A specific feeling of satisfaction comes from owning a pair of quality gloves. Made stronger with the knowledge they will age well and accompany you on many an adventure. This review is for the Hestra Highland glove so let’s explore this premium all year round accessory.
Hestra has made a name for themselves by bringing to market some great products. Read our full reviews on the Hestra Lars Fält Guide glove, Merino Wool Liner, Helags Sr Mitt or the Hestra Tactility Glove. These are some of those fantastic examples of fine outdoor gloves that Hestra produce.
The Hestra Highland Glove
This accessory features a goat leather and soft shell outer with a luxury merino wool inner glove, which is completely removable. This is a stand out combination that packs a serious punch in terms of protection but with a soft lining next to your skin. Designed for light mixed conditions, freezing cold and outdoor tool work the Highland Gloves cope with an awful lot. They excel in these conditions by utilising premium materials and workmanship.
Let’s take the Army Goat leather for the palm and fingers. It is nice and supple but durable enough to cope with gripping rock, walking poles or an axe for extended periods. It is saturated to aid in water repellency and stain resistance. However all leather will become saturated after prolonged use in wet conditions. Therefore the Highland glove is not a wet weather specialist.
The back of the hand is made of Hestra’s Flextron softshell. This is advertised as 4-way stretch, windproof and water resistant fabric. Having softshell positioned here offers the user enhanced wet weather performance, especially from rain. Zoning the fabric selection in this way allows for a lighter glove overall and one that will not take on excess water weight by avoiding leather in all non essential areas. The softshell material has a PU backer of some kind and so is relying on a coated material to keep moisture out. This will impact breathability in the glove but with the positive of being better in the damp.
The Highland Glove features a good sized wrist guard that is also elasticated. Each hand has a substantial finger pull tab to aid with putting on the glove along with a carabiner eyelet. The eyelet allows for the only real way to carry gloves effectively in the back country. Stored close to hand but attached to your rucksack or belt. Having your working gloves to hand whenever you need them means you will use them more often to accomplish tasks. One of the most important reasons to take gloves into the outdoors is to protect your hands against splinters and abrasion. So by having an easy way to attach them to your equipment allows them to be fully integrated with your outdoor system.
The fingers have outseams to maximise your ‘feel’ when doing tasks. The stitching is on the outside of the finger areas to minimise any loss of your touch.
The merino wool liners are secured in place by little velcro tabs in each glove by the wrist. Once the liner has been put inside the outer it fits snuggly.
Generally the Highland gloves suit a colder environment and here they work very well. My hands were kept warm and the real advantage of a glove over a mitt is your dexterity is much greater. If you find yourself working with an axe then simply remove the merino liner and you can really grip the tool well. This keeps your hands from overheating but still protected by the leather outer. It is this flexibility that the Highland gloves outshine a lot of competition. Being able to adapt your gloves on the fly makes them ideal for changing conditions and environments.
As with any premium glove selecting the right size is essential. Hestra makes this easy on their website by including a handy guide on measuring your hand before purchasing. You will want to do this as a mix matched glove to hand will totally ruin the experience.
I ordered the size for my hands which I measured using their online tool. The fit is snug but not super close as the glove needs space for the liner. The use of synthetic material in the Highland means you have to be careful around fires. Any ember will melt the softshell part of the glove.
The Hestra Highland are a great pair of gloves. A fantastic blend of high quality materials, workmanship and a highly adaptable design. All together resulting in a pair you can wear almost all year round and tailor on the fly their performance. When it’s hot use the outer and for when the temperatures drop add the liner. The luxury offered by the merino wool liner is out of this world. It is a soft and technical fibre that keeps your hands protected but also dry. Merino wool wicks moisture well and also locks away excess sweat within the fibre.