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bob105820886-0wrote a review of on January 10, 2017

4 5

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

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 .

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bob105820886-0wrote a review of on March 18, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 235 lbs
Size Purchased: xl

For the suggested retail price, these are far from ultimate. I have gloves from Black Diamond (Guide)and Hestra (Heli) and the Marmot’s fall short in major areas that I consider necessary to boast as being the ultimate ski glove.
The gauntlet is a bit short compared to the Heli, has a smaller diameter opening and is too soft to my liking. I find that a shorter, small, soft gauntlet is hard to get over bulky layers especially when you have one glove on and must work the other gauntlet down using your now glove-fattened fingers of the opposite hand. A soft gauntlet collapses more easily down to the wrist eventually bunching up during the day. The gauntlets on the BD’s and Hestra’s slip over bulky layers without much coaxing, the Heli goes up farther on the forearm and both remain in place without collapsing down to the wrist.
The liner is not removable so they cannot be dismantled to enhance drying overnight in preparation for the next day. I have purchased winter work-type gloves from other retailers and side by side the $175 Marmot’s look more like $70-$90 winter gloves. In contrast, you can see and feel the difference in the BD’s or Hestra’s.
I’ve been doing this outdoor thing for many years and am confident the glove is going to be about as warm as most gloves of this general class and weight of insulation. I believe the glove to be of high quality, but at $175, not high value and the design does not push it to the lofty title of ultimate.

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bob105820886-0wrote a review of on February 16, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small


Bought these in hopes of not having to spend $50 to $70 each year for new ski gloves. Had the BD Guides for seven seasons now and they have held up well. Leather, stitching and Gore-Tex are in excellent shape and they have stood up to wear and use that had lesser gloves cut and busting at the seams after only one season.
They are decently warm, but require a hand warmer on the coldest days. Did not come with a wrist lanyard which seems odd given the price and that most competitive gloves do include a lanyard. I said they "run small" but should qualify that by saying at least on me. I have the XL's and they could be a tad bigger but others may not have this issue.
Only negative after seven seasons is the synthetic micro suede nose wipe material has flaked off. The underlying Spandex that makes up said nose wipe on the back of the thumb has begun to tear away from the leather. The rest of the glove is in such good shape it was worth having the thumbs repaired. I expect the gloves to provide several more years of service.
I'm happy with the item and they met my expectations.

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