Glove Review: Swany SX-31
29 Aug, 2010
Intended Purpose: Cold weather skiing/snowboarding mitten with good insulation to keep your hands warm on the mountain.
Location: I spent the majority of time riding these in late season storms in Colorado.
Conditions: I’ve worn these mittens on cold snowy days on the mountain, typically below 25 degrees.
Sizing: I have typical women’s hands and am wearing a women’s large in these mittens. The fit is ideal and my fingers feel comfortable with the length especially my thumb length.
Color: I’ve been rocking the Swany SX-31’s in black which make them a popular color choice but personally i like mittens with some attitude in the colorway. The black is the safe choice, I just hope I never set them down in the lodge because they’d be gone.
Features: The Swany SX-31’s feature ottoman and honeycomb dryshell with a leathershield reinforced palm with flexshield. Basically giving the palm good grip that’s waterproof but with good range of movement in the hands. The insulation is a tri-plex insulation system, drifinger II insert and swany dry lining. The mitten is the most comfortable when you put your hands inside, super comfortable lining and a glove inside the fingers so you have separate sections that keep you fingers comfortable and warm. Additional features are uni-pull cuff, quick release strap, precurved construction, utility heat pocket, aqua guard lock down zipper and swany leash. My favorite features are the super comfortable inner liner that makes my hand feel like it’s on a pillow, the heat pockets because I like extra pockets and you can stash money or anything else in there. I also like the leash on gloves because when I pull out my camera on the mountain or lift, it keeps the mittens dangling from my hands and not on the ground.
Durability: There were a couple late season storms for CO but I didn’t get more than a couple days in on these gloves and they are too insulated to take to Hood in the summer. So far durability after a couple days is they still look brand new.
Thoughts: The SX-31’s are that ideal winter glove for the cold days, they have the comfortable liner and insulation to keep your hands warm on the mountain regardless of how many times you touch the snow. I definitely wish I had them earlier in the season during the negative temperature days because thats when my hands get the coldest but usually my hands are fine in spring gloves so I found these to be great but more than I needed on a average day of snowboarding.
Review Disclosure: This product was given to me from Swany.