Dakine was one of the few bike brands exhibiting at the Outdoor Retailer Show this summer (probably because they also make a lot of surf wear, travel bags, etc.), and they had a few new and updated offerings to protect you and your truck. And keep you hydrated and looking good. Starting with the packs above, those are the new Seeker Series of lightweight, waterproof Ripstop hydration packs and hip pack. The Hip Pack is the really new one, and it has a 6L cargo capacity with a larger back panel for more secure placement. Retail will be $90 and includes a 2L HydraPak bladder.
They’ve made a full width truck tailgate pad for a while, but now there’s a new Halfside truck bed protector. For $85, it’ll cover one half of your tailgate and carry a couple bikes without blocking the handle or any backup cameras you may have. It gets all the same downtube straps and other bike management systems as the big one, just smaller and cheaper.
Dakine matches your kit to your pack, and more
Those pads will match some of their hydration packs, too, so you can blend in to your vehicle in a pinch.
Their clothing lines are expanding a bit, and will include a Casey Brown Collection of matching jerseys and shorts, plus gloves and other bits. They’ll also match other items in their lineup, like hydration packs, for complete color coordination.
New Dakine kneepads for trail to enduro to downhill
The Dakine Mayhem is a fully articulating DH kneepad with composite hard shell cap for the most possible protection, but without hindering your movement. Check that over-wrapped top section…it sits on top of extra material so the padded kneecap can move independently of the upper strap section so you can still pedal well. Retail is $150.
The Anthem gets a new “burrito wrap” closure that completely opens in the back so that you don’t need to take your shoes off. It wraps around more fully, so there’s more material, but if you’re constantly taking them off to climb or shuttle, these are the pads for you. Retail is $110.
Moving down the line is the Hellion at $105 (carries over unchanged), followed by the Slayer. The Slayer pad gets updated and expanded, starting with a non-CE certified knee sleeve to protect against scratches. The standard Slayer stays in the line with their DK Impact insert for more protection from hits. The Slayer Pro is new and adds a thigh strap to better hold it in place, plus side protection and more abrasion resistance on the main material.