Dainese D6 Kevlar Jeans Features Denim fabric with woven with Kevlar yarn Internal reinforcements with Kevlar jersey by knees Belt loops 5 outer pockets Reflective details on rear of jeans and under back of cuffs Denim with Kevlar Panel D6 version also available
Let's face it, I'm a bigger guy. I typically wear a size 42 in jeans, but I decided to step it up just a little bit and ordered a 43. For me, they fit pretty nice in the waist. The inseam, though, that's another story. They come in at a whopping 38" inseam! That makes for a pretty ridiculous looking cuff. I had my tailor hem them down to a 30" inseam. I'm actually closer to a 28" inseam -- I'm just under 5' 10" but I have short legs -- but I like the look of cuffed jeans. They fit much better now, and they nicely tuck into my Dainese TRQ Race Out boots. I just wish I had asked my tailor to save the extra material he cut off. I had planned on doing a simple abrasion test to see how much abuse the denim could take.
I've been wearing these jeans for about three weeks now. Initially, the thighs were pretty tight for me while seated on my bike. We're talking meat-in-sausage-casing tight. It was getting to the point where it was pretty uncomfortable to ride. I decided to stick with it, though, and they broke in (read: stretched) just enough so they feel pretty good. The really odd part is the seat, though. It's not a big enough difference to really affect my riding, but something about the seat of the jeans feel narrower than other jeans I've worn in the past.
There's a pretty decently sized patch of aramid material in the knee-ish area, but because my inseam does not fall within Dainese's "projected" inseam, the aramid material doesn't exactly sit over my knees. Actually, when seated on my bike, the bottom maybe 1/4 of my knees are covered with material. I really wish they had made their target area a little longer. As it sits, it's pretty much useless for me.
The hand pockets, for me, are too deep. As they're sewn, they're too deep for me to be able to reach into my pocket with gloved hands when pumping gas (I keep my wallet and phone in my front left pocket, keeping a wallet in my back pocket messes with my back & posture). This is easily fixed, though, with some kevlar thread I've got and a few minutes with the sewing machine, I restructured the pockets so they're more useful for me.
Also, style-wise, I wonder why the designer(s) decided to make the back pockets so long and droopy. It's not really a good look. It's actually not a good look at all. It looks sloppy and makes your butt look bigger than it is. It's not a dealbreaker, but still, it's a pretty odd design.
That being said, I'm very happy with these jeans. Being a bigger guy, it's usually difficult to find quality jeans that fit well. To not only find quality jeans in my size, but to find jeans that also provide a modicum of protection over plain denim, that's a bonus.
Dainese TRQ Race Out Air Boots D-Axial jointed anti-ankle twist back system in TPU Nylon toe TPU rear shinguard's TPU heelcounter Nylon heel Shock absorption insert on the heel Lorica uppers D-Stone fabric Elasticated bellows Internal regulation with Velcro Closing with the zipper at the back Double jersey airgap liner Perforated leather High grip TPU inserts Padded insert for gear shifter guard Setscrew wrench supplied Non-slip sole with differentiated design
Now that I've owned these boots for two months, I feel I can more accurately write a review.
These are the first "track" boots I've owned so I had little idea of what to expect. Before these, I had a set of Alpinestars Harlem waterproof boots, which still work great. The only reason why I was in the market for new boots is that after a year and a half wearing those boots, I got tired of dealing with my sweaty, stinky feet. I went waterproof instead of the air version was because I thought the waterproof version looked better. But that's neither here nor there; back to the Dainese boots.
In many brands, including AStars, I'm a size 12. According to Dainese's size charts, there is no corresponding size 12. I tried on a size 45 (US 11.5), wore them off the bike for 30 minutes and it was just too tight. Getting them on and off was a pain. Then I went with the next size up, and they were much, much better. Each time, I wore UnderArmour HeatGear boot socks. (By the way, want to simplify laundry and life? Throw out your old socks and buy a bunch of the same sock. Life Upgrade.) They don't feel loose, and 7-8 weeks later wearing the boots daily, they still feel great. The small toe box took a little getting used to because I was accustomed to having a lot of room in the toes, but it's a non-issue.
Oh, I should mention, I wear these boots daily, on and off my bike and while I'm at work. I ride my Speed Triple everyday. I don't own a car. Rain or shine, it's my bike and me.
Anyway, they fit great. I can wear my jeans comfortably tucked inside my boots. I can walk around all day without any problems. I'm not going to be able to run a marathon in these, but for walking around the shop, climbing step ladders, walking around the house, etc, no issues. They breathe really well, too. Coming from waterproof boots, it's welcome relief. While riding, I can definitely feel the wind rushing through the perforation.
I did have to relearn how to shift, however. The first time taking these out, wow. They felt totally different to what I was used to. I kept accidentally shifting down a gear. Upshifting took a lot of getting used to with the decreased ankle mobility. I fixed this by adjusting the shift lever, and now I have no issues downshifting and upshifting. It does feel a little weird to shift when I choose to wear my old AStars boots, however.
They look great, too. I get a lot of compliments about my "Space Marine" boots. One of my friends even wanted to borrow one of my boots to sketch them. The lower plastic seems to scuff easily, but it's not a big deal in my opinion. The only thing I wish was different about the styling is the detail coloring. I have the all black version, and the details (stripe on the side and the Dainese demon) are in gray. I wish they had a version that was black with the red demon logo to match with the black and red colorways on my Dainese gloves and jacket. I may just end up painting it myself.
The biggest question I have remains to be answered: how long will the sole last? Only time will tell. In the time I've worn these boots, I haven't been able to detect any wear in the sole. We'll see what happens in the months to come.
Rides: 2000 Triumph Speed Triple
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Alpinestars Harlem WP Boots
Constructed using full grain leather Mid cut boot, fitted with instep and Achilles flex zones providing freedom of lateral movement and superior comfort Heel protector molded internally with reinforced visible heel protector fitted externally for ultimate protection Waterproof performance membrane
Comfortable, if a bit warm, and stylish
PostedJuly 18, 2011
Bang for the Buck
Protection & Durability
I opted to go with the waterproof boots over the air version because, quite frankly, I think the waterproof boots look better than the ventilated boots. The downside is that they do get a little warm since they don't flow any air, but I switched socks to socks designed for warm conditions and it hasn't been an issue.
I've been wearing these boots for I think a little over a year. I did have an issue with the zipper on one of the boots failing, but Alpinestars repaired the boots for me with a new zipper. They also replaced the zipper on the other boot for good measure. They've been very comfortable and I can even clean them up with a little bit of mink's oil if I need them to look particularly nice. They feel good on the pegs and I can feel the shifter just fine through the boot.
Dainese Racing Pelle Jacket This technical jacket vaunts an aggressive, distinctive sports look with aluminum inserts on the shoulders that complete this models aesthetics and design while providing greater protection. Cowhide, composite protectors on the shoulders and elbows, and the pocket for the G-type back protector ensure protection in case of fall. Comfort, ergonomics, and practicality are ensured by elasticated inserts on the neck, sleeves and sides, and the jacket-pants fastening zipper. Air inlets on the sides and chest permit ideal inner temperature control. Perforated Racing Pelle Jacket now available Protection Composite protectors certified to EN 1621.197 Co-injected shoulder with aluminum insert Abrasion and Tear Resistance Cowhide leather S1 fabric Comfort Ergonomics Jacket-trousers fastening system Waist adjustment Inserts in elasticated fabric Elasticated inserts Collar with elasticated inserts Temperature Regulation Air inlets on the chest and sides Sanitized lining Other Pocket for Wave G1 and G2 Reflective inserts Internal pocket 2 outside pockets
I wanted to give the jacket a little bit of time before I even considered writing a review. As of writing this review, I have now owned and worn the jacket just about everyday for about two months, close to 1000 city and freeway miles.
It took some trying, but I finally got a size that fit. I'm a bigger guy and normally wear a 46-48 US jacket. I initially ordered a size 58, but the jacket wouldn't fit over my gut. I exchanged it for a 60, and it fits well. The length of the jacket is good. The only fit issue I have with the jacket is the sleeve length. If the sleeves were an inch or two shorter, it would fit perfectly. Thankfully, the elbow & forearm pads still sit in the right spot.
I like wearing gauntlet-style gloves. The extra length in the sleeves initially made it a bit of a pain to wear them. I almost considered switching to short cuff gloves, but I've gotten used to wearing gauntlets with this jacket.
I was initially looking at the Cage jacket because of its low-key looks. After returning it because it didn't fit, I decided to give the Racing jacket a go, despite thinking it looked a bit flashy in the photos. I thought it would make me look like I was overdoing it. I'm happy to say that my concern was unfounded. It really looks great in person and I've received many compliments on the jacket. I've had no problems wearing it off the bike. I do have to be mindful of the larger elbows because of the armor while I'm at a crowded bar, however, but other than that, it looks good and remains comfortable off the bike.
Speaking of comfort, the Racing jacket has remained comfortable even in the heat. Even with ambient temperatures reaching 85-90+ degrees F, I've never felt too hot in the jacket, even with the vents closed. In SoCal weather, I can see being able to wear this jacket year round, even in winter without having to wear layers underneath.
Build quality is very nice. I've had a few minor issues, though. After two months, the loop (fuzzy) part of the hook-and-loop cuff closure is already starting to break down. If it gets worse, I'll probably just cut it out and sew on a new patch of velcro. Also, the metal shoulder inserts seem to scuff easily. I have not gone down in the jacket, but the metal insert on the right shoulder became scratched up when someone decided to take my jacket off a chair and set it on the ground.
This is a fantastic jacket, and I'd be hard pressed to recommend anything else. I'm really happy with my purchase, and I can see myself wearing this jacket for years to come.