Hestra Heli 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Hestra Heli glove has been one of Hestras best-selling gloves for several seasons, and one that we really like. When you first put on the Hestra Heli, you can tell that it’s a serious glove with quality construction. The Heli Hestra is a tough glove. It’s made with goat leather palms and durable Hestra Triton fabric backers. The leather palm is durable, but it’s not extremely waterproof. Like most leather gloves, you will need to retreat it from time to time with a good DWR. The Triton polymide is much better, but maybe not quite as tough as the leather palms. This material does breathe well though, and helps keep your hands dry from the inside. The Hestra Heli is designed with removable and interchangeable liners to accommodate a wide range of conditions. “Out of the box”, we found the Hestra Heli to be quite warm, but we do run on the warm side. For me it would work well in cold (15-20 degree) temps, but those who run cold may need some extra insulation from a thicker liner. I could use the shell alone and probably be fine most days. The liner that comes with the glove is warm, but I don’t like that it looks like a liner. What do I mean by this? Well some liners (Outdoor Research) just look like a thin glove, and I like to use them on really warm spring days. The Hestra Heli liner doesn’t look as nice, and may look kind of funny using just that. This isn’t a huge deal, and some people may think I’m crazy, but I like being able to use one glove/liner for all days on the mountain. The glove fits well (slightly wide), and has a Velcro strap to cinch down across the wrist. The sizing is a little different than what most folks are used to, but should be easy to figure out. For reference, I normally wear a size large, and the size 10 Hestra Heli fits me fine. Dexterity is decent, though not great. The Hestra Heli does have “handcuffs” to keep your gloves from falling off the lift when you take them off. They look a little weird, but work really well. It’s also nice not to have to readjust the strap every time you put on or take off the glove. Overall, the Hestra Heli is a tough, durable, and warm glove with some decent features. It wouldn’t be my go-to for really wet climates, but it doesn’t do bad in the dryer snow of the rockies. Hestra does make the Heli glove in a Gore-Tex version that would be an awesome all around glove for serious skiers.

Size Worn: L (Hand Circumference: 8.5 Inches, Hand Length: 7.5 Inches)

What I look for in a glove: My hands run really warm, so I like a glove that isn’t too hot! I really love gloves that have removable liners so I can use them together on really cold days, or use just the shell, or just the liner. I also really like to have dexterity when skiing. I don’t necessarily need a glove that allows me to use my phone, or other small electronics, but I definitely want to be able to buckle my boots, zip my jacket, etc…

List Price US $135
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