Expert Review: Dakine Titan Gore-Tex GlovesPublished on 03/30/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the gloves, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2023.
All photos courtesy of Gen Kaneko
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the gloves, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2023.
The Dakine Titan GORE-TEX Gloves are high-warmth, five-finger gloves for those cold and windy days on the mountain when one wants to keep their hands toasty.
About this gloves I own
- Model: 2022 Dakine Titan GORE-TEX Gloves
- Size: 8 (small)
- Height: 5’7”
- Weight: 150 lbs
- Experience: 20 years of skiing
- When I bought them: January 2023
- Days used: 10
- Weather conditions used in: Windy, below 10°F, snowing, raining, bluebird
- Where I’ve used them: Heavenly, Timberline, Meadows, Skibowl, Bachelor, and Lotte Arai
- Terrain: Resort, backcountry, and sidecountry
How they perform
What I was looking for
I was looking for a new glove for the coldest of days that could take on the wind. Having multiple pairs of gloves, these are by far the warmest I have worn in the past couple years.
Why I chose this gear
This product looked the warmest out of the options I saw, and had the five-finger mobility that I wanted. I looked at buying mitts or three-finger gloves from Hestra and Black Diamond, but the Dakine gloves were half the price.
What I love about them
- Fit: The fit of the gloves is snug in the right size, which enhances their warmth and keeps the cold and wind. The gloves are a bit bulky, but that is what you get with a max-warmth product.
- Warmth: One of the warmest gloves I’ve ever owned; they can tackle cold and windy conditions easily. The upper material is not the most waterproof, but the multiple layers and level of insulation does not let the cold or wind in. The lining of a fleece material keeps my hands comfortable and warm, which is the point, and I couldn’t ask for anything else.
- Conditions: These gloves are best for the cold, windy days that are overcast, where on every chair you think about why you came out today. However, during those thoughts and with a freezing face and body, my hands are always warm.
- Touchscreen compatibility: The touchscreen compatibility does not exist for these gloves by themselves, but they do come with touchscreen-compatible inner gloves.
- Features: The Titan GORE-TEX comes with wrist leashes and lining gloves; but it is a bit overkill with the lining gloves, as they make dexterity even harder, and I don’t need them even on the coldest days.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Comfort: The comfort level of the gloves is in the mid range due to the nice fleece lining, however the ease of movement is not the best. These are cold-weather gloves, so if one is looking for all-weather comfort, these are not the go-to, as they will get a bit warm at times. Otherwise, I would say these are comfortable gloves that won’t be a problem on the mountain in cold and windy conditions.
- Ease of movement: The movement aspect of these gloves is their downfall, as gloves need to be bulkier to keep the hands warm. Don’t expect to have a lot of dexterity with these gloves.
- Waterproofing: I will say these are not the most waterproof gloves, even while being GORE-TEX, but they are designed to keep the hands warm at a good price point, so I will say it depends on where one is skiing. If it is going to be raining with lots of wet snow, these are not the best gloves for those conditions. They can handle it if necessary—just not every time.
- Breathability: Again, these are made for cold weather, and I wouldn’t say they are very breathable. If I am stuck on a hot day out on the mountain, my hands are living in a swamp.
- Weight: These are not the lightest gloves, but at the end of the day, I don’t really care about how much a glove weighs. I am not using these gloves in the backcountry, and neither should anybody else, to be honest. They are heavier than most other gloves, but that’s not a factor I take into consideration.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite moment with my gloves was a windy day at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon, where there were 30+ mph gusts and it was roughly 8–10 °F. My gloves kept my hands warm the entire time, which was a treat, as the rest of my body was a bit cold. I was able to stay out longer than most others and get a lot of laps in.
Value for the money vs. other options
The price is fairly reasonable compared to other brands such as Hestra, Black Diamond, Gordini, and even other Dakine gloves. The Titan GORE-TEX gets the job done and keeps my hands warm; to me, it is worth every penny. Dakine also sells a GORE-TEX membrane that's a pretty good deal, in my opinion.
The Dakine Titan GORE-TEX is a no-nonsense, cold-weather glove with a Dakine 5-Warmth rating (their highest). Because these gloves live up to their rating, I would recommend them to a resort skier in a cold and windy location like the East Coast or Midwest.