What it is: Hestra gloves | model: Dexterity
Where to buy: EVO $140 BUY it now
The Scoop: Prior to getting my hands on these gloves, my home mountain, Crystal Mountain Resort had just received 19″ of new snow. However, the temps were a little bit up, and the snow was not exactly dry. However, it proved to be a stellar day of playing in the tree’s. Managed to shoot a little POV footage (see video below) and snapped a few photo’s with photographer Matt Small (see photo above). This was a perfect test run for the gloves, and they not only met my expectations, but exceeded them.
Initial impression: Trying the glove on at home I thought for sure the cuff was going to be too small. However, after putting them on with my jacket, it felt just right. Not a ton of excess material around the wrist, allowing a clean seal with the neoprene cuff. And the elastic pull strap with Velcro closure sealed the deal, keeping heat in, and the white fluffy stuff out.
Tech talk: The Dexterity is described as a short, free-ride model that has a waterproof Czone (CZone™ A glove that is built up using four different layers, each layer having a specific function. Outer material, waterproof and breathable membrane, insulation and lining complement each other and together create a warm and pleasant comfort zone for your hands.membrane for warmth).
To no surprise, materials used are top shelf no doubt. As is everything with HESTRA. The Dexterity has a “impregnated Cowhide Aniline, Cordura Fabric”. In other words, it is tough as nails, just like bovine hide. Along with that comes all the properties that leather carries with it.
HESTRA refers to this glove as a Wolf Paw©. Not to be confused with a wolf-pack (or whatever name you call your buddies you ski with). HESTRA’s Wolf Paw© name means this amazing glove has a patent fingertip reinforcement that eliminates seams from surfaces that get the most wear and tear. Bottom line: your glove will last a long time. Most likely even out last your skis, or your wolf-pack buddies.
Location and conditions: Whistler B.C., and Crystal Mountain Resort. At the time of writing this, I have about 8 days on these gloves, including a trip to Whistler with them. I have used them no in 32deg days, and 18deg days, and my hands stayed warm and dry in both conditions.
Fit: I truly feel that they fit better now after 8 days on them, then they did out of the box. Makes sense. Seem’s they stretched a bit.
Con’s: As much as I love the cuff on them, that is my only complaint if I had to come up with one. I would find it useful to have a little bit more velcro to really tighten the cuff even further. It seems for me that the tail of the velcro cuff hangs out, where it should be tightly clasped via velcro to the glove.
Below are a few photos of the glove in use from my whistler trip last week, in Feb. 2013.
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photos of Dexterity Glove seen in this post by: Brian Hopper