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Gloves, buy expensive or cheap?

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In the long run, Hestras prove to be the the best and cheapest gloves you have ever owned.

Mine have over 150 days now and are still perfect. Cheap gloves struggled to last 2 weeks.
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On Hestras...

Mine have done somewhere like 300 days, survived a bit of a house flood and should last the season.

The most I have previously achieved was maybe 120 days.

A major advantage for those of sweaty and smelly palms is washable liners.
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@BobinCH, good news, with the KenX TLC my Hestras should (and probably will) last a (my) lifetime Very Happy
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For me gloves have been like sunglasses or pens where I tend to look after expensive ones and they last me years. Cheap one get lost or broken. I’ve had Hestra gloves for years but about 10 years ago I discovered Scott goretex mittens which have been excellent and a steal at c. £30. Am onto my second pair bought last season as the first stated losing it’s stitching. They are so good that I really look after them and have added some hestra wrist holders.

I agree that Hestra are great but these have proven to be extremely good value (and warm).

https://www.alpinstore.com/en/clothing/mens/accessories/glove/mittens/180870-scott-moufle-scott-ultimate-gtx-black.html?&ads_affilie=6&id_contry=17&ads_product=180870&id_devise=4&utm_campaign=googleshopUK&pk_campaign=googleshopUK&gclid=Cj0KCQiA14TjBRD_ARIsAOCmO9b8jLmo_WcRxhKMvNLaxCwghEqeRVxYWm_KOP0f_AHartmZ1mTFoqsaAmaLEALw_wcB
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Have to say I have a glove thing! Have hestra army heli mittens for very cold. Have some reusch gloves short cuff for spring skiing from tk maxx. Burton gloves as everyday wear and following Christmas skiing the proud owner of hestra army heli gloves. Love the long cuff and the idiot straps. Also have German army surplus fur lined mittens which seem bomb proof. Junior has hestra mits and gloves (army heli) Gloves worn weekly at dry slope so get a lot of abuse but no damage just a lived in leather look. Yes hestra cost more but they really do the job. Have to admit coveting a pair of fab down filled mittens! One day I will succumb
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If you have the long cuff Hestras, pulling the elastic tight around your jacket cuff on cold days makes them even warmer.
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Another shout out for winter work gloves, check B&Q, Screwfix etc. My Wells Lamont ones have lasted 3 seasons (about 14 weeks) and are only being replaced as the way I hold my poles has pulled the stitches on one thumb. The replacements are the waterproof version, thought the last ones never got wet until I played in the slush at the eosb. . . Price? $21 . . . and they fit the hams at the end of my arms.
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@BobinCH,
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By all means try your luck with some other brands to save a few quid, but if you want gloves guaranteed to stand up to abuse and last then you won’t go wrong with Hestra.


I'm sure that is true.

That said I have a pair of Mountain Equipment Guide gloves that I am still using 10 years after I bought them for less than £50 which was a fair bit cheaper than Huestra
The key point on durability is full leather palm and fingers, ideally including the material between fingers which I find gets slashed from picking up skis if it is fabric. The guides have that but sacrifice a bit of warmth for dexterity (rope handling).

My son has poor circulation (Reynards) and isn't a big fan of mitts. We got him these last season and they have been fabulous so far - really make a difference for him. Basically mitts with a separate forefinger - you can comfortably wear them with all fingers in the mitt bit if it is really cold but get a bit more dexterity otherwise. I reckon at Euro 80 they are a bit of a steal

http://www.ekosport.fr/black-diamond-soloist-finger-black-19-p-V00082413.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzJmuj7G24AIVb7ftCh345AfGEAQYAiABEgIicPD_BwE
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I've got Hestras and I love them, but I've also got some beaten up old level gloves that I really like as they give a good feel through the glove, and some outdoor research polartec gloves with leather palms for the spring. I've also got some arcteryx gloves that I don't really get on with, and some mountain equipment gloves that are a bit... mehhh, and loads of others I've tried and given up on. Its difficult to find good gloves and you can spend many £'s chopping and changing them, or you can touch lucky and get a pair that are cheap and feel great, or you can spend a bit more and buy hestras and know that they will do the job.
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For me it is a simple decision, snow shepherd or hestra. If you want a pair of gloves that last a season with a few trips, and might want replacing after a year, but indeed could go on for 5 years, the snow shepherds will do it. The hestras should last you 5 years and have quite a few little details that I like and make life easier, make it less likely I'll lose a glove, but they are double the price if not a bit more against the snow shepherd ones.

It sounds like you are pretty hard on your gloves, who knows why. In that case I'd have two pairs of snow shepherd gloves and not worry about it if one gets trashed through treatment, obviously if you did that to hestras it will get expensive quite quickly.

If you are going to trash stuff seriously fast just buy decathlon cheapest gloves and have 5 pairs. They are good value, but I wouldn't expect them to last more than a season of fairly rough use without needing repairs.
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Lots of people are suggesting that somehow my gloves are being subjected to harsher treatment than would normally be expected. I really can't see how that could be. I've checked my poles to see if there is some unfinished roughness. I very rarely use those pull rope thingies and I don't generally drag my hands along the ground when I walk. Also my OH doesn't do this either I'm pleased to say. So it must be bad luck as the majority of snowheads don't seem to have a problem.

Might try Snow Shepard's then next..
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@FrequentFaller, One other thing to check is whether there are any rough bits on your boot clips.
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Digger the dinosaur wrote:
For me it is a simple decision, snow shepherd or hestra.


This. It's well known that the only gloves and mitts worth bothering with are Hestras or Kincos. And the Snow sheps have taken the Kinco and improved it AIUI. Unless it's spring of course when more or less anything light will do.
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I've had my Hestra Army Leather Heli gloves for 11 years! Granted, the leather part was once white, and now it is light brown, but they last forever... Note that to get logevity out of these types of gloves you do need to apply some coats of wax (I use saddle wax (I got it dirt cheap for some reason years ago), to keep the leather from drying out.

I usually ski around 30-50 days a season, so they are very cheap in the long run Happy
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bar shaker wrote:
In the long run, Hestras prove to be the the best and cheapest gloves you have ever owned.

Mine have over 150 days now and are still perfect. Cheap gloves struggled to last 2 weeks.


As long as you get leather ones. I had a pair of (cheaper) hestras with synthetic palms and fingers. Lasted fewer than 10 weeks - the fingers wore through where I carried skis.
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