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I have used various gloves and mittens from Dakine in the past but these offer something a little different.
Running down the side where the index finger sits is a zip which allows you to open the mitten up to use your fingers. Included with the mittens is a pair of inner gloves with touch screen compatible fingers.
Why is this useful you might ask, having to take your gloves off every time you want to check your phone or change a setting on a camera for example can be time consuming. Having the ability to simply unzip and have full use of your hand is great in my opinion.
The mittens them selves are quite similar to the Fillmore mitt. They are a lightly insulated mitt (liners help with the warmth) and feature a Velcro closure on the wrist.
I revived a LRG pair to test and they fit me pretty well, a MED would be better however which is what I normally wear so sizing is fairly consistent to other gloves.
The palm is a full leather construction and has a rubber pattern which really aids in grip. The back is made of a Nylon/poly mix with a DWR outer coating.
I have used the Skylines in some hard rain and never had them let in moisture. They did wet out a little but it was very heavy rain. They stayed warm no matter how wet and the zip on the side never allowed any moisture through.
One thing to note, you can wear the mittens without the inner glove and I have been doing this on warmer days but on cooler days the zipper head on the inside gets quite cold against your hand. It would be nice if Dakine could cover the zipper head inside a little better.
The overall build quality is one par with any Dakine glove but the added functionality offered by the zip and inner gloves make these a great option for people who are constantly using there hands but want the extra warmth and comfort a mitten offers.