Dakine White Knuckle
These are hands down, our favorite winter glove. The top of the hand is substantially thicker than the 100% Briskers and Tasco’s Dawn Patrol gloves. Depending on the temps, we find ourselves rotating through this line up or even packing a pair so that we can ditch the White Knuckles for a thinner pair as we warm up.
We’ve been wearing these White Knuckles for over two years and easily have another season to go. Bar feel is one of the highlights of these gloves. Often times, thick winter gloves will sacrifice bar feel for thickness. This means the White Knuckles probably aren’t ideal for fat bike riders who love steamrolling pow-pow and throwing snowballs, but for mountain bikers looking to ride comfortably in cold temps, they’re awesome.
One hundred grams of Thinsulate insulation traps the heat below the windproof stretch nylon/neoprene shell block wind. The top of the hand also has a mid-weight fleece lining for added comfort and warmth. The synthetic suede palm isn’t much thicker than a normal glove, but does have a 3mm foam padding insert near the back of the palm.
Slim with a comfortable palm, ample bar feel and cold weather protection, these gloves are nearly perfect for temps down into the 30s and up to the mid 40s. Our only real nitpick is that they aren’t waterproof, but we’re not quite sure what compromises that would bring to the points we love so much about them.
NOTE: We just found out that Dakine is discontinuing the White Knuckles so if you’re in the market, we recommend you get ’em before they’re all gone!