Across their glove line, DaKine tend to shy away from anything flashy or gimmicky, focusing instead on making quality products for hard chargers like Annie Boulanger and Elias Elhardt. New for 2016/17, the DaKine Maverick glove is another fine example of this ethos.

If you’re after something for prolonged extreme conditions faced during long, over-yonder splitboard tours, there are options out there that are both warmer and tougher. However, those won’t be much cop during more typical days on the mountain, and will only end up giving you sweaty hands. As part of the brand’s ‘Method’ series, The DaKine Maverick glove would be a better choice for those who want a high-end performance model without going overboard.

"We can’t think of a better way to spend a little extra money than in ensuring your hands remain warm and dry"

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Naturally, then, this model boasts a layer of Gore-Tex material under the exterior. Still the most trusted name in waterproofing and breathability, it does up the price a little – however, we can’t think of a better way to spend a little extra money than in ensuring your hands remain warm and dry.

The shell of the glove is made from real leather which has been given a DWR (durable water repellant) coating. Inside, your fingers are treated a fleece lining, and the high-loft insulation traps warm air to protect your fingers from the chill.

With any pair of gloves, the little details matter, and the DaKine Maverick features a few gems. When your nose starts to flow, panels on the thumb help you wipe it clear without causing irritation. A strong velcro cuff ensures your favoured fit stays in place all day, and the index finger is even touchscreen-compatible.

All in all, the DaKine Maverick is a hard-wearing glove that will see you through the toughest days on the mountain, both within the resort boundaries and out in the backcountry.

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Trade Secrets

Victor Daviet - Team Rider, Dakine

As you guys may know, what I like is chasing powder and try to rip every as many lines as possible. So during my winter I spend a lot of my time hanging in the backcountry in every kind of conditions – shaping kickers, building igloos and sometimes even waiting in the rain while waiting for the white gold to come...

All those riding sessions are fun and cool until your hands get cold and wet, which is when it goes from a fun to horrible!"

To make sure I don’t find myself in that kind of situation, I opted for the Dakine Maverick gloves. They are Gore-Tex so really waterproof and breathable, with some sweet fleece inside and leather style.

And the best thing for the geeks like me who like to send powder face shots to their friends in the office, the Maverick is also touch-screen compatible...