Expert Review: Dakine Men's Leather Titan GORE-TEX GlovesPublished on 12/23/2022 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the gloves, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Andrew T.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the gloves, which I purchased with my own money in December of 2022.
The Dakine Men’s Leather Titan GORE-TEX Gloves are fantastic gloves for any skill-level rider who wants to keep their hands dry, warm, and happy.
About the gear I own
- Model: 2022 Dakine Men’s Leather Titan GORE-TEX
- Size: XL
- Height: 6’2”
- Weight: 185lbs
- Experience: 15 years of snowboarding/skiing
- When I bought them: December 2022
- Days used: 3
- Weather conditions used in: Cold winter days
- Where I’ve used them: Stratton, Vermont, and Windham, New York
- Terrain: Resort
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was in the market for new gloves that would keep my hands drier than my old ones. My old gloves were not GORE-TEX and absorbed moisture.
Why I chose this gear
I chose the Dakine Titan gloves because they were under $100 and made of GORE-TEX. I considered the Dakine Excursion Gloves, but they were too expensive for me.
What I love about them
- Fit: The Titans fit true to size. They are not too baggy and leave room for my hands to stretch. They do not feel tight, and I am not concerned about them falling off my hand.
- Comfort: The Titans are very comfortable and have a soft, fleece-lined interior.
- Ease of movement: The Titans do not restrict my hand or fingers. My fingers can move about with ease. I can zip and unzip pockets, pull my hood up, and even throw snowballs easily.
- Warmth: The Titans are warm and even come with extra liners for those blistering cold days.
- Waterproofing: The GORE-TEX keeps all water out and my hands perfectly dry.
- Breathability: The Titans are breathable while still keeping cold air out. My hands do not feel clammy after use, and I do not feel any wind ripping thru them either.
- Weight: The Titans are average weight for gloves. They are not noticeably light or heavy.
- Conditions: The Titans thrive on wet, snowy days. They keep my hands warm when it's cold out and keep rain and snow out.
- Touchscreen compatibility: Although the outer shell is not touchscreen compatible, the included liner is.
- Features: The Titans come with wrist strings, which is a must for me. I do not need to worry about losing my gloves on the chairlift or dropping them in the snow. The Titans have a handwarmer pocket on the top side of the gloves for additional heat when needed. These gloves also have a goggle squeegee on the left thumb to clean snow and ice off my lenses. However, I am slightly concerned about the goggle squeegee scratching my lenses. It seems to be made of harder plastic material, and I'm unsure how often I will use it.
- Quality: The Titans feel very well made, with sturdy seams and high-quality fabric. I do not foresee these gloves ripping or separating at the seams.
- Durability: The Titans feel very durable. They have rubber over the palm of my hands. This will help with durability for carrying a snowboard or skis and doing grab tricks. These will not get cut up from the sharp edge of skis or a snowboard.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Other: I wish there were hand warmer pockets on the palm side of the gloves rather than the outside of my hands. When I use hand warmers, I like to grab onto them.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite moment with these gloves was when my hands stayed dry after falling off a rail. My old gloves would have instantly absorbed water, leading to hours of discomfort. However, these gloves stayed dry and kept my hands happy.
Value for the money vs. other options
These gloves are a fantastic value. Typically, gloves can run $100+ with the same quality as the Titans. For example, the comparable Burton option is the Men's Warmest GORE-TEX Gloves, which cost $140.00.
The Dakine Titan GORE-TEX gloves are great for riders and skiers who want a warm, waterproof glove option that won’t break the bank. These gloves will keep one dry both on the slopes and off.