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Dakine Titan Review

A solid glove at a great price, which offers a plethora of features and above average warmth, but only so-so durability and dexterity.
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Price:  $70 List | $48.75 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Sweat features, included pair of liner gloves, screen sensitive thumb and index finger, comfortable wider fit
Cons:  Average dexterity and weather resistance, below average durability particularly on the palm
Manufacturer:   Dakine
By Ian Nicholson ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 30, 2017
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  • Warmth - 25% 6
  • Dexterity - 25% 6
  • Water Resistance - 25% 7
  • Durability - 15% 5
  • Features - 10% 9

Our Verdict

The Dakine Titan is a fully featured glove at an excellent price. Among most other gloves in its price range, we found it stood out not only for its plethora of features, which included a set of touchscreen sensitive liner gloves but also for offering substantial weather resistance. Having removable liners in this price range is super sweet. This glove isn't very warm compared to the competition, but on super cold days, you can slip a hand warmer into the designated pocket on the glove for a heat boost. It also falls behind the pack in dexterity and durability. That said, if you're into a feature-laden glove, this one has your bells and your whistles.

If sticking to this price range but want to bump up performance, check out the Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II or the Outdoor Research Revolution.

New Colors

While the design of the Titan has remained the same, changes have been made in the form of new colorways.

October 2018


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Pros Sweat features, included pair of liner gloves, screen sensitive thumb and index finger, comfortable wider fitVersatility, durable palm, lightweight and packable, dexterous, ergonomic shape, freedom of movementSuper warm, extremely tough, great weather resistance, removable liners help them dry quicker, our go-to expedition gloveWell designed features, tough as nails, dexterousWARM, lifetime warranty, basically two gloves in one, super water resistant
Cons Average dexterity and weather resistance, below average durability particularly on the palmLong gauntlet tricky to get under jacket, gauntlet can slowly open, expensiveNot very dexterous, take time to break in, if in between sizes you should consider sizing upNot as warm as other high-end ski glovesNot super dexterous, inner glove not as durable
Bottom Line A solid glove at a great price, which offers a plethora of features and above average warmth, but only so-so durability and dexterity.Easily the most versatile model for conditions, climates, and activities with top-tier performance across the board make this glove our favorite overall.For really cold activities, where giving up some dexterity for some serious warmth is a must, these gloves are hard to beat.This is an excellent day in day out resort glove for skiing in milder climates.You'll love this glove if you do multi day tours and spend a lot of time in the backcountry.
Rating Categories Dakine Titan Arc'teryx Fission Black Diamond Guide Marmot Ultimate Outdoor Research Alti
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Specs Dakine Titan Arc'teryx Fission Black Diamond Guide Marmot Ultimate Outdoor Research...
Waterproof Material Gore-Tex insert Gore-Tex Gore-Tex insert Gor-Tex insert Gor-Tex insert
Palm Material Rubbertec Leather Goat leather Cow-hide leather Alpengrip
Gaunlet or Cuff? Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet Gauntlet
Insulation Type High loft synthetic Primaloft Gold Insulation Eco and primaloft silver eco PrimaLoft Gold and boiled wool PrimaLoft® Gold PrimaLoft® HiLoft Silver 100% polyester
Double or Single Glove double single double single double
Nose Wipe? Yes (thumb) Yes Yes (thumb) Yes Yes (thumb)

Our Analysis and Test Results

We brought the Dakine Titan into our review among dozens of strong competitors in its price range because of its stacks of features. While the Titan has those attributes going for it, we found it to have slightly below-average durability among gloves in our review and the fit a little bulkier and less dexterous.

Performance Comparison


While the DaKine didn't score near the top of our review  we still think it's a solid glove for the price and we selected it among over 100 gloves considered in its price range for its balance of price while still offering a host of sweet features.
While the DaKine didn't score near the top of our review, we still think it's a solid glove for the price and we selected it among over 100 gloves considered in its price range for its balance of price while still offering a host of sweet features.

Warmth


These gloves don't provide a ton of warmth, but the price is decent. Our testing team found they could easily ski down to around 15F as long as it wasn't too stormy. Overall, we found they were not too far behind the Gordini Storm Trooper II as long as we wore the liners. If you're on the hunt for the warmest pair of gloves or mittens no matter the price, the Black Diamond Mercury Mitt, Hestra Army Leather Gore-Tex, and Black Diamond Guide are much warmer, but you have to pay for it.

We liked the versatility that the included polyester touch screen sensitive liner creates. You can choose to wear the liner and the glove on colder days or leave the liner at home for warmer or spring days.
We liked the versatility that the included polyester touch screen sensitive liner creates. You can choose to wear the liner and the glove on colder days or leave the liner at home for warmer or spring days.

Dexterity


The Titan offers average dexterity. Our testers agree that while it is ok for its price range, it just wasn't as good for performing fine motor activities. It did well during our side-by-side testing, and we were able to write our name and manually unlock a car door, but the performance didn't blow us away.


A Note on Fit
This was the widest glove we tested. It was slightly wider than the Outdoor Research Revolution and noticeably wider than the Gordini Storm Trooper II.

The Titan features a Gore-Tex insert and relatively weather resistance exterior that we found did a solid job of keeping their wearer's hands dry on stormy resort days.
The Titan features a Gore-Tex insert and relatively weather resistance exterior that we found did a solid job of keeping their wearer's hands dry on stormy resort days.

Water Resistance


The Titan uses a Gore-Tex insert, which we found to provide solid water resistance for use during near-freezing storms or simply when you are out riding all day. Our review team found that these gloves kept their hands fairly dry, scoring respectably well in our side-by-side bucket of water comparisons. In a similar price range and performing slightly better were the $70 Outdoor Research Revolution and the $65 Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II.

The Titan has all the features and more that you'd expect in a ski glove. However the feature that we liked the most is the Titan comes with a touch screen sensitive liner. While we loved the versatility this creates and find it a nice perk that the liner is touch screen sensitive several of our testers wished the outer of the of the glove is what was touch screen sensitive.
The Titan has all the features and more that you'd expect in a ski glove. However the feature that we liked the most is the Titan comes with a touch screen sensitive liner. While we loved the versatility this creates and find it a nice perk that the liner is touch screen sensitive several of our testers wished the outer of the of the glove is what was touch screen sensitive.

Features


This metric is where the Titan really excels. It sports an included pair of liner gloves. The Titan features touchscreen sensitivity on the thumb and index finger of the liner glove. While we certainly liked having touchscreen capability on any glove, we found the Outdoor Research Illuminator Sensor touchscreen sensitive fingers to be more useful, as we didn't need to take off the outer glove to skip a song or answer a phone call. We didn't find ourselves using the liner gloves at all times, particularly if it wasn't as cold. Our team enjoyed several other features on this glove, like its oversized hand-warmer pockets and easy-to-use gauntlet cinch, which helped keep snow out.

Durability


Not that these gloves fell apart, but we found that these were among the least durable gloves we tested. This glove showed wear on the seams around the fingers, and we even discovered several small cuts on the insides of multiple fingers simply from handling ski edges. When compared to other similarly priced gloves in our review, the Titan offered decent durability but weren't quite as tough as the Gordini Storm Trooper II or Outdoor Research Revolution.

Best Applications


The Dakine Titan is a great all-around resort glove for resort bound skiers and snowboarders. Its touchscreen sensitive liner glove is a sweet addition, and we loved several of the features that this glove offered, which set it apart from other gloves in its price range.

Value


Among the hundreds or more gloves in this price range, the Titan stands out as a solid option. When considering the useful, removable liner, this glove has valuable versatility in its adaptable layers.

Conclusion


While the Dakine Titan didn't score well in our tests, keep in mind that our assessments are relative to the products in the review. For its price range, this glove certainly has something to offer and be appreciated, especially for the feature-appreciating crowd.


Ian Nicholson