Hestra Tarfala ski gloves review: pricy, but with features that mean they’ll last longer

Premium, high-performing gloves, the Hestra Tarfalas have great grip and a range of excellent features

Hestra Tarfala ski gloves
(Image: © Hestra)

Advnture Verdict

A premium price tag, but these gloves marry style, comfort and high-end functionality (and the liners can be replaced).

Pros

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    Removable liner

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    Replaceable liner

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    External seams

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    Eco leather

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    Wrist straps

Cons

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    Expensive

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    Ditch the Velcro wrist tab if you wear these under your jacket

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Hestra Tarfala ski gloves: first impressions 

The Velcro-close, short-cuff Hestra Tarfala ski gloves feature chrome-free goat leather on the palm and fingers, and boasts polyester stretch fabric on the back of the hand. A removable liner adds warmth to Hestra’s signature G-loft insulation. 

External seams add to the comfort levels, and a carabiner included as an accessory lets you link gloves together for storage. They are a premium investment, but promise comfort, style and functionality for a range of different types of skiing and definitely deserve a place in our best ski gloves buying guide.

Specifications

• RRP: $135 (US) / £100 (UK) / €110 (EU)
• Sizes available: 6–11
• Gender: Unisex
• Colors: Olive / Charcoal
• Weight: 230g / 8oz
• Best use: These gloves are good for all outdoor activities in the cold, but are best for skiing adventures

Hestra Tarfala ski gloves: on the slopes 

Hestra Tarfala ski gloves

Replaceable liners give Hestra Tarfala ski gloves an extended active life (Image credit: Hestra)

There are so many things I love about this glove, which has become my go-to for all but the coldest days (see also: What to wear cross country skiing).

When the Hestra Tarfalas get wet, the removable liner reduces drying time significantly. And when I’ve worn them so much that the liner wears out, I can replace it and not have to abandon some gloves that have perfectly molded to my hands – plus it’s much cheaper than getting new gloves (especially ones with this sort of price tag).

The supple leather gives me a really good grip when I’m holding a ski pole, and streamlined insulation makes them comfortable. 

I also appreciate the reinforced pointer finger – the extra layer of leather is in the ski pole contact area – because, in the long run, it will help this ski glove wear longer. 

The poly stretch fabric makes for a soft nose wipe when needed. And I use the carabiner to hang gloves for drying when I was finally back from a day of skiing. 

Vermont-based writer, photographer and adventurer, Berne reports on hiking, biking, skiing, overlanding, travel, climbing and kayaking for category-leading publications in the U.S., Europe and beyond. In the field, she’s been asked to deliver a herd of llamas to a Bolivian mountaintop corral, had first fat-biking descents in Alaska, helped establish East Greenland’s first sport climbing and biked the length of Jordan. She’s worked to help brands clean up their materials and manufacturing, and has had guns pulled on her in at least three continents.