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HESTRA SKI GLOVES

If you have ever stood outdoors in sub-zero winter weather you know how important gloves can be.  Mitts always seem to be warmer than gloves but the reverse held sway when judging usability.  I once bought racing ski gloves because they looked ‘cool’ – that turned out to a cold winter of skiing with a lot more time spent in the chalet warming up.  Why couldn’t we have all the things we want in one pair of gloves.  As it turns out one company has been exclusively working on that very problem since 1936.  Its name is HESTRA and all they do is make gloves – really well.

HESTRA is considered the leading international brand for gloves in skiing, outdoor recreation and leisure.  They also have a sub-brand called Hestra-Job under which they develop gloves for professional construction work under.   Whatever the activity it seems Hestra make a glove for it.

It’s a rarity these days – all gloves are manufactured factories Hestra owns using company-sourced leather, fabric, and wool materials.  Under this approach complete control of the production chain ensures the highest quality product.  Several of the high-end models continue to be handmade by only the most experienced glove makers in Europe.  Hestra it seems operates in a similar way to top Swiss Luxury Watchmakers.  Each year over 2 million pairs of gloves are manufactured by the companies over 40 employees at its headquarters in Sweden.  Hestra gloves can be found in Scandinavian countries, the United States, Alpine countries and Japan.


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HISTORY OF HESTRA SKI GLOVES

For 79 years Hestra has been developing gloves that provide warmth, protection and fingertip sensitivity in an astonishing variety of conditions.  Offering over 400 styles this is one of the most specialized companies in the world.  They do one thing really well – making gloves for hands.

It all started in the uplands of the Swedish province of Småland where founder Martin Magnusson and his family originally started making gloves in 1936.  Magnusson first set up his workshop in a farmhouse to make gloves for the local lumberjacks.  By 1937, a ski slope was added nearby and as its popularity took off Magnusson envisioned a new market for his high quality and durable gloves.  With his family becoming keen skiers his sons’ interest extended to the family business of glove making.  Hestra’s growing reputation for quality eventually spread across Sweded as enthusiastic skiers and the sport’s popularity grew in the 1960s.

Today, Hestra has a presence in over 25 countries supplied by three factories and manufacture gloves for sports, fashion and professional uses.  Although its size has changed its focus has remained on hands and gloves.


WHAT’S BEHIND THE DESIGN OF HESTRA SKI GLOVES

Since 1936 product development has taken place in Hestra’s design studio in Hestra, Sweden under the direction of Design Director, Marianne Knutsson-Hall.

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The technical possibilities available in glove manufacturing today are great. However, making gloves for different needs and environments requires a special set of skills.  Hestra gloves are used in activities where the hands are often tested – sometimes in extreme environments.  Finding the right balance between durability, cold and moisture resistance and at the same time providing flexibility is challenging.  Hestra’s systemic approach is to cooperate closely with people who place the highest demands on their equipment.

Eight decades in the business affords Hestra the luxury of experience and knowledge of materials and craftsmanship.  Expertise in combining different materials, insulations and linings is what makes Hestra the market leader in quality.   According to Hestra achieving the perfect fit of the glove is a result of having found the right balance of materials.


ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability is one of Hestra’s core values.   In today’s world many companies offer products that fall apart within a year of use ensuring that consumers will be back to buy next season’s fashion.  This is the world of consumerism.  Hestra believes that high quality gloves that are highly durable will last a long life, thereby reducing the consumption of raw materials and lowers the impact on the environment.

Customers are even enouraged to care for their gloves and to replace the liners – not the entire glove – when the liners wear out.  Hestra’s work toward sustainability is not only found in products but extends to raw materials, energy usage and waste management.  In some ways this is a model company that has not lost its traditional values but is open to adapting to ways that have a more positive impact on the environment.

This is made somewhat easier because Hestra owns the factories where their gloves are manufactured and therefore can completely control the production chain.  Hestra is one of the few environmentally certified manufacturing companies in the ski and outdoor world.


HESTRA ALPINE GLOVES
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ALPINE GLOVES

Alpine-gloves are designed to help you avoid getting cold hands during a ski trip. Choose from classic Scandinavian designs and gloves with a younger profile.


HESTRA HELI GLOVES
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ALPINE PRO GLOVES

Alpine Pro gloves are used by freeriders, professional mountain guides, ski instructors and others that place high demands on their equipment. They are highly functional gloves that can withstand much wear and tear.


HESTRA RACING GLOVES
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ALPINE RACING GLOVES

Racing gloves are technologically advanced. They are flexible, durable, have a close pole grip and protection against impacts. They are made in cooperation with the Swedish and Norwegian National Alpine Ski teams


HESTRA X-COUNTRY GLOVES
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CROSS COUNTRY GLOVES

This collection contains gloves for elite athletes and amateurs, as well as for track skiing and ski touring. The models are characterized by a good grip and flexible fit.


HESTRA JUNIOR GLOVES
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JUNIOR GLOVES

Setting equally high standards when designing gloves for children and youths, as we do for the adult models. Even small hands need really good gloves.