hands never feel wet or clammy or cold, I would just make sure to dry them out and wash when needed. Perhaps try some lighter weight liners for days that aren't below 30 degrees. Liners are cheap to replace. The whole glove, not so much.

      Hope any of this helps and good luck with finding the right answer.

      Has anyone here used these gloves for...

      Has anyone here used these gloves for snowmobiling at all? And if so what were the pros and cons of them. Im trying to find a good waterproof glove that is somewhat thin so that i can still feel the handle bars and controls. Ive had a hand full of gloves and non really do the trick... Also my hands get cooled easier than most, gots me some metal plates in them

      Best Answer

      Hey Man I was the first to review these back in 2009 when they came on the scene here . Yea you will feel the controls no problem. I get cold hands as well I would add a heavyweight liner with them from Outdoor research you will be totally covered .

      I just got back from the Adirondack's and a 20 mile single day summit of Mt.Marcy . It was in the low teens all day with no sun I never used my extra liners all day . You should be good to go they are built to last I have had several pairs of these non have ever failed . Hope that helps bro .

      Hey Man I was the first to review these back in 2009 when they came on the scene here . Yea you will feel the controls no problem. I get cold hands as well I would add a heavyweight liner with them from Outdoor research  you will be totally covered . 
I just got back from the Adirondack's and a 20 mile single day summit of Mt.Marcy . It was in the low teens all day with no sun  I never used my extra liners all day . You should be good to go  they are built to last I have had several pairs of these non have ever failed . Hope that helps bro .

      How do these compare to the Black Diamond...

      How do these compare to the Black Diamond Guide Gloves?

      With all due respect, I'm very doubtful to most people's claims of wearing this thing out in whatever low temperature. If you're out in -31 F, then these will not suffice. But if you're planning on using this for most applications (skiiing, snowboarding, light mountaineering) then this is great. Also since this is a glove, not a mitten, don't expect super warmth. If you're out in -31 F then you better get some crazy expedition style mittens.

      I can't tell if I should get a size 11 or...

      I can't tell if I should get a size 11 or 12. I tried the size guide at Hestra's website, but I noticed that no matter how large the measurements are, it never recommends more than 11. I've tried on the 11 and there is a little room at the tips of the fingers without pulling it on as tight as it'll go, but my knuckles are still about an inch and a half from where the fingers meet the palm (creating a bit of a webbed finger effect). Any advice on proper size? Thanks.

      Sounds like you might want a slightly smaller glove. Your fingers shouldn't be smashed against the end but you don't want a bunch of space either. Most importantly the fit should be comfortable, and you should still have some measure of dexterity.

      Bought these at a local shop and they told...

      Bought these at a local shop and they told me NOT to use the conditioner until the leather needed re-waterproofing. Seems to me I should be putting it on already. Can someone verify? Thanks.

      I measured my hand according to Hestras...

      I measured my hand according to Hestras guide and length wise im 8in, width is 9in. should i get a L or XL? thanks

      I'm looking at the Hestra Heli-glove and...

      I'm looking at the Hestra Heli-glove and the Marmot Ultimate ski glove, mostly because the Marmots use Primoloft. Can anyone compare the insulation in these gloves to Primoloft? Thanks.

      The Bemberg/Polyester liner that Hestra uses is very good, and definitely comparable to Primoloft. Primoloft is just coated synthetic fibers that resist excessive breakdown over time, its a brand-name, like Gore-Tex. Hestra does offer replacement liners for around $20'ish when the liners break-down after a few seasons of heavy use. Hestra gloves are definitely worth the investment.


      So the liner is removable and held in place...

      So the liner is removable and held in place with velcro inside the cuff. Is the hook or loop inside of the glove? I don't want the velcro to snag my soft shell jacket if the liner isn't in.

      Where is this glove made. Hopefully not...

      Where is this glove made. Hopefully not in China

      Best Answer

      Bob, I looked at numerous sites when I was researching these gloves and only a few listed the country of origin and it was China. Someone please correct me if I am mistaken. The place I found them on sale, Sierra Trading post lists China in their specs.

      I own a pair and there is definitely a Made in China tag on them. Great gloves and the quality seems to be pretty phenomenal too. I know, I know - how horrible am I, buying goods from China and single handily collapsing the world economy!

      Hestra have multiple manufacturing facility; 3 in Europe and 2 in China. They are either full owners or part owners in all 5 locations. They have full control over quality of their products and welfare of their employee. They are a member of the ISO9001 and ISO14001. The minimum age to work for Hestra is 18 and everyone is paid a liveable wage with no excess overtime... Sincerely, HESTRA Rep from Western Canada.

      About sizing? I'm a men's size large....

      About sizing? I'm a men's size large. avg, sized hand. Any ideas about what a man's size large would be in this glove?

      I'm between the 8 and 9. Any advice as to...

      I'm between the 8 and 9. Any advice as to what size to go for? Measurement wise I'm about a 7.5 ''.

      I would definitely say to size up. These gloves do fit pretty true to size, but if you're looking for warmth, if its tight it won't be as warm. The dexterity on these gloves is not that great anyway, so I'd say that there would be no benefit to going with the smaller size.

      I would say to go with the size that correctly fits your hand, I went one size up and they stretched out after two days of skiing and were too big. Lucky the local shop has a great return policy. Returned and got the ones that fit correctly. After two days of skiing they stretched a little and gave me the needed breathing room.

      Also pinch the end of the fingers when you put them on, you should have about 1/4 of an inch at the end of the fingers to allow air to circulate in the glove. This is what will make the glove keep your hand warm best, that insulating layer.

      just bought the heli glove... hands were...

      just bought the heli glove... hands were cold at 10 degrees... do any of you have suggestions for a liner i can wear inside the liner? whats best??? thank you in advance...


      Everyone has different luck with cold hands, and as 10 degrees is pretty cold, and I'd say that you'd probably have better luck with the mitten version. I personally have both, and use the gloves for everything high out-put and for temps above 5 degrees, but when the winds blowing on a cold winter alpine slog, I definitely pull out my mits. Hope that helps.

      Do you wear another liner underneath these...

      Do you wear another liner underneath these gloves?
      I usually have cold hands while skiing and use hand warmers, so I decided to buy the female version of these gloves. I tried them out last weekend skiing in a resort. The temperature was around -15 to -20 C (5 to -4 F). I didn't feel they kept my hands warm at all! By the time I got down the run my hands were frozen and really painful. I felt that the wind went through them while I ski fast and took away all the warm air. Does anyone have the same problem? Do you wear another liner underneath? Which liner would you recommend?
      I'm so surprised and disappointed as I heard so many good reviews on these gloves.

      For super cold temps, and low output activities like skiing where there is a lot of wind, I'd recommend going to the mitten version. The mits are waaaay warmer since all of your fingers are together and warm each other up. Hope that helps.

      What does the removable liner look like?

      What does the removable liner look like?

      How do these gloves hold up to Ski Patrol?...

      How do these gloves hold up to Ski Patrol? I am an east coast patroller and my gloves rarely last more than a couple of seasons.

      I know this answer is kind of late, but I am also a patroller. About 60 days per season. I've had these gloves for about 3 1/2 seasons, and they hold up super well. The leather turns a greyish nasty looking color, and the cloth looks gross, but the gloves are absolutely perfect structurally. They are absolutely bullet proof and super warm, and the cuffs are nice because when you take off your gloves to write accident reports, tie cravats, etc. you don't loose them. I would definitely recommend them!

      Can I use mink oil or any other type of...

      Can I use mink oil or any other type of leather conditioner on my gloves or does it have to be the hestra brand.

      You paid so much for the glove, I wouldn't sell yourself short of what you use to treat it....Go with the Hestra brand treatment, they been doing this a long time, even if it only helps 10% more than an off brand treatment, it's that worth it?