Fresh Frost Friday 001: All this Dakine looks mighty fine

by Singletrack Magazine 3

It’s like Fresh Goods Friday but with snow. So Fresh Frost… See? No?

Well, it’s the first episode and we’ve not thought too hard about what to call this yet, but that’s not the point. The point is to see what we’ve received here in the Singletrack office this week, and this week kind of comes to you courtesy of Dakine. It seemed at times like the couriers had perhaps got us confused with the Dakine warehouse. Anyway, other brands are available. but just not so much this week. So let’s take a look at what we’ve got.

Dakine Team Baron Trigger Mitts

Like a T-Rex, but with longer arms.

A Gore-Tex glove/mitt for those who really can’t decide between one or the other, like Mark. Come with a wool and Gore-Tex liner built in for toasty fingers. Leather and suede outer should make them last a while. Stuffed with warm down? Oh no! Dakine are going the more ethical route with Primaloft filling. Mark’s trying these out on his Whistler trip this month.

Dakine Sequoia Womens’ Mitts

What a great place for a snack pocket.

We have absolutely no idea how you pronounce the name of this mitt, but then that’s not important. What is important is how warm and waterproof they are and that should be down to the Gore-Tex WARM layers and the extra fingered liners that come with them. There’s a zipped vent on there for when it gets too warm and the fingered liners have that all important screen compatible tip on the index fingers so you can ‘gram your shreds… or something.

Dakine Womens’ 12L Helipack

Vic not included.

Apparently this doesn’t contain rotors and turn you into a drone, which was a bit disappointing. No, it’s a backpack with a shorter body for a women’s specific fit. It comes with enough loops, straps and clips to mount your board for those off-piste hikes. There’s an internal bladder pocket and a soft goggle storage pocket too. The semi rigid back panel is designed to provide some impact protection for those inevitable wipeouts. Won’t protect your sandwiches mind. There are waist and chest straps with integrated whistle for when you hit that retro 90’s après ski rave bar.

Dakine Womens’ Brentwood Bib

Hannah practicing winding down the windows.

Offering you tailored warmth and protection from the elements, these bibs from Dakine are bursting with features designed to make your ride easier. Drop-seat design for toilet stops when you’ve had one too many piste pints, multiple pockets with details such as a headphone hole, leg zip vents to save you from Après Clamminess, dry fleece lining to keep you cosy on the lifts, bot gaiters… the list goes on.

Dakine Womens’ Brentwood Jacket

Hannah continues to work on her balance.

The fit guide claims this is ‘long and trim’ as opposed to tailored, but we have found the cut to be quite flattering. The jacket includes a removable hood trim so you can customise your look, Primaloft® Silver Eco insulation to lock in your body heat, underarm vents, powder skirt and a mesh goggle pocket. There are plenty of pockets, again with audio routing, and a two-way zip on the front.

Dakine Womens’ Continental Gore-Tex Mitt

Now she wants to fight.

These get a 4 out of 5 on Dakine’s warmth-o-meter, possibly due to the Gore-Tex inserts, leather palms, Primaloft insulation and removable, quick-drying fleece liner. The inserts claim to be both waterproof and breathable for maximum comfort, and for ease of you use the mitts feature a one-hand cinch on the cuffs.

Dakine Mens’ Continental Gore-Tex Glove

… so she’s found some huge boxing gloves.

As above, only this time in glove form and sized for men, hence them looking ridiculous on Hannah’s puny hands. The glove come in black and stone/dark slate (pictured).


So there we have it, Singletrack Snow is officially a thing because we’ve just committed to reviewing all this lovely warm product. And there’s more to come! Let us know where you’re headed this season in the comments section below. We leave you with proof that Amanda can snowboard, look out for the long red pigtails:

Comments (3)

    Go Guys !
    Great idea , all my faves in one place.
    Keep up the good work

    nice one. Volunteer reviewers here, Me and Mrs NBT have a couple of trips planned 🙂

    Excellent! Keep it coming – I’ve got a few more trips this season so always appreciate a gear/geek review! 🙂

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