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Dainese New Drake Air Textile Pants Dainese knows no bounds when it comes to innovative motorcycle gear and the New Drake Air 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. 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 9, 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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