The autonomous Hestra Heli Mitt stole our hearts with its cozy liners and amazing thermoregulation. Of all the gloves tested, it has the BEST fit with an incredibly high level of versatility. We love it so much, that it earned our Editors' Choice Award for ski mittens (again!). We took this baby cross-country skiing in Northern Quebec where the temperatures reached -40 degrees. We went to the resort and ski toured in the mountains of Colorado. In all cold weather conditions, our hands were quite happy. The liner is ultra-plush, warm, and removable. This glove hasn't packed out or fallen apart after five years of use! Even if it did, it comes with a lifetime warranty.
This year, the closest competitor to this Editors' Choice winner (aside from our other Editors' Choice winner, the Arc'teryx Fission Glove - Women's), is the Hestra Heli Three Finger - Women's. This glove has the same basic construction of the Heli Mitt, but with a different structure, providing a different function. The Hestra Heli Three Finger features a three-pronged 'lobster claw' with a gloved interior while the Heli-Mitt has just a regular mitten interior. Both provide decent protection from the element, but the 'three-finger' construction allows for better dexterity while sacrificing a little bit of warmth. If you prefer warmth over dexterity, this Editors' Choice winner is the way to go. Be prepared for most conditions mother nature can throw at you. Whether you're riding the double blacks at the ski resort or exploring the backcountry for the day.