We expect a burly leather glove to be great on the slopes. But when our testers love it for dogsledding, hiking, cross-country skiing, and search-and-rescue, we know we’ve found a winner. The Kodiak is one of Dakine’s warmest offerings, with 225 grams of PrimaLoft insulation paired with a wool liner that kept one New Hampshire tester’s fingers toasty when temps dipped to 4°F with 45-mph winds on 4,802-foot Mt. Moosilauke. Yet the Kodiak scored high marks for dexterity and breathability. “They feel like well-worn work gloves,” he says. Waterproofness is way above average, thanks to a Gore-Tex liner and top-quality Pittard’s* water-repellent leather throughout, and the reinforced palm is very durable. Gripes: When the leather did get wet, it was slow to dry; and testers wished for longer cuffs. $150; 8.7 oz. (L); S-XL; dakine.com
*Pittard’s leather A proprietary tanning process, which includes coating the leather’s fiber bundles with microscopic ceramic plates, offers permanent water resistance and increased durability.