Dakine was founded in Maui Hawaii in 1979 by Rob Kaplan. He started with an innovative surf leash. The surf leash was popular and led to more surfing related products. The surf on the north shore of Hawaii can be brutal. Dakine, which in Hawaiian slang means "the best" or "the kind", makes every attempt to live up to their name. In 1986 the company relocated to Hood River Oregon. Billabong acquired Dakine in June 2008. Their product lines include quality technical sports accessories. One of their signature product lines are their gloves which are known for warmth and durability.
Dakine gloves fall under 3 categories: skiing and snowboarding, biking, and windsurfing or kitesurfing. An extensive line in each category is available for men, women and children. Dakine gloves also include mittens and liners, which can be used as an everyday cold weather glove or for extra warmth inside some models in extreme weather conditions.
Many Dakine gloves for skiing or snowboarding are made with Gore-Tex, which is waterproof and breathable or Hipora, which is waterproof. Insulation consists of wool liners or Primaloft. The palms are made with leather, Rubbertec or synthetic suede. Varying degrees of warmth and if wrist guards are built in or available are indicated for each glove.
Some of the more popular models are:
The Scout comes in a glove, a mitt and a short glove version. It is a cold weather glove that comes with a removable fleece liner. All three models are designed with an over the cuff gauntlet to keep snow out of jacket sleeves. They are waterproof but breathable and are insulated with Dakine’s synthetic Thermoloft.
The Viper is a warmer weather lightweight spring ski glove. The Weathershield™ shell fabric is a weather-resistant material to keep hands warm and dry. They are comfortable on a sunny day on the slopes or as an all around town glove.
The Nova series includes a long and short glove and long mitts for colder conditions. The longer models feature Hipora inserts and taped seams for reliable protection and a one hand cinch gauntlet to help seal out the elements. A Wrist Guard series glove and mitt feature an aluminum stay in the palm and removable rigid nylon supports on the back of the hands to protect hands and wrists during a fall.
The Bronco series is a cold weather glove featuring a Weathershield shell and a Gore-Tex insert to keep hands warm and dry. Interesting features with this model include the zippered closure and graphics that may match your Dakine Heli Pro Backpack.
The Element has the option of a glove or mitt and includes a removable pipe glove liner to add insulation in colder weather. The liner can be worn alone in warmer weather or when extra dexterity is needed. The Hipora waterproof insert keeps water out and the high loft synthetic insulation keeps hands warm.
A number of Dakine gloves for biking come with d3O Flexible armor, gel padding or knuckle armor. Cold, warm and hot weather models are available. Cold weather gloves come with Gore-Tex or Hipora or Thinsulate. Hot weather gloves are either full-finger or half-finger. Options include slip-on or Velcro closures and palm padding or no palm padding. Windsurfing or kitesurfing gloves are available in a cold water mitt or full-finger or half-finger sailing gloves.
The Cross X mountain bike glove is a warm weather model that can be used for everyday commuting. They offer a light comfortable fit, compression molded knuckles, silicone gripper fingertips for a sure grip and palm padding to reduce pain.
The Covert is a mild weather glove for cross country or all-mountain riding. It has been designed as a slip on without the typical straps and hook and loop fastener. It features a Clarino® synthetic suede palm and silicone gripper fingertips for a sure grip.
The Storm Rider is a cold weather version for windy and wet conditions. It features a waterproof Hipora insert and insulation package to keep hands warm and dry in temperatures freezing and above. The shell is a windproof nylon and the insulation is 100g Thinsulate. The synthetic leather palm is padded for extra comfort.
Dakine Gloves Sizing Chart