The Swany Legend II stands out for its unique construct and fancy features. With a thin mitten leather exterior and an insulated gloved interior, this mitten does not only provide great dexterity but also decent warmth. It features a peek-a-boo zipper pocket in the leather shell that allows easy access to the touch-screen compatible liner. This is a great feature that allows you to keep your hands warm while using your phone outside.We also liked this zippered pocket for quick and easy ventilation. Even though this mitten-glove hybrid has many benefits, we do have a couple of caveats. First, the glove is not very water resistant, unlike the Dakine Tundra Mitt - Women's. Second, even with the pocket, the whole mitten is not extremely breathable without unzipping the pocket. As a result, we think the Swany Legend II is a great resort option in dry climates. It's also perfect for any lady looking for a unique combination of good dexterity and warmth!
Swany Legend II Mitt - Women's Review
Cons: Not breathable when zipped, sub-par durability, lacks water protection
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Legend II Glove by Swany provides great warmth and dexterity throughout the day, provided you're in dry conditions.
Warmth & Breathability
Featuring a unique construct, the Legend II mitt is a great option for ladies looking for the warmth of a mitt with the dexterity of a glove. This contender features a leather mitten outer with a gloved lined interior. The Insuloft 80 Swany dry polyester insulates on warm days while the zipper allows quick venting options.
This is not the warmest mitten out there. During warm or aerobic days, we found our hands getting swampy with the zipper zipped up. Towards the end of the day, we found our hands to be colder than other gloves put in a similar situation. If you plan on doing aerobic activities or if you ski on a warm day, remember to unzip the mitt for proper ventilation.
Of all the mittens tested, this proved to have the worst water resistance. While the leather does a decent job at keeping moisture out, we found that even with regular treatment, the mitt became saturated after long, wet days on the mountain. In addition, during our dunk tests, this mitten leaked at the water resistant zipper after just eight squeezes. After our dunk tests, it held a whopping 12.8 oz of water! As a result, we can't recommend this glove for wet climates.
Many of our female testers liked this mitt for both resort and backcountry skiing. We loved the thin, gloved interior that made it easy to handle tasks like zipping up a jacket or taking off a pair of skins. We also liked the thin leather outer that, even without the gloved fingers out, allows us more dexterity than other mitts. That said, we didn't like that the zipper was a little sticky and got stuck often, making it hard to unzip and rezip the mitt.
If you love features, this mitten may be a perfect fit! It has many unique features; a touch-screen compatible liner, a wrist cinch strap, quick pull, and release cinches, and a mitten clip loop.
The only thing that could really round out this mitt is a removable glove liner. Many of testers mentioned that taking the glove on and off was a pain as the liner would stick to their fingers. With the removable liner, this would offer a little more versatility and a little less frustration on the mountain and before heading out the door.
Durability and Construction
While the leather outer of this glove is fairly durable, we noticed it losing color and cracking a little easier than other gloves and mitten tested. We also noticed the insulation to be slightly packed out after just a few days at the resort. We also wished the warranty would be greater than one year.
While resort skiing on cold days is probably its best application, we also thought it had the potential for mellow backcountry ski terrain. The versatility of this mitt provides great warmth and dexterity in both environments. Additionally, because of its lack of water resistance, we think it's best for dry climates that won't saturate the mitten throughout the day.
We think this glove is a great deal if you're looking for a unique fusion between glove and mitt. It is a little less expensive than higher performing contenders and its price reflects the value of the product.
This hybrid glove-mitten contender is perfect for ladies who are looking for a product that has it all! Warmth, dexterity, and fancy features! Just be sure to avoid buying it if you plan on skiing in super wet weather.
— Amber King