HestraVertical Cut Freeride Glove - Men's

License to break the rules.

Before breaking boundaries, suit up with the Hestra Vertical Cut Freeride Glove. Cliff-dropping, gravity-loathing powder patrollers will enjoy the Vertical Cut's tailored, hand-assembled craftsmanship and Thermolite insulation to block out cold. A short gauntlet provides a barrier against snow, and padded knuckles happily take the beatings of passing branches. Stretch Cordura adds durability and flexibility, and the hook-and-loop closure allows you to adjust the fit to prevent any powder from getting your hands wet and cold.

  • Rough and tumble gloves designed for the rowdiest freeriders
  • Impregnated cowhide leather resists moisture from snow
  • Thermolite synthetic insulation retains warmth when wet
  • Cordura stretch knuckle overlays increase durability and dexterity
  • Neoprene cuff with hook-and-loop closure
  • Sweden-based Hestra's been designing reliable ski gloves since 1936
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Not at all waterproof

    These things are so nice and soft. Comfy. Not very warm and absorb water like a sponge. For the price, it’s hard to imagine being more disappointed. So I went nuts with snow seal. Meh.

    just right

      they fit just rigth

      Pinnacle of Glove creation

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Cannot say enough great things about these gloves. First the dexterity is unreal, writing with them, skiing, working around the cabin etc etc. Second it is like a dream every time you put your hand in them, soft, supple and warm! Speaking of warm these do not have a membrane in them to keep your hands from breathing. My hands run hot and these gloves help my hands regulate temperature like no other glove I have ever worn. I also love the extra protection on the top of the hand and fingers. Whether it is bashing tree branches or an unexpected fall I feel safe in them.

      Pinnacle of Glove creation

      Ultimate Glove

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      More than what I was expecting, super comfortable, super warm, and on top of all that, what a good looking glove. You can't go wrong with this glove, I will recommend this glove to all my friends and family

      Hestra Vertical Cut Freeride Glove

        Ordered the Olsson Pro at the same time I ordered the Vertical Cut Freeride model. Both are a a great fit, awesome materials, and super craftsmanship. Of the two, I really like the Olsson model, but it is a true race glove - and as a result it is not nearly as well insulated (=WARM) as the Vertical Cut Freeride. Since I only want a single pair dedicated for the season, I will be returning the Olsson's but am definitely keeping these.

        Best Gloves

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 8

        These are hands down one of the best pairs of ski gloves that I have ever owned. They are super durable and have stood up to lots of abuse over the last year. However, my hands become very cold in these gloves in any temperatures below about 15-20F degrees. So I recently picked up a pair of hestra mittens for cold stormy days. Defiantly can't bet the fit and quality of hestra gloves.

        Great Gloves!

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

        This is my second pair of these gloves. Super solid, well made, comfortable and sturdy, these gloves fit the bill in a medium weight glove. Yes, they're going to make your paws sweaty when its warm (buy some spring gloves) and they aren't going to keep your digits toasty when its below zero, but for most days they are just what the doctor ordered.

        How many seasons did you get out of these gloves?

        great looking and very warm

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 7

        I have these gloves in black and they are very warm, durable, great looks, workmanship and details are top notch.

        Great gloves but....

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

        These are great gloves. Good construction, seem like they'll last a long time.
        But, have found that below approx. 15 degree F, my hands are freezing in these things. Windy conditions only makes it worse. Was thinking with the leather construction they might do a little better in these types of conditions.

        Best gloves ever. Seriously.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Size Bought: 8

        These are the best, most dexterous, warmest, comfortable, and well articulated gloves of ALL TIME. They get better and better year after year, and I now have almost 10 years with these gloves as my primary glove. The articulation on the glove with the Vertical Cut is unparalleled. Don't be fooled by the cheaper Fall Line Glove, or the other Hestras (which are all great), because the Vertical Cut construction and design produces the best glove known to man. Buy these. You will not regret it. Also, get Hestra's leather balm and apply it at least twice a season to keep them waterproof and buttery soft.

        I couldn't agree more. I've been using a grey pair for the past several seasons after my original Seth Morrison pro model glove packed out. I recently purchased a second pair in black. They get better with age as long as you take care of them. Highly recommend these supper warm gloves with unbelievable dexterity.

        Are the black and grey still the only ones made out of Goat Hide?

        I guess I answered my own question. This is from the Hestra Website

        Outer material: The black and grey gloves are made of impregnated Army Leather-goat leather, with other colors made from aniline cowhide. Cordura-stretch over the knuckles.

        Awesome Gloves

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

        Bought black and Green in case a pair get wet. Love these gloves. Use the balm at the beginning of each season or first sign of water entry. Use again before placing in the bag for the summer.

        Awesome Gloves

        Shveet

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

        I was apprehensive to get these, because I prefer the gauntlet style cuff. I am super stoked the wrist wrap works really well to keep the snow out and stays under your coat cuffs. A lot of padding on the knuckles and hand.

        Comfy and warm

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

        Not sure about durability. I don't know why they would use different leather in the same model just for colors. I have the white and they're in the second year.. I don't know if I will get a third. For the money I won't be happy if I only get 2 Years out of them. They aren't even my every day glove. We'll see, might be going back as warranty.





        Warm at first, not particularly durable

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

        I've had several pairs of these and must say they're great out of the box, but by the end of the year I usually have several blow outs. They mainly fail on the inside thumb seem at the pointer finger, ripping slowly until eventually your bare skin is showing through. So, I'd say if you are just skiing casually, they'll probably get you through the season, however, if you're looking for multiple years of use, you may want to look elsewhere.

        You have to be sure you get goat leather, not cowhide. This is very important and makes a huge difference. Grey and black are the only colors that use the impregnated army goat leather, and they are very durable. The other colors are cowhide aniline and they suck by comparison. I have a pair of grey ones that I have taken really good care of (use the leather balm several times per season) going on its 4th or 5th season. They are still in great condition. The cowhide ones aren't nearly as tough and everyone I know who has them blows them out just like you describe.

        Is this still true? I don't see it specified in the description

        Yes it is still true, per the product description on Hestra's website:

        "OUTER MATERIAL The black and grey gloves are made of impregnated Army Leather-goat leather, with other colors made from aniline cowhide. Cordura-stretch over the knuckles."

        https://hestragloves.com/sport/en-us/gloves/alpine-pro/30040-vertical-cut-freeride-man-woman-five-finger/750/

        Freeeride Perfection

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

        I have had various pairs of Vertical Cuts since 2007. Skiing mostly in Utah and the intermountain west I have had great experiences with this glove. The supple leather ensures maximum dexterity and grip. I had one pair that failed on the thumb stitches, but Hestra honored my warranty no problem. I also noticed the brighter colors tend to bleed color a bit, but no big deal. Keeping them in good shape revolved around regular application of a sealant like Snow Seal or Nikwax. As with any full leather glove, be careful around your ski edges when they become saturated.

        Unanswered Question

        Anyone running these gloves in CA? Trying to keep my claws warm and dry in the wet California Sierra snow...

        Leather type depends on color

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

        FYI I bought these in green expecting they would be goat skin. apparently only the black and grey are goat skin and all others are cow hide. So they are not as soft or as durable as my friends black pair which is goat skin. I feel kind of bummed and cheated. Please update your description to reflect this they are infract 2 different products that use the same name and very different material.

        Thee Glove

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

        Title says it all. These are thee gloves to get if you spend significant time in the mountains. I've put them through the wringer and they are just as warm after a full season of hard use as they were the day I got them. They're durable, comfy, stay extremely dry, and are the only glove I count on when in the backcountry. I strongly recommend these gloves, they are worth every penny. Make sure you balm them up good first thing when you get them.

        Hestra Vertical Cur Free Ride

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

        I bought these at the end of Dec '13 as it seems pretty much anyone I'd spoken to who skis/boards a lot have a pair. They look great (got black) although still not quite sure why there is so much padding on the top side. I immediately lathered them fully with the Hestra Leather Balm before the first use (and bought a couple of additional 30ml containers). I skied 14 straight hard days in them before taking a day off in Vail/Beaver Creek in Jan '14. The gloves feel terrific and I am now very happy with them. For the $ and rep I was expecting them to be amazing immediately and then forever. This is what I found: they look and feel great, they feel as though they are very well made so after 24 days in Jan in Colorado I would say the quality is outstanding, the fit is slightly small - the hestra heliglove I wear a 10 but in these I found I needed size 11, They have no problem when temps are in 20's, when temps are in teens also fine but single digits they were pushed and were getting a little cold, but temps in single digits might look to mittens instead anyway. Overall, be realistic in expectations for a well made glove and this will be your friend for hopefully many many happy days on the mountain