Swany Gloves — Review Disclosure
I purchased the Swany gloves from my own funds and did not receive any deal or considerations for this review. Nor do I have any financial or other interests in Swany gloves, their affiliates, their agents, or the outlet from which I purchased the gloves.
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I retired from active ski-duty my old pair of ski gloves I had received as a Christmas gift from my late grandmother. Those pair of now well-worn gloves served me well and I imagine will continue to do so in activities other than skiing. To replace those gloves I picked up a pair of Swany Gloves. In fact, I also purchased a pair of Swany gloves for my sister-in-law as a Christmas gift. In this article I give you my initial impression of my new Swany gloves. The style on the gloves reads TX-1 Mens Large the X-Calibur TTL gloves, while I can not find that exact style on the Swany website I did find it by Googling and finding it on Amazon.
Swany Gloves — I Like
I like the look of the gloves they add a touch of skier-boss to my look. I also like the fact they are leather and have multiple points I can cinch down the glove to build a tighter barrier against snow and water. I like the materials they are made of and the gloves appear to be durably built and I noticed YKK zippers (a good thing) in the heater pouches.
One of the selling points of the gloves was the glove fingers are made of material that a device’s touch screen will respond to. I am an active phone user while skiing so at least at first glance that seems like it will be a handy feature. Notice the gloves have a zipper and that accesses a pouch into which you can put a heater into. I am not moved by that, but who knows, maybe I’ll be in a spot where I have ski in -10°F weather (or colder, that would be -23° C) in those conditions such a feature may come in handy, but with the weather I typically skin I would not use it, but I hear frequent complaints from my ski pals their hands are cold, I know many people will use that feature.
Swany Gloves — What I do not Like
Maybe a bit feature rich. There are some danglies I am not certain what they are for. The main one being the straps below the gloves, I suppose to hang them up?
As I said earlier at first the idea of being able to work my devices with the gloves appealed to me. However, I rarely get my devices out while skiing (though they are tracking me and recording heart rate data while I am skiing) and when I do I really don’t think I could work the phones with the fingers, I gave it a quick test and my iPhone 4s responded just fine to my swipes. Still, I did not attempt to use my phones until in on break and where I could do so without worrying about dropping my phone into the snow from high up or have to work fine movements with bulky gloves on.
The cost, I bought the gloves at a local ski and bike shop and I thought the price was high. I am not griping about that so much as I had other choices available, but when I consider the gloves in their entirety I am questioning buying the gloves at that price point.
Swany Gloves — How do they Perform?
So far I have to say no better or no worse than the pair of gloves I am retiring. However, I have not used the heater pouch and that is a feature my old gloves do not have, that I believe will allow for more comfortable skiing at colder temperatures. I can see that coming into use, maybe even for storing cash?
On the whole I am glad I got the new gloves but there is a nagging doubt that I will get good value from them (looking like a ski boss is worth way less than skiing like a ski boss) and believe I could have done better. This will be an open question and not resolve itself for another five or so years when I start to find out how durable these gloves are.
I believe the gloves are a solid but none-the-less I would not recommend buying the Swany X-Calibur TTL Gloves.