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Forcefield Pro Pants The Forcefield Pro Pant is a full length armoured base layer pant with removable CE approved armour covering the knees, thighs, hips, buttock and coccyx with Repeat Performance Technology (RPT) to ensure continued protection even after multiple impacts. Constructed from BeCool a unique fibre that has a greater diffusive area than standard fibre that ensures high levels of breathability and comfort and allows the low profile Nitrex Evo M15 CE approved armour to be easily removed and the pants to be machine washed for maximum hygiene. Fastened at the waist by a draw cord and elastic for extra support the Pro Pant has stirrup fasteners that pass under the feet stopping the pants from rising offering superior fit and comfort. The Forcefield Pro Pant the ultimate base layer/armour combination for full lower body sport protection. Features Fully CE Approved armour to EN1621- 1 Removable armour at knees, thighs, hips, buttocks and coccyx Constructed from BeCool technical fibre Highly Flexible breathable 3d moulding Machine washable (with the armour removed) Repeat performance Technology (RPT) Draw cord waist fastener Under foot stirrups
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Size matters. So does design.
PostedOctober 27, 2013
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jttriumph
From Dublin
State:OH
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Comfort 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Fit
Small
1 Size Large
Large
There are going to be people who have a different opinion on these pants. I respect that. I've read the reviews here and I agree that there are positives and a great concept with these pants. If it's a pant that works for you then I believe that forcefield gear is some of the best out there; I own a number of great forcefield products (including the forcefield shirt). That said, I'll share my perspective on why you might not want to cut the expensive tag off your new pants quite yet.
As is often the case, fit can make a huge difference. And in a nutshell, I think forcefield got the fit, construction and design on these all wrong. As in, what-were-they-thinking wrong. I'm not talking about quality - forcefield makes good quality stuff - I'm talking about wanting to see the mannequin and design tests on which these worked.
First, ORDER SMALL. I'm not a huge guy, but even big guys I know who purchased these either ended up re-ordering the smallest size they could, or they didn't want the hassle / embarrassment of ordering again and just threw these in the corner and never wore them. I'm not joking, if you're 6'3" with legs like a linebacker you can still wear a size small. The material is exceptionally stretchy, and that's not always a compliment. With this sizing they should have made multiple sizes below small. Riders need to be willing and patient enough to try multiple sizes of a protective product. Sizes vary, I get that, but the vendor has some serious responsibility here too. Unfortunately fit wasn't my only issue.
Second, the armor feels like bulky weights attached loosely via pockets and in some places you'll wish you could move the pieces just a bit. I realize forcefield wants to market these as washable (meaning removable armor), but it comes at the price of feeling like the armor is just hanging on like some xmas tree ornament. It just doesn't have the integrated feel of really good protective gear I own - including items from forcefield. The fabric is so stretchy that the armor pockets do not seem to support the weight of the armor (yes, I know you can adjust the thickness, but then you just have stretch-ier bunched up fabric). Therefore you really have to rely on perfect-fit overpants or jeans to help create the sensation of comfort and confidence that these things aren't going to slide all over the place in a laydown. The presence of a drawstring at the waist and multi-point velcro fly - a frickin drawstring! In 2013! Talk about taking you back to gym class days. Quick, name the last article of non-workout clothing you've owned in the past 20 years with a drawstring and velcro fly - confirms that they've had design and fit issues with these pants. Additional issues arise because the armor is so thick even my slightly-larger than normal riding jeans won't work over them; I have to specifically chose a dedicated overpant to make it work - usually a type of overpant I rarely wear, almost like raingear - sized. However, then I'm back feeling like the armor is a bit loose and the fit isn't quite right. Thick armor can be good, but again, vendors owe it to riders to think about functionality. Drop tests and ce ratings have to be more than just marketing; they must consider the real world as well.
I wanted to love these pants. I think forcefield has been great for riders. I even waited on the review because I kept wanting to give them just one more chance. Perhaps it's just my opinion and your mileage may vary. But I can tell you that I'd rather have on my pair of armored shorts and some forcefield knee sleeves if I knew I was going to put my bike down.
It's possible the most protective thing about these pants is the protection the forcefield brand affords the company. I say this because the interesting thing is no one I know with these pants seems (or wants to admit) to go so far as to say they dislike them, but none of them told me they ever wore them after the first ride or two. They all essentially said something like, "yeah, protective. You know, if I'm going for (insert some very specific ride condition that is rarely practical or actually occurs) it might be nice to have them." The funniest comment I heard being, "After I got them on I just kept hoping I wouldn't have to take a deuce during a long ride." So bottom line: great concept, not there in execution. The pants seem to be well rated (and RZ has some of the most knowledgeable user reviews out there), but if you read the reviews below you'll find plenty of reviewers hint at the same things I've mentioned. For something at this price point I just can't recommend this current design. I'm a forcefield fan and when they get this pant right I'll be first in line to buy them (and hoping for a refund on my current pair).
Rides: 2012 Triumph Street Triple R
No, I do not recommend this product.
+16points
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REV'IT! Jerez Gloves The new JEREZ Glove is the number one choice for the serious racer who puts safety first. The JEREZ combines premium-quality materials like kangaroo leather and Superfabric with great protective features. The glove has a range of dual compound hard parts, most prominent among them the hard-shell knuckle and hard palm slider. Inspired by Moto GP feedback, the Kevlar stitching is positioned on the outside of the glove, giving these gloves the ultimate sensitivity every racer demands. PROTECTION FEATURES Outer Shell kangaroo leather, Pittards goat Armortan WR100X, Pittards goat Digital WR100X, cowhide, SuperFabric, 3D air mesh Lining aramide liner at backhand Composition outer shell 92 leather, 8 polyester lining 61 polyester, 25 aramide, 14 cotton Protection TPU hard-shell finger knuckles, Dual-comp protector at knuckle and cuff, Dual-comp palm slider, SuperFabric at thumb, schoeller-keprotec at palm, Kevlar stitching ERGONOMIC FEATURES Fit race fit Adjustability adjustment strap at wrist, double adjustment tab at cuff Ventilation ventilation panels at cuff Features stretch lips at fingers, Pittards Digital grip patches, elastic at wrist, double cuff closure, regular cuff length Note Video states the price is 229.99 however due to changes in manufacturing and production costs, the current price is 289.99.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best gloves I've owned for less than $300
PostedJune 9, 2013
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jttriumph
From Dublin
State:OH
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
In the past couple years I’ve overhauled a lot of my gear, including a few pair of decent name-brand gloves. Unfortunately I’ve made some poor choices I wish I could do over, but I’ve also found some great gear. The Jerez gloves I bought a few months ago fit perfectly in the latter category.
I don’t review every purchase I’ve made, especially if I don’t have a solid new perspective to add to what’s already been stated. But in this case I wanted to give credit to the REV’IT guys. I love these gloves. They have their minor drawbacks and I recognize that more than any other product, perhaps with the exception of helmets, sizing and fit weighs heavily on individuals’ experience with gloves (I know plenty of guys that swear off a particular glove simply because they feel the sizing chart was off by a centimeter and they bought the wrong size. I’ve been there too and it’s frustrating, but I think it’s worth it to take a few days to order the next size up/down and then evaluate the glove.). If you find these to be a good fit for you, they are excellent gloves.
My issues are minor and likely will be addressed in upcoming versions of these gloves.
The cuff system can by slightly cumbersome for the street. The three-step system takes a short bit of practice before getting the gloves on/off quickly. And don’t forget to close the cuff when you take them off. There is a lot of velcro involved and if, like me, you stuff your gloves in your helmet when you stop for a bite to eat, you’ll find your gloves forever wreaking havoc on your helmet liner if you leave any of that velcro exposed. The cuff also doesn’t play perfectly with heavy leather jacket sleeves. Meaning the cuff closes tight so there isn’t a ton of room in the gauntlet portion of the glove to accommodate the sleeve around the wrist – it works, but it’s a tight fit and you’ll have to fiddle with it for about 5 extra seconds to make sure the jacket sleeve is tucked in; lighter jackets have no issues. Bottom line: I’m interested in seeing if future designs can leverage this very good cuff approach, but make it a bit more convenient. However, these issues are workable and I can’t blame the REV’IT guys for trying to make a glove with very few compromises.
The design is very good, but perhaps a little dated. I had a buddy comment, “I thought you got new gloves” just after I purchased these. Not what you want to hear right after dropping money on these gloves. But again, I expect this will be addressed in the future.
I think they are worth the price, but I’d probably consider them average, but not great value. At $30-50 less these would be a terrific deal. You’ll get what you pay for, but these aren’t cheap gloves and I think some of the other manufacturers’ offerings have started to offer a bit more technology for a similar price point.
Overall excellent gloves and a 5 star rating even with the pricing. Well built, very comfortable, cool enough, padded in the right places and flexible in the places you need it, awesome fit. Some great new gloves coming into the market, but for a full protection street glove under $300 I’ve never had any better than these.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Street Triple R
Yes, I recommend this product.
+1point
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 Dainese Super Speed Perforated Leather Jacket
Dainese Super Speed Perforated Leather Jacket
Dainese Super Speed Perforated Leather Jacket This product has been replaced by the Dainese Super Speed C2 Perforated Leather Jacket . The new version has no meaningful changes outside of CE approval Protection Composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1/97 Standard Co-injected shoulder with aluminum insert Ergonomics and Comfort D-Skin leather S1 fabric Microelastic inserts Inserts in elasticated fabric Collar with elasticated insert Waist adjustment Jacket-trousers fastening system Air inlets on the chest and sides Nanofeel liner with 3D-Bubble liner air spaces Localized perforation Other Indicated as Dainese Super Speed Pelle Estivo in Dainese catalog Aerodynamic spoiler Pocket for G1 and G2 back protector Pocket for Thorax chest protector Soft inserts Reflective inserts 2 outer pockets 1 internal pocket Also available in a non-perforated version .
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Not quite perfect, but very very good
PostedApril 3, 2013
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jttriumph
From Dublin
State:OH
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Let’s be honest, $800 is a lot of money for a jacket. I do mostly street riding, but I’ve dumped a bike in the past so I subscribe to the theory of wearing on the street what you do at the track. With the exception of the odd stare when you stop for a drink, why dress for more safety on a controlled track then on the street – is my thinking. That said, I’ll admit this purchase was probably a little more than I intended to pay. I was upgrading an older leather jacket, and once I saw the white / black version of this jacket I was hooked. I try not to let the look of something sway my decision, but with this jacket I can’t guarantee it didn’t.
First and foremost the jacket feels solid. The armour in particular feels better positioned than in any other jacket I’ve owned. The protection is located well and it doesn’t move around. The leather has the good feel and thickness – although I’ve always wondered about perforated leather holding up as well in a skid – meaning you don’t feel like you’re wearing a weighted vest.
The jacket flows a surprising amount of air. I’m generally a bit skeptical about the marketing of jacket insulation that “keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer” so I can’t speak scientifically to the insulation this jacket uses, but I can say that I haven’t yet wished for a zip out liner or felt too cold in cooler weather. I’ll update that thought later this year if the warmer weather changes my opinion.
It looks good overall. I will say that the molded shoulders (the part surrounding the titanium plate) give the jacket a slightly less-natural shape when staring straight on, but it’s a jacket that is really designed for what happens at higher speeds, so it rightfully shouldn’t look like a typical motorcycle jacket.
However, while it’s track-capable and a great jacket, it has its quirks when called on to function on the street. Some of these may seem minor, but they are noticeable on a jacket of this quality.
The zippers feel a little low budget. Perhaps they are great zippers and structurally sound, but Dainese has to know people are using these things with gloves on, and the zipper pulls are pretty small and thin. The zipper itself doesn’t seem as thick and sturdy as I’d like either, and getting the zipper started seems tougher than it should be because it’s on the small side. Again, I’m not saying they aren’t strong zippers, perhaps they are, but what I am saying is that you’ll notice it.
The race/track pants attachment feels a half inch too high - which pulls at my pants a little much (otherwise the jacket is a great fit). For when I’m just doing normal riding I’d like the back panel to extend slightly more; when I’m laying over the bike at freeway speeds I feel the wind buffet a little at the lower back.
The back hump seems to catch my helmet every so often. I can’t imagine I raise my head more than the typical person, so I wonder if the hump is just positioned just a bit high.
The pockets are relatively small (and only two of them). Fine for the track, but if you’re in the habit of stuffing a phone, a garage door opener and much else in your jacket, you’re gonna be thinking of investing in a tank bag.
So is worth it? Probably, and I’m definitely a fan of the Dainese brand. But if you’re just looking for a decent leather jacket to cruise around in, then the compromises that make this jacket good at what it does might be worth considering.
As always, the RevZilla guys were great to deal with and are always willing to answer questions.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Street Triple R
Yes, I recommend this product.
+2points
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 Forcefield Back Protector Pro Kevlar L2
Forcefield Back Protector Pro Kevlar L2
Forcefield Back Protector Pro Kevlar L2K The award winning and best-selling Forcefield Back Protector Pro L2 has evolved into the all new Pro L2K (Kevlar) and is now constructed using Kevlar thread for increased strength and durability. Kevlar has 5 times the tensile strength of steel along with high cut and abrasion resistance and ensures the strongest back protector available just got stronger! Combined with NitrexEvo a unique high-tech triangular shock absorbing material the Forcefield Pro L2K (Kevlar) back protector is designed to be soft, flexible and comfortable whilst still providing maximum impact protection and conforms to, and exceeds the CE test EN1621-22003 Level 2 the highest possible level. NitrexEvo provides Repeat Performance Technology (RPT) to ensure that even after multiple impacts there is no loss of protective performance and 3D moulds to closely fit the contours of the riders back creating the ultimate in all day comfort. The Pro L2K is constructed in multiple layers that are stitched and perforated in such a way as to allow partial movement of the inner layers. This movement has a dual purpose, to make the protector more comfortable by allowing it to mould to the body shape and to pump air through the multiple perforations to build up and ventilate between the back when in use. Fully adjustable shoulder straps and double waist adjustment ensure a correct fit for different body shapes and sizes. The ultimate all use motorcycle back protector from Forcefield Body Armour. Features CE Level 2 protection Cambridge Certified Repeat performance technology Comfortable and nonrestrictive Reassuringly solid yet slim-line fitting Multi-impact (will not lose its strength halfway through a crash) Breathable Lightweight Flexible Molds to your body shape Can be worn under outer clothing with ease Multi-sport back protector Fully adjustable for that perfect fit
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Best BP I've owned so far, but not quite perfect. And musings on the Pro Sub 4.
PostedSeptember 11, 2012
Customer avatar
jttriumph
From Dublin
State:OH
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I've run the gamut of back protectors. I've used in-jacket, harness, foam, shell, nano-material, etc. I'm always looking for better, more comfortable back protection and I think I'll stick with this one for awhile.
First off, I was going back (no pun intended) and forth between this one and the pro sub 4. I'd read all the reviews about the ps4 and figured I'd lean that way, but after wearing one owned by a buddy of mine, I just couldn't escape the fact that I felt I was wearing a mattress on my back. Now, that's not a completely bad thing - particularly if you're in full suit that might help compress the bp a little and help it better conform to your back - and I love forcefield gear. I just felt the ps4 crossed the line of functional comfort for me. I'm sure I'd be more protected were I wearing a refrigerator or a team of ninja's on my back as well, but at some point I had to consider that the ps4 made me feel I'd grown a deformity and none of my jackets fit quite right when I was wearing it. Now, that's just me and if you feel differently then the ps4 is a great purchase and certainly one of the best pieces of equipment you can find anywhere.
So back to the L2K. It fits wonderfully. After wearing it for 20 minutes it felt like a part of my back. It had a good range of coverage and while there is something comforting about a solid plastic shell (I'm convinced that hard plastic shell-style protectors give a false sense of security because they pass the parking-lot punch test where your buddy slugs you in the back. Plastic shells handle this a little better than does forcefield, but this hardly mimics the real life scenario of slamming your back down on asphalt), the L2K feels like it would do its job (haven't tested that yet - hope I never have to).
Sizing is a little tricky. I'm 6'0" 170 so I'd probably benefit from a large, but the medium still hits me at the base of my neck and covers my lower back so I felt comfortable with the fit. The large would give me an extra half inch on top and bottom, but the price of that half inch are stomach straps that are way too long. I suppose forcefield thinks that a medium sized guy has a 32-34 inch waist and a large guy has a 40 inch waist... So a plea to forcefield to make the straps on the large just a tiny bit shorter... (forcefield folks - I'd make the same comment on your knee tubes btw - stick the large size protector in a medium sized sleeve so they aren't so loose on normal sized peoples' legs and you'll have a winner).
As for air flow, pretty good. Make no mistake, this thing can get warm. I've worn hotter back protection but the L2K isn't "I can't even tell it's there" cool by any stretch. As I mentioned above, it fits great and conforms perfectly. But if you aren't moving at speed you'll feel it on warm days.
So besides some minor fit and warmth comments this is a great piece of equipment and immediately became my favorite back protector for every day street use.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Street Triple R
Yes, I recommend this product.
+8points
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Dainese New Drake Air Textile Pants Drake pants will surely interest anyone who loves to ride his or her bike especially in the warmer months without wearing a suit or leather pants in order to obtain the protection required. These previously contrasting needs have now been perfectly reconciled by Drake fabric pants. Ample air vents in fretted fabric with closing on the thighs permit fresh air to enter during riding for cooling relief on even the hottest days. When temperatures begin to drop, the air vents can be closed. Safety is guaranteed by removable composite protections in the knee and shins, while extra-strength Cordura 750 fabric offers protection in case of fall. The elastic inserts in the knee optimize the wearability of the article, which is equally suited to metropolitan motorcycle use. Features Removable composite protectors. Cordura fabric 750. Suretta fabric. Perforated fabric. Insert in elasticated fabric. Soft inserts. Calf zip. Jacket-trousers fastening system. Adjustable waist. Sanitized lining.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Nice pants. But understand what you're buying.
PostedAugust 26, 2012
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jttriumph
From Dublin
State:OH
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I've put in a few rides in these pants and agree with a number of the previous reviewers who shared excellent insights. I just had a few other comments.
First, just to be clear, I've had friends tell me I'm hard on Dainese when I say they are of "average" value. I believe Dainese is typically 2 or more times better than most equipment out there. They make excellent excellent gear and I'd certainly say it's "worth it". But value by definition should also consider cost and since Dainese is often at least twice as expensive I would simply say their value is average. I'm not saying they aren't worth it.
I think these are great pants. That said, I do think that they are positioned or marketed a little differently than they should be. These are not pants for the "hottest days" as you might read in some of Dainese's promotional materials. The vents over the knees are helpful (a partially upright riding position benefits most, less so someone riding in a more tucked position), but generally speaking these should be considered alongside a typical textile pant. And since Dainese can run a little snug (and these a little short - tuck em in) you're not going to be sitting on your bike in 85+ degree weather in even reasonable humidity feeling perfectly cool and comfortable. You're going to feel the pants and notice some warmth. Is it a deal killer? No. I'm glad I made this purchase. They are great pants with fantastic quality. They will serve as a solid spring and fall pant (and perhaps a colder day if you have some thermals on underneath) and you'll certainly get away with them on some summer days too. But don't buy these thinking that you're going to get rid of your favorite mesh pants for July / August street and intermediate distance riding.
Finally, one of the previous reviewers hints at a really good point. The images are taken at angles that make this seem like a pretty stylish pant no one is going to mistake for your average motorcycle pant. Sorta. It looks good and is definitely more stylish than the average textile pant. It won't scream "baggy armoured motorcycle pant" at someone from 100 feet away. But the material, padding and armour are noticeable up closer so don't think you're going to hop off your bike and go clubbing in these without quite a few stares.
Great quality in materials and armour. Good pants (especially for the street rider crowd - I've always been partial to the naked streetfighter-type bike). Just understand what you're buying.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Street Triple R
+6points
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Forcefield BackPad Insert Pro for Dainese Jackets Level 2 Performance Soft and Flexible Comfortable non restrictive Breathable Lightweight Hi Tech Design Shapes are specifically cut to fit Dainese Jackets. Please see below chart for protector measurements Size Measurements Small (G1) 15 Height 9.5 Widest Point Medium (G2) 17 Height 9.75 Widest Point (function() var cycle true ('table.sizechart tbody tr').each(function(row) classname (cycle !cycle) 'light' 'dark' row.addClassName(classname) ) )()
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Very nice protector, could fit in jacket pocket a little tighter
PostedAugust 25, 2012
Customer avatar
jttriumph
From Dublin
State:OH
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
A fairly straightforward review of the medium size protector shown above. If you're on this page you're likely familiar with Forcefield products. I'm a believer and have purchased a number of their products over the past couple years. I pair the medium back protector with a couple Dainese jackets and they work reasonably well. I say reasonably only because the bottom part of the back protector narrows a little too much in my opinion and it allows just a bit more lateral movement than I'd prefer. It's still a great back protector; it flows air, it conforms to your body well, it's reasonably priced, it's tested protection. I'd simply encourage Forcefield to widen the bottom part an inch or two so that it really fits the Dainese jackets perfectly. Note: I wouldn't go with the small version unless it's either that or nothing. The small version just doesn't offer enough protection of the mid to lower back. That's my opinion, but if you're wearing back protection then wear it right.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Street Triple R
Yes, I recommend this product.
0points
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Dainese Air-Frame Textile Jacket Focus Continued comfort under changing weather conditions with excellent ventilation is hard to achieve in a ventilated jacket because whenever the temperature drops, the wearer immediately feels cold. In this case, the Dainese Air Frame offers the best solution by combining the ventilation achieved by ample inserts in mesh with protection against cold air offered by a remarkably lightweight windcheating insert. Provided with ample adjustment possibilities, jacket-pants fastening zip, homologated protectors and a pocket for a G-type back protector, this versatile jacket also comes in a ladies version. Features Removable composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1/97 Standard Boomerang fabric Quick Dry fabric Mesh fabric. Neck adjustment Waist adjustment Wrist adjustment Sleeve volume adjustment Jacket-trousers fastening system Removable wind-breaker liner Sanitized lining Pocket for Dainese Wave G1 and G2 Reflective inserts 2 outside pockets Internal pocket
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Yes, you should buy this jacket
PostedAugust 24, 2012
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jttriumph
From Dublin
State:OH
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I've had a few different mesh / textile jackets for 80+ degree weather and this one is the best I've owned. I say it's average value only because it isn't cheap and you should expect an excellent jacket for $250 - 300 dollars. But the jacket delivers.
In Ohio we have all the seasons and for those sticky summer days - or even just an evening ride on a mildly warm day - a good mesh jacket is a must have. This one gets my recommendation for a few reasons:
It flows air. No jacket will keep you completely cool if the weather is brutal or if you're sitting in traffic on top of an idling engine while the dude in the car ahead of you isn't paying attention to the newly green light, but a mesh jacket needs to keep you cool at speed and this jacket does. The shoulder area can get a little warm but there is enough going on through the chest and back that you'll hardly notice it. A few folks here say it's not a warm enough jacket for 60 degree weather but I'd disagree. You can manage a commute at cooler morning temperatures without too much issue. Obviously once you're into 70s and lower consistently it's time to switch to your leather jacket anyway.
It holds your protection in place. This issue has always been my biggest pet peeve with mesh jackets - there isn't enough structure to really hold your pads where they need to be. Let's be honest, mesh isn't your ideal material for a crash so it needs to balance comfort and a small degree of rigidity; this jacket hits that balance perfectly and it's the best thing about product in my opinion. And yes, you should wear or insert a back protector. If you don't have one, get one.
It fits well. I'm that guy that is always between sizes. I'm 6'0" and weigh about 170 so I'm certainly on the thin side and many brand motorcycle jackets fit me too big in the stomach area. In Dainese either a 50 (sleeves just a tiny bit short) or a 52 (chest just a tiny bit big) and the European style suits me well. For a summer jacket I'd recommend going a tiny bit larger (unless it lets your protection pads move too much) only because it breaths a tiny bit better, which is why you wanted a mesh jacket in the first place.
It's high quality and looks appealing. Again, quality and appeal are expected at this price point so I won't go on and on about how well it's made. It's a Dainese and that's what we expect. Enough said.
I might make the pockets a little deeper (I wear gauntlet gloves and feel the pockets are just a bit small) and I find Dainese neck sizing to be a little inconsistent with jacket size (who are these people with 40 inch chests but a 17.5 inch necks? It traps just a bit more air up near my helmet than I'd like) but these are minor quibbles and should not keep you from this purchase. Overall solid jacket and immediately became my second favorite (right behind an older Dainese that I bought when I returned to riding). Good luck in your decision. And thanks to Revzilla guys. I only recently started using your site and it, and your service, are excellent.
Rides: 2011 Ducati Monster 796
Yes, I recommend this product.
+5points
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