By 1986, DaKine opened its North American office, manufacturing facility, and warehouse in Hood River, Oregon. Hood River was chosen because it is strategically positioned at the base of Mount Hood where summer snowboard and ski camps are the gathering places for athletes. Later in 1989 DaKine first entered the snowboard market with snowboard accessories, snowboard bags and gear bags.
During the 1990s, DaKine entered the winter glove business with three models. DaKine also introduced the Heli Pack, which created a new category of backcountry skiing and backcountry snowboarding day packs, the minimalist technical pack. In 1999, DaKine developed the Park Pack, its first skateboard specific backpack. The Park Pack's innovation and durability proved to be a valuable combination that leads to other models such as the Mike V. and Machnau packs.
Diversifying in 2001, DaKine developed its first line of kiteboard specific harnesses & accessories. The Fusion Harness quickly became DaKine's best selling harness surpassing all other models in the line.