Outerwear Review: Dakine 2014/15 Jackets

Gabby Rainville


Dakine is not the first name that comes to mind when I think of snowboard outerwear. The name always draws to mind backpacks, gloves, and other accessories. But browsing through their selection of women’s outerwear revealed that they have a sizable collection of pants and jackets with varying styles, colors, and options. When I had the chance to see them in person and give them a try, the quality that underlies their other product lines was evident. Although I was most impressed by the attention to detail, style, and nuances of their outwear.

Dakine has three categories for their outerwear ranging from highest end to lower priced: 2L Gore-Tex Series, 10K Laminate, and 10K Coated. I had a chance to test a jacket in each category, the Quinn Jacket, the Wren Jacket, and the Joey Jacket respectively.

One problem I did encounter right off the bat with all the jackets was with the zippers. All of the jackets had a dual zipper, a useful feature, but it took some serious concentration to not end up with this problem:


 

I was initially intrigued by the look of the jackets and the variety of styles available, but I had to take them out in the elements to see how they stood out. Find out what I thought what’s I tested the products:

 

Women’s Quinn Jacket:


Tech Specs:

Shell:
-2L Gore-Tex Plain Weave
-Face: DWR finish
-Lining: Taffeta, Closed-cell mesh, Brushed tricota, Brushed Mesh

Exterior Features:
-Helmet compatible hood
-Bonded hood brim
-One draw cord system for hood
-Collar venting system
-Shoulder print for pack integration
-YKK agua-guard water resistant zippers
-Two-way opening center front ziper
-Draw cord system in front hand pockets
-Napoleon pocket for phone/media device
-Phone tether inside napoleon pocket
-Sleeve pass pocket
-Two-way zipper at under arm vents with mesh

Interior Features:
-Fully taped seams
-Full inner storm flap
-Chin flap zipper cover
-Goggle pocket
-Safety whistle pocket
-Inner pass pocket
-Attached powder skirt with lycra
-Hook system on powder skirt
-Stow away snaps for powder skirt


MSRP: $360
Size Tested: M
Tester Size:Small to Medium
Conditions Tested: Overcast, 15-25 degrees. In the shower.


Phone tether and shoulder print for pack integration.

 



Comfort & Fit: The jacket has a long fit. Although I really liked the contouring on the other two jackets, this one had a different shape that looked a bit awkward when I had it on; this was not my favorite in terms of style. As a shell it requires layers on cold days, and those just fit comfortably when I tried on a medium, even though I often wear a small. I would size up if you intend to use for cold days.

Waterproofing: I decided to put the Gore-tex to the test since this jacket is touted most for waterproofing; it did not disappoint. Even when I tried it in the shower, that’s right, my shower, the water beaded up and slid off the jacket and there was absolutely not absorption of moisture after a couple minutes. Needless to say, I was impressed by how the material repelled water.

Features: Along with waterproofing, this was another impressive aspect of this jacket. By the features, it was clear that this jacket was intended to go outdoors, maybe even into the backcountry, and have extra features you might need. It had a safety whistle in a small pocket, a goggle pocket, and something I’ve never seen—a phone tether. This was in the front napoleon pocket meant to wrap around and secure your phone. It also had a shoulder pattern to help secure a backpack.

Summary: I was a little torn about this jacket, particularly for the high price tag. While the features were a highlight, and the waterproofing holds up very well against moisture, it’s just a shell. If I were to spend over $300, I’d personally prefer some more insulation from a jacket that seems to be designed for powder days and outdoor exploration. But if you prefer a shell and your own layering, I recommend sizing up, and this jacket could take you on some adventures.

Women’s Wren Jacket:



Tech Specs:

Insulated:
-10K/10K Laminate
-2L Dobby Textured Check (Textured Gray)
-2L Full Dull Heavy Oxford (All other color-ways)
-Face: DWR Finish
-Insulation: 60g PrimaLoft SPORT in Body; 40g in sleeves and hood
-Lining: Taffeta, Brucshed Tricot, Tricot

Exterior Features:
-Drop Hood with Inner Collar
-Bonded Hood Brim
-Removable Faux Fur Brim
-Draw Cord system in front and back of Hood
-Ykk Aqua-guard zipper
-Outer storm flap
-Two-way opening center front zipper
-Draw Cord System in Front Hand Pockets
-Wrist Gaiters
-Hook inside cuff for gloves
-Napoleon pocket for phone/media device
-Regular chest pocket
-Sleeve pass pocket
-Two-way zipper at underarm vents with mesh

Interior Features:
-Fully taped seams
-Inner Upper storm flap
-Chin flap zipper cover
-Goggle pocket
-Attached powder skirt with lycra
-Hook system on powder skirt
-Stow away snaps for powder skirt

MSRP: $265
Size Tested: Medium
Tester Size: Small to Medium
Conditions Tested: 5-15 degrees snowstorm, powder day. Cold, sunny park days.

 


Comfort & Fit:
This jacket excels in the comfort department. The material on the inner lines in soft, and the jacket moves nicely while you’re riding.The outer shell and the insulation keep the jacket warm and weatherproof but do not feel too thick, heavy, or restricting.  The jacket had a long, fairly slim fit. I was happy with a medium since it wasn’t too baggy but had good room for movement.

Waterproofing:
The jacket holds up well on a snowy day, even though it’s only 10K waterproofing. While the outside dampens, it does not affect inside, even while riding all day in a blizzard.

Features:
Dakine hit the mark with features on this jacket. There are plentiful and useful pockets, thumb loops, and a powder skirt. The only drawback was that the thumb loops pull on your thumb a little once tucked in your glove. I was especially happy with the dual zipper that could zip from both the both and top. This allowed me to unzip a little from the bottom to get more range of motion for my legs while riding park. I also appreciated that the faux fur liner was removable, so you can choose whether or not to keep it on the jacket…I chose not.

Summary:
This jacket was one of the highlights of Dakine’s entire lineup for me. It’s a great all-around jacket that can transition from snowy days to park days. I was most impressed by the warmth of the jacket even though the insulation feels fairly thin; even on single digit days I only need a solid baselayer and one additional shirt to stay warm. It also is great for those colder park days where you need a jacket, but don’t want to feel restricted or weighed down while doing tricks. The only thing it’d be too much for is really warm spring park days. The style is also classic and not excessively girly, with a feminine taper, but long enough and spacious enough to get the job done.

 

Women’s Joey Jacket:




Tech Specs:

Shell:
-10K/10K Coating
-2L Denim (Black Denim/ Black colorway)
-2L Full Dull Ottoman (Other colorways)
-Face: DWR Finish
-Lining: Taffeta, Closed-Cell Mesh, Mesh

Exterior Features:
-Helmet Compaitable Hood
-Draw cord system in front and back of hood
-YKK Regular Zippers
-Outer storm flap
-Two-way opening center front zipper
-Draw cord system in front hand pockets
-Extra Storage pocket
-sleeve pass pocket
-underarm vents with mesh

Interior Features:
-Critically Taped Seams
-Inner Upper Storm Flap
-Chin flap zipper cover
-Inner storage pocket
-Media pcoket
-Attached powder skirt with lycra
-Hook system on powder skirt
-Stow away snaps for powder skirts

MSRP: $210
Size Tested:
Tester Size:Small to Medium
Conditions Tested:20-30 sunny park days, backyard snowboarding.

 


Comfort & Fit: I particularly liked the fit of this jacket, it had a slim long fit, but still was not too tight. For a skinnier look I’d stay true to size which for me would be a small, but for more space to move and layer, I was happier with a medium. This is just a shell and does not provide significant warmth, so layers are key if you’re going to try to take it out on a cold day. I noticed the material had a bit of that hard, crinkley feel compared to the Wren jacket, which was much softer.

Waterproofing: Average.

Features: Like the other Dakine jackets, this was loaded with pockets, both inside and out, and even a pass pocket on the sleeve. For me, the more pockets the better, since it gives you lots of storage and options for where’d you’d like to keep you things.  It also featured the double zipper, ideal for park riding and greater range of motion if you unzip the bottom a bit.

Summary: This jacket provided mainly windproofing for being out on the mountain, but is a thin shell otherwise. It’s a great light jacket for warmer park days, while still providing the wind-resistance for chairlift rides.

 

 

 

 

Posted by Gabby Rainville on 01/22/15



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