Hands-on Gear Review

Dakine Tundra Mitt - Women's Review

Dakine Tundra Mitt - Women's
Price:  $120 List | $71.97 at Backcountry
Pros:  Super warm, silky smooth liner, simple design, extremely water resistant
Cons:  Expensive, few features, not breathable
Bottom line:  This super warm mitten is a perfect for the coldest days on the slopes.
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Waterproof Material:  GORE-TEX
Insulation Type:  Allied Down / Primaloft
Palm Material:  Durable water repellent leather
Manufacturer:   Dakine

Our Verdict

Tackling some of the coldest weather conditions, the Dakine Tundra Mitt is a perfect option for those looking for the warmest glove out there. 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 loved 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. If you're looking for a mitten that breaths a little better, check out the Hestra Heli Mitt - Women's. Or if you want a glove with a little more dexterity, check out the Arc'teryx Fission Glove - Women's. But, if you're looking for a mitten that provides the ultimate in warmth for cold days on the ski resort, and you're not concerned with sacrificing dexterity (or breathability), the Tundra Mitt may be right up your alley.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Amber King

Last Updated:
Tuesday
February 21, 2017

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The Tundra Mitt by Dakine is our warmest mitten tested. On the coldest days, take it with you so you can stay comfortable all day long.

Performance Comparison


The Dakine Tundra Mitt is super warm...and affordable!
The Dakine Tundra Mitt is super warm...and affordable!

Warmth and Breathability


If you're looking for the warmest glove out there, the Tundra Mitt fits the criteria. Loaded with a combination of Allied Down (230 g) and Primaloft (80g), this glove 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. In comparison to all other gloves and mitten tested in this review, this mitt provides the absolute best in insulation materials.

The Dakine Tundra Mitt features a super warm PrimaLoft insulation that keeps hands toasty in the coldest weather.
The Dakine Tundra Mitt features a super warm PrimaLoft insulation that keeps hands toasty in the coldest weather.

That said, breathability is limited. When testing this mitt in the backcountry our hands quickly began to sweat and the mitt was unable to event quickly like the Arc'teryx Fission Glove and the Hestra Heli Mitt. On warm days, we actually had to take the glove off to let it vent. As a result, our hands got a little colder as temperatures continued to plummet throughout the day. We would recommend this glove only for the coldest of weather when sweating in your glove won't be an issue.

The plush  silky smooth liner of the Dakine Tundra Mitt keeps hands cozy and warm! We loved this mitten - especially for cold days on the chair lift.
The plush, silky smooth liner of the Dakine Tundra Mitt keeps hands cozy and warm! We loved this mitten - especially for cold days on the chair lift.

Water Resistance


Make sure to treat the leather and shell of this glove to ensure it continues to wick water well over its lifetime.

Of all the gloves and mitts tested, we were truly impressed by this contender and its ability to repel water. Equipped with a nylon polyester shell coated with a DWR finish and a Gore-Tex insert, this mitt did not leak and it absorbed the least amount of water in comparison to the rest. Additionally, this mitt has a water-repellent leather palm, similar to the Gordini Gore-Tex Down III - Women's. In comparison to the rest, this was the most water-resistant mitt tested. We'd recommend this mitten for both dry and wet climates.

The Dakine Tundra Mitt is one of the most water-resistant mitts tested. We would recommend this product for all types of climates!
The Dakine Tundra Mitt is one of the most water-resistant mitts tested. We would recommend this product for all types of climates!

Dexterity


This mitten is true to fit!

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. If you're looking for a mitten with better dexterity, check out the Hestra Heli-Mitt or the Hestra Heli Three-Finger - Women's. If you prefer a glove option, check out the Arc'teryx Fission Glove or the Gordini Gore-Tex Down III.

Features


This mitten has a single layer construction and a wrist cuff that fits best underneath a jacket. Like the Kinco Pigskin Leather, 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 on the Burton Gore-Tex Glove - Women's or the Outdoor Research Arete - Women's glove.

We loved the many features! Removable leashes  mitt clips  female-specific fit  adjustable cuffs  and easy-pull on loops.
We loved the many features! Removable leashes, mitt clips, female-specific fit, adjustable cuffs, and easy-pull on loops.

Durability and Construction


The Tundra Mitt has a similar level of durability as the Burton Gore-Tex Glove. We loved the durable water-repellent leather palm, but when taking a closer look, we noticed the longer stitches (similar to the Burton gloves). Our tests revealed that this mitten 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. However, as a result of our testing, we found it was not as durable as the Hestra or Arc'teryx brand gloves and mitts.

The palm features a water-repellant leather palm that is fairly durable!
The palm features a water-repellant leather palm that is fairly durable!

Best Application


If you're looking for the warmest mitt out there, the Dakine Tundra Mitt is where it's at. We found its best application is cold-weather resort skiing. If you're looking for a more versatile option, check out the award-winning Hestra Heli Mitt. If you're looking for a glove that will do better in the backcountry, check out our Top Pick for Backcountry Skiing, the Outdoor Research Arete glove.

Value


Being the warmest mitten tested, this product definitely fills a specific niche. However, the sticker price of $120 seems a little high for where it landed in our metrics. The Heli Hestra Mitt was warmer, more breathable, and offers what we felt was a better value; and, it only costs $10 more than the Tundra. At only $85, the Gordini Gore-Tex Down III Glove is stacked with many features. But if the Dakine Tundra Mitt is exactly what you need, then perhaps the price is worth it.

Conclusion


The Dakine Tundra Mitt is the perfect option if you're skiing the resort on cold days, and you're simply looking to just keep your hands roasty toasty.

If your hands get especially cold in the winter  this mitt is what you need! Be sure to slip on the silky-smooth Dakine Tundra Mitt that generates the most heat of any mitten tested in this review!
If your hands get especially cold in the winter, this mitt is what you need! Be sure to slip on the silky-smooth Dakine Tundra Mitt that generates the most heat of any mitten tested in this review!
Amber King

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