Dainese New Drake Air Women's Textile Pants Dainese knows no bounds when it comes to innovative motorcycle gear and the New Drake Air Women's Pants are no exception. A full 750D textile construction with integrated elasticated inserts, mesh backed vents and CE rated composite knee armor make the New Drake Air Pants a heavy hitter, perfect for multi-season sport and sport-touring riders. The unique flip-up vents located on the thighs are strategically positioned to maximize airflow yet can be easily closed when the temperature drops or to keep out wet weather. The New Drake Air Pants provide industry leading multi-season riding comfort and protection. Features: Removable composite protectors Mugello fabric 750 Suretta fabric Perforated fabric Insert in elasticated fabric Soft inserts Calf zip Jacket-trousers fastening system Adjustable waist Sanityzed lining
At 5'3" and 117 lbs, I bought these in a size 42. I typically wear a 0 or 2 in regular pants. I can wear a good wicking baselayer under them without trouble.
The pants fit well, with decent adjustability. I wish the velcro adjustments for the waist had a little more length on them, but I can remedy that by sewing on an additional piece to get more contact area. I've not yet had a problem, but with the tabs snugged down, there's not much overlap.
Knee and shin armor is well-placed, though when standing the top of the knee armor can dig a bit into your leg. This is not a problem when on the bike and has become less noticeable over a few wearings. No hip armor, though I think I probably have room to use some if I figured out a way to attach it (or wore armored leggings underneath).
The pants are plenty long, though I have short legs. This resulted in a small problem: the extra material can bunch behind the knee, which is slightly uncomfortable. After a few rides, this has either lessened or I've gotten used to it as it was really only an issue for the first ride or two, but worth mentioning as I was worried the pants would be uncomfortable because of it. They're not.
Pockets are deep, with zippers so they're actually useful for storing chapstick and the like. No cargo pockets or anything though, so not easily accessible while actually riding. The button at the waistband is a bit snug through the buttonhole, which I suppose is good as it won't come undone unexpectedly.
Airflow is pretty good, both through the vents and just in general. At 70-75 degrees, I rode around with the vents closed and still felt like the pants breathed pretty well. As the weather has warmed, I've opened the vents and folded them back (took me a bit to realize you had to fold the snaps over twice to get them to latch) and they've been great. I've ridden in weather close to 85 degrees with them now and not been distracted by sweaty knees while riding.
Lastly they actually look okay as pants. Wearing them into a restaurant for lunch you don't feel like a snowmobile rider. They're a bit "Mad Max" to pass for regular clothing, but not ridiculously bulky and they don't seem to make the "zip-zop-zip-zop" snowpants noise when you walk.
Overall, I was looking for a good summer pant that wasn't huge and bulky, would still provide good protection, fit well and would last a long time. These pants hit all of these points as far as I could tell. The last one will bear out with time, but with a brand like Dainese, I have confidence they will serve me well for many seasons to come.
Rides: 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
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Joe Rocket Women's Cleo Gloves
Joe Rocket Women's Cleo Gloves Features Drum dyed leather and Freeair poly/mesh top High density knuckle protector High density padding on fingers Leather palm Aeroprene cuff
Inexpensive glove option.
PostedMay 8, 2012
Bang for the Buck
Protection & Durability
For the money, these are a decent pair of gloves. They fit snugly at first, but the leather has stretched slightly in the few times that I've worn them so that they are just about perfect now.
My only complaint would be the velcro adjustment at the wrist. I apparently have very narrow wrists, in that once I adjust them to fit, they bag and bunch a little oddly. Not enough to be an interference, just a little annoying.
Overall, they seem fairly well made, provide enough ventilation that my hands don't sweat, and fit decently well.