Hestra Seth Morrison Pro 2015 Review by A Better Ski
I always find it funny that companies think I’m going to buy something just because a pro athletes name on it. It’s as if buying that item is going to make you look, feel, or even ski like that person. Now Seth Morrison is one of my favorite pro skiers to watch, but that doesn’t necessarily make me want to go out and buy the gloves that he may or may not even wear. Marketing schemes aside, the Hestra Seth Morrison Pro 3 Finger Mitten is actually a pretty damn cool glove. Hestra has always impressed me with their quality (of course that comes at a price), and the Hestra Seth Morrison Pro is no exception. It’s built with very durable army goat leather palm and proofed cowhide on the back. Hestra also built up the back of the hand with extra leather “armor” to shield hands from tree branches, or rocks. The Hestra Seth Morrison Pro has a beefy feel. It’s not a big glove by any means; it just feels like a glove that’s going to hold up to abuse. On the inside, the Hestra Seth Morrison Pro feels extra soft and comfortable. I was a little hesitant of the 3 finger design at first (the Hestra Seth Morrison Pro does come in a five finger as well), but I actually really liked it once I get used to it. It helps to keep your hands a bit warmer, but I still felt like I had a lot of dexterity. Plus you can pretend you’re a ninja turtle, which is pretty cool too. Hestra does a number sizing system, and I found both the 9 and 10 (Large) to fit really well. Both were very comfortable, and dexterity was good for both sizes. I’ve become very used to gauntlet style gloves over the past few years, but I have to admit that I loved the smaller cuff of the Hestra Seth Morrison Pro. The zipper along the wrist allows you to widen it for easy on and off, but zip it up for a very secure and comfortable fit. Sure the wrist is a little beefy and may be hard to fit under a tight jacket cuff. However, almost all of today’s jackets have wider cuffs that would fit well over the wrist of the Hestra Seth Morrison Pro. I did find the gloves to be nice and warm, but my hands take a lot to get cold. Still I feel that most people would find them decent in moderately cold (20 degree) temps. As you might expect, the glove does not breathe super well. I find my hands get a bit sweaty when really working hard, so this wouldn’t be the best touring glove. Still I loved these gloves for colder resort days. The waterproofing is solid, and would be fine for a lot of different conditions. They still may not be my go-to gloves in really wet conditions, but lucky for me I never really have to worry about really wet days where I ski most often. I could easily see this glove becoming a favorite for mid-winter days here in Colorado. I think some will still wish for a bit more warmth, breathability, and waterproofing, but overall I felt this was a really solid glove. It is a bit on the pricey side, but it should last season after season.
Size Worn: L (9 or 10) (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…
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