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stngr17 wrote a review of on December 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I have had these gloves for 5 years now and they have performed extremely well. I almost never use them with warmers and have worn them on many single digit days and been warm and dry. They have held up amazingly well. Really well considering they are my only gloves and I almost never wear anything else with over 30 days on the mountain per year.

I have read some of the other reviews and understand that there has been some concern with stitching issues on later model gloves, perhaps there has been a change in manufacturer? My gloves being over 5 years old that may be the reason I have not experienced and problems. I did buy the kids Exchange II for my son this year to replace a pair he had outgrown and passed to his sister and they are new so we will see how they hold up compared to the originals.

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stngr17 wrote a review of on December 3, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My kids have the Swany Exchange gloves for everyday skiing and the mittens for the extra cold days. They have performed well now for over two years. Only two things fall short in my opinion. First the heater pocket is a bit small. You really have to stuff to get the heater in the Mitt. Also within the mitt the space is divided into separate finger areas, according to my kids...my hand can't fit in there. I think this is for the waterproofing.This makes donning the mitten a bit more difficult than just slipping it on for the little ones...gotta space those fingers out and I suspect it makes them slightly less warm than the same mitt without the separations within. That said my kids have skied these in pretty cold conditions. Our last trip was a single digit excursion, never broke 9 deg, in VT and the kids skied from 8-12 had lunch and then hit it again from 1-4pm. We used warmers and there weren't any complaints.

Great mitt.

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stngr17 wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

2 deployments to Iraq, 50 business trips, now my 10 year old uses it for everything and its still going.

This thing has seen all different climates and uses. I have used it on two deployments to Iraq and I was a night crew pilot so the light lived around my neck and was in constant use (not while flying), also used aboard the family sailboat and now my 10 year old has appropriated it for his ski backpack, I bought myself a new one.

It has resisted sweat, talcum like dust, repeated impacts and shocks, near misses by RPGs and aerial rockets and hours and hours of vibration.

Battery life is great and varying brightness settings are a must have.

Buy it!

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stngr17 wrote a review of on November 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Finally! I blew my ACL last summer and missed last season on the slopes as I rehabbed it. Played Sherpa all winter to the wife and kids while they skied and my wife bought me a ski I'd had my eye on for a while as a motivational gift, the Line Prophet 98. I finally had my first day on the skis today and found them to be everything I had hoped for. The wife got them for me with Marker Barons since I occasionally go off piste and plan to do more as my kids get older. At 5'10" 185lbs I chose the 179cm length.

Skied very variable conditions in Southern Vermont including packed powder, ice, hard crud and a few runs with perfect corduroy.

I was really surprised at the quickness edge to edge of a "fat" ski like the LP98. I had heard that they turn like a more moderately waisted ski but was pleasantly surprised at the actual results. As far as I am concerned anyone with reservations about getting a fatter waisted ski can stop worrying and start enjoying them. With directional flex, and capwall construction the LP98 delivers the best of both worlds.

That's a lot said for 1 full day out so I'll update as soon as I put some more miles on them. I'll be skinning next week and taking them on more varied terrain so I'll update then.

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stngr17 wrote a review of on November 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought my son the Swany Exchange glove three years ago. We bought them a bit oversized so he has just grown out of them now. For three years of 30+ ski days on the mountain per year from 10-45F these gloves have performed flawlessly. The seam on the left thumb began to open up last year but, honestly, I think that has more to do with apres ski snowball fights and scraping the thumb against the snow repeatedly more than regular wear and tear. I just bought another pair for my daughter and will buy a pair for my son.

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