First Impressions

When you think of Dakine, you probably think beach and board. But that sunny company is also in the biking business with a full line of packs, jerseys, shorts and other kit for hitting the single track. Check out Dakine’s glove line up and you’ll find no fewer than ten killer options including half-finger and full-finger styles. Near the top of that heap, Dakine places the Sentinel. Our sample arrived in a combo red-blue-black – which looks awesome – but more subdued options are available.


Dakine packs the Sentinel Glove with a ton of features. On the back of the hand, they place a knuckle guards and extra padding to protect the fingers. Mesh across the back and fingers provide ventilation.

On the palm, the company employs a synthetic suede. In addition, the Dakine adds an “L” shaped pad on the heel of the hand for extra comfort.

Palm: Synthetic suede/D3O padding
Back: D3O padding,/stretch air mesh/neoprene
Fingers: Full
Wrist closure: Hook and loop

Other features include fleece thumb panels for wiping away sweat, rubberized finger tips for improved grip and a hook and loop closure for customizing the fit around the wrist.


Right on. The Dakine Sentinel Glove fit perfectly. Not too large or too small. I straddle the fence typically between a men’s medium and large. With the Sentinel, the men’s medium delivered perfection, not too small nor too large.

Final Verdict

Bomber. The Dakine Sentinel Glove kill it with a comprehensive feature set and perfect fit. If you could buy only one mountain biking glove for this coming season, get these. They’re a little spendy, but you definitely get what you pay for. Recommended.

Thanks for reading another outdoor gear review from GearGuide. And thanks to Dakine and Catherine Donovan PR for providing product for this review.