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post #31 of 44

I recommend Hestra overall.  You can't go wrong.  In my experience they last longer than Swany.  For super cold weather I use Black Diamond Guide Gloves (lobster finger).

 

post #32 of 44

I'm not going to say go with Hestra, as these are my first Hestra I got, and I have them only one season (which probably means more beating then gloves from normal skier would get in few years but still). I was lucky enough to get mine (RSL Comp Vertical Cut) for free, but considering the otherwise price (around 160-170eur on this side of ocean), I would expect them to last at least 2-3 years. And for this, I don't have them long enough yet. Otherwise they feel nice and warm, and after year they look almost like new even if they had quite few hours of handing razor sharp race ski edges, climbing over B-nets etc.. And what is even more important, they don't seem to pack up just yet. So based just one one year usage, they are certainly better then Reusch (Race-tec GS), Leki (World cup Racing) and Halti (SL Premium) which I have been using before, and are all few euros cheaper, but not really all that much cheaper to be worth mentioning.

Now if you pay full price (I guess 170eur is about $200), I'm not really sure if they are really that good to be worth that much of money, but that's something you need to decide yourself :)

post #33 of 44
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

 

 

I did - back in my Dakine Commander thread I linked to a pair of Aerostitch Elkskin insulated ropers:

http://www.aerostich.com/aerostich-insulated-elkskin-gauntlet-gloves-14.html

 

 

Nice gloves!  Aerostitch makes some good stuff, from what I hear.  Might have to try a pair.

post #34 of 44

What primoz said.  Hestra Vertical Cut (RSL Comp or Freeride) are the best and the most comfortable all-leather glove I was able to find.  They are not waterproof, but will survive everything except pouring rain snowstorm if treated with the leather balm.  If you are after ultimate waterproof/warmth combination, check out the BD Guide or Arcteryx Alpha SV.  All expensive but worth the price.   FTP do not look like they have the same form-fitting cut of Hestras, or the removable liner of BD and Arcteryx.  But looks like the leather palms are really tough, soFTP is a good choice for ski bums and the rest of us. Especially for $60

post #35 of 44

Jeez.  I sure hope someone at Hestra is appreciating all of this love ;)

post #36 of 44

I'm with most here, Hestra gloves are great!

post #37 of 44
post #38 of 44
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Originally Posted by BigWest View Post
 

Jeez.  I sure hope someone at Hestra is appreciating all of this love ;)

I'm sure the one deciding price of their gloves is appreciating this :) So I guess for next season we can expect 10% rise :D

post #39 of 44

A sweet (time-sensitive) deal on all-leather Hestras:

http://www.steepandcheap.com/gear-cache/merino-wool---save-on-warmth/HES0144-BLA

post #40 of 44
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post
 

A sweet (time-sensitive) deal on all-leather Hestras:

http://www.steepandcheap.com/gear-cache/merino-wool---save-on-warmth/HES0144-BLA


The description says the cow leather was impregnated on the backside. 

 

I don't think I could wear that.

post #41 of 44

Take a look at Astis.

 

Pricey, but said to last forever.

 

Made in America.

post #42 of 44

I like the Hestra Helis well enough. But just to be contrarian... I have had several varieties of the shorter cuff Hestras. All disappointed. For reasons ranging from flimsy and jam prone metal zippers to poorly thought out velcro closures to an amazing ability to wet through. All in all, when grabbing gloves on any given day, I have favored the BDs and Swanys the past few years.

 

The other thing to consider is that if you ski in mixed weather conditions, you really need to be on top of the Hestras  with respect to waterproofing. They take time and attention. Although with the Helis you can carry a spare liner if needed. And when cared for right, they are nice and warm IMO.

 

Not knocking Hestra. They can make a fine product. But I would not blindly sing the praises of the entire product line. Nor would I be blind to the character of those parts of the line I personally like.


Edited by spindrift - 11/20/14 at 9:16am
post #43 of 44

Aerostitch is 100% made in the USA.  

 

The Insulated version of Elkskin Gauntlet uses luxuriously warm 100% merino wool as a knit lining, which is softer, thicker, warmer and more durable than the common fleeces and synthetic fibers used in other insulated riding gloves—it won’t pill, mat down or wear through after a few thousand miles. And hidden between the deerskin outer side and the merino wool is a thin wind blocking layer of fleece covering the entire backside of the hand. This wind blocking fleece layer also extends across the backside of the thumb, providing extra warmth there as well. 

 

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post #44 of 44

I just bought a pair of CIRQ spike gauntlets.  They also have an all leather undercuff glove.  CLYMB has them on sale right now for $54 regular $110.  Very nice glove for the money

 

http://www.theclymb.com/men/13366/men-s-slopestyle?style_id=141553&page=1

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