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Hestra is located in the western uplands in the Swedish province of Smaland, surrounded by large forests. Since 1936 they have been producing some of the highest quality gloves on the market.
The Hestra Army Leather Heli Ski glove is a modern classic and Hestra's best-seller. A longer glove for powder snow lovers who need extra durable warm gloves. warmth can be further enhanced with an additional glove liner, and the outer can be worn as a shell on and off the mountain.
Outer Material: Upper section made of wind and waterproof, breathable Hestra Triton/Polymide fabric. Proofed Army Leather goat palm
Lining: Removable Bemberg polyester lining with Quallofill/Fiberfill insulation. Spare liners are available
Eagle Grip: Ergonomically designed pre-formed shape that helps you to hold your ski poles with less palm pressure
Snow Lock Cuff: A pull cord that allows you to close the cuff right down, even over a jacket sleeve for maximum protection
Velcro Closure: A width adjustment at the base of the wrist joint for enhanced fit and secondary protection from the elements
Snap hook (Carabiner style): To help with securing the gloves when on the lift, and helpful for drying gloves too
Handcuffs: Elasticated removeable hand cuffs so that glove loss does not occur when removing in harsh conditions or on the lift
Hestra gloves are a firm favourite for us. The Army Leather is dependable, has a great extended cuff length and even handcuffs for those texting moments on the lift. The liner is very warm too, and can be removed for washing. You won't go wrong with this set of gloves, premium stuff!
Is This For Me?
For the all day mountain person, who likes to use what those in the know are using, the Army Leather Heli glove is a great glove.
There is no substitute for a good quality glove on the mountain. Cold hands on the slopes and the lifts can be incredibly painful and in extreme cold dangerous, so make sure you invest in a well fitting pair of gloves.
We sell a few brands of gloves to suit different budgets. Hestra have a very strong reputation amongst season workers and regular skiers due to their durability and great fit. Leather Hestra models include a small sachet of leather treatment, and whatever brand of gloves you decide on, it is important to ‘feed’ any leather areas regularly so that they maintain their water resistant properties and soft feel.
To size yourself up for gloves, you should measure around the hand excluding your thumb. This measurement in inches is your glove size. Hestra also offer additional information on finger length which can further enhance the fit. This information is available when you select a glove on our website.
You can also choose between gloves, mittens and the exciting new 3-finger format. This is a personal preference, although mittens allow you to insert glove warmers more easily.
When buying gloves it is important to also consider buying a pair of glove liners. These are relatively inexpensive, and like layering you clothing, help keep hands dry by wicking away sweat, and then trap dry air to keep your hands warm. Being thin they are easily stowed away in your jacket pocket when it warms up. When sizing, do not adjust glove or lining size, just order your normal size. We offer several types of glove liner.
How Do I care for my Hestra Gloves?
Hestra gloves are made to last. With some love and care they will last even longer. Good for you, good for the environment.
1) Treat the leather regularly and it will resist moisture, enhance durability and keep the natural leather supple. Moisten the leather a little first with a little water on a sponge if you haven’t just come off the mountain. We then recommend putting a pea sized amount of care balm in each palm, with the gloves on. then rub the gloves together being certain to work the balm between the fingers too. Do this in the evening and the grease is absorbed during the night. For perfect results use Hestra Leather Care Balm. Many models come with a sample of this amazing care product. A pot of balm will keep your gloves supple and water resistant for many, many years.
2) If you have gloves with breathable materials like Gore-Tex, you should avoid silicone based products. It clogs the pores and reduces the material’s breathability. Make sure if using care balm just to treat the natural leather areas. If the balm gets onto non-leather areas wipe it away as soon as possible so it does not work into any fabric.
3) With the carabiner clasp that comes with some models, you can easily attach the gloves to a backpack. In that way, you don’t risk losing them, and they can dry without losing shape. Do leave them in a naturally ambient temperature to dry, NOT on a radiator (See below for drying tips)
4) Dyed leather may stain clothing when wet, so don’t place a wet glove on other garments. Choose a model with a natural leather colour if you do not want to risk bleeding of colours. Remember leather is a natural material, it will discolour. If your white Hestra’s ever turn slightly green, this is because you left them wet and warm to sweat, resulting in a green tint. To avoid this wipe of excess moisture and treat the gloves as above!
5) Gloves rarely get damaged while skiing. Instead, the edges of skis and boot buckles are normally the cause of damage to your gloves. Be careful when handling your skis or boots! The only time we have seen Hestra stitching damaged, has been due to a sharp ski edge, and there are some things a warranty cannot be expected to cover!
Washing & Drying Gloves - 5 truths about washing and drying from Hestra
1) Dry your gloves at room temperature, avoid open flames, heaters, tumble- driers and ovens.
2) Gloves dry best in an upright position. Some models come with a carabiner clasp that, apart from keeping the gloves together, also is useful when drying.
3) Do not turn lined gloves inside out. The liner, insulation and membrane can be difficult to put back into place. We have been there!
4) Gloves with a removable lining dry faster when the liners are removed, and the removable liners are also easy to wash. Dirt clogs pores and fibres reducing breathability. However, wool liners must be hand washed and dried on a flat surface.
5) We do not recommend washing leather gloves frequently. If you do wash them, put on the gloves and wash with soap and lukewarm water. Squeeze out the water gently without twisting. Models without several layers or leather can be machine-washed at 40°C or less.
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