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Leather Gloves

post #1 of 21
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I'm thinking of getting the Hestra RSL Comp gloves, because I need new gloves and I tried them on, and needless to say they're sweet.

My only question is: if I condition the leather with something like scotchguard, aquaseal, etc how waterproof will they be/ what is the best product for this. I want to stay away from silicone products to hopefully keep some breathability in the gloves.

Thanks!
post #2 of 21
Have the same gloove- best leather glove, period. I think it is made from goatskin, so the leather should be waterproof by itself. One word of caution- any leather glove is truly waterproof only if it has a membrane insert that is seam-sealed. Even if the leather is waterproof, the seams are not and gloves have many seams. My solution is to keep a pair of good Gore-Tex gloves for really wet days and use the Hestras for everything else.

If you are looking for a leather glove with the insert, Auclair makes one. I actually have a like-new pair of size Large which I don't use. PM me if you are interested. They are very nice gloves and better than most of the leather gloves on the market, but I admit that Hestra RSL's are in a league of its own.
post #3 of 21
I never found any treatments to work on leather gloves. I've tried oils, sprays, beeswax, yada yada. I don't have the hestras, but I have skied in leather for decades. a full leather glove in the storms sucks imo. I currently use cabellas deerskin work gloves/goretex insert. They will sponge up in storms, but my hands won't get wet.

my cheap 30$ goretex/deerskin only come out with the dry skies. Otherwise, I use a goretex/nylon back/leather palm if there's precip.
post #4 of 21
The HESTRA Vertical Cut RSL's come with 3M Scotchgard treatment. They are great gloves.

For leather conditioning see:
http://www.hestrausa.com/prod.php?p=HES9170

Or go to a store that sells leather products that carries leather care stuff with similar contents. Or refresh with Scotchgard as needed.
post #5 of 21
I use Nikwax boot stuff on all my leather stuff, gloves and hats. It is water based and really works well, not greasy at all. A little wierd science in that the article you are going to use it on needs to be damp for it to get sucked in. Not wet, but the damper the better. Don't have a link, but I really like this companies products. They also make DWR treatments for Goretex and like stuff that also has my personal endorsement!:^)
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by alexzn View Post
Have the same gloove- best leather glove, period.
And reusch?
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by Proneax View Post
I'm thinking of getting the Hestra RSL Comp gloves, because I need new gloves and I tried them on, and needless to say they're sweet.

My only question is: if I condition the leather with something like scotchguard, aquaseal, etc how waterproof will they be/ what is the best product for this. I want to stay away from silicone products to hopefully keep some breathability in the gloves.

Thanks!
Those gloves are very expensive. I would condition the leather on those gloves too.
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by sywsyw View Post
And reusch?
I have Reusch leather Samurai race gloves and they are not warm at all when compared to my fabric gloves. I also read a test on them and they were the most expensive in the group and the only ones in the test that were not waterproof. To be honest I just bought them for the look and to be par with what everyone else races with. I dont know how their nonrace gloves fair.
post #9 of 21
I have Reusch leather Apollon Slalom race gloves (03/04 model i believe) and i want to use them this season (they are new). I agree with you that an insulated glove is not always warm. I have some rossignol freeride gloves which have primaloft insulation and my hands are always cold. I don't know why.
post #10 of 21
I've bought 6 pairs of Reusch gloves including the Samurai and whatever was before that over the past two years. I haven't kept and probably won't use any of them. Part of the reason is that my hands are in between sizes. I haven't exactly been thrilled with the quality either. The stitching isn't always consistent. I don't know about warmth, for me all gloves are pretty much the same in that area. IMO, Reusch gloves are the best looking gloves hands down; however, they are not the best made.
post #11 of 21
I have Hestra Leather gloves and they have never leaked. They are not the race model though.
post #12 of 21
I have leather Rosi's i picked up several yrs ago , i wear a pr of DROP goretex liners underneath them and they are bulletproof
post #13 of 21
ROSSI's that is
post #14 of 21

Sabrina's links to mortagae products are inappropriate and unwelcomed

Sabrina--clean up your posts please. I don't want to see nonsense links to home mortagages and refinancing and trolling here for customers undermines the spirt of this our place.
post #15 of 21
It seems like all my skiing buddies are getting inot those Hestra gloves that look like leather work gloves. They all *love* them.
post #16 of 21
HAve 2 pairs Hestra Never a problem and fit like a "glove"
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by faber View Post
It seems like all my skiing buddies are getting inot those Hestra gloves that look like leather work gloves. They all *love* them.
If you ski a lot, leather work gloves are the only way to go. Ever notice that's pretty much all patrollers use? I used them on patrol, and although I no longer (work) on the mountain, work gloves are loved by those who ski alot.

for 30 bucks, get your deerskin work glove with goretex insert from Cabellas. I buy a pair every year. (they still suck in storms though)
Have I plugged this glove enough? Just trying to save you guys cash with a virtual copy. Just not name brand. (unless you're pro-forming of course.)

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...nC atcat21082
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post #19 of 21
I am still using some 10+ year old Reusch USA Ski Team leather racing gloves. I checked out Hefstra's offerings and they look nice. I prefer the racing style RSL but wish they had some better colors, a la the red/white/blue scheme of my current gloves. They are nearing the end of their life though, one thumb is completely exposed from a hole, but there is always duct tape I suppose!

I would prefer to try on a glove as opposed to ordering online, hopefully there will be a shop in Park City/Deer Valley that carries them, so I can check them out on my upcoming ski trip.
post #20 of 21
Wish I could find some Reusch Jet Streamer gloves, love the way they look, there is one on ebay right now, but they guy is asking 3 times more for them than what I can get the Samurai model for. The new neon Reusch gloves look horrendous IMHO, I see that many WCers arent even using them instead opting to use older gloves.
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by sywsyw View Post
And reusch?
No comparison ;-) Reusch glove is made for bashing the gates, so it feels very tough. Hestra gloves are much more supple and the dexterity much higher. I much prefer Hestras for freeriding, they are just vastly more comfortable.
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