Word of warning: While I like my XCR Hestra I was very disappointed to read on the label they were "made in china". This was especially annoying after reading the hype on their site that many of their gloves are "handmade by some of the most experienced glove makers in Europe."
I emailed them saying I was shocked to see this after buying a pair of one of the most expensive gloves they make. I got some typical bullshit response along the lines of "we own our own factories in china, are proud of it, and the gloves are made to their top standard".
I replied telling them that is total shit and asked if he would feel comfortable buying and paying top dollar for a Phillip Patek Watch, Ferrari, or Tom Ford suite if any of them were all of a sudden made in China.
Does it mean the gloves are shit? No, but it means they are gauging you on margin, and you arnt getting exactly what they claim to be.
On a side note im going into my 3rd season with them I have had to re-stitch the finger tips 4 times. Not something I would expect from a premium glove. Certainly not consistent with the bullshit of "we own our own factories and ensure the products are made to our standard".
Just keep it in mind you are paying $200+ for a pair of gloves made in China from a company that touts themselves as a home grown company with etc etc.
IMO they completely missreprent the Brand. Read the "about us" cut and pasted from their site and ask yourself if this sounds like they are proud to manufacture their gloves in China.
"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 town of Hestra.
Our gloves are manufactured in our own factory and we personally buy all leather, cloth, wool and other materials. This gives us complete control of the entire production chain and ensures high quality at every stage. Several of our models are handmade by some of the most experienced glove makers in Europe.
In 2012, we produced over 2 million pairs of gloves. The company has about 35 employees in Sweden. We also have a subsidiaries in the United States and Germany as well as agents, distributors and retailers in over 30 countries.
In addition to Scandinavia, the United States, Alp- countries and Japan are our largest markets. The owners and managers are brothers Claes and Svante Magnusson. They have two sons – the fourth generation of Magnussons – who also work at Hestra. "