Braveheart
 
 
 
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Dainese D-Core Dry Suit Constructed of environmentally friendly materials and without seams for year round riding comfort, the Dainese D-Core Dry Suit wicks away moisture and help maintain optimal body temperature throughout varying weather conditions. Ergonomics and Comfort: 80 Dryarn 15 Polyamide 5 Elastane Environmentally-friendly fiber and 100 recyclable Seamless build for superior comfort Armor Pad for added comfort on contact areas Keeps you dry from moisture Maximum breathability for triboelectric charging Air Grid to increase perspiration Active moisture management Temperature range: 0C / + Other: All-year round usage Press Structure to optimize muscle compression Bacteriostatic, hypoallergenic and anti-odor Differentiated armors Abrasion resistant, tear resistant and anti-pilling Made in Italy
 
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1 / 5
1 / 5
Very, Very Poor Quality
PostedJune 4, 2016
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Braveheart
From Fairfield
State:CT
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
Gender:male
I don't use this word in reviews very often but this base layer is garbage. I wore it twice for road rides of a couple of hours under a Dainese one piece suit. After the first ride it was pilled and rubbed. After the second ride it had a hole in it.
Out of the box it feels nice and fits well but it would last longer if it was made of tissue paper. It's just terrible quality at a premium price.
I have owned many base layers from various manufacturers - some lasted longer than others but none have failed so quickly. I'll never buy another Dainese base layer. Utter garbage.
Rides: 2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale S
No, I do not recommend this product.
+6points
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Dainese Trickster EVO C2 Perforated Race Suit The Dainese Trickster EVO C2 Race Suit is the essence of comfort and performance, designed with exceptional ergonomics that maximize a rider's freedom of movement. This top of the line Kangaroo leather race suit features Dainese's patented microelastic inserts, S1 stretch fabric and suit-boot fastening system, co-injected shoulders with titanium inserts, hydration pocket and large perforated panels to maximize air flow on even the hottest days at the track. Protection: Composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1 Standard Co-injected shoulder with titanium insert Pro Shape soft protectors certified to Standard EN 1621.1 at sides Suit certified to CE Cat II - 89/686/EEC Directive Ergonomics and Comfort: Kangaroo leather S1 fabric Bi-axial elasticated insert system Microelastic elasticated inserts Inserts in elasticated fabric Elasticated inserts Collar with elasticated insert Double calf zip Suit to boot fastening system Localized perforation NanoFeel removable liner Other: Aerodynamic spoiler Pocket for hydration kit Soft inserts Reflective inserts Replaceable sliders Internal pocket Garment bag included Includes protection and cleaning kit Denoted as the Dainese Trickster Evo P. Estiva C2 in the Dainese catalog
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Expensive, but worth it.
PostedMay 19, 2016
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Braveheart
From Fairfield
State:CT
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
Gender:male
This is a very expensive suit but, in my opinion, the big increase in cost over a regular cowhide suit is more than made up for by the improved comfort.
The reduced weight and increased suppleness are immediately apparent. Pulling the suit on for the first time, one notices the lightness and absence of stiffness in the leather - wearing it back to back with regular cowhide really highlights the difference. The only initial downside with kangaroo is that it doesn't break in to the extent that cowhide does and may not be as durable over an extended time but I'll take that over the additional weight.
In use, this thing flows a ton of air, almost bizarrely considering it's construction and protection. With all the perforations and stretch panels there is very little of the suit which does not flow air and these areas are confined to the more vulnerable impact zones. Together with the comfort the kangaroo affords it doesn't at all feel like a one piece race suit. This is not my first Trickster but I can remember the first time I rode in one and how much more freedom and comfort I felt compared with all my other riding gear, to the extent that this is my go to suit for most riding situations. I'd rather wear this with layers over or under it to combat weather conditions than compromise safety with other gear, the only exception being if I was heading somewhere for dinner, etc.
There are a couple of criticisms I would make. Firstly, the suit to boot system makes use of stretch panels to accommodate this option. I would prefer it if the suit used an accordion type leather panel like the pro level suit uses. This gives a more finished appearance to the bottom of the suit when using the in boot system and adds a little extra protection. I would like there to be another inch or two in the leg just to give a little more cover at the ankle.
Secondly, like a lot of other Dainese gear, the perforations are messy. For this kind of money I expect the perforations finish to be as tidy as pretty much every other manufacturer manages.
Finally I would mention that the "fluoro red" areas of the suit are not properly represented by the Dainese / Revzilla photographs. The color is very orange, not red at all in real life. I was a bit disappointed as I was expecting it to match my bike. It's a minor gripe, I know, but if we didn't care also about how we looked we wouldn't be buying Dainese gear!
It's a fabulous suit and I really can't see myself riding in cowhide again unless I have no other option. "Once you go 'roo you never go moo"(?)
Rides: 2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale S
Yes, I recommend this product.
+6points
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Dainese Strokeville Kevlar Jeans As tough as a pair of jeans can get, the Dainese Strokeville Kevlar Jeans are woven with DuPont Kevlar with additional Kevlar reinforcements behind the knees, hips and seat. The slim cut, mid rise and lack of external stitching give the Strokeville a stealthy appearance. Pro-Armor comes stock in the knees and the hips have pockets to accept the slim Pro-Shape armor which is available separately. The double layer of Kevlar where it counts gives riders a sense of security when they step into the Strokeville. Features: DuPont Kevlar Reflective inserts Stone wash treatment Straps under the foot Belt loops Slim/regular fit Denim fabric with aramid fibre yarn Internal reinforcements with DuPont Kevlar jersey Pro-Armor knee armor included Pocket for Pro-Shape hip armor
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Dainese Giveth and Dainese Taketh Away
PostedMay 13, 2016
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Braveheart
From Fairfield
State:CT
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
2 / 5
2 / 5
I liked the fit of my Dainese slim Bonneville jeans but the lack of protection really did not inspire much confidence so I had great hopes when I saw the specs for the Strokeville jeans. My primary concern was that they appeared to be using regular cotton denim instead of something with kevlar woven into it for the Bonnevilles - the Strokevilles look to have addressed that with the aramid infused yarn.
The first thing I would note is the pair I received had extensive blue dye everywhere it shouldn't have been - the waistband, liners, etc. There was also a sticky substance on the inside of the waistband (I don't think it was a deliberate addition). I would think for this price they could avoid this kind of issue...it's not something I have seen on their other riding jeans.
With regards to size, I had the Bonneville Slim in 32 and bought the Strokeville in 31. The waist was about the same but there was slightly more legroom in the Strokeville than I would like (and that the Bonneville Slim had). The looser leg means the knee armor felt a bit "floaty" when not actually in the riding position so I would worry if I had an off and straightened my leg the armor would not be in the correct place. The pocket also sat slightly to the inside of my knee leaving the outside area vulnerable. I did try to adjust it to no avail. The armor itself is a step up from the thin, soft kind they use in the Bonneville. I would take the reduced comfort for the sake of more protection but with these jeans you have the option of either by way of dual armor pockets.
The main issue is, again, overall lack of protection. There is a pocket for hip armor but it is not included and although they added aramid woven into the denim the kevlar liner patches have gotten smaller from their already minuscule size. Either the aramid in the yarn is enough for friction protection and you don't need any kevlar liners or it's not enough so you need to make the kevlar patches properly cover the vulnerable areas. You have two massive patch pockets on the rear which you could line with kevlar and vastly improve the friction protection in that particularly vulnerable area without disrupting the manufacturing or design too much.
Instead of trying to cut corners here and there I would like Dainese to make aramid yarn jeans with full kevlar liners in the seat, hips and knees, with the upgraded armor in the knees and hips included. Style them to look like regular denims, make them in various fits (classic, relaxed, slim, skinny, etc), charge $299 and make me feel like you slightly over engineered the product to ensure my safety instead of having me worry you nickel and dimed protection to the absolute minimum (the now sliver of kevlar over the tailbone, for example). Oh, and how about a jacket to pants zipper on jeans since you don't really do belt loop snaps on your jackets like other brands do?
The frustrating thing for me is that Dainese are not a million miles away from nailing it, they just need to set a slightly higher standard of protection and stick to it.
Rides: 2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale S
No, I do not recommend this product.
+6points
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Dainese Manis T Back Protector This innovative back protector features a highly advanced design and is specifically intended for use on the track. The design differs from the traditional concept and sets new standards of comfort. Its innovative manufacturing solution provides much more freedom of movement than its predecessors and allows the protector to faithfully replicate all the forms that the spine takes during a race. The protector can increase or decrease in length to adapt to the rider's body in different positions. It can also curve and flex sideways, again, to follow the shape of the body. The composite sandwich is the result of 30 years experience in designing back protectors. The sandwich consists of articulated external plates made from polypropylene mated to Crash absorb material. An outer layer of material provides the comfort factor and ensures that the protector matches the shape of the spine. The protector features large perforations and minimal contact points with the body to minimise any discomfort from heat while its light weight enhances the revolutionary design of the system. Thanks to a thin adjustable lumbar strap, the protector can be worn under leathers without pressing against the abdomen. Protection: Back protector certified to CE - Cat. II - EN 1621.2/2003 ( Level 2 ) Articulated external plates with controlled mobility, made of polypropylene with perforated and corrugated structure Inner core in perforated Crash absorb Localized comfort padding Ergonomics and Comfort: Adjustable lumbar strip Back protector with 4 degrees of freedom: Longitudinal stretch Longitudinal bending Torsion Lateral bending controlled by special tensioners External perforated plates Crash absorb perforated absorption material Reduced contact area Adjustable lumbar strip Sizing: Sizing is dependent on both torso length and waist circumference. Height is measured from your shoulders to your natural waist, which will determine which Type is necessary. Waist circumference is measured at the hourglass of your torso, (circumference measured at your belly button). Shoulder to waist length determines Type: Type 55 15.75-17.75 (40cm - 45cm) Type 59 16.9-18.9 (43cm-48cm) Waist circumference determines Size: Size SM 31-33.5 (79-85cm) Size MD 33.5-35.8 (85-91cm) Size LG 35.8-38.2 (91-97cm) Size XL 38.2-40.5(97-103cm) Note: Depending on size, Back Protector will have more or fewer segments than image shown.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
They Fixed It!
PostedMay 13, 2016
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Braveheart
From Fairfield
State:CT
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I was very critical of the original Manis with the shoulder straps, especially with regards to use under a race suit. The practicalities of the design were terrible. The plates would snag the race suit collar making it near impossible to put on without assistance and the shoulder and chest straps also added bulk, albeit only a little, to the chest area in an already tight spot.
Now, with the removal of the shoulder straps I can get the Manis protection without the frustration. It is easily slipped, low, into a suit just before you pull it over your shoulders then you can slide it into position and fasten the velcro belt, zip up the suit and you are done. No snagging and no clips and buckles to get in the way.
The only thing I would say is that for use with, say, a textile touring two piece the strapped version is required as there probably won't be enough tension in the jacket to keep the strapless T version in place. I would like to have seen a version of the Manis with removable shoulder straps so I could buy one solution and adapt it to the circumstances. Not sure if they ever changed the original Manis to do this but it would be a great all-round solution.
Rides: 2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale S
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Dainese Race Pro In Gloves The Dainese Race Pro In Gloves are a new take on track day hand protection. Rather than a full gauntlet glove that straps down over the cuff of your race suit, the Race Pro In Gloves are designed to slide into the sleeve of your suit, ensuring seamless coverage and affording critical range of motion. Protection: Distortion control on little finger Certified to CE - Cat.II - Pr-EN13594 Standard lev. 1 Composite inserts in preformed stainless steel and thermoplastic resin on the knuckles and back of hand Inserts in thermoplastic polyurethane on the palm Thermoplastic resin inserts on the side of the little finger Ergonomics and Comfort: Gloves-to-sleeve InnerTech System Tightening strap Pre-curved fingers Elasticated inserts Microelastic inserts Micro-injection reinforcement on the palm Goatskin leather palm Cowhide leather High tenactiy fabric
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Nearly There, But Not Quite Perfect
PostedMay 4, 2016
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Braveheart
From Fairfield
State:CT
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I have been waiting for these since they were announced months ago (what's with all the out of stock products Dainese...it's riding season already!).
I was asking for "in" gloves for a while as I love the tidy concept of the "in" boot that Dainese champions, though not everything about the execution. Keeping as much surplus material out of the equation lessens the chances of snagging on bike parts, helps with aerodynamics and contributes to an altogether more modern, minimalist look.
The gloves feature pretty much all the finger and hand protection one would need on the road. In that respect I cannot fault the glove from the wrist forward. Maybe a little more airflow would be nice but I understand they have to strike a balance between the integrity of the glove in a crash and ventilation. That being said, I think I'd still feel more comfortable with the Full Metal RS gloves, not just because of the kevlar mesh, metal parts and coverage of the full gauntlet but because the "in" system Dainese has created doesn't feel secure to me.
The neoprene part around the wrist designed to slip under the sleeve of your jacket does so very nicely when you first put it on. However, with no velcro or other such system to keep it in place I noticed it will slip out of the sleeve when moving around on the bike, leaving the skin exposed. I would be worried a slide might also lead to a gap between jacket and glove and there are no sliders or other major ulna protection, mainly just neoprene in that area.
For some reason they omitted to use the hook and loop system they use with the "in" boots, which is strange because if I recall correctly they already have a patch of velcro at the wrist of suits to hold the removable liner in place. All it would take is a liner a couple of inches shorter at the wrist and a slightly larger patch of velcro on the inside of the suit / jacket and you would have somewhere to secure the glove. I guess for their endorsees they can tailor leathers to be just the right length so this does not happen but for the regular consumer who has to buy standard sizes it might not be a perfect fit. Having said that, I have not seen anyone on track use these yet which might be somewhat telling.
The other issue I have is one I have with other such proprietary creations (as with the "in" boot system)...compatibility. It seems strange of Dainese to create a system then not make it standard on your relevant product lines, going forward. The "in" glove system is only available on a couple of jackets and one suit as far as I can tell. I don't expect them to add it to cafe racer style jackets or legacy products but any new products related to sport riding should feature this as an option. Ditto the "in" boots not working with all of their race suits. I've said it before...if I commit to your proprietary system you need to ensure it works with your other products because I can't use it with any other brands.
Anyway, it's a quality glove with, in my opinion, a flaw in the execution which could be easily corrected.
Rides: 2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale S
No, I do not recommend this product.
+11points
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Dainese Racing D1 Perforated Jacket With all of the style and protection found in Dainese's most expensive race grade leather jackets, the Racing D1 is everything you need to hit the street or the track. Co-injected shoulders with aluminum inserts and race grade Tutu cowhide leather with strategically placed elasticated inserts, take protection and performance to the next level and give it that unique look and feel only found in high-end race jackets. A 360 degree connection zipper allows you to connect the Racing D1 to your favorite pair of Dainese leather pants for a weekend at the track or an afternoon of canyon carving. The versatile Racing D1 gives you track level performance for any ride. Protection: Composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1 Standard Co-injected shoulder with aluminum insert Jacket certified to CE Category II - 89/686/EEC Directive Ergonomics and Comfort: Perforated tutu Cowhide leather S1 fabric Inserts in elasticated fabric Microelastic elasticated inserts Full leather collar Waist adjustment with buttons Jacket-trousers fastening system Air inlets on the chest NanoFeel liner 3D Bubble lining Other Features: Pockets for G1 and G2 back protector and Dual Chest Protectors Reflective inserts Soft insets Internal pockets (double chest zip) 2 outer pockets Denoted as Dainese G. Racing D1 Pelle in Dainese catalog Note: Black/Black/Black image shown is of perforated version. Other images are non-perforated images.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
What's Happening With Cut and Sizing, Dainese?
PostedJune 3, 2015
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Braveheart
From Fairfield
State:CT
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
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I am not sure what is happening in the quality control department at Dainese but I just bought this jacket and for the third time with one of their products recently, I have had weird sizing issues. I have always been a dead nuts on 50 in all their leather but things have been getting very erratic.
I had a Trickster suit which I sold, regretted it and immediately bought another one. Both exactly the same size, color and model. One I wore regularly, with back protector, from day one with no issues with size. The new one I bought a few weeks later I couldn't zip up, even without a back protector in.
Same thing with Dainese boots. I recently replaced one pair with an identical pair of the same size and the right boot of the new pair was so out of spec (too small) I couldn't walk on that foot for an hour after taking it off.
Now we come to the Racing D1 perforated jacket. On the Revzilla website it looks like a nice, stylish, body hugging, racing inspired street jacket with pockets for their new two piece chest protector (I always hated the old one piece which was held in place with a single sided pocket). Just what I need to go with my new 1299 Panigale. I ordered the usual 50 and when it arrived I knew something was off almost immediately. It just looked huge on the hanger. Sure enough when I pulled it on it's close to being OK across the chest but the arms are massive, especially the forearms. I have added photos of the forearm of the Racing D1 versus a Dainese Speed Naked I have in exactly the same size. I put a tape on it and the Racing forearm is about 2" wider all round. A naked bike jacket should not be tighter than a racing inspired jacket. There's no way the armor is going to stay in place with that much free play. Dropping down a size may help with the arms a little but the chest is going to be too tight. It looks like it was made for Popeye. The cut is just way off what it should be.
I was also considering the Dainese Super Rider and saw that Anthony is recommending going TWO sizes down from your usual! That's wildly off what it should be and the opposite of what one would expect with an Italian product. Then I saw Dainese are charging nearly a grand for half a leather jacket and decided it wasn't for me :-)
My issue with this product is that sizing and cut is getting very erratic and drifting away from how it should fit for its intended use. It needs to fit closely across the whole body of it's going to protect the rider and this one doesn't. I think Dainese need to dial back the vast number of products they are putting out and focus on quality, fit and finish on a core product range. Maybe then I can go back to having confidence in ordering a particular size knowing it will fit as expected upon arrival.
Rides: 2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale S
No, I do not recommend this product.
+8points
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Dainese Bonneville Jeans For those of you out there who like their jeans to fit slimmer, the Dainese Bonneville Slim Jeans are just the ticket. A slimmer cut and nearly invisible Pro-Shape armor in the knees keep these jeans tighter through the leg, eliminating bulk and maximizing style. The Bonneville Jeans are also equipped with 100 DuPont Kevlar Jersey in the high impact areas and pockets for Pro-Shape hip armor, giving these too-hip-to-quit riding jeans the level of protection the riding community has come to expect from Dainese Denim. Protection: Adjustable Pro-Shape on the knees: soft protectors certified to Standard EN 1621.1 Pro-Shape hips pocket Ergonomics and Comfort: Internal reinforcements with DuPont Kevlar jersey Slim fit Belt loops Other Features: Predisposition for straps under the foot Stone wash treatment Light-reflecting inserts
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Not Fit For Purpose
PostedJune 2, 2015
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Braveheart
From Fairfield
State:CT
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
I wrote my original review before putting too many miles on these jeans so, to be fair, have rewritten it now I have had a chance to test them properly.
First off, it concerns me that these are being sold by Dainese as riding jeans. The areas of Kevlar lining are tiny (see other reviewers photos of the inside) and the armor is extremely thin and covers a very small area.
What really worries me is the misleading perception of the safety built into these jeans. I pulled my original review because I noticed they claim on the waistband in bold red print that the denim yarn itself is "reinforced". I figured this meant some kind of abrasion resistant thread was actually woven into the denim which negated the need for Kevlar lining everywhere. However, upon further investigation I saw that the label states "100% cotton", i.e. 100% exactly the same material as regular jeans. I am confused as to how one reinforces 100% cotton to be more abrasion resistant than 100% cotton.
It's a shame as I began to like the way these look and fit. The cut is not quite as slim as I'd like but it also has no elasticity so a slightly looser fit helps with comfort. There is still a touch of the dated "carpenter" pants look that Dainese seems to favor (oversize pockets, panel details and jets) but they are getting there with the style.
Really, a company like Dainese need to do better, especially at this price point. It's pretty straightforward to put Kevlar in the entire seat, thighs and hips and give decent, subtle armor coverage. Or weave something into the denim yarn. Plenty of manufacturers are doing it now. As it stands with the little abrasion coverage they have you'd better hope you slide down the road on the tips of your knees or the cheeks of your rear-end as if anything else touches the Tarmac I can't see how it wouldn't burn through instantly like regular denim and that's totally unacceptable for a product that is being marketed as it is. I hope I am wrong and there is something magical which can be done to 100% cotton to make it abrasion resistant but I sense a bit of a technicality being used to oversell a product's effectiveness here.
I love Dainese gear when they get it right but this product needs serious revision to make it suitable as a riding jean in my opinion. With better Kevlar coverage I'd buy them again but I fear for my skin in these as they are.
Rides: 2013 BMW S1000RR
No, I do not recommend this product.
+19points
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Dainese Pony C2 Perforated Leather Pants The Dainese Pony C2 Pants are inspired by Dainese's racing offerings, but with a much less aggressive fit and a look appropriate for the street. Constructed from perforated cowhide leather and generous S1 stretch panels, the Pony Pants do not lack in the safety department with composite protectors at the knees and Pro-Shape soft protectors at the hips. Protection: Composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1 Standard Pro Shape soft protectors certified to Standard EN 1621.1 at sides Pants certified to CE Category - 89/686/EEC Directive Ergonomics and Comfort: Cowhide leather S1 fabric Elasticated inserts Double calf zip Jacket-trousers fastening system Sanitized lining Localized perforation Other: 2 outside pockets Denoted as Dainese P. Pony C2 Pelle Estivo in Dainese catalog
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
A Change for the Worse
PostedAugust 21, 2014
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Braveheart
From Fairfield
State:CT
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
The originals were my "go-to" sport touring pants last year but I wanted the latest C2 version so sold them and bought these. In my opinion the C2 might meet tougher EU specs but they no longer work for me for a few reasons.
They are listed as having the suit to boot system but potential purchasers should be aware that they do not have this system. They have an expansion zipper in the calf but that's it. There is no Velcro on the inside of the shin which the matching Velcro on the "in" boots should marry-up with. This means the Velcro on your "in" boots will rub and destroy the liner in the pants in no time. It also means there is a risk of the pants slipping up your leg either as you ride or in the event of an accident. This was my experience of the previous model before I added a Velcro patch on the inside myself.
Whilst the old design didn't have this system either it did have a fall back in the elasticated calf. The entire calf and hem was elastic so you could cinch down the second expansion zipper right to the ankle which would really lock the pants in place. The new design has a fixed hem which doesn't stretch so your expansion is either closed for over the pants type of boots or open. I find in the open position it isn't tight enough and looks hideous (very wide looking calf then narrow ankle). The shin armor is so long it now sits on top of the shin armor in the boots so it is even more unsightly and uncomfortable. This really should be a modular system so the pants armor meets the top of the boot armor in any combination of Dainese pants and boots. I would imagine "out" type boots would have the same issue with overlapping hard armor.
I really wish they had kept the aspects of the previous design which made it work so well with their in boots as in other respects they are good pants. However, as a confirmed "under the suit" boot fan these are a step backwards. Plus they are missing aspects of the system they claim to have.
Rides: 2014 BMW R nineT R9T
Yes, I recommend this product.
+3points
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 Alpinestars Race Replica Suit (Size 48 Only)
Alpinestars Race Replica Suit (Size 48 Only)
Alpinestars Race Replica Suit The Alpinestars Racing Replica Suit is the highest-level Alpinestars suit available. Derived and developed from MotoGP technology, the Race Replica Suit can be retrofitted with Alpinestars advanced active protection technology the Tech Air Airbag system to provide the ultimate in rider safety. Constructed from extremely supple, super-premium 1.3mm full-grain leather for exceptional abrasion resistance and durability, with multiple-stitched main seams for maximum tear resistance and ultra-vented front panels for unsurpassed cooling while riding. Features Tech-Air Bag system compatible Speed hump is removable and is replaced by the Tech-Air Bag system when equipped New larger expansion panels on neck, shoulders and laterally on arms Elbow and arms feature a unique, seamless construction PU external forearm protection for enhanced structural strength and abrasion resistance Alpinestars exclusive, patented, high modulus thermoplastic external shoulder protection combines with a unique external one-piece 90 TPU knee and tibia protection for improved protection and reduced drag A soft grip area on inner surface of the knee/leg protection enhances contact with the bike and race-derived, CE certified elbow, knee and tibia protectors Suit comes with Tech Race Back Protector and Tech Chest Protector Tech Race Back Protector is height adjustable PE foam padding at chest and coccyx Auto Lock YKK zippers Comfort suede on collar and cuffs Removable, washable, 100 anti-bacterial inner lining with strategically placed soft foam padding New segmented perforation scheme for added strength Perforated stretch panels Bi-elasticated panels at back of calf provide a custom fit with no compromise to protection Reflective Lumidex piping on White/Red and Black/Yellow/White colorways
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Not Quite as Advertised (But Still Good)
PostedAugust 17, 2014
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Braveheart
From Fairfield
State:CT
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Style 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Let's get one thing out of the way before I comment on the suit. Every review I have read states that this is exactly the same suit worn by the pro riders on the Moto GP and WSBK grids. It is not. It is the same cut and design but there is one difference between what they wear and the consumer version - it is a major one and changes my view of the suit quite considerably.
This suit is made from cowhide and the pro version is clearly made from kangaroo. This difference in materials negates the one big issue I have with the consumer version: weight. This suit is extremely thick and heavy. If Alpinestars had made this from kangaroo skin I would say the high price was justifiable. As it is, this is an extremely expensive and cumbersome one-piece when you could get kangaroo from several other manufacturers for $1000 less.
Don't get me wrong. This is still a high quality suit. It flows air very well - even the accordion panels are perforated - and the finish is flawless. I went over it with the usual fine tooth comb upon receipt and could not find a stitch out of place. It comes with back and chest protectors (other manufacturers take note), the zippers are of the very high quality locking type and the suit feels reassuringly solid. There is an argument that cowhide has more longevity for every day riding and the extra thickness does contribute to the feeling of security. Also, in my experience Alpinestars customer service is better than the other brands operating in this area.
The style doesn't float my boat as much as other Italian manufacturers and I'm not wild about aspects of the high end A-Stars boots and gloves which are the natural partners to this suit. Also, plastic hard parts look and feel low budget in a premium product such as this.
This would have been my main suit but I just could not get away from how heavy and expensive it is. A kangaroo version at around the $2k price point would be a totally different proposition.
Rides: 2014 BMW R nineT R9T
No, I do not recommend this product.
+7points
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 Dainese Motorbike Knee High Socks
Dainese Motorbike Knee High Socks
Dainese Motorbike Knee High Socks Ergonomics Compression lines to sustain muscles lower vibrations and optimization of blood circulation Ankle support for a better comfort and driving precision Footbed padding to isolate the foot from vibration Anatomical asymmetrical cut, differentiated for right and left foot Padded shinbone and toes for lower boot pressure during the ride Temperature adjustment Heel, footbed and toes made with Nanoglide fabric for higher breathability, temperature regulation, lower moisture and lower friction between skin and fabric to reduce the risk of blisters and skin irritation Ventilated mesh panel on the back of the foot Sizing Small 38-40 Medium 41-43 Large 44-47
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Money for Nothing
PostedAugust 8, 2014
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Braveheart
From Fairfield
State:CT
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Style 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Comfort 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Protection & Durability 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
1 / 5
1 / 5
It's a pair of socks so not much to say about features or protection.. They are fine the first time you wear them. Like a lot of Dainese products they are never the same once you wash them. Mine showed pilling and distortion after only one wash on the delicate cycle. You'd be better off buying regular socks that are made to last. They feel like what they are...synthetic and overpriced.
Rides: 2014 BMW R nineT R9T
No, I do not recommend this product.
+2points
2of 2voted this as helpful.
 
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