bob105820886-0wrote a review of Hestra Heli Glove - Men's on January 10, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
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 .