As a climber/instructor, one of the things I obsess with, are gloves. Having worn a whole selection, tested, tried and pushed them to their limit. I have yet to find the perfect all around glove. But I’m sure this is just a relative statement, and perfection in anything does not quite exist.
Someone suggested to me, looking at Hestra gloves. The more research I did, the more appealing these became, i.e. they have been around since 1936. They only make gloves, so one would assume that when it comes to gloves, Hestra knows what they are doing.
The gloves I have tested for this review are the Hestra Ergo Grip Dexterity short gloves.
Before you purchase any Hestra gloves, you go on their website and put in your hand measurements, and they come up with the correct size glove (only applicable to their gloves). A service I have not yet come across. In the past for me it has just been a case of trying them on in the shop. Or guessing what would fit from an online order.
I wore the Ergo Grip Dexterity short gloves over a period of 2 months. Using them on all scrambling type terrain, hillwalking days, and even some easy climbing routes. From the moment you put them on, you can feel the quality and the workmanship that has gone into these gloves.
These are a snug fit, and a fairly thin glove, so when climbing the rock feels sensitive to touch, so you can feel what you are doing. It also makes placing protection much easier, and managing the rope. One of the reasons I am sometimes reluctant to wear gloves is that it can take away the sensitivity and the feel of what you are doing. Not in the case of the Hestra Ergo Grip Dexterity short glove.