Expert Review: Hestra Men's Power Heater Gauntlet MittensPublished on 01/21/2023 · 5 min read This review is my honest opinion of the gloves, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
All photos courtesy of Austen Law
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the gloves, which I purchased with my own money in November of 2021.
The Hestra Men’s Power Heater Gauntlet Mittens are the warmest gloves that someone can buy. Not only does Hestra make the best gloves on the planet, but these are the warmest they can get. These are for a skier who wants a glove for cold days or deep powder skiing.
About the mittens I own
- Model: 2022 Hestra Power Heater Gauntlet Mittens
- Size: 10
- Height: 6’0’’
- Weight: 185lbs
- Experience: 26 years skiing
- When I bought them: November 2021
- Days used: 15
- Weather conditions used in: Blizzards, ultra-cold days, powder days
- Where I’ve used them: Mt. Bachelor, Oregon, and pow skiing in Japan
- Terrain: Pow, blizzard, ultra-cold conditions
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was looking for the warmest gloves available from Hestra, knowing they make the best gloves. I was also looking for a glove that could stand a super cold day of skiing in the backcountry or the resort. I like a mitten more so for cold days, so these were an excellent fit.
Why I chose this gear
Having put them on for the first time, I thought these power-heated mittens were the comfiest and warmest gloves I had ever used. I liked the black-on-black colorway, the glove's durability, and the texture. I wanted a glove to go ski deep powder Japan with and have warm hands all day. The long cuff also helped, as I knew that would keep powder out of my jacket. Some other options I looked at were the North Face Montana Inferno and the Outdoor Research Sureshot Heated.
What I love about them
- Fit: These gloves run a little bulky for me, but I have fairly slim fingers and hands. Fit and cut are good for standard hands. The long cuff comes up about 4 to 5 inches up the arm and has an elastic pull to tighten.
- Comfort: Super comfy gloves, and the inner material is very soft and cozy for all-day riding.
- Ease of movement: Great movement, as I am sure Hestra designed that in their engineering. Finger ease of movement is great, and I never feel like I am inhibited in motion by these gloves.
- Warmth: The warmth of these gloves is unmatched. My hands, at times, are almost too warm. The extended collar of these gloves keeps all that heat in my gloves.
- Waterproofing: Because they are made with a waterproof, three-layer polyamide fabric backhand, these gloves can take on moisture really well.
- Conditions: They thrive in** **cold weather and dry powder days. Otherwise, these gloves overheat. They were designed to keep Canadian heli-ski guides warm in the backcountry, so these are a little too warm for ordinary skiing.
- Features: The Heli Army Power Heater mitten offers a lot of great features. They come with a carabiner to carry them on my belt and an elastic wrist leash. The mittens have a removable liner or shell to swap out if one gets too wet or too warm.
- Quality: Exceptional material on all Hestra gloves, especially the Heli Army Heater mitten. They have goatskin leather and waterproof material for the outer, and the inner lining consists of G-Loft Bemberg synthetic wool to keep one’s hands warm.
- Durability: I now have three pairs of these Hestra Army Heater Mittens, which are awesome. These gloves have held up great skiing over 100 days a season. The leather breaks in nicely and forms my hands nicely.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Breathability: They are waterproof and warm and have some leather covering most of the gloves, but they aren’t so breathable.
- Touchscreen compatibility: These gloves are made of thick leather. They are not touchscreen compatible, as there is no heat transfer from leather to screen.
- Any workarounds? They are not excellent everyday gloves, as they almost get too hot. My hands get sweaty really quickly as I use these on a normal ski day.
Favorite moment with this gear
Taking these on a backcountry ski trip to Japan might have been the best decision of that entire time. It was so cold and dry my normal gloves were not cutting it, so I am glad I had my Hestra Power Heater mittens being a great backup because they were so warm and allowed me to enjoy my ski day without being uncomfortable or cold. They kept my hands warm, and when we stopped to have a beverage, the wrist leash was great because I could just let them hang off my wrists and not worry that they would drop into the snow.
Value for the money vs. other options
These are the best gloves out there, so there is no argument that they aren’t worth it. The heated mittens are epic. They are great for backcountry and powder and worth every penny. The Black Diamond Guide glove makes a great glove similar to these, but Hestra will outlast them.
The Hestra Men’s Power Heater Gauntlet Mittens are the best available gloves for the coldest days. Whether someone is dog sledding, shoveling the driveway, or skiing deep powder, the Hestra Power Heater Gauntlet Mittens will keep them warm no matter what.