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 re-treating the exterior leather 1-2 times per year, it will outlast most alternatives, making its price tag easier to swallow. We love this glove for all kinds of winter recreating.
Hestra Army Leather Gore-Tex Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers 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
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|Pros||Dexterous for its warmth, inside feels soft and cozy, durable, above average weather resistance||Versatility, durable palm, lightweight and packable, dexterous, ergonomic shape, freedom of movement||Very protective, 6hr battery life on low, durable, super warm when powered||Super warm, extremely tough, great weather resistance, removable liners help them dry quicker, our go-to expedition glove||Well designed features, tough as nails, dexterous|
|Cons||Expensive, leather needs to be retreated slightly more than other models||Long gauntlet tricky to get under jacket, gauntlet can slowly open, expensive||Pricey, heavy||Not very dexterous, take time to break in, if in between sizes you should consider sizing up||Not as warm as other high-end ski gloves, expensive|
|Bottom Line||A fantastic all-around winter glove; it's expensive but built to last, offering extra features to present a good overall value.||Easily the most versatile model for conditions, climates, and activities with top-tier performance across the board make this glove our favorite overall.||The warmest glove in the test when the batteries are charged, a great protective and warm glove.||For really cold activities, where giving up some dexterity for some serious warmth is a must, these gloves are hard to beat.||This is an excellent day in day out resort glove for skiing in milder climates.|
|Rating Categories||Hestra Army Leather Gore-Tex||Arc'teryx Fission SV||Capstone Heated||Black Diamond Guide||Marmot Ultimate|
|Water Resistance (25%)|
|Specs||Hestra Army...||Arc'teryx Fission SV||Capstone Heated||Black Diamond Guide||Marmot Ultimate|
|Double or Single Glove||Single||Single||Single||Double||Single|
|Gaunlet or Cuff?||Gauntlet||Gauntlet||Gauntlet||Gauntlet||Gauntlet|
|Palm Material||Army Leather (goat leather)||Leather||Goat leather||Goat leather||Cow-hide leather|
|Waterproof Material||HESTRA Triton three-layer polyamide fabric, leather||Gore-Tex||Gore-Tex insert||Gore-Tex insert||Gore-Tex insert|
|Insulation Type||Soft Fiberfill||Primaloft Gold Insulation Eco and primaloft silver eco||PrimaLoft® HiLoft Silver 100% polyester||PrimaLoft Gold and boiled wool||PrimaLoft Gold|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Hestra Army 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 it's ready to handle most storms, especially if you re-treat its leather exterior quasi-regularly.
The Army Leather GTX is warm. It's warmer than most gloves out there and only bested by a small few. We felt comfortable skiing in most conditions to around 0F, as long as it wasn't too stormy. Our testers noted that the Army 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 among the gloves. Mittens were, as expected, noticeably warmer.
The Army Leather GTX offers better-than-expected dexterity, especially considering the amount of warmth and leather that the wearer is provided. 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.
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.
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.
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.
This is one of the more expensive gloves in our review (excluding the heated models). If you're prepared to spend this much on your next pair of gloves, you'll be rewarded in their longevity.
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