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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:  $190 List | $189.95 at Backcountry
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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  ⋅  Jan 17, 2020
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#7 of 21
  • Warmth - 25% 6
  • Dexterity - 25% 6
  • Water Resistance - 25% 8
  • Durability - 15% 9
  • 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 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.

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Pros Dexterous for its warmth, inside feels soft and cozy, durable, above average weather resistanceWarm, water resistant, durable, dexterous, lightweight and packableExcellent dexterity and durability, fairly warm, water resistantWarm enough, weatherproof, inexpensiveWarmest mitt in our review, bomber shell, nice extra features, nice loop to facilitate drying, good thumb ergonomics
Cons Expensive, leather needs to be retreated slightly more than other modelsExpensive, lacks some featuresExpensive, lacks some nice featuresPoor dexterity, slightly tight fit around the knucklesPoor dexterity, liner packs out a little quicker than other options
Bottom Line A fantastic all-around winter glove; it's expensive but built to last, offering extra features to present a good overall valueWith top-tier performance across the board, this glove is what we recommend to those seeking the best pairA weather-resistant and warm glove that retains dexterity, ideal for ski touringA warm and fully featured ski glove for a great priceThis contender offers the highest level of warmth yet still allows you to perform basic tasks required of resort skiing
Rating Categories Hestra Army Leather... Arc'teryx Fission SV Arc'teryx Sabre Gordini GTX Storm T... Black Diamond Mercu...
Warmth (25%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
9.0
Dexterity (25%)
6.0
8.0
9.0
4.0
2.0
Water Resistance (25%)
8.0
10.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Durability (15%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Features (10%)
8.0
7.0
4.0
9.0
10.0
Specs Hestra Army Leather... Arc'teryx Fission SV Arc'teryx Sabre Gordini GTX Storm T... Black Diamond Mercu...
Double or Single Glove Single Single Single Single Double
Gaunlet or Cuff? Gauntlet Gauntlet Cuff Gauntlet Gauntlet
Palm Material Army Leather (goat leather) Leather Leather Polyurethane Goatskin Leather
Waterproof Material HESTRA Triton three-layer polyamide fabric, leather Gore-Tex Gore-tex Gore-Tex Shell: Pertex Shield, Liner: BDry
Insulation Type Fiberfill polyester 133g Primaloft Gold Eco and 200g Primaloft Silver Eco Primaloft Megaloft 340g Primaloft Gold and high-loft fleece lining
Nose Wipe? No Yes No Yes Yes

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.

Performance Comparison


The Hestra Army Leather GTX is one of our favorite all-around gloves...
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.
Photo: Ian Nicholson

Warmth


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.

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

Dexterity


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.

Jussi Tahtinen pictured here in the Leather Gore-Tex, demonstrating...
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.
Photo: Ian Nicholson

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.

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...
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.
Photo: Ian Nicholson

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.

The keeper cords, while seeming dorky, are loved by our testers who...
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.
Photo: Ian Nicholson

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 Hestra Army Leather GTX is a great colder-weather ski glove or...
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.
Photo: Ian Nicholson

Value


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.

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

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