Hestra is more or less king when it comes to cold hands. At least that's what I've always been told. Well one of my biggest issues while skiing always resorts back to ice cold hands. I also ski in a very gnarly-cold climate where we are often stuck skiing in -25C averages. Then days get colder then that yet, so a good mitt invesment is really a must. Before blindly throwing down on some $100+ Hestras though I have a few questions.
I noticed this section on their website:
And from what I understand, is that most of their gloves and mitts were never intentional standalone products, rather to be coupled with a base layer and one of their insulating liners. Now, does anyone here who owns Hestra's actually use a base and insulating layer inside of their mitts or gloves? Does anyone here use Hestra's own brand of mitt layers? Whenever I've seen a Hestra recommendation, there has never been an accompanying insulating and base layer recommendation as well. So I just feel like noone else is using them. And most threads on TGR I gave a quick browse of make no mention of it either.
Almost none of their alpine pro's include an insulated liner and base layer, so to throw down for a mitt around $150 just to find out that it's cold without a liner would really suck to overlook a bunch of other products and their costs just to have a product that functions as advertised.
Almost considering building a mitt setup as follows:
The shell is a waterproofed, polyurethane palmed mitt from Hestra Job, Hestra's industrial lineup. Only runs for 60 bucks, and it looks really clean. Just seems like a nice cheap alternative to the more expensive alpine pro and alpine series mitt shells from Hestra; yet it has very comparable specifications.
Ha, huge post, all stemming from a portion on Hestra's website. But it opened up a whole new thought of mind when it comes to keeping hands warm. Never really thought of layering up with mitts in the same way you would with a jacket.
Any thoughts or experiences on all of this would be madly appreciated!