Our pick of this season's best Dakine snowboard gear

Founded by Rob Kaplan back in 1979, in Hawaii, Dakine’s roots stem from surfing and the name too comes from the Hawaiian phrase ‘da kine’ which translates as ‘the kind’.

Mr Kaplan began manufacturing the Dakine surf leash in Maui, Hawaii but moved the operations to Oregon only a few years later where Dakine responded to the rapidly expanding snowboard market with snowboard accessories and board bags.

As a brand, they’re perhaps most famously known for their luggage and backpacks. Take the iconic Heli Pack, that was introduced in 1996, for example. It’s now one of the go-to backpacks for any serious backcountry rider looking for a technical, lightweight, backpack option.

Their outerwear and glove offerings are also definitely worth a look if you spend any time at all off piste – especially as they are one of the few brands that have a women’s range that’s both technical and stylish.

All Dakine products are designed with the end user in mind and are built to withstand any condition you might experience on the hill. Even after all these years Dakine still prides itself on developing products that are the pinnacle of innovation, design, and quality.

Focusing on unique design and great quality whilst staying close to the spirit of action sports, Dakine have become a world leader, carving out a niche in making reliable and stylish accessories. Kick ass ladies Jamie Anderson and Jill Perkins rep for the women’s international snow team, alongside Louif Paradis, Kazu Kokubo and Wolle Nyvelt – some of the very best snowboarders on the planet.


Scroll down or select from the links below to check out our reviews of this season’s best Dakine snowboard gear.



Dakine Dakine Heli Pro Backpack 2022-2023

PRICE: $120

This isn’t just a backpack, this is the backpack. Take a look around next time you’re on the mountain, or even walking around a ski town, we’ll bet you five bucks you’ll see at least two Dakine Heli Pros. And for good reason, too. The Heli Pro is the Swiss army knife of backpacks. With a slew of hidden pockets, rider refined features and cool colourways, there’s something for everyone to like here.

Who Is The Dakine Heli Pro For?

Anyone. Literally anyone and everyone can get on with a Heli Pro. From carrying your books to school, holding your tinnies on the way to the beach, stashing the trash you find on your next hike and general storage when you’re riding; the options really are endless!


Selected for the Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2022-2023 Dakine Heli Pro here


Dakine Team Phoenix GT Glove x Kazu Kokubo 2022-2023

PRICE: $200

When it comes to sending it off a big backcountry booter like Kazu Kokubo, you want gloves that’ll keep your hands warm and dry. This Dakine pair are as toasty as they come. Made with a waterproof Gore-Tex liner as well as breathable Gore Active tech, they offer max protection and are built to withstand the harshest conditions. Inside, Primaloft Gold insulation will keep the chill out; allowing you to ride hard, all day. Plus you can remove the liner to make sure it dries properly overnight (or wash it at the end of the season, at least, to get rid of that spring sweat stench).



Dakine Team Women’s Baron GT Mitt x Jamie Anderson 2022-2023

PRICE: $130

When it comes to women’s gear, we’re not a fan of the shrink-it-and-pink-it approach. However, while these Jamie Anderson model gloves do come in a bubblegum colourway they are bolstered by a raft of high-tech features (that overshadows other factors). The Gore-Tex outer shell not only keeps out the wind and snow, but it’s also paired with Gore Grip technology on the palms for extra traction during those grabs. The supple leather palm is also super durable, so you won’t have to replace them every season. Inside, the Primaloft Gold lining will keep your digits from getting frostnip on the coldest days. Also, everyone knows that mitts are warmer than gloves…



Dakine Poacher R.A.S. 36L Backpack 2022-2023

PRICE: $270

Dakine are renowned for making the best backcountry packs around, and the Poacher R.A.S. merely underlines these credentials. Not only does this full-day mission pack come with a zippable front pocket specifically for avy gear, but it also features a hidden rolltop pouch that fits a removable Mammut airbag inside (sold separately). This means you can have some peace of mind whilst venturing deep into the unknown. There’s also back panel access into the main compartment, plus handy splitboard carry straps on the front. Note: the Poacher R.A.S. comes in a women’s specific 32L size. What’s more, there are smaller versions; aimed at shorter touring trips.



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