Helly Hansen Resort Ski Glove (2013)

This glove is smart phone enabled thanks to the inclusion of a OnTip technology that allows the glove to operate touch screen devices without the need to remove the glove and gain skin contact or use a hand held stylus. I actually found I could use the fingers of the glove without the OnTip to operate my phone but it was slightly easier to use the OnTip finger. It would be a much better glove with a closer fitting thumb and fingers though and other gloves around this price do provide a closer fit. So as the glove is not a very close fit compared to some other gloves I found I needed to remove the glove anyway to really have the dexterity I needed on devices, and so having the OnTip feature was then devoid of purpose. Also when scrambling I think it is likely this area of the glove will get worn pretty easily, so which this may be ideal for skiing I think when scrambling the OnTip patch may easily get damaged. The rest of the glove is reasonable with Primaloft One insulation providing a good level of warmth.  The wrist cuff can be worn inside or outside a jacket. There is also a leather palm for improved durability. The overall fit was a little baggy and certainly not as close as I would like considering the price tag as gloves around the £80 mark provide much better general performance, but of course they don’t have the OnTip feature.

Outer polyester, leather
Waterproof lining HellyTech
Insulation Primaloft One
Mens Sizes S-L
Womens Sizes none
Removable liner No
Nose wipe yes
Wrist leash no
Weight 207g
Website www.hellyhansen.com

 

Verdict

If the Ontip technololgy to operate touch-screen devices is the major benefit here, but that in itself it is not enough to make this an ideal glove for hillwalkers compared with others around this price range, which have better dexterity and fit.

Review by Graham Thompson
Just missed out on being in Trail magazine January 2014