I love mittens! When it comes to keeping my hands warm while skiing, they’re my first choice. They’re my first choice for children, too.
This week, I’ve got a round-up review of mittens and gloves (see, I’m open-minded) from four companies. Hestra and Swany are big names in performance gloves and tend to be the go-to companies for serious skiers. I’m writing about Hestra today and Swany tomorrow.
Wednesday, I’ve got reviews for mittens from a European company, Molo. Thursday brings reviews for Snowstoppers and Mittenhugs.
Best of all, since I can’t use all these mittens, and neither can our boys, I’m giving away many of the review samples! There will be a giveaway each day. All samples are brand new and guaranteed to make your child’s hands happy!
Hestra Army Leather Heli Ski Junior Mitten
BEST FOR: This is a high performance mitten (also comes as a glove) for kids who ski or ride a lot and in all sorts of weather conditions.
WHAT THEY ARE: The Junior Heli Ski mitten and glove are not “dumbed down” versions of the adult models. They’re the real thing, just a bit smaller.
Although I reviewed the mitten, both versions are made of tough water proof fabric, with a soft, but strong, leather palm. With a Velcro strap to lock out snow at the wrist, the Heli mitten also has long cuffs that will fit over jacket sleeves. The cuff can be further tightened with a bungee pull.
FEATURES I LOVE: My favorite feature is found inside the mitten. An ultra-soft and cozy fleece liner keeps hands warm and is removable for easy cleaning or on warmer days when just the exterior mitten will do. Best of all, the liner attaches to the inside of the mitten with a solid strip of Velcro around the wrist. Once in place, it won’t move!
A carabiner comes with the mittens to easily attach them together and to your child’s coat or ski bag when they’re not being used. Each mitten also has a “handcuff” which goes around your child’s wrist, so that even when the mitten is off, it’s still on and can’t be lost.
A BIT MORE INFO: Hestra is a family owned Swedish company founded in 1936 that makes gloves for everyone “lumberjacks to mountaineers.” A supplier for the Swedish National Ski Team, they are also a supplier to the Professional Ski Instructors of America/American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA/AASI).
On a personal note, I have Hestra women’s mittens. They are my go-to choice on the coldest days. I sometimes still need hand warmers (-12 anyone?), but once those are in place, my fingers rarely get cold.
HOW TO GET THEM: You can find Hestra gloves and mittens at retailers listed here or on line. The Junior Heli Ski Mitt retails for $90. Since nothing ruins a family ski day more quickly than a cold kid, I think its money well spent, especially if you ski frequently. The mittens and gloves come in sizes 3-7, which cover ages 2-13. They also come in other colors.
Child younger than 2? Check out the Baby Zip Mittens.
Hestra mittens and gloves can be machine washed, although they advise treating the leather with Hestra leather balm to keep it soft and waterproof.
To facilitate this post, I received one pair of Hestra Junior Army Leather Heli Mittens to review. This is the pair that I am giving away. As always, all opinions are my own and are exactly what I would tell my family and friends.
- How to Keep Your Kid’s Hands Warm This Winter, October 10, 2011.
- Warm Kids are Happy Kids (Especially When Skiing), November 28, 2012.
Coming this Week:
- Mittens For Skiing Kids: Swany Jetter, X-Change and Epic Junior, February 19, 2013.
- Mittens for Skiing Kids: Review of Molo Mittens, February 20, 2013.
- Mittens for Skiing Kids: Review of Snowstoppers and Mittenhugs, February 21, 2013.
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