Hestra Falt Guide Glove
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WARM!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

Holy moly, these are warm. I was actually looking for a spring glove, and this was the wrong choice for that, but would be phenomenal for winter. The liner comes out to help dry them out faster. I suppose you could use a different liner for warmer days? Though you would definitely want a liner of some sort as the shell is not meant to be worn on it's own (lots of seams in there and they would be quite loose as they need to allow for that ultra warm hestra liner they come with).

Given as gift - but asked for by name

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

When the brother asked for these by name I figured he must just be picky, but then I saw the reviews. It seems Hestra is onto something with this guide glove.

I put them on before wrapping them up and quality and workmanship are excellent. He's been raving about them since (he used them as an all-around tough-as-nails glove for snowmobiling, hunting, snow-shoeing etc.

Good glove

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I wore these up skiing for the first time, and I'm am real pleased with these gloves. Temperature dropped to 4 above. My fingers weren't sweating, but my hands stayed comfortable. The guy I was skiing complained of cold fingers all day. He's looking at Hestra gloves now.

Bomber Gloves

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 8

I was introduced to Hestra in Austria in'00 and wanted a pair ever since so getting these has been a long time coming.

Size 8, great fit, WARM, bomber leather construction, no Velcro!!...

The Perfect Glove

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

Trust me, I have been through them all. Both as a competitive skier and recreational- and this is by far the best gloves I have ever owned. The wool liner keeps you warm even when wet, easy on/off (wide cuff) for work on the slopes and machinery, a great fit after a few hours use and always warm. I usually go for mittens in colder temperatures, but not so much with these. They hold up to just about everything except the most extreme temperatures.

Warm and durable glove

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 10

One of the better gloves I have had. Warm but the dexterity remains awesome. The wool liner is great and keeps your hands dry. Working in these gloves everyday and they still remain in great shape. Waterproofed the gloves twice this year and have had no problems with soaking through.

Go to Hand Sheild

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

The big problem with these is that once you have them, nothing else will do. They even smell like high quality craftsmanship. They were a little tight on first wear but broke in like a dream. Everybody that plans on abusing their mitts in the cold should have a pair.

Warm glove that holds up to abuse

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

The gloves come small even going off of the size chart that is provided. They have since stretched out, but still seem a little small. I took the gloves ice climbing and used them to rappel and belay and they both stood up to the abuse and kept my hands warm. While backcountry skiing in high winds, my hands were still warm. The waterproof coating on the gloves still works for me even after using them during ice climbing. The only downside to these gloves is that they are not full gauntlet. One thing that would be wonderful is to have a little more material to extend up the forearms with a drawstring at the end to tighten them down. While the current material keeps the majority of the moisture out, i noticed there was some cold air flowing into the gloves while skiing. I tried to put the gauntlet material under my jacket, but it was too big. A drawstring in the end of the gloves would take care of the airflow issue and make the gloves even warmer, as well as better for deep snow.

Ready for Winter Storms!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I recently purchased these gloves as a gift for my father, who lives in the sometimes Polar Vortex-prone Midwest. Here's what he had to say:

Before trying them on, they already look durable and comfortable. Upon wearing them, the careful design and construction is clear. The fit is good - aided by the Hestra fit guides and some sneaky Christmas time measurements emailed by family

First, the lining - which is warm, and also helpfully kind to hands which get chapped, not only by winter cold, but by frequent hand washing at the hospital. The terry cloth palm area, helpfully absorbent, and soft. The wool, warm. The gloves are also adaptable for other liners should the need arise.

As for the main outer glove - wonderful flexibility, even as new. I am expecting years and years of good use. Durable, able to take on outdoor work and activity, with enough mobility. The first test, Winter Storm Goliath - with snow, sleet and 40 mph winds. Got the car cleared and home safely, hands warm - and the gloves shedding the snow and ice.

Colder temperatures and driveway clearing the next morning gave a longer, more severe test of protection from cold, and they were wonderful for the job. Looking forward to more recreational outdoor pursuits in the weeks ahead!

Best Gloves I've Ever Worn

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 10

These gloves are great!
They are unbelievably well made, perfect fit and very warm.
I've worn these in 0 degree F days and they were warmer than any other gloves I own. The wool liner feels great and they are really tough. I do wish that they came in solid black, but that is my only complaint with them. These are 1 of the few pairs I've ever had that the thumbs weren't too long.
I even bought a second pair to have as spares.

Great Glove

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

These gloves have been awesome for me. I am, however, in the market for new liners as one has a hole in it and they're pretty beat up. Anyone know if there is a slightly warmer liner from Hestra that will still fit in the glove? Maybe the one that goes in the Army Leather glove?

Sweet gloves

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

These gloves are extremely well build. The felt/wool? liners are durable and warm. Overall I was worried these would be too thin and not warm enough for the Northeast, but they have held up to icy VT winters well. Use the sizing guide on the Hestra website if you have any questions there. Mine have not stretched much if at all. I apply leather protectant a few times a season to take care of them. So far, so good. Would buy again in a heartbeat and most definitely will...If I ever need to.

POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE!

    Spent a month locating gloves thru main office in Sweden. But US operations screwed it up & not only never apologized or tried to make it right but haughty marketing manager there tried to order us not to communicate with the head office about the problem to try to cover up their incompetence. Maybe they have a good product but we'll never know because we won't deal with any company who treats customers so poorly. Too many good glove manufacturers out there to waste your time with this one.

    Sounds like a personal problem and not a product problem...

    Poor comment. This has nothing to do with the glove itself

    Guide Glove pointing the way to the top

    Guide Glove pointing the way to the top

    You could be a mountaineer and climb to the top or ... I think I'd move a little bit to the right and take the ski lift up! :-}

    The Real Deal

      After 30 days skiing with Hestra's guide glove here are my observations:



      1.) They keep your hands dry. The wool liner does an excellent job even on the wettest days of keeping the moisture off your hands. The leather on these gloves is high quality, but it's not Goretex so on wet days they will absorb moisture. I've had days where the outside of the glove looks soaked, but my hands are toasty inside.

      The downside to Goretex is when you do get moisture inside the glove it can be hard for it to escape, giving you that clammy feeling. You won't run into clammy hands with the guide glove.



      2. Hestra makes durable gloves. My last pair of hestra's lasted 7 seasons, and they took a hell of a beating without sacrificing warmth. I anticipate these will do the same, after nearly three months owning them they have yet to show signs of damage. Make sure to buy some nikiwax or a similar leather balm, these come with hestra's in house brand of balm, but I suggest getting some nikiwax to extend the life of the glove.



      3.) They stay warm without sacrificing dexterity. Hand warmth varies from person to person, if you have circulation issues you may want to add another layer(warmer core=warmer extremities) or try throwing a hand warmer in each glove. That being said I have not had an issue with these gloves lacking in warmth, even on colder days my hands don't freeze up and on warmer days I usually stash the liner because my hands start to overheat. The gloves themselves aren't overly bulky, which is a common issue with gloves that pack as much insulation as possible. Hestra nailed the middle ground between warmth and dexterity.



      4.) They look badass. Seriously, don't be surprised if you find yourself hucking a cliff you wouldn't have even looked at in the past.



      Bottom Line: The guide glove is burly, badass, and warm. What are you waiting for?

      Awesome review Garrett!

      Ditch the nikwax and use old fashioned sno-seal. They will not get wet!!!!! Apply it with a hair dryer/heat gun/by the fire etc.

      Built to last

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      Use these gloves for everything. Backcountry days, resort riding, and working in the shed. Its a versatile glove. Warm enough to handle below zero temps in Jackson then feel comfortable on spring tours in the Wasatch. You can't beat a good leather glove. Keep them water resistant with leather balm and they last forever.

      Unanswered Question

      What do they weigh? In, say, size 11, or...

      What do they weigh? In, say, size 11, or whatever you've got.

      Love this Glove

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      I love this glove but decided to go with the natural color.

      One of the Best gloves out there

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size

      I am between Hestra size 9 and 10's in general but went with the 10 on the Guide. Love the feel of this glove and the dexterity. If you notice on the inside label the shell is made in Hungary. Guess maybe they couldn't do the stitching well in China. You should buy this glove before they start making in China since all the other Hestra gloves come in plastic packaging with a "made in China" label. I may buy a second pair for this reason since it seems like everything is going that direction. I decided to keep this glove because of the removable wool liner, which is probably worth half the cost of this glove as well. Most other liners are made of polyester or synthetic keeping odors and not as warm. Haven't used these skiing yet but have used for cold weather motorcycle riding and hands were toasty warm.

      Worth the money!!!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      This is a great glove that is worth the money. I have used this glove for the past 3 ski seasons. My fingers used to always get cold and I've tried many gloves along the way. I was a little worried when I bought these gloves if I was just wasting my money, and my fingers would still get cold. NOT THE CASE WITH THESE GLOVES. When you first slide your fingers into the wool liners you won't be disappointed. They are a durable glove that will last in all conditions. Through the years I did have a small tear on one of the fingers, but the folks at backcountry hooked me up with a new pair. Bottom line: great glove and you won't be disappointed.

      Can it be worn under the cuff?

      Probably not, unless your jacket has huge expandable cuffs. The gauntlets on these are pretty bulky.