Tackling some of the coldest weather conditions, the Dakine Tundra Mitt is a perfect option for those looking for one of the warmest mitts out there for frigid resort riding. The combination of PrimaLoft and down insulation keeps hands warm when the mercury dips deep into the double negatives, while the nylon-polyester shell keeps water from absorbing into the material. We especially love the silky smooth interior and the simplicity the Tundra Mitt has to offer. Our only caveats with this mitten are its lack of breathability and dexterity. However, that's to be expected with such a heavily insulated product.
Dakine Tundra Mitt - Women's Review
Cons: Expensive, few features, not breathable
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Dakine Tundra Mitt - Women's
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|Pros||Super warm, silky smooth liner, simple design, extremely water resistant||Warm, breathable, lightweight, great dexterity, versatile||Super warm, removable liner, durable construction, weather resistant liner||Fantastic warmth, good dexterity, durable goatskin palm, super affordable price||Hand warmer pocket in liner, long gauntlet, double glove construction, great price, carabiner loop, versatile|
|Cons||Expensive, few features, not breathable||Expensive, limited sizing||Bulky, difficult to get liner back into glove, expensive||Few features, less breathable construct||Not warm, lacks durability, no wrist adjustment, tight fit, not recommended for the resort|
|Bottom Line||This super warm mitten is perfect for the coldest days on the slopes.||This Editors' Choice stands out for its fantastic balance of warmth and breathability, perfect for skiing the resort or exploring in the backcountry.||A classic workhorse glove designed to keep hands warm and comfortable all day long.||This Best Buy Award winner is perfect for any lady seeking an affordable and cozy glove that offers superior warmth and dexterity.||This Top Pick for Backcountry Adventures will surely breathe and perform during any winter aerobic sport.|
|Rating Categories||Dakine Tundra Mitt - Women's||Arc'teryx Fission - Women's||Black Diamond Guide - Women's||Gore-Tex Down III Women's||Arete|
|Warmth And Breathability (25%)|
|Water Resistance (25%)|
|Specs||Dakine Tundra Mitt...||Arc'teryx Fission...||Black Diamond...||Gore-Tex Down III...||Arete|
|Waterproof Material||GORE-TEX||Gore-Tex XCR waterproof insert||GORE-TEX waterproof insert||Gore-Tex waterproof/windproof membrane||Gore-Tex waterproof/windproof membrane|
|Insulation Type||Allied Down / Primaloft||PrimaLoft insulation||170 g PrimaLoft® Gold insulation||600-fill of 70% goose down 30% waterfowl feathers on back of hand, Megaloft on palm side||Radiant Fleece (100-grams)|
|Palm Material||Durable water repellent leather||Leather||Goat leather||Goat skin (leather)||AlpenGrip Synthetic material|
|Inner Glove Material (if applicable)||Silky High Pile Fleece||Brushed polyester liner||Boiled wool and 200 g fleece palm lining||Polyester fleece liner||Polyester fleece liner gloves.|
|Double or Single Construction?||Single||Single||Single||Single||Double|
|Gauntlet or Cuff Length?||Gauntlet||Medium cuff||Medium cuff||Medium cuff||Medium cuff|
|Special features||Velcro wrist closure, removable wrist leash.||Removable wrist leash, carabiner loop, adjustable wrist cuff.||Nose wipe, foam padding on knuckles||Adjustable wrist closure, nose wipe.||Carabiner loop, nose wipe, adjustable wrist cuff, removable wrist leash.|
|Sizes (Women's)||S, M, L||XS, S, M, L, XL||XS,S,M,L||S, M, L||S, M, L|
|Fit||True to size.||Fits large (unisex sizing).||Fits small||True to size.||Fits small.|
|Warranty||2 years||Lifetime||1 year||1 year||Lifetime|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Tundra Mitt by Dakine is one of the warmest mittens tested. Its single construction is bomber, keeping you warm on cold days in the mountains.
Warmth and Breathability
If you're looking for one of the warmest gloves out there, the Tundra Mitt fits the criteria. Loaded with a combination of Allied Down (230 g) and Primaloft (80g), it kept our hands super warm during the coldest of temperatures. We love the silky high pile fleece lining that keeps hands super cozy and comfortable throughout the day, and wicks away moisture effectively. In comparison to all other contenders tested, it provides some of the best insulative materials. The Gore-Tex liner provides decent weather resistance which translates to better warmth overall.
That said, breathability is limited. When testing this mitt in the backcountry our hands quickly began to sweat, and the mitt was unable to vent. On warm days, we actually had to take it off! As a result, our hands got a little colder as temperatures continued to plummet throughout the day. We would recommend it only for the coldest of weather when sweating in your glove won't be an issue.
We are truly impressed by its ability to repel water. Equipped with a nylon polyester shell coated with a DWR finish and a Gore-Tex insert, it did not leak and it absorbed the very little water. Additionally, its water-repellent leather palm provides fantastic resistance when building a snowman or constructing a snow angel. As a result, we can recommend it for both wet and dry climates, even in the nastiest of weather.
Given the lofty insulation and the mitten construct of the Tundra Mitt, this mitten has the worst dexterity rating of the lot. We found it hard to perform simple tasks like tying shoelaces and zipping up our jacket quickly, but when it came finer tasks, we found ourselves taking off the mitt…ultimately making our hands colder. The conclusion? Not a very dexterous product.
This mitten has a single layer construction and a wrist cuff that fits best underneath a jacket. This is a simple glove with limited features. It has a small clasp to hold the mittens together when not in use, in addition to an adjustable cuff closure. It does not feature touch-screen compatibility, leashes, or a nose wipe like that featured in other products in this review.
Durability and Construction
The Tundra Mitt is constructed of a polyester shell and durable leather palm. However, despite the nice materials, the stitches are longer and not as well crafted. Our tests revealed that it packed out slightly throughout our three-month testing period. That said, it does have a two-year warranty, and we believe this mitt could last a few years.
Being one of the warmest mitten tested, this product fills a specific niche. However, the sticker price seems a little high for where it landed in our metrics. That said, if warmth is your priority, this may be a great choice.
The Dakine Tundra Mitt is perfect for sitting on an ice-cold ski lift on the coldest days of winter. It'll keep your hands roasty toasty.
— Amber King