Dainese D1 Kevlar Jeans Features Pro Shape soft protectors in knees certified to Standard EN 1621.1/97 Denim fabric with Kevlar yarn Internal reinforcements with Kevlar jersey Belt loops 6 outer pockets Reflective details at rear cuff
Excellent fit and finish, poorly cut for actual riding
PostedApril 5, 2012
Bottom line: these pants would be great except for one thing: they're cut (shaped) completely wrong for riding motorcycles.
I'm 5'10", 160 lb, very fit build. I ordered the 31" waist pants, what I usually wear. The size was spot on. Waist fits me perfectly, length is great. The key problem here is the "rise" or height between the crotch and the top of the pants/belt area. It's way too high.
When the pants' belt area is correctly positioned on my waist, the crotch is too low and it severely restricts my movement with my legs. When the pants are correctly positioned about the crotch, the belt area is about 3-4" too high. This ruins a rider's ability to move around on the bike. I have an '09 GSX-R1000 and I can't move side to side correctly with the pants on. They continually get in the way, restrict movement and generally just annoy me.
Some other comments: fit and finish are excellent. The kevlar reinforced denim does NOT stretch. The jeans fit fairly tight through the legs- sort of like "skinny" jeans, not very baggy at all. The knee armor is very disappointing. It's basically rubber honeycomb. I was expecting CE2 rated hard armor for the price. These jeans will NOT flow air in the summer when it's hot. (I live in Arizona where it gets to be 120 deg F.) What is not clear in the product pictures is that the jeans have this dumb/useless asymmetric "cell phone" pocket on the right leg on the thigh of the pants. I think it takes away from the look of the pants personally, but what ever.
I really wanted to like these pants. I have a LOT of Dainese jackets, boots, full suits, gloves, shoes, shirts etc. and it's all top of the line gear, but I can't recommend these pants, particularly if you're built like me. I'm tempted to try a different type/style of Dainese kevlar jeans, but I'm worried that they'll be cut in a similar fashion as these are with respect to the rise.