Hestra Ski Cross Glove - Men's:
A tight-fitting freeride model that has finger and palm reinforcements. Best for warmer climates.
Hestra Ski Cross Glove features: snap hook, and a velcro closure.
|Best Use Gloves:||Alpine Ascent|
|Best for warmer climates; Fabric:||Cordura Stretch|
|Cuff:||Neoprene, velcro closure|
|Features:||Neoprene Cuff; Insulation|
|Glove Outer Material:||Cowhide aniline; Upper section made of wind-; waterproof and breathable Cordura stretch|
|Glove Palm Material:||Cowhide aniline|
|Leather:||Cowhide Aniline; Lining|
|Material:||cowhide aniline, [panels] Cordura stretch, [cuff] neoprene|
|Materials:||Cowhide aniline, Cordura stretch|
|Recommended Use:||skier cross racing, park and pipe|
|Shell Material:||Cowhide aniline. Upper section made of wind-, waterproof and breathable Cordura stretch.|
|Thermolite:||a thin Polyester-based insulation that stays warm when wet.|
|Hestra Ski Cross Mitt||$101.21 - $135.00|
I'd like to offer an opinion of how these gloves hold up after a full year of use in a wide variety of settings and uses. When I bought these gloves, I was looking for quality and versatility- I live in the Interior of Alaska, where a large part of life is spent in the cold. What I found was that, with the Hestra Ski Cross gloves on, I wound up using them as much for work as for play.
As for the warmth of these gloves in some typical situations: snow-shoveling around the house at -10F was no problem. Backcountry skiing and snowshoeing at the same temperatures, not bad so long as you stay moving and flex your hands often (poles get cold). Hiking eleven miles out to a hotsprings once, the temps dropped to at least -25F, and my hands got too cold for comfort... It was nice to have a fire to warm up by! Winter Skills school in N. California during the winter, up in the mountains, these gloves often became soaked when the snow was wet, even after a few thorough waterproofing treatments. This was baffling and really inconvenient to dry them out under minimal shelter and fire conditions, but any liner-less leather glove would be, I suppose.
So, at this point, these gloves have been retired from serious backcountry snow stuff, and now are used mainly for bird hunting in the late fall or warmer winter days (anything around Zero to -10F), as the flexibility, grip and dexterity of these gloves has become much better over time, and the finger fits well thru a standard trigger guard on a shotgun.
More random observations: The sizing chart was accurate for me. The quality is great- no busted seams after all this time, and a few scars on the knuckles proove these things can handle the occational rock or errant bow-saw. The metal logo (which apparently has been replaced by a cloth patch) is terrible- sharp edges scratched my goggles more than once- good riddance. No snot wipe was a bummer. Great big-ass carabiner clip has probably saved these gloves from being dropped a thousand times. Fair to decent insulation. Overall, a very good product, and would buy them again for use in wholesome fun on fair snow days!
In response to the guy below, I agree with Rachael -- these are a great go-to glove and have been my daily use (ski, hike, dig, backcountry) glove for almost two years now. While he may have experienced issues with waterproofing, I've had exactly the opposite. In fact, two days ago, I left them in the boot of my SUV sitting under my snow-crusted skis and they were solidly dripped on all night. The morning after, I started the day out with wet gloves (duh), but two runs in total sh*t slush later, they were bone dry and my hands were pretty toasty despite the frigid temps and awful wind. This is just one more reason they're still in my pack.
I have the white ones from two years ago and rocked a black coat but noticed no bleeding from the leather anywhere -- and I've abused these gloves. Sharp ski edges, icy finger-drag whilst sleigh riding and pine tree climbing haven't put a damper on the hardiness of the seams, fingertips or waterproofness. The flexibility and mobility is incredible, especially for such a warm, cozy glove -- it's all but extinct elsewhere on the market. Turning a beacon on, changing my music through my coat and even navigating pack zippers are all simple, straightforward tasks instead of the usual strip down.
If you want a great glove that will take hell and keep your digits warm, get a Hestra -- there's a reason it's the glove mountain professionals choose.
Of all the different Hestra gloves i have Skied with over the years....Seth's, another pair of Seth's, Vertical Cuts, Guides, and the Army's,, These are for sure the best, For a couple of reasons. First, The Price is Better than many of the gloves mentioned above. All gloves eventually hit the Crapper ( Blow out, Worn out, Waterproofing gone, etc.), meaning having to spend less on a pair is great. I have found the Seth Gloves to have the poorest construction. I have only managed to get 3/4 of a season out of both pairs of Seth's iv'e owned. Second, The fit is better out of the box, Meaning no break-in period. Just throw some Glove conditioner (provided in the small pouch) on them, and your golden. Third, Is i enjoy the shorter cuff, or Gauntlet on these better than other models as i like to have my gloves under my jacket cuffs. And they aren't super bulky like other models. granted they are not as warm because of that, but a pair of liners should take care of that no problem. My second Recommendation would be the Vertical Cut glove for the people that tend to have colder hands, If youre not keen on liners. I hope this helps anyone looking for new gloves.
I think the Hestra gloves are great.
The Ski cross is comforatable, fairly warm. On the very cold days I won't be completely happy but everything else about these gloves make them worthwhile for everyday riding/skiing.
Using the leather balm makes these extremely waterproof. Ultra soft.If you are concerned about aesthetics, the color does bleed.
My first pair lasted about 90 days, second pair about 60 days before the thunb leather wore through, but I think that if from constantly ratcheting snowboard bindings. Now I just make I sure I have a small piece of duck tape on the thumb.
If you want the best check out the vertical cut freeride glove
Skied with these gloves (in tan) for about ten days now. Temps ranging from -10 degrees to 48 degrees and in conditions from dry (Tahoe) to downright wet (Cascades).
Overall, the best most dextrous glove I've owned. I rarely get cold fingers but these gloves kept my hands warm down to zero and dry even on the warmest days.
Just like any leather glove, you will get some saturation even after treatment. This is just the price you pay for dexterity. If you hang them to dry, they should be ready to go tomorrow. Quality is fantastic.
Everyhing you expect from Hestra Warm, good fit, dextrous as f*** and tough. I like to warm them up, put them on and work in a good amount of the hestra balm like it was hand cream. Do that a few times, then do it again with snoseal. Now you're ready to take on the world! Two seaos later and they're still going strong, more comfotabe than ever, jus starting to pack out a bit so not quite as wrm as the used to be No complaints though. Great glove!
an excellent moderate temperature glove for Colorado. They're best if used between 15 and 45 degrees. Any colder and I use mittens. Any warmer and spring gloves would be better. I usually do spring touring with these gloves in my pack until the descent. As with most leather gloves, they aren't great for coastal rain/snow since they aren't super waterproof. If you use their leather balm like you're supposed to, they hold up well. Their fit is on the snug side.
I bought these gloves for winter bike riding. They have been everything I wanted warm, light,exellent dexterity,easy to manipulate brakes and shifters. I am extremly happy with these gloves hoping for some decent snow in tahoe so I can test them on the slopes. I am super happy would recommend them to anybody who wants a gl,ove that is warm but not bulky and cumberson.
These are awesome gloves, I use them on warm days. I haven't experienced the bleeding some people say that happens with the dye. But I live in Michigan, we don't get the wet deep stuff.
Best glove from hestra hands down. Great dexterity and keeps me warm on those freezing days but also stay dry hiking in the backcountry. Recommend these for all.
After receiving these, they appeared to be slightly de-spec'd compared to the photos. My friend had 'em last year and they seemed like really nice leather-(broken in).
The coolest detail (which sold me) was the brushed nickel-looking logo badge. GONE. Now you have a cheap looking embroidered patch. (old pics above)
Sizing seems different than the pair of Hestras I own. I have some older size 9 (different model) that are a snug, broken in performance fit, but these 10's, I can barely get my hand and fingers into them. I doubt they would even break-in to the size of my 9's, but the point is I wanted a tad bit more volume than those.
It seems like I would need at least 12's and I'm not a bruiser. I couldn't decide on 10's or 11's when I mulled over them in a shop last year. Wish I bought 'em then.
I really love the Ski Cross design, but feel like Hestra needed to cut costs on this one. Backcountry is really the best for returns, so I'm not complaining to them- just highlighting to the manufacturer, that these don't really look and feel like $100+ plus gloves in person. Also, updating the pics here would be helpful.
I purchased these along with a pair of the Vertical Cut Freeride gloves since my hands stay pretty warm. I was expecting the Freerides to be my cold weather gloves and was planning on using the Ski Cross glove for early and late season skiing but after riding with the Freerides for a couple days I think the Ski Cross will be unnecessary. The Freeride glove has kept me warm without sweating in temps from 20-40 so far (but dry overnight easily if i do sweat when skiing bumps or hiking). If you're going to do a lot of hiking and really hate sweaty hands then you might want to consider the Ski Cross glove with a liner but for anything else they probably won't be warm enough.
I gave these a 3 star rating because I haven't worn them yet and from comparison with the Freeride gloves, really don't think they'll be warm at all.
These things soak up water, no matter what kind of water proofing you use. Even in 20 degree weather you'll end up with cold, wet hands in 3-4 hours time.
I could tolerate them being soaked all the time, and even the metal logo on top of the glove that'll scrach up your face when you try to wipe your nose, but when the leather ripped in the palm after 5 days on the mountain I'd had enough.
The fit and construction is great, but the materials doesnt hold up.
I've worn Hestra gloves and mittens since I was a kid (I'm from Norway), but these were disappointing.
Great glove with reinforcement on the index finger were all my gloves wear out first.Sizeing on the xxl felt like a regular xl so I will return.Found a Hestra All Leather Czone glove that fits like a true xxl.