|Best Use Gloves:||Alpine Ascent|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|Glove Outer Material:||The black and grey gloves are made of impregnated Army Leather-goat leather, other colors in cowhide aniline.|
|Glove Palm Material:||impregnated Army Leather-goat leather; cowhide aniline|
|Material:||goat leather, cowhide, cordura nylon|
|Recommended Use:||Aggressive all-mountain riding|
|Shell:||Cowhide aniline, Cordura, Kevlar|
|Shell Material:||goat leather, cowhide, cordura nylon|
I want to begin by saying I use Hestra and Hestra only. Biased? Maybe, but with good reason. The company will always stand by their product. Their customer service is excellent, email responses are fast, and they just love talking about their gloves! I personally own three pairs of Hestra's from the warm Heli Mitt, to the thin Cloud Nine for touring and my go to glove, the Vertical Cut Freeride.
This glove kills it in basic conditions from 10-40 degrees. Anything below I would go for the Heli Mitt or anything above I would spring for my Cloud Nines. This isn't to say that you couldn't use it in either of those conditions I just prefer the other two. That said, 80% of the time I'm definitely using the VCF. Why? Because it's bomb proof and dexterous as, well you know. Pole plants have never felt so integral to my body with these gloves. They keep me warm except on a frigid day at Jay Peak. I can easily navigate on an iPhone touch screen once the fingers start to chill up. The fit is second to none. I can punch through tight glades with no fear of bruising my knuckles. They grip a beer and if you get crafty they'll open it too.
A few notes about the glove and the areas where they don't perform. They might be slightly tight at first but they will pack out a bit. These gloves are leather, make sure to feed them with plenty of leather balm to keep them alive and well. If the conditions are extremely wet, such as 60degrees in Tahoe, they will get soaked. If the wind chill is a beautiful -30F blowing from the Canadian Plains on the Freezer at Jay my hands do get cold.
What else can I say? Oh, and they look sexy. That's a fact, buy them.
So after reading through many of these reviews, I have seen a lot of complaints about the color beading onto your hands and a concern that the gloves will lose their color. I tour and ride my snowmobile in these (two of the wettest activities) and while they do blead color, they are still every bit as blue as they use to be. As for warmth and cut I think they are some of the best gloves Hestra has ever created. The low profile fit on the palm site with the thicker layering on the outside gives my hands enough protection from the cold and any other elements that my nuckles might come in contact with.
For those of you who get chronic cold hands you might want something a bit more focused on warmth like the Heli Mit/ glove or the Seth 3Finger. But those looking for dexterity and just enough protection these are for you!
I just upgraded to a pair of Hestras from the Dakine gloves I've had for a while, and WHOA these are nice. The leather is so much more supple than any synthetic and I can actually grab things way more easily. When coated with the Hestra balm or Sno Seal, these things are pretty much water proof and oh so warm. I would say they're not quite warm enough for some of the negative temps I encountered in New Hampshire this year, which just seems like an excuse to invest in some Hestra mittens. Overall, a great all around glove for most conditions that has a great tactile feel.
I have had my Vertical Cut Freeride for 2 full seasons now and I will never use anyother glove. This glove does everything you could want. It keeps your hand warm on cold days and sweat free on warmer days. I used to have 3 diffrrent gloves that I used. One for realy cold days, one for kinda cold days and ones for warm spring days. Now I have just the freerides and they work great for all days. If you take care of the glove they will last for a long time. I only see minor wear and tear after 2 seasons. Great gloves
I've had these gloves since 2005 and they are far and away, the best gloves I have ever owned. They are extremely articulate and the cut is incredible. Anything people say about the grip being poor is false. There is simply no better glove out there. I have to admit that after 6 years they are about ready to be replaced but I'm waiting for Hestra to pony up and decide to sponsor me (hint hint) and hook me up with a fresh pair. Buy these gloves. You will be the happiest person ever. Expensive but worth every penny.
Hands down the best glove i've ever skied in. burlier than pretty much anything out there and warm enough for the coldest days (not too hot on the warmer ones, but not a spring glove). when you send it and the snow's a little firmer than you though it'd be your knuckles will thank you for the extra padding when you punch ice. little pricy, and high maintenance, but WELL worth it. look no further. but if you do, only look to Hestra.
The single best glove I've ever let these hands glide into. The fit feels like the glove was custom made, the natural curve embedded into the mold of the glove makes gripping your poles an effortless breeze and the leather is smoother than a baby's butt. Definitely use the leather conditioner and waterproofing to make these gloves sing and last for years. The only problem with these gloves is that it's hard to where other gloves once you start wearing Hestra gloves.
Skied these in every condition this year and they haven't let me down one time. These are easily the best gloves I've owned. They look brand new after abusing them all season.
It has a lifetime warranty too? Easy decision, worth every penny even at full pop. This price @ 92.00 is a steal.
I will say that they might run a tiny little bit small. By my measurement I should wear a 7 but the size 8 fits perfect.
These gloves were built for skiing. So comfortable to wear, effortless to use and incredibly durable. I've used the Vertical Cut's for about 6 years now and love them like the day I first got them. Make sure to SnoSeal them and put some love and care into them though, if you do they'll keep your fingers warm, hands dry and last forever. Good old school craftsmanship in this mitts.
We have several pairs of this glove. It is bullet proof, soft, warm, comfortable and water proof as long as you keep them conditioned. Of note this years glove isn't built as good as the last several years. The fingers have seams on the tips and like all things they are thinner and not as good as they were in years past unfortunately!
Didn't get all that hype about Vert Cut Freerides.
Yes, it is sexy and good looking, but nothing more (for me).
Too many layers of leather, insulator and stitches on the palm,
weird wrinkles (especially in below zero conditions when the leather become inelastic)
and pole grip like a jelly in your hand.
Not enough articulation for pole grip.
Never had such a problem before but it's like climbing expanders, always forcing against bending fingers.
Very narrow comfort temperature zone.
When its not to cold or you're hot - they are soggy inside and hard to dry out for next morning.
When its become colder - my fingers freeze very fast.
Skied them for month. Hoped that leather should "break in", but nope.
Neoprene cuff near the velcro flap started to rip off...
And don't buy it in white: sno-seal + couple of days skiing and they are dirty-grey
I had previously owned a pair of Hestra 3-finger Heli gloves, but these got commandeered by my fiancee (as they were the only glove that kept her fingers from freezing). I'd been hugely impressed with my experience with Hestra, so decided to see what else was in their range, and after reading a deluge of positive reviews on the Vertical Cuts, I bought a pair two seasons ago.
I bought the black pair, and they look awesome, and they appear to be really sturdily constructed. So far, so good.
However, a key feature for me is dexterity (a lot of reviewers identified this as a key positive for this glove, which was a big factor in me buying it), and these gloves are not at all impressive in this regard. There's a lot of really stiff padding on the back of the hand and a whole bunch of padding/stitching around the fingers which makes the glove quite stiff. It doesn't seem like the sort of thing that will ease up over time either.
It's also clearly a lot less warm than my old Hestras. I'm generally pretty warm in the hands, but I got cold a few times (in Whistler, where it's not that cold) in these gloves. While it's true that my old pair are a 3 finger mitt, I still feel strongly that the Heli glove would be a LOT warmer than the Vertical Cut.
Finally, sizing is very different to my other Hestras. I bought the same size as my heli, and it was noticeably tighter around my fingers.
Overall, a solid glove, but aesthetics trump performance, which is a shame given the hefty price tag.
The construction and look of the glove was great. For strictly back country hiking and skiing I am sure this glove would be great. If you plan to do any resort skiing, I do not recommend this glvoe at all. My hands were terribly cold on a mid teen, low 20's day. There isn't too much insulation in them.
Great gloves, warm, allow easy grip of the poles. But with the first wet day, I got my hands blue... Hope it was just for the first time and will not happen every time. Also, not sure how long the gloves will keep that nice blue color.... Let's wait the end of the season.