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Dainese Talos Gore-Tex Pants Designed for riders who crave adventure, the Dainese Talos Gore-Tex Pants with their modular construction offer great versatility in the face of changing weather conditions. Constructed with a removable waterproof Gore-Tex liner and a removable thermal liner, air vents on the thighs, Cordura Comfort fabric, side adjusters and removable suspenders, these pants provide excellent comfort and freedom of movement even after long hours on the bike. Equipped with composite protectors on the knees and soft Pro Shape areas on the sides, along with reflective inserts, these pants are designed to match the Talos Gore-Tex Jacket. Protection Removable composite protectors certified to Standard EN 1621.1/97 Pro Shape soft protectors certified to Standard EN 1621.1/97 at sides Ergonomics and Comfort Cordura Comfort fabric FK fabric Lorica Suede on inner side of knees Elasticated fabric Removable liner with breathable waterproof GORE-TEX membrane External fabric with water-resistance treatment Waist adjustment Leg bottom adjustment Height adjustment of knee protectors Inserts in elasticated fabric Elasticated inserts Removable suspenders Jacket-trousers fastening system Removable thermal liner Sanitized lining Air inlets on the thighs Other Reflective inserts 2 outside pockets
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
As excellent as the Talos Gore-Tex jacket that matches it
PostedNovember 18, 2013
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entropy
From Blacksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I loved the matching Talos Gore-Tex jacket so much that I quickly ordered these pants to match. (Rather than repeat all my comments about build quality, it's probably easier to just read that review.)
Pros (again, see the jacket review): extremely comfortable, excellent build quality, excellent features, excellent adjustability, very good knee and shin armor placement, apparently very waterproof (though I've not gone riding in an absolute downpour), simple-to-use liners, excellent pockets, great styling. The fit is in line with my summer Dianese New Drake Air pants, so no surprises there.
Cons:
- Not as much available ventilation as I'd like. I know, they're not summer pants like my New Drake Airs, but given their versatility I'd love if there'd been one more set of zippered vents. A pretty minor complaint.
- The liners have two attachment loops/snaps down at the bottom, but there are no indicators of front/back or left/right on the liner bottom itself, so it's pretty easy to put the leg liner in with a twist. After a couple dark and groggy mornings of putting one leg in wrong, I put a single fabric-safe paint dot on one attachment loop and one on the corresponding snap strap. If they'd made one set of the straps and snap loops with different-colored fabric that wouldn't be necessary.
- The hip armor is a tiny thin bit of foam inside the pants that you can't get to. Almost no pants in this class seem to offer real hip armor (or access), but it's no excuse.
- No tailbone padding or armor at all. Again, I know it's not a common thing, but still.
I don't use the suspenders, so can't speak to those, and I've not (yet) crashed in them so can't speak to their protection. I like the pants a tiny bit more than the matching jacket, and that's saying something because I *really* like the jacket. Good value for the money.
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Dainese Talos Gore-Tex Jacket The endless expanse of the steppe, the wind that scours the dusty road, lightning flashes on the horizon. Theres still a long way to go before the next bivouac, but your Talos jacket will get you there in comfort, even when the weather turns suddenly rough. Thanks to its modular construction and removable GORE-TEX lining, removable thermal padding, and air vents cut into the steel plates on the shoulders, you will arrive safe and dry. Freedom of movement, the right ergonomics, and the right fit are guaranteed by extensive elasticated fabric areas combined with numerous adjustment possibilities that ensure excellent comfort even after hours and hours in the saddle. Protection Removable composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1/97 Standard Aluminium shoulder inserts with integrated air vents Ergonomics and Comfort Cordura Comfort fabric FK fabric Double neck adjustment Wrist adjustment Waist adjustment Anti-floating sleeve adjustment Drawstring adjustable jacket bottom Inserts in elasticated fabric Elasticated inserts Jacket-trousers fastening system Removable liner with breathable waterproof GORE-TEX membrane Removable thermal liner External fabric with water-resistance treatment Sanitized lining Air vents on shoulders Other Pocket for G1 and G2 back protector Reflective inserts 4 outside pockets 2 Waterproof outside pockets Rear pocket Internal pocket Pocket on removable GORE-TEX liner Pocket on removable thermal liner
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent quality; cuffs and vents could use a little work
PostedNovember 7, 2013
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entropy
From Blacksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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I've only put maybe 1.5k miles on the jacket this fall, including one long weekend ride, but my impressions in the short term:
Pros
- Very comfortable under movement: despite the thick material and relatively abundant armor, the design allows plenty of flex and movement. It doesn't pull at all. (Note that I ride an old standard-position motorcycle, and I think the shoulders might pull/pucker if you were really leaned over in a more race-bike pose.) The neck is a perfect height for me, offering great coverage without chafing in the front.
- Extremely good build quality: all the zips, stitching, snaps, seam rolls, etc., are fantastically-made. Clearly a lot of attention went into the assembly and inspection. There was one thread tail that missed inspection that I had to trim, but that's the only thing I found wrong (and I spent a lot of time looking, owing to the cost of the jacket, even checking the sleeve liners, etc.).
- Excellent adjustability: I ordered the same size as my summer Dainese Aspide jacket, used the same Shield G2 back protector from it, and I can still comfortably adjust the fit between a slightly loose "no-liners" and a comfortably full "both liners." The cuffs have three button snaps to go from under-glove to over-glove to over-very-bulky-winter-glove and those work just like you'd expect. I haven't had to use the bicep expansion zips because I have skinny arms, so YMMV there, but they've stay zipped closed with no hassle.
- Pockets and storage are good. The rabbit pouch on the lower back will just fit the Gore-Tex liner if you roll it up carefully and don't mind a bulging pocket. Of the five pockets in the front, I've really only used the two lower waterproof(-ish?) ones.
- Keeps me dry. I haven't been out in a full-on crazy downpour in it, but during normal light rain, fog, and spray the outer material has proven reasonably water-repellent and when it finally started absorbing water the Gore-Tex liner kept my layers from getting wet.
- Keeps me warm. We haven't had much sub-freezing weather here yet, but I've done a good bit riding when it's been just a bit above freezing. The jacket and Gore-Tex liner seem to keep the wind out perfectly enough that the under-layers (thermal jacket liner, wool shirt, wool undershirt) keep me warm but not sweaty. It's easy to adjust the sliding shoulder vents and unbutton the collar on the fly, but everything else requires either being stopped or really good at closing buttons / manipulating small zipper pulls with thick gloves.
- Great styling. I have the dark grey/black version with red trim and I've actually gotten compliments on its looks, which I can't say about any of the rest of my riding gear. (Note: the dark grey is a good bit lighter than pictured above. For the actual color, look at the Talos Gore-Tex pants in the grey/black, whose colors match this jacket exactly.)
Cons
- The cuff is a zipper + three snap system, and while it works very well, the extra "fold" of material that results when you use either of the two smaller-position snaps gets in the way and pokes at your wrist. See attached photo. This sort of design works well on the summer-weight Aspide, because that cuff fabric is thinner and flexible, but it's mildly annoying with a fabric of this weight. I've figured out how to sort of forcibly fold the extra material back against my wrist as I button the cuff so that it mostly lays out of the way, but it seems an odd design oversight on a jacket this nice.
- Ventilation during warm fall afternoons (where you get some sun) is tolerable, but not great. I know it's not a summer jacket, but basically you get a little air through the fabric weave, a little through the open-able shoulder sliders (sort of gimmicky, but they do help), a little up the sleeves if you loosen the cuffs a button, and maybe a bit from opening the two vertical-zip chest pockets. We had an unseasonably hot (highs in the mid-80s F) weekend in October while I was motorcycle camping and I managed in this jacket, so I can't complain too much, but when you compare it to air you get just from the Aspide's two small back zip vents... like the video above says, I'm not sure why they didn't add similar zip vents to this jacket.
- A very, very minor nitpick, but the Gore-Tex liner has a HUGE care-of-material tag that flops out of the unzipped jacket front when you don't have the second (thermal) liner in. It's both ugly and makes zipping the thing up a little annoying.
I haven't had to clean it yet, nor have I gone down in it (yet), so I can't speak to those parts. All in all, despite being crazy expensive, it's a fair value and by far the most comfortable and versatile piece of motorcycling gear I own. (So good that I later went ahead and ordered the matching pants.)
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Klim Induction Gloves KLIMs dedication to rider comfort reaches a higher degree with the Induction Glove. Engineered for maximum airflow while providing unmatched durability and comfort, KLIMs warm weather-specific, gauntlet-length, perforated leather adventure glove dominates heat and fatigue. Premium features include Pittards Armortan ceramic-reinforced leather palm construction that outlasts generic leather, Carbon Fiber knuckle impact plate and integrated Poron XRD Extreme Impact Protection foam for knuckle, wrist and palm coverage. The unique dual-closure system ensures a more secure fit for every ride. With its amazing fit and dexterity due to obsessive attention to patterning during the design process, the Induction promises full coverage and maximum comfort for the hottest rides. Features Pittards Armortan ceramic-reinforced premium leather palm construction Premium grade perforated leather main body Micro-Fine mesh in between fingers Accordion gussets at base of finger and back of knuckles for maximum flexibility 1000 Denier Mil-Spec mesh back of wrist Carbon fiber knuckle impact plate with Poron XRD extreme impact protection foam padding Poron XRD foam padding at palm and outer wrist 3M Scotchlite reflective materials Dual closure system - wrist cinch strap and large gauntlet closure Integrated shield/goggle squeegee Quick-Drying and moisture wicking back-of-hand liner
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
First ones were defective, but replacement pair is good
PostedJuly 15, 2013
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entropy
From Blacksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Moto Newb
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
The first pair of Induction gloves I got were missing a piece of foam lining on the inside: the right glove had foam to keep the knuckle protectors from cutting into the back of the hand, the left did not. Once I exchanged them for a replacement pair (as always, no hassle with Revzilla) I've been satisfied with them so far. I only have about a dozen hours in the gloves at this point, and other than one slightly rough-stitched seam in the pinky, they're quite good. Finger length seems appropriate for glove size. The rear-most velcro tab (for the gauntlet part) is a little loose if you have skinny arms like I do, but not so much as to make the gloves unsafe or unsightly.
Rides: 1981 Honda CB650C Custom
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Dainese Aspide Textile Jacket The engine that throbs with vengeance at every twist of the accelerator, the coast road that winds around the cliffs plunging to the sea, the perfect asphalt that begs the rider to drop into every curve summer with its hot sunny days is the season most loved by motorcycle rider. The Dainese Aspide is designed for the more athletic riders in search of a technical jacket with an assertive look. Provided with aluminium plates on the shoulders and removable composite protectors, this jacket constructed with elasticated fabric for a tight fit and smoother movement in the saddle vaunts front and rear air vents for the maximum comfort in the hottest weather. Protection Removable composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1/97 Standard. Aluminium inserts on the shoulders Ergonomics and Comfort Cordura Comfort fabric Inserts in elasticated fabric Neck adjustment Wrist adjustment Waist adjustment Jacket-trousers fastening system Front air vents Rear air vents Sanitized lining Other Pocket for back protector G1 and G2 Reflective inserts 2 outside pockets Internal pocket Denoted as Dainese G. Aspide Tex in Dainese catalog
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent trim cut, great features, good ventilation
PostedJuly 15, 2013
Customer avatar
entropy
From Blacksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Moto Newb
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
Fit
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The jacket is very well-made, and surprisingly breathable for how tight and tough the weave appears. I'm 5'10", 145 lb, with long arms and a small chest. The size 48 that I originally ordered fit well (fairly close to the body), but I exchanged it for a size 50 to get a little more sleeve length. The extra volume in the chest was taken up nicely by the G2 back protector, so the whole thing fits extremely well.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Dainese Shield Air G Level 2 Back Protector A special core in Crash absorb shock absorbing material works in synergy with the integrated honeycomb structure of the plates, providing this touring protector with excellent shock absorbing properties. Through this innovative structure, the Back shield air Level 2 meets the stringent requirements of the standard EN 1621.2 lev.2. Extreme thermal comfort is guaranteed by the micro perforations of the plates and perforated Crash absorb material which, combined with double jersey mesh liner, maximizes breathability of the protector. Features Back protector certified according to the standard EN 1621.2/2003 (Lev. 2) Perforated plates Liner in double jersey Specifications Choose G1 for all Women's Jackets Choose G1 for Men's Jacket sizes 44 and 46 Choose G2 for Mens' Jackets sizes 48 and up Measurements G1 measures 15.5h x 10.5 at widest point G2 measures 18.5 x 10.5 at widest point
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Haven't crashed in it, but it fits and breathes well
PostedJuly 15, 2013
Customer avatar
entropy
From Blacksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Moto Newb
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I had trouble fitting the G2 in my Aspide jacket, but once Revzilla customer support helpfully pointed out that there are two pockets in the jacket (one for small armor, one for larger armor like this one), it's been smooth sailing. The armor fits well and isn't excessively bulky. I've had no trouble with ventilation during the Virginia summer here so far. Obviously I can't speak to the crash-worthiness of the thing.
Rides: 1983 Honda CB650SC Nighthawk
Yes, I recommend this product.
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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
Comfortable, fairly cool, and well-made
PostedJuly 15, 2013
Customer avatar
entropy
From Blacksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Moto Newb
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
These pants have the usual excellent Dainese build: all the stitching and finishing is excellent, and the features are all there. The armor protection is excellent, most notably the longer-than-usual shin protection that extends off the bottom of the knee protection. I wish they had a pocket for tailbone armor, but that seems to be hard to find at this level. The fit is as the size chart describes: I'm 5'10, 145 lb, with long legs (32-33 inseam in dress pants), and I could've gone with either a 48 or 50. I stuck with the 48 so they'd fit well in the seat/thighs; riding boots cover a multitude of inseam length sins. The pants are fairly well-ventilated; perhaps not as much as some of the other large-opening-weaves I've seen, but enough that the Virginia summer hasn't been a problem so far. I only have maybe a dozen hours in these pants so far, but have no reason to suspect durability problems given the stitching and build.
Rides: 1983 Honda CB650SC Nighthawk
Yes, I recommend this product.
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