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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.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Good product
PostedMay 8, 2013
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TheDarkestStig
From Houston
State:TX
Rider Type:Kneedragger
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I'm 5' 11', 200lbs, and usually wear a size 34 waist. I ordered a size 54 (as opposed to the recommended 52 from Dainese's size chart) because I wanted to be able to wear my work clothes (business casual, suit pants and vest, no jacket) underneath.
While they are still hot in a Texas spring (think 90+ degrees, baking hot sun, 80+ % humidity), they are FAR more comfortable than my leathers. As a comparison, after a couple of hours in my size 56 Dainese Avro one-piece racing leathers, even when wearing a heat-wicking under layer, I'll be pretty much drenched.
In these pants (along with a Super Speed textile jacket) I'll still be warm, but I won't be drenched. There's adequate air flow at speed, but as with anything you wear once you're stopped at a light it'll get hotter than Hades sooner rather than later.
I have not tested the protection level (and I hope I won't have to), but they feel very similar to the Halvarsson's textiles I was wearing when I got sideswiped at 20mph and took a spill onto the tarmac without lasting damage at all.
All in all, I'm very happy with these pants. I wish there was some way to adjust the location of the knee pads, as they are just an inch or so too low for me.
Bottom line:
Pros:
Well ventilated
Comfortable fit
Matches the Super Speed jacket well
Cons:
Lack of adjustability
Would easily buy again.
Rides: 2009 Yamaha FZ6
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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