Published on December 11th, 2012 | by Kira0
Swany: Keeping Your Digits Warm
Going outside in the winter, typically, means one thing: cold! It does not matter if you are out for recreation, to run or have a snow ball fight, or to quickly dash to your car or train, you want to make sure you are not under-dressed. I am always baffled when I see the girl or guy going out for a run or walking their dog in 30 degree weather while clad in nothing but shorts and a t-shirt. I am starting to get to the point where I will go up to them and ask them if they are crazy or if all their nerve endings have frozen off. Of course, at 95lbs, I get colder faster than the average person and my extremities are the first to go. This means that I wear lots of layers even for a quick jaunt.
This winter, we’ve already looked at some fun outdoors gear like the Smith Variant Brim Helmet, Tubbs Mountaineer and Kahtoola MTN 28 Snowshoes, and the Smith I/OX Goggles, but on their own these items won’t do much to keep you warm. If you are out doing any winter sports, even if it is just a snowball fight, you need to keep your hands dry and warm. Without the use of your digits, you may quickly find yourself in some very unhappy situations- like not being able to pack and accurately target those snowballs. Lucky for us, we got a shipment of three different colors of the Swany Performance Epic gloves, which come in black, white, white/black, and white/red. We also got a chance to check out sizes from men’s small to men’s extra-large. Swany is known for their 60 years of manufacturing expertise, having supplied technical racing gloves to the the U.S. Bobsled Team, Luge Team, Snowboard Team, the National Ski Patrol, and the Professional Ski Instructors of America.
We haven’t had much snow in the past few weeks, but we have had some cold nights already in New York City and I can confidently say my hands were happily tucked into the black Swany Performance Epic gloves. These gloves are very heavily padded with a Tri-plex insulation system, Dryfinger II insert, and charcoal/Bamboo lining, which does an epic job of keeping your hands warm. The only annoying side effect is that I find the texture of the inside of the gloves to catch a little on dry skin or snagged nails. The smooth LeatherShield shell of the glove is pretty weatherproof. And out in the powder briefly (we were primarily wearing the thicker, bulkier Grandoe Primo Elites), they were snug and lightweight.
I found that the glove will get wet, but for the most part, your hand will stay nice and warm. Once the glove is wet it will need a little while to fully dry out, but even if you wore it your hands should stay dry. Some additional features include a speed tab on cuffs to cinch in the warmth, the pre-curved finger construction, and padded knuckles in case you have that spill, plus a pull loop to help you quickly put on the gloves. Each glove comes with its own leash so that you can keep them on your wrists while walking around the lodge. And if you’re looking for a mitten-style or other models, Swany makes a wide range, like the X-Change, the X-Cell, and the X-Plode (really).
The prices for good sport winter gloves vary widely, and the Swany Performance Epic gloves are certainly on the upper end at $124 a pair. We are confident they will keep you warm and dry, while rocking a great look. They held up well, offer pretty solid dexterity, and a tight, true-to-fit form. Available online and in stores.