Expert Review: Dakine Men's Titan GORE-TEX® MittensPublished on 12/05/2022 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the mittens, which I purchased with my own money in August of 2021.
All photos courtesy of Garrett Waliky
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the mittens, which I purchased with my own money in August of 2021.
The Dakine Men's Titan GORE-TEX® Mittens are for the rider looking for a mitten that can withstand super cold temps and block out moisture with a GORE-TEX outer shell.
About the mittens I own
- Model: 2022 Dakine GORE-TEX Titan Mitt
- Size: Large
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 195lbs
- Experience: 18 years of snowboarding
- When I bought them: August 2021
- Days used: 50
- Weather conditions used in: -5℉ days, rainy days, windy days, snowy days
- Where I’ve used them: Mount Hood, Oregon
- Terrain: Resort, backcountry
How they perform
What I was looking for
I've always been a rider who absolutely hates cold hands. Being a mitt guy, I always like my hands being in contact and warm. As soon as they get wet, my day goes downhill. I wanted a glove that could go to minus days and days that had rain thrown into the mix.
Why I chose this gear
Anytime I see a synthetic-style down with the word GORE-TEX thrown in, I know I am on board. This glove boasts a lot of insulation with a super waterproof outer layer. All that means is warm and dry.
What I love about them
- Fit: These mitts offer a ton of room, but not too much. I like my fingers to be able to flex and wiggle. Anytime I have room to ball my fist up, I think it's a winner. The wrist is a perfect fit with a strap to keep the glove in place.
- Comfort: These gloves are lined on the inside with a polyester/tricot blend, leaving them nice and soft. They also come with a storm liner made of four-way stretch fleece, which is super cozy.
- Warmth: These mitts come in at the warmest level on the Dakine charts. They come with High Loft Synthetic, which combines warmth, function, and value. They also come with a fleece liner if it's super cold out. I've never been on the slopes wanting more warmth.
- Waterproofing: The Titans come packed with a GORE-TEX. Waterproof/Breathable Membrane + GORE-Warm membrane. GORE-TEX is an impenetrable wall from water. I think after owning this mitt, I won't be able to own a mitt/glove without GORE-TEX again.
- Weight: The Titans are one light set of mitts. The synthetic insulation feels like I’ve got on basically nothing. They repel water super well, so they never feel weighed down by water.
- Conditions: This mitt really thrives in cold weather. Any day I notice the temps are below 30 degrees, these mitts are getting put in the car. Even when it gets rainy and snowy, these gloves keep me dry.
- Touchscreen compatibility: Touching a phone screen with this mitt is a no-go, but these gloves come with a touch-screen-compatible liner. So if I have to take my glove off, I stay nice and warm. I found the liners worked really well with my iPhone.
- Features: These mitts come with a couple of cool features. They have little pockets on top to put some heaters in. They also have removable wrist leashes, so I don't have to worry about them falling off the lift if I ever need to take them off.
- Durability: I have put these mitts through the wringer. Some mitts start to fall apart around the finger area from strapping in, but I have noticed zero wear in that area. Plus, the two-year warranty keeps my mind at ease too.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Breathability: Probably my only gripe with these gloves is how toasty they can get with no release. These gloves pack in the heat and keep it in. When it gets warmer out, I notice my gloves get hot and steamy with no way to relieve it.
Favorite moment with this gear
I think my favorite moment with these gloves was on one of those weird days up at Whistler where it was 15 degrees up top and snowing and 45 down low and raining. Despite the rain and cold, my hands stayed nice and warm, and when I got back to the van that day, I noticed my inner layer was bone dry. It was even dry by the time I got home.
Value for the money vs. other options
I believe this glove is worth every penny. With a two-year warranty and good customer support, this glove will keep going and is backed. I think another comparable glove is the Oyuki Yotei GORE-TEX Mitts. It’s a solid mitt, but I liked the length of the Dakine better, and it's less expensive too.
This glove is hands down one of the warmest and coziest gloves I have ever worn. There wasn't a day I found myself with shivering fingers from a saturated glove. I highly recommend it to anyone who needs a mitt with the warmest rating.