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Hestra XCR vs Hestra Heli

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can anyone recommend one over the other?

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Heli - has removable liner. Had mine about 8 years. Durable. Oh, and they're dexterous as ...
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I don't really think you can go wrong with either, I have the Hestra Heli 3 finger and am thrilled with them.

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Heli has the removable liner which is an advantage for drying the gloves overnight, xcr is slightly warmer compared to the heli.

xcr tends to run a little bigger than the heli as well.

my wife has a xcr mitten and no complains so for, doesn't have any problem with glove getting soaked as well so she doesn't care much about the liner.

I would get whatever is cheaper! hard to go wrong with any hestra!

in time, check stp and geartrade for gloves!
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Originally Posted by mfa81 View Post

Heli has the removable liner which is an advantage for drying the gloves overnight, xcr is slightly warmer compared to the heli.

xcr tends to run a little bigger than the heli as well.

my wife has a xcr mitten and no complains so for, doesn't have any problem with glove getting soaked as well so she doesn't care much about the liner.

I would get whatever is cheaper! hard to go wrong with any hestra!

in time, check stp and geartrade for gloves!

 

I've never taken my liners out either, they never get wet.

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The Heli offers an advantage if you don't have mittens for those really, really cold days.  You can slip a hand warmer in between the liner and the shell.  I don't bother taking the liners out, either, because any moisture dries quickly by leaving the gloves alone.  I also picked up Hestra mittens (I am not proud) for those really cold days.  I only use the mittens a couple of days per year, but they are great when needed.  The wrist cuffs are great, too.  They pretty much eliminate the chance of snow going into the gloves or dropping them off the chairlift when taking the gloves off.

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In my experience, hard to go right with a Hestra. Neither are as warm for me as a number of competitors. Well-made, yes. Important name, yes. Expensive, yes. Warm, meh. But the XCR, which I've owned, is OK for moderate cold, down to say 18-20. Cannot speak to the Heli. 

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I have both and they are very durable, but not particularly warm.  If it's <0 I use handwarmers.

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Beyond: can you name names of those competitors?  I'm not being sarcastic, I'm being serious.  I wear Hestra mitts (Heli for deeper days and Ski Cross for regular days) because of the quality, warmth, and dexterity.  I've tried others but have not been satisfied.  I have an issue that if my fingers get cold, they stay cold......and they also get cold fairly easily so I can't wear gloves.  I really like the Hestra stuff.  Obviously YMMV, but I'd love to research any others that you've found impressive.  Generally the other warmer ones I've found have felt like I'm wearing rugs on my hands......warm, yes, but brutal for dexterity.  If you've found some, please share, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.

 

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On really cold days I wear "metallic thread" glove liners and find that they are warmer than the more expensive silk or wool liners.

 

For skiers with chronic cold hands and deep pockets I recommend the Hestra electric heated gloves that sell for around $400 in Canada.

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On really cold days I wear "metallic thread" glove liners and find that they are warmer than the more expensive silk or wool liners.

 

For skiers with chronic cold hands and deep pockets I recommend the Hestra electric heated gloves that sell for around $400 in Canada.

 

There are four HESTEA Heaters on GearTrade for around 70% off.  Geartrade is mostly BackCountry's returns.  It seems like a lot of people take advantage of the return policy, and these items are sold at a big discount and are either NWOT or used in varying degrees.   I have been wearing Hestra for years, but have no experience with the Heater glove.  The Cross glove is not that warm, the Heli is (at least to me) warm enough for anything but the super-cold days when you would want mittens or a hand warmer.

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