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Hestra Army Leather Gore-Tex Review

A fantastic all-around winter glove; it's expensive but built to last, offering extra features to present a good overall value.
Hestra Army Leather Gore-Tex
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Price:  $180 List | $143.96 at Amazon
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Pros:  Dexterous for its warmth, inside feels soft and cozy, durable, above average weather resistance
Cons:  Expensive, leather needs to be retreated slightly more than other models
Manufacturer:   Hestra
By Ian Nicholson ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 1, 2017
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RANKED
#7 of 17
  • Warmth - 25% 8
  • Dexterity - 25% 7
  • Water Resistance - 25% 9
  • Durability - 15% 10
  • Features - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The Hestra Army Leather Gore-Tex is one of our favorite all-around gloves, particularly for colder climates or for folks with hands that get chilled easily. This contender is one of the most durable options on the market. With some upkeep, which involves retreating the exterior leather 1-2 times per year, it will outlast most alternatives, making its $180 price tag easier to swallow. With that in mind, its closest competition in overall design would be the Black Diamond Guide, which is warmer but less dexterous.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Hestra Army Leather Gore-Tex should be a consideration for any skier or snowboarder who rides in colder climates, where their local mountain has ancient and slow double chairs, or for people whose hands get cold easily. This cozy feeling model offers decent dexterity overall but pretty good dexterity when compared to models that feature similar levels of warmth that were both included in our review and considered for our testing. The Gore-tex insert means its ready to handle most storms especially if you re-treat its leather exterior quasi-regularly.

Performance Comparison


The Hestra Army Leather GTX is one of our favorite all-around gloves for its above-average warmth and superb durability all while keeping respectable dexterity. While it barely missed an award  it's still a fantastic glove.
The Hestra Army Leather GTX is one of our favorite all-around gloves for its above-average warmth and superb durability all while keeping respectable dexterity. While it barely missed an award, it's still a fantastic glove.

Warmth


The Army Leather GTX is warm. It's warmer than all of the other gloves, except for the Black Diamond Guide and on par with the Outdoor Research Alti Glove. There wasn't a huge difference in warmth between the Leather Gore-Tex and the BD Guide, but it was noticeable. We felt comfortable skiing in most conditions to around 0F, as long as it wasn't too stormy. This glove is certainly a step up in warmth from the Black Diamond Legend.

Our testers noted that the Army Leather Gore-Tex had a cozy fleece lining that feels spectacular when you slip them on. Not only does it warm your hand up quickly, but we found that it added to the sensation of warmth and it was something we preferred over both of the previously mentioned gloves, earning the Leather Gore-Tex a high place overall scoring.

This over-the-cuff model fits easily over our ski jackets and cinches down for a warm seal.
This over-the-cuff model fits easily over our ski jackets and cinches down for a warm seal.

Dexterity


The Army Leather GTX offers better-than-expected dexterity, especially considering the amount of warmth that the wearer is provided. In our real-world testing and side-by-side comparisons, this contender proved to be more dexterous than the Dakine Titan. While it isn't quite as warm as the Black Diamond Guide, it offers better dexterity and softened FAR quicker than the Guide.

When performing fine motor skills, such as manually unlocking a car door and writing our name, this contender scored about average. We found we could manually unlock a car door but only very sloppily write our name.

Jussi Tahtinen pictured here in the Leather Gore-Tex  demonstrating its ability to keep the wearer warm  while offering usable dexterity while crossing over a very wind and cold Pas des Chevre  Switzerland.
Jussi Tahtinen pictured here in the Leather Gore-Tex, demonstrating its ability to keep the wearer warm, while offering usable dexterity while crossing over a very wind and cold Pas des Chevre, Switzerland.

Water Resistance


As you might expect from the name, the Army Leather GTX uses a Gore-Tex insert inside a water-resistant leather. This glove was one of the most water resistant in our fleet, offering optimal protection. It excelled in our bucket of water comparisons, as well as in real-world use.

We found it offered approximately the same level of weather resistance as the Black Diamond Guide. The Army Leather Gore-Tex performed better than Hestra Leather Fall Line, Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II, and Dakine Titan.

Durability


This glove is tough! Like other Hestra Gloves, the leather is best served when a leather conditioner is applied. This helps keep the exterior leather water resistant. Applied one or two times per year, the conditions will extend the life of this (and all) contenders. Throughout our testing, we found that this glove did not have any durability issues whatsoever.

Our entire testing team is simply straight-up impressed with the durability of this glove. Even after several seasons of abuse  it is still holding up nicely.
Our entire testing team is simply straight-up impressed with the durability of this glove. Even after several seasons of abuse, it is still holding up nicely.

Features


This glove has a solid number of extra features that make it easier to use, like one of our favorite wrist-leash/keeper straps; these straps were removable and low profile. It also has a hanging loop on the pinky to facilitate faster drying, along with a wrist strap, which is positioned under the wrist. The wrist strap is low profile and stays out of the way, all while doing a fantastic job of keeping the glove snug and increasing dexterity.

We did like the included carabiner (not for climbing) to keep the gloves attached when not in use. Unfortunately, it was so big that we didn't like it dangling while skiing or snowboarding, but we felt that if we took it off, we were just asking to lose it. The Leather Gore-Tex scored above average in this metric, ensuring that the wearer is getting decent features for the buck.

The keeper cords  while seeming dorky  are loved by our testers who utilized them while skiing and snowboarding  making it nearly impossible to lose them on the chairlift. If you don't like them  they are easily removable.
The keeper cords, while seeming dorky, are loved by our testers who utilized them while skiing and snowboarding, making it nearly impossible to lose them on the chairlift. If you don't like them, they are easily removable.

Best Applications


The Army Leather GTX is a killer glove for winter recreation, especially in colder climates. Being one of the warmer gloves out there, it also has decent dexterity, which allows it to be a good choice for a wide range of applications. For skiing purposes, it fits the bill and is an excellent option. If being used for mountaineering, it certainly serves its purpose, but keep in mind that the fixed lining takes longer to dry out than the Black Diamond Guide's removable liner, which will affect those planning extended trips.

The Hestra Army Leather GTX is a great colder-weather ski glove or an all-around model for folks whose hands get cold easily. Its gauntlet seals nicely and is easy to operate.
The Hestra Army Leather GTX is a great colder-weather ski glove or an all-around model for folks whose hands get cold easily. Its gauntlet seals nicely and is easy to operate.

Value


At $180, this is one of the more expensive gloves in our review (excluding the heated models). The Leather Gore-Tex is close in price and slightly behind in performance to the Black Diamond Guide and our Editors' Choice, the Arc'teryx Fission.

Notice the extremely large wrist retainers  some testers loved this and some prefer a much more sleek version like found on the Fission.
Notice the extremely large wrist retainers, some testers loved this and some prefer a much more sleek version like found on the Fission.

Conclusion


Close in price to the top performers, the Hestra Army Leather Gore-Tex is indeed a high scorer. Earning fantastic marks across the board, but specifically in water resistance and durability, this glove has what it takes to accompany you on those cold weather missions. It will also provide modest dexterity and a fair amount of features.


Ian Nicholson