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post #1 of 22
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I was just wondering what everyone thought were the best leather gloves for cold conditions?

i have always had non leather mittens and would prefer gloves for the movement and assume that leather gloves are better for warmth..

I have been thinking that the Armada Riot gloves look like a good glove however would love some feedback as to what everyone else would think to be a good glove for cold conditions..

post #2 of 22

Hestra.  Discussion over.

post #3 of 22

Hestra is known for high-quality leather gloves. I had a pair for about six seasons before I lost one last year. They stand up to much abuse.

 

If I were primarily concerned with warmth, however, I would not be looking at leather vs non leather. The liner and insulation are more important. With that being said, although I liked the Hestra's, they were not the warmest gloves I have owned. I would have to give that nod to the Marmot Randonee I got last season to replace the lost Hestra.

post #4 of 22

I have several HESTRA gloves and a mitten (for the really cold days)...all top notch.  Just remember that they make warmer weather and competition gloves too (like the "Cross" gloves), so know what you are buying.  BTW, HESTRA is on Promotive.  Just buying one pair covers your Supporter membership!

 

The leather conditioner that comes with their gloves keeps them waterproof (for the leather parts).  They tend to run a tad small, so keep that in mind if you are between sizes.  They are now made in China, not Sweden, but the quality is first rate.

post #5 of 22

 Black Diamond makes some good ones, too.

post #6 of 22

 

  • For me: the best way to keep my hands warm is to keep my core warm. If my thighs, arms or chest are cold it doesn't matter much matter how warm the gloves / mittens are. If my core is warm, it also doesn't seem matter much.
  • Eventually when it gets cold enough (For me much below 0F combines with wind and high humidity) a mitten is superior to a glove.
  • I like OR and MT Hardwear leather gloves since they have good dexterity, under the cuff styles I like, and are warm enough down to about 0F for me.
  • I dislike gauntlest style gloves as they tend to be overly large, and low dexterity, the big cuff tends to fill up with snow more easily when fall and even if you just take them off, etc... I prefer shorter, more fitted in the wrist, under the cuff style. I think they are warmer and less likely to get snow in them.

Edited by tromano - 10/22/10 at 9:28am
post #7 of 22

I have two pair of Hestra leather gloves. My favorites are the three finger Hestra mitt/glove. Very warm, and allows you to do pretty much the same things as you can with the five finger gloves. My Hestra leather Heli glove is not the warmest glove. Definitely have experienced some cold fingers on days when the temp falls into the single digits, and therefore I make sure to break out the 3 finger mitt on days when the temps are 10F or colder.

post #8 of 22

Ditto on all accounts.  One other really nice feature of a lot of the Hestra gloves/mittens is the wrist cuff so you can't drop them while riding the lift.  But, I think I'm going to pick up a pair of Marmot Randonees, know a couple people who have them and claim they are extremely warm.
 

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Originally Posted by Toadman View Post

I have two pair of Hestra leather gloves. My favorites are the three finger Hestra mitt/glove. Very warm, and allows you to do pretty much the same things as you can with the five finger gloves. My Hestra leather Heli glove is not the warmest glove. Definitely have experienced some cold fingers on days when the temp falls into the single digits, and therefore I make sure to break out the 3 finger mitt on days when the temps are 10F or colder.


Edited by mtcyclist - 10/22/10 at 4:02pm
post #9 of 22

Hestra was on promotive. But they seem to have dissapeared.

post #10 of 22

Hestra CLAW, Toadman called it a 3 finger mit, is the best I've used, almost as warm as mitten, almost as functional as regular 5 finger glove. Uglier that all of the above combined.

post #11 of 22

I've been wearing Kombi down leather mittens for years. They are pretty good.

 

Picked up several new ones a few years back at an end of season sale for $25. Guess I'll be wearing them for awhile.

post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

I think I'm going to pick up a pair of Marmot Randonees, know a couple people who them and claim they are extremely warm.
 



I have a number of Herstra's, and think they're excellent, but for cold weather, I have a pair of Randonee's with each of my quivers. Superb gloves.

post #13 of 22

Hestra yes of course.....  If you have a spare $150 burning a hole in your pocket.  Do yourself a favor and buy 3 pairs of Kinco insulated work gloves, the one with the pig ski palms, and a jar of snow seal. The gloves should cost ~ $10 each.  Make sure you wife is out of the house.  Heat oven to 150 degrees.  Put gloves on and get a palm full of snow seal.  Spread liberally all over glove.  Place gloves on foil into the oven for five to ten minutes.  Let cool.  These will be your go to gloves for 90% of your skiing.  Warm, breathable and moderately waterproof.  Why 3 pairs.  One pair for around the house and 2 in your ski bag.  Go get after it.

post #14 of 22

I haven't found a glove or mitten yet that keeps my hands warm so I wear either Hestra or Swany leather gloves with hand-warmers stuck in side. 

post #15 of 22

On really cold days I wear the thin glove liners under my gloves. Don't get the expensive silk ones bc the cheaper "sliver thread" ones are warmer.

post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

On really cold days I wear the thin glove liners under my gloves. Don't get the expensive silk ones bc the cheaper "sliver thread" ones are warmer.



Hi,

 

I actually used to do this, and then wondered why my hands were still cold. In the end I tried an experiment, and wore a lining on one hand and not the other, and guess what, the one without the lining was warmer. This was with hestra leather gloves. I swapped hands, and the same thing. My theory is with good waterproof and windproof gloves you need a bit of space around your fingers to form an insulating layer, wearing linings prevents this.

post #17 of 22

I must be blind, but I keep looking on promotive for Hestra and it's not showing up on my list of brands. 
 

EDIT: Saw post by tromano that Hestra isn't showing up.

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Originally Posted by quant2325 View Post

I have several HESTRA gloves and a mitten (for the really cold days)...all top notch.  Just remember that they make warmer weather and competition gloves too (like the "Cross" gloves), so know what you are buying.  BTW, HESTRA is on Promotive.  Just buying one pair covers your Supporter membership!

 

The leather conditioner that comes with their gloves keeps them waterproof (for the leather parts).  They tend to run a tad small, so keep that in mind if you are between sizes.  They are now made in China, not Sweden, but the quality is first rate.E

post #18 of 22

Hestra is on Promotive but it isn't one the brands you can buy for being an Epic supporter.  If you could figure out which Promotive "team" can buy from them you could apply for membership in that team.

post #19 of 22

Hestra was on list but i bet the lists are dynamic.

Seemed like it was stock from last year.

Now they are probably removed until next spring?

post #20 of 22

Now Bradford, aren't you the founder of that company?  Wouldn't hurt to say that so you don't get outed in every thread you try to use to promote your product.

 

 

Not to mention that your mittens are definitely not ski mittens as nice as they may look artistically.

post #21 of 22

I think Bradford pretended to be Katie over on SkiDiva.  Need to bring this to Wendy's attention.

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