I am not much of a fashion consciouss person to begin with and ski clothing is something I only buy when I need to, and when I buy I consider only the practical benefits of the clothing. I just started unpacking my winter gear from storage and my fiance has given me some heat about my aging Hestra vertical cut gloves that are about 6 years old. She said, : "Not those gloves, again !"
They have been repaired and sewn up but they keep on ticking. I consider them a badge of honor ! I asked her why I should buy a new pair when these still work? She also complains that my old Spyder shell jacket is starting to look old and dated. Yes, but it is one of the best jackets I have owned and I simply don't need another one. Why spend another $300 for something I don't need?
She likes to dress up and that is fine, but this is skiing ! My philosophy is, if someone buys a lift ticket why would they be spending so much attention to what others wear when they could be watching the snow go by? To me, that seems like a waste of a lift ticket.
Now, I told her if she is interested in ski fashion the best thing to do is fly to Vail or Aspen and buy a $120 lift ticket to gawk at all the skiers in high-end color coordinated apparel with matching boots, gloves, socks etc. This is the East Coast and we are here to ski, not gawk !
Here is my glove, in all it's faded glory..lol. I can easily stitch up the tear in the leather. I ran over it with my Jeep while backing up in a lot at KTon. Hestra gloves are awesome. I have used this glove for many days of skiing and general outdoor activities. I also have found them handy for anything like moving furniture. They are warm, waterproof and breathable and probably the best ski gloves I have owned.