Hestra Vertical Cut Freeride Glove

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Hestra Vertical Cut Freeride Glove
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Hestra Vertical Cut Freeride Glove - The Hestra Vertical Cut Freeride Glove. A short, free ride glove made from durable leather with a close-fitting neoprene cuff; a short version of our popular vertical cut racing glove.


  • Bemeberg/ Polyester Lining

Lining and Layers:

  • Bemberg/Polyester Lining


  • Cordura waterproof / breathable 4-way stretch reinforcement


  • Thermolite Insulation


  • Impregnated goat nappa (grey and black)
  • Velcro closure
  • Cowhide aniline (all other colors)
  • Neoprene Cuff
  • Vertical Cut Technology
  • Outseams
Before breaking boundaries, suit up with the Hestra Vertical Cut Freeride Glove. Cliff-dropping, gravity-loathing powder patrollers will enjoy the Vertical Cut's tailored, hand-assembled craftsmanship and Thermolite insulation to block out cold. A short gauntlet provides a barrier against snow, and padded knuckles happily take the beatings of passing branches. Stretch Cordura adds durability and flexibility, and the hook-and-loop closure allows you to adjust the fit to match your needs.


Hestra's Vertical Cut Freeride Gloves are a short freeride glove made from durable leathers with a close fitting neoprene cuff. Tight fitting with external seams for increased comfort and a perfect, firm pole grip.

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Battery Heated:No
Best Use Gloves:Alpine Ascent
Construction:vertical cut technology
Cuff Style:Under the cuff
Down Filled:No
Glove Features:Undercuff
Glove Outer Material:The black and grey gloves are made of impregnated Army Leather-goat leather, other colors in cowhide aniline.
Glove Palm Material:The black and grey gloves are made of impregnated Army Leather-goat leather, other colors in cowhide aniline.
Glove Type:Gloves
Lining Material:Bemberg/Polyester
Material:Impregnated Cowhide Aniline
Model #:3004-24-7
Outer Material:Leather
Removable Liner:No
Touch Screen Capable:No
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Hestra Vertical Cut Freeride Glove Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Bought these because Im a fan of natural materials like wood and leather. The leather they use for these gloves is super soft but you can tell is also durable. With 3 days of skiing and a day of kiteboarding I have to say they are worth the money. They were true to size and did open up a bit throughout the use. I do like my gloves fitted though so if you like a bit more room size up. They were used in Colorado in December to give you an idea of conditions. Lather them up with the balm and you'll be fine I was teaching people to ski and snowboard so you know how much is involved touching snow and taking off and putting on bindings. I could see where the leather got wet because it darkened but never were my hands wet. There was one day these gloves weren't enough and I wish I had something thicker. I have warm hands but it was 20 degrees give or take and the wind was killer so on the lift my fingertips were getting cold. All around these gloves are perfect for me but I had to test them on a cold day and see how they stood up so the coldness was a risk I was willing to take. Durability wise I have a faint scratch on the thumb similar to a thin layer of skin being sliced this was from a freshly sharpened edge. The lighter colors will darken after applying the balm so don't expect the colors to be as vibrant. In the end I would buy another pair.

andp383299 at Backcountry.com on 04/17/2013

I bought these at the end of Dec '13 as it seems pretty much anyone I'd spoken to who skis/boards a lot have a pair. They look great (got black) although still not quite sure why there is so much padding on the top side. I immediately lathered them fully with the Hestra Leather Balm before the first use (and bought a couple of additional 30ml containers). I skied 14 straight hard days in them before taking a day off in Vail/Beaver Creek in Jan '14. The gloves feel terrific and I am now very happy with them. For the $ and rep I was expecting them to be amazing immediately and then forever. This is what I found: they look and feel great, they feel as though they are very well made so after 24 days in Jan in Colorado I would say the quality is outstanding, the fit is slightly small - the hestra heliglove I wear a 10 but in these I found I needed size 11, They have no problem when temps are in 20's, when temps are in teens also fine but single digits they were pushed and were getting a little cold, but temps in single digits might look to mittens instead anyway. Overall, be realistic in expectations for a well made glove and this will be your friend for hopefully many many happy days on the mountain

itwp1084346 at Backcountry.com on 02/03/2014

I was going through a pair of gloves pretty much every season, until I met these. I have had them for 4 years now and they are still comfy, warm, and pretty water tight. I fortunately got them in the old school brown color, which I don't think is made anymore.
They do require very frequent balming to retain water resistance and maintain the leather. I usually balm them after every hard day or so. I have taken care not to allow ski edges to cut them (they are very vulnerable to this). They will sometimes get pretty soaked after a day of riding in wet stuff, but I have yet to really get cold fingers (typically the super cold days they stay dry, duh). The extended cuff feels great and keeps those wrists dry.
Overall, these gloves are built with love. I feel like a glove this solid would have been something my grandpa would have worn back in the day. (read: most modern gloves are complete crap).

Joe Hoffman at Backcountry.com on 08/04/2013

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!

Shaun Raskin at Backcountry.com on 08/20/2012

I got these to match some other orange gear - not gunna do the entire rainbow thing or darth vader. I like a little 'style' with me gear choices, mate. ANYway, I was very excited to get them but one look and I knew I'd return them for another color. They are rather Orange CREAM like the mango lifesaver if you will. That's it - they are MANGO/MELLON... not ORANGE. Done.
FIT - very snug around base of thumb getting them on but they feel super fine - true to size otherwise. The comfort, flex and just badassness of it sold me. Ordered Darth (black) and will try one more color before settling. If you don't already have the Heli gloves - GET THEM. No excuses - get a pair for a buck 12.

Dave at Backcountry.com on 12/16/2013

I love these gloves. First and foremost they work great keeping my hands warm. I use them primarily for skiing. Conditions have been well into the teens and I'm good to go with these. Also, great mobility with these gloves as the leather is very soft making them super comfy. They are bomber if you take care of them, I condition them once per season and that seems to be enough. I have had mine for a few years now and they are still in great condition. Like any leather product you just need to be careful not to hit any sharp edges with them like your ski edge for instance which could damage the leather. Another positive is they look great too, bought them in brown.

penp338016 at Backcountry.com on 02/02/2014

When I received these gloves, I warmed them up in my oven, then slathered on the snoseal and they were good to go. Very warm for gloves as I was used to mitts. Sealing these types of gloves is critical to water-proofing them. Very well-constructed glove, you pay for quality with Hestra and once you pull these on, you can tell this is no ordinary ski glove. Neoprene cuffs are comfortable and cinch well under the cuffs of my shell. One item you will want to buy in addition are a pair of hestra handcuffs which I picked up at a local shop. I expect to have these gloves for a long time and highly recommend them.

Michael S at Backcountry.com on 01/04/2014

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.

tsrygley83 at Backcountry.com on 02/04/2013

Having a go to pair of gloves is essential for most skiers. From scraping snow off the car to ripping through some bottomless snow in little cottonwood. You will end up using them for everything. Hestra provides an accurate measurement system that allows you to get an incredible fit. These particular model is a bit on the lite side but has excellent dexterity because of it. They also provide a little padding on the back of the hand and fingers to knock pine branches out of your line or that snowboarder out of your parking spot.

Taylor Strand at Backcountry.com on 07/09/2013

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.

Cody Townsend at Backcountry.com on 12/12/2012

Neutral Reviews:

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.

crowther4376967 at Backcountry.com on 05/28/2012

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.

dal4273829 at Backcountry.com on 03/16/2012