With winter setting in just nicely I’ve already had the chance to go out in -21C temperatures. I had a chance to put to the test the GORE-TEX® Dakine Titan Mitt with removable storm liner glove. Although made for Snow Boarding, they perform particularly well in the photography world. They’re also a bargain compared to other GORE-TEX® Mitts. I’ve found them on Sale for as low as $39.00
The Dakine Mitt is a complete solution. A GORE-TEX® Mitt with a waterproof pocket for a heating pack or small items and cards. It also comes with a touchscreen compatible fleece liner glove. The glove’s inner palm and fingers are textured with a rubber like material for extra grip. Each Mitt has a life cord to secure it to you arm. For photography this came in handy as I could simply remove the mitt and let it hang without a care as I operated my camera with the storm liner glove.
The storm liner glove itself feels comfortably warmer than many cheaper synthetic glove liners. The snug fit of the stretch fleece and the grip material on the palm and fingers give you excellent control over your equipment.
I’ve had plenty of different gloves and mittens. This pair of Dakine mitts impressed me and naturally the Gore-Tex means they’ll keep you dry. The mitt / glove combination kept my hands very warm. As the day warmed up, I actually had to remove the mitt at times just to let some cold air in as I walked from location to location. However my hands never pulled a sweat, they stayed dry and warm.
Naturally the glove liner won’t keep your hands warm for too long under extreme conditions. However once your hands are back in the mitt they warm up surprisingly fast.
The Mitt is lightweight but built of sturdy materials. It offers good grip with the Rubbertec palm. Like all mitts you loose a great deal of dexterity but you gain it back in warmth.
Overall I’m extremely satisfied with this Mitt / Glove combination. It’s my first experience as I’ve only had one chance to try them out in very cold conditions. I’ll update this blog with a long term review.
Dakine also makes the Titan Glove if you’re looking for a little more dexterity and a little less warmth. I opted for the Mitt as the glove felt bulky at the fingers limiting the use of your fingers anyway.
Here’s a list of Specifications from Dakine:
Titan Mitt 1200350
- Insert: Gore Tex® Waterproof / Breathable
- Insulation: High loft synthetic [ Glove 140 / 280g ] [ Mitt 140 / 350g ]
- Palm: Rubbertec
- Shell: Nylon / Poly with DWR treatment
- Lining: 150g Tricot lining
- External waterproof zippered stash pocket / heat pack pocket
- Nose wipe thumb panel
- Removable storm liner glove: Touch screen compatible 280g 4×4 stretch fleece
The Dakine Titan Mitt is available at:
www.levelninesports.com $65.00 SALE $39.00
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