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Dakine Camino Review

A well-priced glove that'll work fine for your ski trips this winter
Dakine Camino
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Best Buy Award
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Price:  $50 List | Check Price at Backcountry
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Pros:  Great price, breathable, warm, comes with liner glove
Cons:  Not fully waterproof, less durable construction
Manufacturer:   Dakine
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 18, 2019
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  • Warmth - 25% 5
  • Water Resistance - 25% 4
  • Dexterity - 25% 8
  • Durability - 15% 5
  • Features - 10% 9

Our Verdict

Looking for a great deal? The Dakine Camino gloves provide warmth for cold days with breathable construction. The nylon-leather shell offers weather-resistance from harsh winds and snowstorms that might blast you on the chairlift, and we are always fans of gloves with removable liners (a very rare feature at this price point). The thinner construction of the glove provides enough dexterity to help you zip up your zippers, clip and tie your boots, and make sure that you stay warm while riding out the best runs this winter. While this glove isn't of the highest quality or the warmest out there, it sure does offer the performance you'll need for most winter days. Its price is perfect for those looking to save some bucks for the apr├Ęs scene, and its versatile applications will keep your hands warm, on and off the ski hill.

Product Updated

The current version of the Dakine Camino, pictured above, no longer sports a leather palm. Instead, Dakine has opted to use Rubbertec for the palm material, which is a non-phthalate PVC intended to improve grip and reduce wear. As we haven't yet tested this version, we cannot speak to the updates, and the text in this review relates only to the previous Camino glove. We are, however, now linking to the updated model, which is more readily available.

October 2020

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Pros Great price, breathable, warm, comes with liner gloveWarm, lightweight and packable, breathable, waterproof, single construction, dextrousVery warm, dexterous for a mitt, durable shell, waterproof, removable and water resistant linerWarm, versatile, dexterous for a mitt, touchscreen-compatible liners, excellent valueIncredibly affordable, durable leather, no-frills design, decent dexterity, cool points
Cons Not fully waterproof, less durable constructionExpensive, won't fit super small handsLiner packs out after a season, split finger design leaves index finger cold, no leashes includedNot a lot of extra insulationCold, absorbs water, unisex and limited fit, few to no features
Bottom Line A well-priced glove that'll work fine for your ski trips this winterThis unisex glove is off the charts for almost any adult, noticeably feeling different and excelling above other gloves on the market we have testedOur favorite all-around mitten for backcountry and resort skiingA mitten that is weather-resistant and dexterous at a reasonable priceThis pigskin glove is perfect for the penny-pincher looking to explore the mountains in dry, warm conditions
Rating Categories Dakine Camino Arc'teryx Fission S... Black Diamond Mercu... Gore-Tex Mitten Kinco Pigskin Leather
Warmth (25%)
5.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
3.0
Water Resistance (25%)
4.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
3.0
Dexterity (25%)
8.0
10.0
5.0
5.0
7.0
Durability (15%)
5.0
9.0
7.0
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Features (10%)
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Specs Dakine Camino Arc'teryx Fission S... Black Diamond Mercu... Gore-Tex Mitten Kinco Pigskin Leather
Waterproof Material Nylon Shell (black part), Hoxton (75% nylon, 25% polyester) DWR treatment, Leather palm (water-resistant) 84% nylon/16% elastane, Gore-Tex Pertex Shield Dry-Ride Two Layer & Gore-Tex Insert Leather outer
Insulation Type 110/350g high loft synthetic 200g PrimaLoft Silver and 133g Gold synthetic fibers 340-grams Primaloft Gold w/ high loft synthetic insulation ThermaCore Synthetic Insulation HeatKeep Thermal Lining (polyester)
Palm Material Goat Leather Goat leather Goat leather Leather, Sticky Icy Grip Palm Grain pigskin leather
Inner Glove Material (if applicable) 150g tricot, 100% polyester Octa Loft High-loft fleece Fleece n/a
Double or Single Construction? Double Single Double Double Single
Gauntlet or Cuff Length? Gauntlet Medium Cuff Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet
Special features Google wipe on thumb, touch screen compatible liners, removable wrist leash Unisex fit, kevlar stitching, removable wrist leash, carabiner loop Nose wipe, trigger-finger liner, carabiner loop, no wrist leash, foam padding on knuckles, kevlar stitching Nose wipe, leashes, warmer pockets, wrist cinch None
Sizes (Women's) XS, S, M, L XS, S, M, L, XL XS, S, M, L XS, S, M, L Men's S, M, L, XL, XXL
Fit A little smaller, size up if you're unsure Fits large (unisex sizing) True to size True to size Fits large (unisex sizing)
Treatment Required? No Yes No No Yes
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime 1 year Lifetime n/a

Our Analysis and Test Results

An all-around well-performing glove with a stellar price tag. This earns our Best Buy Award for its low cost and good performance on the ski hill.

Performance Comparison


Cute, warm enough, and well-priced. What more can you ask for in a...
Cute, warm enough, and well-priced. What more can you ask for in a winter glove?
Photo: Amber King

Warmth


This isn't the warmest glove option out there, but it's done pretty well when we tested it in temperatures that hover around freezing. It is built with 100% polyester insulation, packing in 350-grams at the back of the glove, and 150-grams in the front. It comes with a removable liner, which is essentially a very thin glove, that offers a little extra insulation when the temperatures get cold.


While Dakine claims this is one of their warmest, it lands about mid-range among the models we tested. It'll keep you warm for the majority of days on the ski hill, but is far from the warmth of several gloves and pretty much any mitten.

The synthetic insulation is thick enough to provide warmth through...
The synthetic insulation is thick enough to provide warmth through most days of the winter but starts to chill out when temperatures really drop. It offers warmth when wet.
Photo: Amber King

The lofty insulation is surely warm enough to keep you mostly toasty at the resort (assuming you've dressed appropriately), while the breathable design moves moisture from, particularly sweaty hands, out of the glove.

Hiking in a storm, they are quite perfect without the liner. The...
Hiking in a storm, they are quite perfect without the liner. The glove and breathable and warm.
Photo: Amber King

While it's not the warmest glove on the market, it'll keep you warm on most days in the winter, whether you're sitting on a chairlift or skinning up your favorite track, working for your turns.

Jo hikes with a group of friends in these high-value gloves. While...
Jo hikes with a group of friends in these high-value gloves. While they are warm, they are also breathable. We were surprised how long we kept them on while hiking uphill.
Photo: Amber King

Water Resistance


In our field tests, this glove did just fine in wet weather at keeping our hands nice and dry, even when hiking up mountains on our skis. While these gloves, at first glance, seem to offer great water resistance, they didn't do as well in our water tests. While the glove exterior is constructed of a Nylon shell that offers good water resistance and a leather palm, the seams at which these materials come together are not well constructed and allowed water into the glove.


Our water tests consist of putting the glove on and dunking our hand in the water, squeezing 100 times to see if any water goes through the glove. During this test, after just 15 squeezes, we felt water seeping into the seam between the Nylon shell and leather palm. While the material itself offers great weather resistance against snow and light rain, it's important to know that these seams did fail. As a result, it's not a waterproof glove.

The seam in the middle is where all the water flooded into the...
The seam in the middle is where all the water flooded into the glove. No other glove had this poor performance during these tests. That said, when are you going to be dunking your hands into pools of water?
Photo: Amber King

In addition, it absorbed a whopping 8.25-grams of water, which is the most of any glove or mitt tested. By the end of the test, the liners were completely soaked. With this in mind, this test is on the extreme end of the spectrum. The information it gives us is that this glove is far less waterproof than other gloves. However, in the field, it performed just fine with the water beading on the material and wicking away the rain. While it's not the highest performer, it certainly does the job on the ski hill. It's just not our first choice to buy for super wet climates, but for dry ones like we see in Colorado, it's a great choice.

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This glove started out at 3.8 oz, gaining over 8 oz of water after...
This glove started out at 3.8 oz, gaining over 8 oz of water after our water tests. The fabrics bead up moisture, while the goatskin is actually waterproof.
Photo: Amber King

Dexterity


We are pleased with the dexterity of this glove.


It offers a thinner construction, with most of the insulative material being packed towards the back of the glove. We normally wear a size medium, and with the liner added, the glove feels a touch smaller, but without, it's just perfect.

The thinner construction allows us to remove our skins and...
The thinner construction allows us to remove our skins and transition in our splitboard set-up with ease.
Photo: Amber King

With the included liner, dexterity goes down as it becomes a little thicker. While it doesn't offer the same gravy mobility that super high performing options offer, we are surprised that we can still do everything we need to with our gloves on. Overall, a good fit with the ability to do things like transition your skis, zip up your jacket, and buckle your boots. Consider sizing up if you're unsure about sizing and plan on using the liners.

The thinner construction makes finer tasks a little easier to do...
The thinner construction makes finer tasks a little easier to do while skiing and snowboarding.
Photo: Amber King

Durability


The construction of this glove seems to be at the lower end of the spectrum, which isn't surprising given the price.


The stitching on the seams is solid, but given its performance in our water tests, there is evidence to suggest that the construction isn't as a bomber as other gloves tested. That said, the goatskin leather is a highly durable material, as is the nylon.

The leather palm is quite durable but lacks beefy reinforcement...
The leather palm is quite durable but lacks beefy reinforcement around the thumb.
Photo: Amber King

We haven't noticed any serious problems in our testing period, and after a couple of months' use, the warmth hasn't deteriorated either. All online reviews seem to be positive, so we suspect that the durability of this glove is about average in the glove world, but on the lower end when it comes to the best of the budget world. Be sure to treat the goatskin at least once a year, and don't be surprised with the DWR treatment wears off from the nylon over time.

Features


Not fully loaded, but the Camino has everything you need in a resort glove. It has a double-glove construction which gives you the option of using the liner that it comes with, or not. The liner itself is just a very thin glove, that we like to use for running in cold weather, and while skinning up the ski resort. It's not waterproof, nor very insulative.


Inside the glove is a hand warmer pocket! A nice surprise.
Inside the glove is a hand warmer pocket! A nice surprise.
Photo: Amber King

The thumb comes loaded with a google wipe that resembles a miniature windshield wiper to get that freshy white goodness off your goggles when the winds are blowing hard.

A nose wipe (left) and goggle wipe (right) of the Dakine Camino that...
A nose wipe (left) and goggle wipe (right) of the Dakine Camino that we love. This is one of the most featured gloves that you should definitely check out.
Photo: Amber King

We also appreciate the single pull gauntlet closures that articulate well with the other glove. It also has removable leashes that any resort skier or snowboarder will appreciate.

The single enclosure makes it easy to loosen and tighten this glove...
The single enclosure makes it easy to loosen and tighten this glove with a single pull...even with gloves on.
Photo: Amber King

We also love that the liners are smartphone compatible! We simply took off the shells of the gloves to text and communicate without a problem. This is huge so our bare hands aren't exposed to the cold while hanging out on lifts and communicating with friends and family. More gloves would benefit from this feature.

The liner offers touchscreen compatibility that is responsive.
The liner offers touchscreen compatibility that is responsive.
Photo: Amber King

Value


While this glove isn't the best performing of the best performers, it is super affordable among them. We found ourselves reaching for it more often than not, especially when temperatures weren't the coldest outside because of its comfortable fit and dexterous nature. We wore it while backcountry skiing, and they performed surprisingly well, offering great breathability and warmth all day long. This versatile glove offers great value, earning it our Best Buy Award. There are other options with better weather resistance, but they come at a higher price.

Enjoy all the goods while wearing the high-value Dakine Camino...
Enjoy all the goods while wearing the high-value Dakine Camino gloves. A great option if you're seeking a good deal.
Photo: Amber King

Conclusion


The Dakine Camino is a versatile ski glove built for the resort. Its breathable design offers good performance and warmth through most conditions, making it suitable for other winter activities, and even backcountry skiing. The fit, with the liner in, is a little small, so be sure to size up, especially if your fingers are long. This glove offers warmth for most winter, but you'll want something warmer for the coldest days of the season.

This double glove offers versatile performance through most days of...
This double glove offers versatile performance through most days of winter. It's inexpensive with good performance. It's just not the most water-resistant.
Photo: Amber King

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