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Getting hit in your helmet by the overhead ski lift bar by a safety-crazed gaper is annoying. Almost as annoying is not wearing the right gloves or socks, so you are uncomfortably cold and don't enjoy a day of riding.
The Hestra XCR 3-Finger Gloves combine the warmth of a mitten with the dexterity of a traditional glove. Hestra designed the insulated glove with leather with the rest of the outer glove made of waterproof and windproof material. A Velcro closure and drawstring lock keeps snow out of your gloves.
I took the XCR 3-Finger on some groomed granular hills in the Eastern U.S. The groomed granular manmade snow turns to ice on many slopes. I felt like trading my winter sticks for a pair of Bauer hockey skates.
The best test is to bury a gloved hand in an icy cold snow drift and see how the waterproof membrane holds up. Equipped with an alcoholic libation, the XCR 3-Finger didn't permeate water during the two Miller Lite bottles that I downed. My hands kept warm during the fifteen-minute test.
The wind was whipping traversing the blues and blacks and when my butt was parked on the lift. The windproof claim also rang true.
The wind and waterproof outer along with a glove's insulation are the most critical features. The Hestra XCR 3-Finger Gloves have a few extras that less expensive gloves typically don't have. They extend past your wrists to seal-off any snow from getting into onto your wrists or hands. The Velcro closure and locking drawstring helps to prevent this. ($160)
Jason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.
Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.
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