The Hestra Heli Three-Finger provides a unique balance of warmth and dexterity for any women looking to charge hard on the slopes. We love its breathable Hestra three-layer polyamide fabric and fully gloved liner. The three-finger design provides more warmth than any gloves, and more dexterity than any mittens tested in this review. It is made of the exact same materials as the Hestra Heli Mitt, a warmer full mitten option, also providing a similar level of performance. To top it off, it comes in cute colors with a female-specific design. Take this unique, three-fingered glove anywhere you please this winter.
Hestra Heli Three-Finger - Women's Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Warm, dexterous, versatile liners, cozy and comfortable, stylish, great fit
Cons: Expensive, limited features, not suited for wet climates
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Hestra Heli Three-Finger - Women's
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|Pros||Warm, dexterous, versatile liners, cozy and comfortable, stylish, great fit||Warm, breathable, lightweight, great dexterity, versatile||Super warm, removable liner, durable construction, weather resistant liner||Fantastic warmth, good dexterity, durable goatskin palm, super affordable price||Hand warmer pocket in liner, long gauntlet, double glove construction, great price, carabiner loop, versatile|
|Cons||Expensive, limited features, not suited for wet climates||Expensive, limited sizing||Bulky, difficult to get liner back into glove, expensive||Few features, less breathable construct||Not warm, lacks durability, no wrist adjustment, tight fit, not recommended for the resort|
|Bottom Line||This lobster-claw design is a perfect balance of warmth and dexterity for both the resort and the backcountry.||This Editors' Choice stands out for its fantastic balance of warmth and breathability, perfect for skiing the resort or exploring in the backcountry.||A classic workhorse glove designed to keep hands warm and comfortable all day long.||This Best Buy Award winner is perfect for any lady seeking an affordable and cozy glove that offers superior warmth and dexterity.||This Top Pick for Backcountry Adventures will surely breathe and perform during any winter aerobic sport.|
|Rating Categories||Heli Three-Finger||Arc'teryx Fission - Women's||Black Diamond Guide - Women's||Gore-Tex Down III Women's||Arete|
|Warmth And Breathability (25%)|
|Water Resistance (25%)|
|Specs||Heli Three-Finger||Arc'teryx Fission...||Black Diamond...||Gore-Tex Down III...||Arete|
|Waterproof Material||Triton three-layer polyamide fabric||Gore-Tex XCR waterproof insert||GORE-TEX waterproof insert||Gore-Tex waterproof/windproof membrane||Gore-Tex waterproof/windproof membrane|
|Insulation Type||Polyester Fiberfill insulation||PrimaLoft insulation||170 g PrimaLoft® Gold insulation||600-fill of 70% goose down 30% waterfowl feathers on back of hand, Megaloft on palm side||Radiant Fleece (100-grams)|
|Palm Material||Cowhide leather||Leather||Goat leather||Goat skin (leather)||AlpenGrip Synthetic material|
|Inner Glove Material (if applicable)||Removable Bemberg/Polyester Lining||Brushed polyester liner||Boiled wool and 200 g fleece palm lining||Polyester fleece liner||Polyester fleece liner gloves.|
|Double or Single Construction?||Double||Single||Single||Single||Double|
|Gauntlet or Cuff Length?||Medium cuff||Medium cuff||Medium cuff||Medium cuff||Medium cuff|
|Special features||Velcro wrist closure, removable wrist leash, adjustable wrist cuff, lobster claw construct.||Removable wrist leash, carabiner loop, adjustable wrist cuff.||Nose wipe, foam padding on knuckles||Adjustable wrist closure, nose wipe.||Carabiner loop, nose wipe, adjustable wrist cuff, removable wrist leash.|
|Sizes (Women's)||5, 6, 7, 8, 9||XS, S, M, L, XL||XS,S,M,L||S, M, L||S, M, L|
|Fit||Fits small.||Fits large (unisex sizing).||Fits small||True to size.||Fits small.|
|Warranty||Lifetime||Lifetime||1 year||1 year||Lifetime|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Heli Three-Finger by Hestra is built for women looking for a nice balance of warmth and dexterity. Being best suited for dry climates and bluebird days, it's a great addition to any girl's outdoor ski or snowboard wardrobe.
Warmth & Breathability
Providing a remarkable blend of warmth and breathability, the Heli Three-Finger glove features a plush, removable Bemberg polyester lining that breathes and wicks well. The Hestra three-layer polyamide fabric keeps water out while allowing water vapor to escape efficiently. As a result, this glove stays warm and dry inside all day long. Similar to its cousin the Hestra Heli Mitt, it has an additional snow lock closure around the wrist and an extra long cuff that keeps snow out on the deepest of powder days.
The three-finger model did not score as high as the Hestra Mitt in warmth because the inner liner features a gloved configuration, while the shell is a lobster claw. Typically this means that heat energy can't be generated as efficiently as a full mitten. As a result, we found that on the coldest days the Heli Mitt is warmer than the lobster claw. Wear it on the coldest days at the resort or in the backcountry when temperatures dip well into the double negatives.
Featuring Hestra's three-layer polyamide outer, this glove keeps moisture out — similar to the Hestra Heli Mitt. The cowhide leather on the palm is pliable and soft which keeps moisture out and hands dry in the field. Even though it proved to do well out in the field, our at-home tests didn't have the same result. In our dunk tests, this mitten-glove hybrid absorbed more water than the Hestra Heli Mitt (4.45 oz vs. 2.8 oz). Like the mitt, it also leaked along the seams of the finger after being submerged and squeezing just ten times.
Out in the field, we didn't have any issues with this mitt. In fact, it stayed dry and warm after seven-hour skin sessions and during all weather at the resort. Our testing primarily occurred in dry climates; based on our in-house testing, we would only recommend this glove for dry climates because of its performance in our dunk tests.
The three-finger construct provides better dexterity than a mitt, but not as good as a glove. We loved that we could easily do up boots, jackets, and tie shoes. Many of our testers preferred this glove in the backcountry in comparison to the Hestra Heli-Mitt simply because it was easier to perform simple tasks like removing skins and taking a quick snack out the backpack without removing the gloves.
Like the Hestra Heli Mitt, this glove isn't loaded with features like the Burton Gore-Tex glove, but it does stand out for its removable and interchangeable liner. Since you can switch the liners out, this is truly an autonomous contender. In addition, the liners are quick to dry. We also love its removable leashes (also found on most gloves in this review) and the carabiner loop that keeps the pair of gloves together when not in use.
Durability and Construction
Our main author is a long-time Hestra user. She has owned a pair of gloves for the last five years that have shown just minimal levels of wear and tear from abrasion. Since these gloves feature a highly durable cowhide leather palm, it's important to make sure they are treated regularly to maintain the integrity of the leather. As an added bonus, Hestra offers a lifetime warranty on all its products. The only reason this glove did not earn a perfect ten in this metric is that the stitching isn't 100 percent seamless, resulting in some water leakage that we observed directly in our at-home tests. Other then that, we think these gloves are super bomber! It will last years if you choose to invest in them!
If you're looking for a balance of warmth and dexterity, we believe this contender is the best option out there. Given its fantastic warmth and slimmer profile specific for women's hands, this is a favorite among our testers. It performs well at the resort, whether you're skiing the greens or double black diamonds. If you prefer to explore in the backcountry, we would highly recommend this product given its interchangeable and removable liners and enhanced dexterity (in comparison to the Hestra Heli Mitt). If you're in super wet climates that see heavy, wet snow, this glove may not be the best option. But if you're only planning on skiing on bluebird days, it's a perfect fit!
Even though this price tag is high at $145, we believe this glove is worth every penny. Given its fantastic durability and warranty, you will get your money's worth.
If you're in search of a glove that provides warmth and dexterity, this hybrid mitten-glove (aka the lobster claw) may be the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe. Take it with you on long ski tours or up and down the lift lines all day long.
— Amber King