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Hestra Vertical Cut Freeride

post #1 of 12
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Bought these gloves last ski season and found they weregreat, however I didn't realize how great they really were until last Tuesday when I went skiing at night at Camp Fortune. My brother and I went up for 2 for 1 passes and the temperature dropped by at least 20 degrees celsius in the 2 hours that we were up there. When we left Ottawa the temperature was -1 by the time we drove the 30 minutes to get to the ski hill, the temp was about -15, when we left it was approaching -23, yes, these are all celsius numbers. With the windchill on top of Skyine it had to be -40 with the wind gusts. Anyway, these gloves performed flawlessly, my hands and fingers were never cold once. Funny thing, on one of the chair rides a guy beside me had the exact same black coloured Vertical Cut Freeride gloves. As there is not a Hestra dealer within 200 km's of Ottawa, this is a huge coincedence, he picked his up in Whistler and I ordered mine from Toronto. For how thin these gloves are, I am extremely impressed, I will only buy Hestra from now on. I have had Swanny, Kombi, Grandoe and others, none of them compare.
post #2 of 12
Have the same gloves. Had similar experiences and agree with you all the way!
post #3 of 12
I have been lusting after the "Earth" ones for a long time... Just waiting for the money gods to stop punnishing me.
post #4 of 12
Best glove I've ever used far and away. Well worth the money.
post #5 of 12
Funny, I picked up a pair of these on Steep n' Cheap.

I find them not to be terribly warm and can tolerate them only when temps are around freezing. For me, they are some where between a full-on winter glove and a spring glove. I took them out accidentally on a 5 deg F day and was miserable. OTOH, my Swany x-cells keep me warm to below zero F.

And the lack of a wrist leash is a minus in my book.

different strokes for different folks.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel View Post
I find them not to be terribly warm and can tolerate them only when temps are around freezing. For me, they are some where between a full-on winter glove and a spring glove.
I too have found Hestras to fit into this range. They are not very warm when temps are in the teens or below. For that range, I use Marmot "Work Gloves" that are very warm.
post #7 of 12
I got a pair of the Vertical Cut Comps (same hand/palm as the Freeride, but with a racing-style cuff) for Christmas, and so far they've been great. Warmth is what I'd expect from a high quality leather glove, not invincible, but very good. The hand fit is superb, although I wish they had a touch more room in the wrist area so they're easier to slip on and off.

Durability wise they've done very well over the 15 or so days I've worn them - not that I'd expect any issues in that time period. The big test will be in a year or two from now, when my previous leather gloves have started to heavily destruct. I'm hoping that they live up to their price tag then. So far extremely happy.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Some peoples hands get colder easier than others, I took the -5 F and converted it to celsius, it is about - 20.55 C. A little bit warmer than what I was skiing that night. One can buy liners for the Hestra's as well that apparently warm up the glove by about 20%, or so says Hestra's website, One can as well buy a mitt shell that fits over the glove and is supposed to increase warmth by 30% and if one does both the liner and the shell, then with that the insulation is increased by about 50%. So bundle up and enjoy the cold, spring is just around the corner
post #9 of 12
Im skiing in -25 for the last two days and the weekend looks much the same. My Goode leather gloves are toasty warm in -40 wind chills up in Northern BC hear. Most of the 30+ days Ive skied this winter have been -12 or below and not a problem. I did buy a Columbia Parka yesterday and am wearing that in the mornning. -28 with out the wind chill!! Theres nothing like carving in those temps!!! The snow is fast and the edges rail like hockey skates! Love it!!
post #10 of 12
Awesome glove! There are no gloves like Hestras out there. I have about 6 pairs and they are spectacular
post #11 of 12
Kton this past weekend -25 windchills felt warm
post #12 of 12
I have 3 pair of Hestra's, these are awesome but are actually too warm for me unless it's like zero. very comfy and I like the protection for trees but just too warm. I actually wear the lobster, 3 finger gloves almost exclusively. They are amazingly versitile for a broad range of temps, breathe very well, wind and h20-proof. I carry an extra set of wool liners to swap out at lunch if the liners get too sweaty.
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