The Legend II Glove by Swany provides great warmth and dexterity throughout the day, provided you're in dry conditions.
The Swany Legend II is an all-leather hybrid mitten that features a sewn in polyester glove interior. This mitten combines warmth and dexterity for comfort and versatility on the mountain.
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 gloves features a mitten leather shell with a sewn-in glove liner. The mitten provides additional warmth while the glove provides dexterity. The zippered vent can be used for quick breathing or even an additional handwarmer!
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. If you want a mitten that is warmer, check out the Dakine Tundra Mitt. The Hestra Heli Mitt - Women's (Our Editor's Choice winner for mittens) offers more versatility and is our Editors' Choice for Mittens!
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 whooping 12.8 oz of water! This is the second most absorbent glove after the Kinco Pigskin Leather. As a result, we can't recommend this glove for wet climates.
We see a water droplet leave the gloves after our dunk test. After just eight squeezes, this glove flooded through the zipper, holding approximately 12 oz of water afterward! We conclude this glove is one the least water resistant gloves tested, and not recommended for super wet days on the mountains.
If you're in the market for a glove that is incredibly waterproof, check out the Arc'teryx Fission Glove - Women's, or the Top Pick for Backcountry Skiing, the Outdoor Research Arete - Women's. If you want a mitt that is incredibly water resistant and perfect for the resort, be sure to check out the Dakine Tundra Mitt.
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 are interested in a different type of mitten-glove hybrid, be sure to look into the Hestra Heli Three-Finger - Women's. This glove features a lobster claw construct that provides both warmth and dexterity.
Annie plays with some screws after a friends binding falls apart while hiking up hill. The Swany Legend II did a great job when she had to manipulate small objects. Most importantly, she didn't have to take off her mitt!
If you love features, this mitten may be a perfect fit! Like the Burton Gore-Tex Glove - Women's, 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 liners of this glove is also touch-screen compatible. A huge plus if you plan on texting on the chair lift!
The only thing that could really round out this mitt is a removable gloved 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. If you are interested in that feature, be sure to check out the Outdoor Research Arete or Hestra Heli Mitt.
The zippered exterior pocket in addition to cinch straps provide more versatility on the mountain. Add hand warmers to the pocket, or use the zipper for quick venting options.
Durability and Construction
Given that this is mitten has an all-leather construct, be sure to treat it throughout its lifetime. Failure to treat the leather will result in cracking and loss of its protective properties.
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. As a result, it didn't score high points in this category like the Arc'teryx Fission Glove - Women's and Hestra brand gloves & mittens. We wished the warranty would be greater than one year.
Over the testing period, the Swany Legend II proved to get the most trashed, even with limited use. As a result, it didn't earn top points in durability.
While resort skiing on cold days is probably the best application of the Legend II, we also thought it had 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.
Here Annie tests the Swany Legend II mittens on a snowy day in the San Juans of Colorado.
We think this glove is a great deal if you're looking for a unique fusion between glove and mitt. At $115, it is a little less expensive than higher performing contenders and its price reflects the value of the product. However, if you're looking for something a little more affordable, check out our Best Buy award winner, the Gordini Gore-Tex Down III Glove - Women's (~$85). Or if you're in the market for something super affordable, but sure to check out the Kinco Pigskin Leather (just $16!!), our winner for a Tight Budget.
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.
Not only is this glove great for skiing, but it does a great job for performing household chores as well!