We’re happy to report it’s been a strong year for skiing and snowboarding in North America,
We’re also happy to report that it’s been a strong year for sales of Swany gloves and mitts.
How strong? Take a look at these highlights from the Leisure Trends report for glove sales from August through January. In the Specialty Ski category, the Swany highlights include:
- The No. 1 ski glove brand in the US (The X-Change mens glove);
- Retail Sales through January that are 10.5% ahead of last year’s sales (The industry average is 4.65%);
- A 15.7% market share;
- Swany has the #1, #3, #4, #7, and #10 best-selling gloves in the U.S. and 10 of the top 30 best-selling gloves in the U.S.
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March 17: Slovenian superstar Tina Maze may have clinched the World Cup Giant Slalom season crown in January, but that didn’t stop her from winning the final race of the season on Sunday (March 17) in Lenzerheide. The victory means Maze brought home three titles — Giant Slalom, Super G and Overall — while also setting the season record for overall points with 2,414 and for total podiums (24). Read more.
March 16: There is NO way an 18-year-old should be able to do what Mikaela Shiffrin did this season. Not only did she ski well enough all season to be in the hunt for the slalom season title going into the season’s final race, she was able to battle through the intense pressure to not only win the race but get the best of Tina Maze, who had a record-setting season. See how she did it with an amazing second run. Read more.
Weather 2, Ski Racing 0. That’s the score after heavy snow overnight and strong winds during the men’s Super G forced cancellation Thursday (March 14) of that race and the women’s competition in Lenzerheide at the World Cup Finals.
As a result, Aksel Lund Svindal earned his second Cup title (adding Super G to Downhill) and Tina Maze added a third to her previous crowns in Overall and Giant Slalom. It was a reversal of fortune for Maze, who was virtually assured the Downhill season crown before fog canceled that race on Wednesday. The World Cup does not make up races at the Finals.
The cancellation was a disappointment for Julia Mancuso, who had a chance to catch Maze with a good showing (she trailed the Slovenian 420-365). Here’s where to find Continue reading ‘World Cup Finals: Mikaela Shiffrin gets best of Tina Maze for Slalom title, but Maze wins 3 titles’
The good folks at Skiing Business conducted a live Facebook chat with John Kloser, Vice President of Sales for Swany America, about the latest in gloves. Here’s a look at the great questions asked by Skiing Business and other Facebook users, along with John’s answers.
Jarl Skibumdad Berg (Facebook user): What is your best choice for spring gloves?
John Kloser: I would recommend our FX-10. This is a light-weight Flexor glove with leather palms and fingers. Flexor has mobile knuckle joints for better dexterity. It also has a 3D mesh on the back and a wrap-around strap.
Skiing Business: Would that be a good backcountry glove too, John?
One of the new gloves with Touchtek leather coming out this fall from Swany
Kloser: Yes the FX-10 would be a good ascent glove, lightweight and flexible. But we have developed some backcountry specific gloves for 2013. We are using the NeoShell fabric from Polartec. NeoShell is a waterproof fabric that has unprecedented breathabilty. We have three models (See them here) that are being well received in the marketplace. REI is putting all three of our backcountry gloves into their stores for this fall.
Skiing Business: Speaking of new fabrics and technologies, it seems like more brands are incorporating technology into their handwear. Where do you see that market going?
Kloser: Wearable technology is becoming very important. We are currently selling G-Cell gloves that are bluetooth adaptable and will sync to your phone. You don’t need to take your gloves off to talk on the phone — you feel a vibration and just push a button to talk. The Continue reading ‘Find out what’s next for gloves in Skiing Business interview with John Kloser of Swany America’
Julia Mancuso (US Ski Team)
UPDATE (March 4): Slovenian star Tina Maze received police protection on Sunday at the Super G in the wake of an e-mailed death threat after she won the Downhill on Saturday. Read more.
Tina Maze made World Cup history with her Downhill victory on Saturday (March 2), establishing a new season record for most overall points. Here’s a look at all the women’s World Cup races Continue reading ‘Tina Maze wins downhill, sets World Cup season points record, but Mancuso challenging for Super G season title with one race left’
Published February 26, 2013
Snowboarding , Swany Gloves
Tags: Arielle Gold, Ayumu Hirano, Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships, Elana Hight, Gretchen Blieler, halfpipe, Hannah Teter, Jamie Anderson, Kelly Clark, Mark McMorris, Scotty Lago, Shaun White, slopestyle, Torstein Horgmo
Here are results from the Burton U.S. Open, which was held in Vail this season after 30 years in Vermont.
Was there ever any doubt? Shaun White took gold in the men’s halfpipe on Saturday (March 2) at the Burton U.S. Open in Vail. But it wasn’t easy, as amazing 14-year-old Ayumu Hirano from Japan was a close second. Louie Vito took third to round out the podium.In Women’s halfpipe, the longstanding leader Kelly Clark defended her U.S. Open crown for her 6th title in this event and and 61st halfpipe win in her career. Hannah Teter earned the Continue reading ‘Burton U.S.Open Finals: Shaun White bests Ayumu Hirano for halfpipe gold; Mark McMorris tips Torstein Horgmo in Slopestyle;’
Tina Maze resumed her World Cup dominance with victory in Super Combined on Sunday in Meribel, France.
The Slovenian won the morning downhill by a large enough margin that it removed much of the mystery from the subsequent slalom run. She has now won both Super Combined races this season.
Maze now has 1,844 World Cup points, which gives her an unassailable lead in the Overall competition (more than 1,000 points with nine races left over Maria Hoefl-Riesch) and a great shot at being the first woman to crack the 2,000-point barrier in a season. Points standings.
Austrian Nicole Hosp earned second, while her teammate Michaela Kirchgasser took third. Hoefl-Riesch, who won the Super Combined at the World Championships, was third in downhill but skied off course in slalom. Read more.
Julia Mancuso raced Continue reading ‘Tina Maze wins World Cup Super Combined, clinches Overall title after Maria Hoefl-Riesch skis off course’