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2011

Swany Eco-Gaunt Gloves review
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Swany Eco-Gaunt GlovesSwany’s enviro-friendly Eco-Circle line is touted as the first “Cradle to Grave” recyclable gloves and mittens. Swany’s closed-loop recycling process for polyester products can eliminate any pair of Eco-Circle gloves taking up space in a landfill. Once your Swany gloves are spent, pop the pair in the company provided envelope and drop the package in the mail to Swany’s Johnston, New York location.

Swany cuts out the polyurethane palm which is recycled domestically. Swany has partnered with Japan-based Teijin to help with the rest of the Eco-Circle recycling system. The remaining polyester parts of the glove is chemically decomposed and converted to new polyester raw material at Teijin’s recycling center.

The Eco-Gaunt is part of the eco friendly line and features a polyester shell and a soft-to-the-touch liner insulated with Primaloft. Reinforced palms and adjustable barrel locking cuffs are added features. The gloves’ soft liner makes the Eco-Gaunt comfortable to wear and your ski poles have a natural feel in your palms.

Swany does not assign a temperature range to the Eco-Gaunt. They are best used for the majority of colder weather (20 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit temperature range). Less than 20 degree threshold, stick pair of glove liners in your snow jacket’s chest pocket. They may be needed since the gloves let the frosty temperatures through at lower temperatures during testing.

Swany advertised that the Eco-Gaunt gloves are waterproof. The gloves held up on the mountain and in the 'testing lab'. Water did not penetrate the gloves’ liner when submerged to the wrist for over a minute.

Swany Logoimages/SwanySwany’s Eco-Circle line has upped the expectations for their peers “green” policies, and the Eco-Gaunt meets the needs of most recreational skiers. It will keep your hands warm in the most common temperature zone for skiing and is waterproof. And they will not take up space in your waste can once you use and abuse them to their end. (MSRP $60)


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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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