DAKINE THRILLIUM DH KIT REVIEW
Words by Caleb Ely
For this review we had a local youngster put time in the Dakine Thrillium kit and report back to us with his feedback. It’s not joke when we say that our days of sun up til sun down trail sessions are few and far between, while the groms on summer break are able to get way more time on and off the bike than we could ever dream of. Getting old sucks, but here’s some gear that’ll keep you looking young and shreddy.
Dakine’s gear has become one of my favorites in the gear bag and their Thrillium DH line just adds more offerings that I love to ride in. Dakine’s graphics, colors, technical features and variety really show why this DH kit is one of the best on the market. The Thrillium DH line proved itself over the summer months at multiple bike parks and trail zones throughout the PNW. This line-up consists of the Thrillium long sleeve jersey, pants, and gloves. As Dakine’s main DH clothing line, the Thrillium kit balances comfort and breathability over a fully downhill-inspired clothing option.
After a full summer using the Thrillium long sleeve jersey, I noticed how well it keeps you cool and dry on the bike. thanks to the interwoven mid-weight, quick-drying build that sheds sweat and water throughout your ride. Another great feature I noticed while using this jersey was it’s built-in odor control, which allowed me to roll straight from the dirt to a post-ride social hour without feeling disgusting or smelly. The sizing and cut on this jersey allows for a full range of motion for all parts of your upper body, but isn’t overly loose or baggy. I would say that the sizing on the jersey is a touch on the small side however. The Thrillium long sleeve jersey is a no-brainer when it comes to a downhill jersey with all the included features to keep you comfy all day long on and off the bike.
- 4-way stretch construction keeps it comfy for everyone
- Polygiene Odor Control Technology takes your mind off of the stench
- Interior sunglass wipe to clean the shades
- Cut crew neck, raglan sleeves, 2″ drop rear hem covers your body perfectly
- 155g bluesign® approved stretch mesh forms to your body
- 100% Polyester
The Thrillium DH pants are a gravity driven pant designed for long hours at the bikepark and any trail rides in cooler weather. Throughout the long period of using this pant, I noticed how flexible they were during pedaling on trail rides, walking, and how easily they allowed any knee pad to fit under them. This was all due to the 4-way stretch material, which allowed the pants to not restrict any movements on or off your bike, and with designed extra space over the knees, the pants allowed any knee pad to be worn under them. Another thing that really stood out about the Thrillium pants is how breathable they are during any riding condition. The ventilation holes took it from being a pant that I only used at bikeparks to a pant I’d wear on long enduro and trail rides when the temps weren’t super hot.
Dakine uses a breathable fabric with interwoven features such as zippered pockets included to keep valuables safe and secure while riding. I have no complaints about The Thrillium DH pants other than a small rip around the crotch that developed after months of pedaling on my enduro bike. This pant is not only the best option for an everyday bike park rider, but is also perfect for any trail riders looking for a comfortable and breathable pant to use for added protection and cover in any cooler conditions.
- 4-way stretch Schoeller fabric with double-stitch construction
- Built-in webbing belt with camming quick-release waist buckle adjusts to your waist size
- Ventilated laser perforated waist and inner thigh
- Two zippered hand pockets and one thigh pocket keep your items safe and secure
- Articulating stretch panels form to your movements
- 300g Schoeller stretch woven 96% Nylon and 4% Spandex
You can’t have a complete kit without gloves. Dakine’s Thrillium gloves give a precise no-glove feel for gravity-fueled riding and add protection to the top of the hands. A durable leather palm and a four-way stretch build to hug your hand firmly offer improved bar grip and full dexterity and bar control while riding. After my first day using these gloves I was stoked at how breathable and light they were. Dakine uses a Moisture-wicking mesh that is designed to keep your hands cool and comfortable in any weather or speed. Designed in collaboration with Graham Agassiz, these gloves are fit for every rider focused on a durable product that is light, breathable, and almost unnoticeable during any riding condition.
- Shell: 45% Polyester 30% Nylon 18% Spandex 7% Polyurethane
- Lightweight, moisture wicking keeps hands ventilated in hot conditions
- 4-way stretch shell allows your hands to feel at home
- Durable, tactile, Pittards goat leather palm for enhanced durability
- Microfleece nose wipe to keep everything clean
- Polygiene® Odor Control technology to keep the stench abay
- Slip on cuff
The Wolf’s Last Word
The Dakine Thrillium DH kit has become one of my favorites for the bike park and all trail riding in cooler weather. The whole kit is very breathable for a DH kit and is definitely one if its best assets. Zippered pockets, sunglass cleaners, odor control, and stretch fabric are just some of the features that add to the kits versatility and have me constantly pulling it out of the washing machine. It’s a durable and comfortable choice for anyone looking for a kit that will supply all their needs in any riding condition. One note is that the stitching inside the right pocket came apart on the pants and there’s now a small hole in the crotch after months of long days spent pedaling my enduro bike and sessioning the jump zones around town. Other than those two things, this whole kit has lasted me over six months with at least one ride per day.
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