Rated 4 out of 5 by Michael Nice construction, but runs small
I've been looking for a pair of cold weather gloves for the past few seasons to replace an old pair that wore through in several spots. I have various gloves for cool weather recreation, work, dress, etc., but needed a good set of gloves for cold weather sports (say -10 to 30 F). I spend a fair amount of time hiking, sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and the like, though at a moderate level of activity and weather. I wanted something warm, but without the bulk and cost of hardcore gloves for climbing a mountain or skiing back down through the forest.
After much searching, the Swix Star XC 100 gloves seemed like a great product for my needs. On the up-side:
+ Well-insulated, without a lot of bulk
+ Good initial construction quality (I returned them due to a sizing issue before having a chance to evaluate longer term durability)
+ Long, tight, slender cuffs that keep the cold out and easily tuck into outer layers without bunching up
+ Two pull tabs on each glove, to avoid stretching out the cuff when putting them on
+ Pre-curved hand shape with a nice, natural fit
+ Works with my touch-screen phone - I didn't see this listed as a feature, and was pleasantly surprised that they worked
Unfortunately, there was one down side that made me return the gloves after one use:
- XL size is not large enough
According to the person who processed the return, XL is the largest size for these gloves, and they're just not big enough for my hands. I wear XL in all of my other gloves (except for one specialized pair of motorcycling gauntlets in XXL that I wear oversized on purpose), so I would expect these to fit.
The fingers on these gloves, however, are narrow in diameter, especially on the tips where the gray leather-type material is sewn on. While they felt nice in the store, that snug fit ended up squeezing the blood out of my fingertips and they were frigid by the time I got home. (Note that the gloves had more room from the mid-finger area to the wrist, and the rest of my hands were warm.) It's ironic that one of the things I liked best about these gloves - their slender fit - turned out to be the reason that they didn't work for me.
Nonetheless, I think that these would be great gloves for someone with slightly smaller hands. In fact, I liked them enough that I'm going to see if I can find another model of Swix glove that fits me better.
And, as always, thanks to L.L. Bean for a hassle-free return.
January 19, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer XL is really a size Large
Have been an XL glove wearer for years. Bought these glove in XL and they are very, very tight and the fingers are slightly too short. They really haven't stretched out any from wearing. These are not Extra Large. If these came in an XXL (2XL), I would buy them because the initial quality seem good.
January 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by beanfamilygifter gift
This was a gift for my grandson, you'd have to ask him for a review.
January 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by EdVHalen Perfect
Used for cycling in cold weather, these babies ROCK!
December 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fringy Great gloves!
My son said he needed some really warm gloves since he decided to be more active outside in the winter months up in northern Minnesota. He was thrilled with the fit, flexibility and design of these gloves. I am thankful to have found them at a reasonable price.
January 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gumpee Minnesota trip
Love these gloves. Hoping they will be what I expect them to be for my trip to the winter carnival in February.
November 28, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by RapidJack3SD Great glove--no hooks
Great gloves. Well cut. Warm and flexible. One shortcoming--nothing to hook the two gloves together. I have a drawer full of one left or one right glove because there was no way to connect them. Should put a hook on them and they would be a 5 star!
October 11, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Picktwo Not warm
I purchased these thinking they would be warm in the winter weather, turns out they're not. Only half an hour in the cold and my hands were freezing. I would not recommend these to othe people.
February 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by nwart Fit like Glove
I measured my hand according to the llbean instructions, and they
are an excellent fit (I have a long slim hand, and long fingers) and the overall length and finger fit is just right -plenty of coverage at the wrist too....
They have adequate insulation for around 32F, don't know about lower temperatures though...
January 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by benkbeaner Wow great gloves
These are the nicest gloves they are warm and comfortable to wear the cuff at the top makes them especially nice to keep out the snow highly recommended also very easy to hold on to things too. super nice to walk the dogs with and hold the leash
December 6, 2012