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Dakine: Backpacks, Luggage, Board Gear & Alternative Sport Accessories

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Dakine was founded by Rob Kaplan, a surfer that didn't just ride, but also loved to build and improve his gear. Kaplan hung out in Maui's North Shore, and often repaired surf leashes for surfers. After repairing plenty of leashes, word got out that he was the gear issue guru. Noticing how much of a setback it is to lose your board, Kaplan was inspired to create a leash that was tough enough to stand up against the roughest conditions. This is when Dakine was born.

Dakine doesn't just focus on surfing, in 1986 they moved their small company to Hood River, Oregon to seek out more adventure and connect with more action sportsmen. Access to snowboarding and other winter sports year round, Hood River would also attract big name professionals who trained in the off season during summer months. Getting major experience and feedback from other athletes on the mountain and the water, they are able to create and improve products every year that continue to make sporting more enjoyable.

We at OutlandUSA.com love Dakine packs, gear accessories, and their gloves because the durability. A few of the most popular backpacks by Dakine are the Heli Pro 20L, Campus 25L or the 33L, and the Explorer 26L. We also carry some of their travel gear, like their Split Rollers. We hope you'll agree that Dakine has a proven track record of quality and adventure.

 Questions & Tips

Q: How Do I Wash My Dakine Backpack?

Dakine recommends washing your backpack by hand in cold water with a mild detergent and soft bristled brush. If hand washing is not going to do the trick, the second option is to use a "front loader" washing machine. This is better because it has no center post for straps to catch on. There is still a chance the straps could catch so place your pack inside a pillowcase or mesh bag before washing. Wash your pack in cold water with a mild detergent on gentle cycle, Do not bleach your pack. Hang to dry in a warm but shady place, the sun could change the color of your pack. Switching the pack from inside out to right side out throughout the drying process is the best way prevent mildew. Damage caused by washing packs or bags will not be covered by their warranty.

Q: How Can I Treat My Leather Gloves?

All leather Dakine gloves come with a Nikwax packet to help maintain waterproofing. Note that Nikwax can occasionally alter the color of the leather, so test it first on a small area before applying to the entire glove. To apply, spread the Nikwax on the glove like hand lotion, rubbing across all leather areas. For optimal waterproofing, treat every 30 days, and after washing.

Q: How Can I Treat My Non-Leather Gloves?

While non-leather gloves can be machine washed, leather gloves should be hand washed with light soap and warm water. Gently press out excess water before hanging to dry. Due to the construction of layered gloves, we don't recommend turning the gloves inside out for cleaning When possible, allow gloves to dry out slowly at room temperature, rather than placing them near a heater or in a dryer, as it may damage the materials.

Q: How can I get my old stomp pad off?

Most have had the best luck getting stomps off a board by using a plastic putty knife from the hardware store. You can be pretty aggressive with them and still not hurt the finish of most boards. Once you get a corner of the stomp up, you can pull on the stomp with pliers, and use the putty knife at the same time. After the stomp is off there will undoubtedly be some residue left on the board. You can use 'Goof Off' or a similar sticker remover for that. Just try it on a small area first to make sure it doesn't discolor the board (under a binding if you are very unsure).

Dakine's Warranty Policy

Dakine offers a Limited Lifetime Warranty against manufacturing defects within the normal scope of use. Dakine will repair or replace, at its discretion, any products found to be defective within the scope of normal and appropriate utilization and still within the lifespan of the product. Dakine will not be responsible for any costs, losses or damages incurred because of loss or misuse of the product. The term Lifetime/Lifespan does not apply to the owners lifetime. Their product is not meant to last the lifetime of the owner but the lifetime of the product. For example, a backpack that is used consistently for 10 years, is nearing the end of its lifetime, and at this point in its life, the backpack may be wearing out and breaking down. When a product is reaching or past its lifetime it begins to break down or wear out; this is not considered manufacturing defect(s) but rather wear and tear as it has already lived a full, functional life.