Complete protection with durability to match.
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Swany X-Cell II Gloves
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I bought this glove this ski season and had high expectations given the price, they did not deliver. Everyday I skied with these I had cold hands. I have had ski gloves at half the price that were warmer. I tried to return these to Swany direct and got the usual double talk when a company does not care what you think. I do not recommend these gloves for any winter adventure. They may work for a trip to the mail box.
Disappointed with this glove....
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I received a pair of Swany X-Cell II gloves from my wife for Christmas.. Initially, I was very excited - these gloves are comfortable the moment you put them on (they feel "broken in" from the get-go). With temps in the mid-30's during my first few skis days, the gloves were comfortable and dry. However, once the temperature in VT dropped below 25 degrees, my fingers were freezing. My 15 year old Scott Thermo Control gloves are warmer! I just bought some Seirus Heatwave liners to try and make these gloves wearable on cold days. If not, these gloves might be relegated to spring skiing only. Also, a loose thread appeared on the seam between the thumb and the index finger on one of the gloves, after just a few days of skiing. This does not bode well for the long-term life of this glove. I also don't like the implemtation of the wrist "cinch" - you can't "lock" the cinch, so the glove has a habit of falling off your wrist when using the strap and the cinch. Overall, I'm very disappointed in this glove. I was expecting a lot better given the brand reputation and the price of the gloves.
Not worth the money!
I had a pair of SX15X gloves, the older model of this glove. While dexterous, you pay for the dextarity with thin leather that will wear right through within a couple of seasons. Don't expect Swaney to stand behind their product either because they won't. After a lot of follow up, I received an offer for a discount on my next pair but never got the discount code. Very disappointed. I have since joined the crowd of happy Hestra owners.
Great fit, have lasted many seasons
I bought a pair of these a couple years back. They have changed them up a little, but they are essentially the same glove. They fit incredibly well. I have short fingers and sometimes its hard to find a glove that fits well and doesn't result in a loss of dexterity. They have lasted three seasons and are still in great shape. My only complaint is that my index fingers tend to get cold in them and I wish they had a goggle wipe. Other than that they are an awesome buy, especially if you can get them on sale.
what a fit
I have never had a glove that is so comfortable, warm, and well fitted for my hands. One thing i absolutely love about them is how much dexterity you feel, at the ends of the fingers there is not an overkill amount of material that bunches up and they still manage to keep you super warm. I have been doing mostly night skiing this season and those chairlifts can get mighty cold during night. with these my hands have never been cold or wet, and they give me enough movement to easily control my ipod.
the closure system is pretty nice as well, one easy grab synch on one side can be pulled to tighten, while the traditional squeeze can loosen (as well as a pull on the opposite side of the glove) the pulls and bracelet (so you dont drop em' ding dong!) are not cumbersome either.
In response to the comments about durability mine have been doing well so far, the only place I could guess that would break down would be on the outside of pinky or thumb, where the nose/goggle wipes are super soft leather. be careful if your a low turner who drags his hands.
I love their comfort, warmth, and fit. but i could see how people would be turned off by durability... just buy them through backcountry... a little review of their return policy should give you the piece of mind you need
warm but cheap
These gloves are warm at first, but the quality is crap. I purchased two separate pairs and neither one lasted even one full season in CO. Each time the gloves started to separate at the seams on the thumb and fingers. I now have two pair of gloves that are about 50% duct tape.
Really warm-lousy leather
Great gloves- very warm and they allow fairly good dexterity. My only complaint is that the leather wears out very rapidly. I have to duct tape the palms and thumbs after 50 or so days skiing and by the time I get to the end of the year (100+) they are shredded. No response from Swany when I tried to contact them directly. I will probably continue to buy these because they are so warm, but would definitely buy something that was as warm that lasted longer.
Simply the Best
Looked far and wide for a good pair of leather ski gloves. It seems many leather gloves are now made with very poor leather. A ski instructor in Stratton, VT recommended the Swany X-Cell's to me and said he had never worn a warmer pair of gloves...he is right. They are made from top-quality leather and grip like only leather can. If you ski where it's cold, these are a must.
getting much better
When the Swany production went to China the quality leather was replaced with inferior, cheap paper thin leather. When companies decide to outsource they should teach the new manufacturer how to make the product but I guess that would cost too much so the consumer has to deal with products that are not made right until sales go down and finally some quality control is introduced.Although unfortunately still made in China probably by slave labor, this year Swany has actually used a leather that has a substantial quality feel to it reminiscent of the good old days of USA quality ski gear.
Just not that great
I really wanted to like these gloves and Swany has never let me down in the past. But they just don't keep my fingers as warm as they should for the amount of insulation they have. The leather is very nice and I have to admit that they are constructed to withstand tons of abuse but I really feel there are better gloves out there for the price.
want to order size large, black, when...
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