Hestra Ergo Grip Active Glove Review

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When winter comes to Colorado and you want to still enjoy the outdoors having the right gear is very important. Some of the best gloves I have used to date are the ones in this review. Normally I use a very light weight North Face glove for almost everything, however I have recently picked up these Ergo Grips from Hestra and will never look back. Below is some history of Hestra.

“About the company

Hestra - one of the world's leading glove brands”

The family business Martin Magnusson & Co. was founded in 1936 and is now run by the third generation of Magnussons. Both design and development is done at the headquarters in the small town of Hestra.

Our gloves are manufactured in our own factories and we personally buy all leather, fabric, wool and other materials. This gives us control of the production chain and ensures a high level of quality. Several of our models are handmade by some of the most experienced glove makers in Europe.

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Description

Exclusive outdoor glove with Ergo Grip construction creating pre-curved fingers, minimal excess material, and seams positioned for optimal grip. Durable goat leather on the palm, upper section made of windproof and breathable Gore WINDSTOPPER© Breeze.

Article number: 32950 Color: 861700

Outer material

Proofed aniline goat leather

GORE® WINDSTOPPER® Breeze Windproof and breathable. 100% polyester.

Lining

Brushed polyester Durable lining which is brushed for a softer feeling and containing more air for better insulation. 100% polyester.

Features

Reinforcement at index finger

Leather pull strap with velcro



Materials

  • Durable goat leather on the palm,

  • Upper section made of windproof and breathable Gore WINDSTOPPER© Breeze.

  • Brushed polyester Durable lining which is brushed for a softer feeling and containing more air for better insulation

ERGO GRIP

The key feature on these gloves is by far the “Ergo Grip.” At first I thought this feature was not needed as I had never had gloves that were shaped to hold items easier and never felt like I needed. After using the gloves for a couple months now I am in love. The gloves hold a pre-curved shaped to allow your fingers to actively grip items with ease. Even when bringing these gloves down to the park on a snowy winter day, I had found the gloves to preform perfectly while throwing the ball for Breck to fetch.

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TOP TIER MATERIALS

The Goat leather used on the palm of the glove has broken in nicely and now even moves better than before. The leather is soft yet gives a surprising amount of grip as well. Ever stich on the Ergo is in line and feels perfectly placed. The craftsmanship on the glove is truly amazing.

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WINDPROOF GORETEX LINING

The outside of the glove is made with a breathable but Windproof Gore-Tex lining and feels like a good compliment to the goat leather palm of the glove. It allows for great movement and space for the knuckles to move as well.

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The Ergo grip is not fully waterproof which is somewhat of a downside, for that you will have to spend another $60 for the Ergo Grip Outdry. I opted for the normal version because if I needed anything more heavy duty and waterproof I would move up to my Hunters Gauntlet CZone. For what I have used the Ergo Grip for the wind proof lining has been plenty to keep my hands dry and warm. I had used them one time while building a snowman and after about an hour of picking up heavy, wet snow my hands started to get wet. If you really need a fully waterproof glove I suggest upgrading to the Outdry version.

The gloves secure with a Velcro strap and a stretch collar for easy on and off. Using the Velcro was very easy and it gives a great feel when strapped up.

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The gloves not only preform well but they look the part as well. I like the looks as I feel it blends the line of a functional but fashionable look with the tan palm.

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  • Goat Leather Palm

  • GoreTex Windproof Lining

  • Ergo Grip

  • Velcro Closure

  • Amazing fit

  • Great Craftsmanship

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  • $$

  • Not 100% Waterproof

BOTTOM LINE

Overall, I think the Ergo Grip Active glove from Hestra is by far my favorite do-everything glove. It moves like a dream and is lightweight enough to wear almost anywhere. The windproof lining does an amazing job keeping the cold air out and as long as you’re moving and not messing with water your hands will stay warm and dry. The gloves come in at $110 which is not cheap but I believe to be an amazing deal for this nice of a product. I will be looking to get more gloves from Hestra in the future.










































5.11 LV18 Review

LOW VIS 18

5.11 Was one of the first companies that drew me into the bag world some 4 years ago. I believe the Rush series to be the first rung in the ladder of expensive, overbuilt, packs for many. The Low Vis line from 5.11 is much different than the pack I had a few years ago and I love it. The LV18 is the backpack 5.11 has been needing to make to keep up the grey-man concept so many search for. The bag comes in at $140 which is not cheap, especially in the 5.11 world however, I believe it to be great value.

FEATURES DETAILS

  • Tuckable logos for low vis

  • Lower webbing straps for extra cargo or attaching the LV6

  • Side compressions straps and expandable water bottle pockets

  • Front pocket with loop lined laser-cut MOLLE, admin org and slip pockets

  • Ambidextrous side entry CCW compartment with loop panel, elastic bands and webbing system for holster and mags

  • Main compartment with padded laptop sleeve and rear access

  • Secondary compartment with two zippered pockets and a slip pocket

  • Triglide for optional waist belt attachment

  • Flex cuff channel on back panel

  • Padded back panel and quick release shoulder straps with removable sternum strap

  • Water-resistant 840D Nylon

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High Vis Interior

The LV18 is made from 840D Nylon and sealed with all YKK zippers. The interior is lined with a high-vis grey nylon to help with visibility. Every pocket on the bag seems to be thoroughly thought out and I never find myself searching for a new place for items. Everything I carry on a day-to-day basis has a home. On the front of the bag sits the admin/molle pocket. I use the webbing to have anything I can that I may need quick access to, while behind sits all of my pens, pencils and other small items.

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The second of the 3 main compartments is sectioned off great for medium sized items that can’t fit in the admin pocket but you don’t want sitting in the main pocket. Here is where all of my chargers, pouches, etc sit. It runs the length of the pack so you can fit taller items as well. I also carry my wallet, keys and Airpods in the top lined pocket.

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Functional CCW Pocket

On either side of the bag you can access your CCW pocket. I carry my flashlight, gloves, and Glock 19 in here with the built in Velcro straps. This compartment almost makes the LV18 in my eyes. Most CCW pockets are very hard to access and only allow enough room for one weapon and nothing else.

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The LV also has dual full size water bottle pockets. The pockets are used everyday to carry my bottles and also give an extra pocket if needed. These pockets were large enough to hold my 40oz Hydroflask.

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Suspended Laptop Sleeve

The main compartment is plenty big to hold some books, a computer, and an over layer if needed. The padded laptop sleeve is suspended to make sure when setting the pack down your computer will not hit the ground. The sleeve will hold up to a 15inch laptop easily.

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Lastly, the back panel on the LV18 is much different than other 5.11 bags. They have finally added some mesh and some no nonsense shoulder straps that offer enough padding for all day comfort without being overkill. The LV comes included with a sternum strap and is easily adjustable. The straps and back panel on the LV combined is one of my favorite combos I’ve used to date.

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Overall the LV18 is a great option for anyone wanting a non-tactical style bag with loads of pockets to carry anything you need on a day to day basis. I have been enjoying using the LV18 everyday for almost anything I do day to day from the gym, to work, to shifting at the Fire house. It’s ability to adapt to anything I need no matter if it is empty or stuffed full is amazing. Find the 5.11 LV18 HERE

WATERFIELD Designs Cargo Laptop Bag Review

FIRST UP

I was sent over a Cargo messenger bag from Waterfield Designs for review recently. I will start by saying this type of messenger is not the typical “look” I review here at RMK however, after the review it was a welcomed newcomer to my messenger lineup. The blend of leather and ballistic nylon was a joy to use and I can tell will last a lifetime while looking good doing it. This is true to all Waterfield Design bags as they all share the same look at the Cargo. I felt the bag was not too business looking while just carrying to my day job and even on shift at the Fire station with studying material. The bag completely exceeded my expectations. Below I will add some background of Waterfield.

AMERICAN MADE

WaterField Designs is a San Francisco original. We have been designing and manufacturing bags and cases in our own backyard from the start. This lets us turn prototypes to production very quickly and ensure products are made just right.


TOP GRADE MATERIALS

We use top grade materials to create your bags and cases. We cut from sturdy ballistic nylon, durable waxed canvas, and premium full grain leather. We use the more expensive self-locking zippers that don’t break easily, strong D-rings, and oversized magnets to keep flaps in place.

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SPECS

Dimensions & Weight:

  • 16 x 12 x 4 inches; 3.4 lbs

  • Volume: 12.5 liters

Hardware:

  • Authentic paragliding buckle closure

  • YKK waterproof zippers

  • Camlock to adjust strap length

Features:

  • Double-sided full-grain leather flap

  • Padded, built-in laptop compartment

  • Padded, built-in tablet pocket

  • Gold, water-resistant liner to light up interior

  • Front angled, moon-shaped pocket with interior smartphone pocket. Fits up to iPhone XS Max

  • Two-inch comfortable, adjustable shoulder strap

  • Includes removable, non-slip bottomed, shoulder pad

  • Two, deep interior hand pockets + pen holder pockets

  • Full-sized backside open pocket

  • Backside slot for putting over wheelie handles

COMPARTMENTS

Now that I have that out of the way I can get to my use with the bag. On the front of the messenger you have a quick access pocket that is perfect for any small items you want on the outside of the pack. I normally carried my phone, keys, wallet, and Airpods. This zipper is a sealed YKK zipper to make sure no water will be finding its way into the pocket. The interior of the pocket is a bright orange fabric to help with visibility which is an amazing feature. One every Waterfield bag comes with. The pocket also had great organization as well.

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Also along the front of the bag the Cargo uses a Cobra-style buckle to keep the flap secure. This feature is amazing on a bag like this and it gives it a little more attitude to go with the leather front. Not only does it look great but these style buckles are dependable as your grandpas post thanksgiving day nap.

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Upon lifting up the front flap instead of a normal bag showing you the main internal compartment the Cargo has one additional pocket that has some more organization and can be used for anything you don’t want on the outside of the pack but is also not in the main compartment. Here I normally carried my sidearm when not carrying on body while at work or transport. In this pocket I also stored my small charger/cable pouch and my EDC kit with basic odds and ends inside.

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Now on to the main compartment. The main compartment is accessed by a top zipper, unlike most messenger style bags. This allows the user quick access to the main pocket without having to unbuckle the buckle and open the flap. This was a huge plus for the Cargo. As for the inside of the pocket, I can easily say this is some of the most well-thought out internal organization in any messenger I have used. There is a perfect place for every one of my EDC items and it worked exceptionally well. I could easily hold my 12 inch Chromebook in its padded laptop sleeve, all of my small EDC tools, my Med kit, and more. The interior is also lined with the same orange fabric and allows for super easy viewing of the compartment. This pocket at first looked much too small but after using the bag and utilizing the storage of the whole messenger it was perfect for my EDC items.

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CARRYING

The Cargo is carried like a normal messenger bag with a shoulder strap. The strap on the Cargo is just fine for the weight and style of the bag. The strap can also be easily adjusted just by unlocking the strap buckle and sliding the strap in or out. This was a great idea by the team at Waterfield. Most straps are a pain to lengthen or shorten.

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  • Made in the US

  • Ballistic Nylon

  • High-vis Interior

  • Tons of organization

  • High Strength Buckle closure

  • Waterproof zippers

  • Adjustable Strap

  • Padded Laptop Sleeve

  • Looks great

  • 3 Color options

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  • Not cheap at $350

Overall

The Cargo from Waterfield Designs is one of the most slick, practical, and well-thought out bags I have come across in a long time. Everything from the leather face down to the stitching of the handle is perfectly executed. The bag can fit in with almost any scenario and look great doing it. Definitely a bag I will continue to put into my rotation for a long time coming. Purchase the Cargo Laptop Bag HERE