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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

I find that when I crash, I often put my hand down while holding my pole and end up grinding my knuckles across the hard snow surface.  Would a padded race glove help with this problem?

 

I currently have a pair of Hestra XCR Short and they keep my fingers warm and dry and provide me good grip. 

 

Any suggestions for padded gloves?  The Hestra ones seem nice, but I would prefer to spend less than the $170 they are going for.  Any other brands that make quality race gloves?  Reusch?  Level?

 

Thanks

post #2 of 20

Hestra vertical cut?  Awesome glove and has some padding

post #3 of 20

Padding definitely helps, A LOT!   I can't afford good ski gloves and my hands usually get too cold in gloves, but I did exactly what you describe one day a few years ago.  It was just about 32 F, freezing rain with a nice layer of ice overlying hard ground and a yard-sale pair of skis with wonky bindings decided to leave my feet, just because I was subjecting them to a bumpy ride.  Since it was warm, I was wearing my "Full Bore" winter motorcycle riding gloves (actually they might have been snowmobile gloves)  They were well padded leather gloves.  My knuckles were happy, 


Edited by Ghost - Sat, 31 Jan 09 14:35:42 GMT
post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 

Does anyone have any suggestions on gloves similar to the hestras (5 finger), but maybe closer to the $125 price point.  Maybe a place that has a previous season's hestra gloves?

 

Are there any practical differences between a Training, SL, GS, and DH glove for an advanced recreational skier who may take a few NASTAR runs?  Are they all equally warm and protective for my purposes?

 

Thanks


Edited by jamesgig - Sat, 31 Jan 09 17:08:56 GMT


Edited by jamesgig - Sat, 31 Jan 09 17:13:57 GMT
post #5 of 20

Funny you should mention SL gloves.

 

Have you considered pole guards?    Much cheeper than a $125 glove.

 

 

BTW pardon the pun, but you should really break that habit or you risk more than just knuckles. 


Edited by comprex - Sun, 01 Feb 09 01:27:58 GMT
post #6 of 20

Learning to fall properly would fix the problem.

post #7 of 20

It probably won't help you much now, but Tramdock was selling a bunch last fall. Keep and eye on them. I got a pair of the Vertical Freerides for $65.

 

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Originally Posted by jamesgig View Post

Does anyone have any suggestions on gloves similar to the hestras (5 finger), but maybe closer to the $125 price point.  Maybe a place that has a previous season's hestra gloves?

 

post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post

BTW pardon the pun, but you should really break that habit or you risk more than just knuckles. 


Edited by comprex - Sun, 01 Feb 09 01:27:58 GMT

I may be using the wrong word.  This is more of a problem when my edges end up washing out and I push myself up before even coming to a stop and continue skiing, not the crash, tumble, loose skis type of fall. 

 

Would pole guards support the weight or should I start saving some more money and splurge on the Hestra or Reusch pair?

post #9 of 20

The full ones are pretty sturdy; the real issue IMO is whether you find them completely annoying to ski with because they restrict your hand position (or not).

post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 

The full guards would be rather cumbersome for everyday use so I will just have to look for a deal on a pair of race gloves.

 

I really like the constructin and grip provided by my Hestra gloves.  Are other companies (Reush, Leki, Level, POC) comparable?  Is there a big difference for my application between the hard knuckles (ex. Leki, Reusch) and the soft knuckles (ex. Hestra)?

post #11 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by jamesgig View Post

The full guards would be rather cumbersome for everyday use

 

LMK if you want to try a pair.     A nice pair of yellow with blue/purpleredgreen japanese poles with bright yellow guards would give those Hestras an awesome amount of street cred...

 

 

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Is there a big difference for my application between the hard knuckles (ex. Leki, Reusch) and the soft knuckles (ex. Hestra)?

 

 

There is a noticeable difference,  but  be aware  there is no support across the joints.

post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 

What do you mean by support across the joints?

post #13 of 20

If I bang a rock on ONE of the hard pads, the force is distributed over the pad, but is then transmitted to your body joint at the edge of the pad.

 

The two adjoining pads take no load off the one that was hit; your body does.

 

Granted, most of the impacts will be up in the knuckle area, so more robust than individual fingers, but it will still feel like punching hard leather.




Edited by comprex - Sun, 01 Feb 09 23:44:23 GMT
post #14 of 20

Artechski.com has some great ones on sale right now. 

post #15 of 20

Reusch makes gloves that have all the same armor as the race GS gloves but with muted colors (earth tones, natural, etc.).  They are geared towards the extreme skier and big mountain sect that might encounter rocks and such,  I believe I saw some at The Startingate.net.  Check out the Reusch site to see what I am talking about.


Edited by Richie-Rich - Tue, 03 Feb 09 00:09:38 GMT
post #16 of 20
Thread Starter 

I have found some good deals on most of the gloves I am considering.  I am just trying to figure out what features I want. 

 

I know I want full leather palm which most of these high end gloves seem to have. 

 

I am not so concerned about rocks as where I often ski, you are either on the groomed trail, or skiing the boulders and brush covered with 1-2 inches of snow in which case you have more serious problems on your mind.  I am looking for something that will take the edge off of grinding my knuckles into the frozen (icy), bumpy, rutted, etc surface of the snow during a highish speed washout.  I am looking to race at the club level in college next year, so if the glove can transfer, all the better.  With this in mind, what are the differences between a SL and GS glove? 

 

Richie-Rich, where can I find this glove you speak of?  I searched the Reusch site and other ski apparel sites, but I could not find anything that matches your description. 

 

Based on the deals I have found and the general support I can find for various brands, I am mainly considering the Hestra RSL Comp Vertical Cut and the Reusch Racing GS/SL gloves.  I am open to other suggestions.  

 

Thanks

 

 

post #17 of 20

Hmm, the ones I was referring to seem to no longer exist!

 

But I did find these made by Leki:

 

Equipe S picture


Edited by Richie-Rich - Tue, 03 Feb 09 01:28:20 GMT
post #18 of 20

I can't speak for protection, but Hestra Vertical Cut just has a noticeably better fit than any other glove I've ever tried.  Hestra VC's have a near-cult status here on Epic, and for a good reason.  I bought mine a few years ago at nearly full price and it was the best glove purchase I have ever made.

 

 

post #19 of 20

Leki gloves are made by Hestra.

post #20 of 20

Leki's are sweet! 

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