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Hestra or Reusch...or any other recommendations on a warm, light, 5 fingered glove

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As I prepare for the upcoming season (just days away now!!!), I've found that I pretty much have everything I NEED, and even some that I don't.  But theone thing I don't have, and do NEED is a pair of super warm, lightweight, 5-fingered gloves.  I ski in the east and typically see temps in the 0-25 degrees range, but do get that crazy -10 degree day occasionally.  On top of this, I am almost cold-blooded, in that I never get cold, everywhere besides my hands.  I can wear a soft shell on a 10 degree day and be fine, but always find my hands numb and freezing cold.  Lastly, I have recently taken an instuctor job, so I'll be out on the slopes somewhere between 6 and 10 hours a day.  I have spent moderate amounts of money on gloves in the past, but always end up hating them.  So.....I have decided to go all out and invest in something that will keep me warm, yet still be lightweight and flexible.  Among my options right now are Reusch Classic Noram 2's, Hestra Seths, Fall Lines, Vertical Cuts, Ski Crosses, and other high end Hestras.  It also would help if the gloves were easy to get on and off because I would imagine I'm going to be taking them off and on quite a bit as an instructor.  Any testimonials or experiences are more than welcome, especially as the season is so close.

 

P.S......I KNOW THAT MITTENS ARE WARMER, BUT I WANT 5 FINGERS

Thanks,

Tyler 

post #2 of 8

Just go to a local TJ Max and browse their offerings and try them on. Lots of quality gloves on sale there at this time of year. 

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Eek.  My Dad used to buy me Reusch gloves and I hated them.  The black ones always bled the color through onto your hands and made them look frostbitten, and also leads to the conclusion that they aren't waterproof.

 

I swear by Dakine gloves.  I think the Scout model, but not positive on that.  It's been a couple seasons since I bougth a pair.

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Any other ideas guys? The more suggestions the better.
post #5 of 8

Every spring I hit the Hestra sample sale. I always pick up at least a couple different pair. You know, they're great gloves but IMHO not that warm. This year I got some of the lobster style. Way warmer and I never notice I'm not wearing a five finger glove.

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I don't have the claw (wish I did), but ski with 2 other HESTRA gloves and keep a pair of their toasty warm Heli-Mitts handy for those really, really cold days.  Be careful about the cross gloves, though.  They aren't designed to be as warm as their other gloves. Also, HESTRAs tend to run just a tad on the small side.  When in doubt order the next size up.

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I used to volunteer with an adaptive ski program and one of the other volunteers swore by Marmot Randonnee glove.  I have a pair of Hestra five finger heli gloves and also a pair of the 3 finger helis.  The 3 fingers are much warmer but still not as warm as a really good pair of mitts like Outdoor Research, Mammut or Black Diamond.  Several of the instructors in my school wear Kinco work gloves and like them.  The warmest pair of gloves I ever owned were Reusch.  I don't know what model they were, writing on the glove said something like "-20."  I got them at Snowbird quite a few years ago and they performed flawlessly for several seasons before a seam split and then one of them vanished.  I was never able to find another pair just like them.  I have also heard that Black Diamond Guide gloves are quite warm and durable.

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I am on my second pair of Hestra "lobster" gloves and they are the best. Like Stevesmith7 said above, with the index finger free, you never really notice that the other three fingers are isolated. I do have a pair of serious mittens for the really frigid days, but I much prefer the Hestras.

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