Motorcycle Leather Jacket Dainese
How do you pronounce Dainese?
The best pronunciation for the US market is day-yuh-NAY-say.
What is so special about Dainese?
Since 1972 Dainese has been developing some of the most technical and striking motorcycle apparel for all types of riding. Their brand penetrates into many other sports as well, including Skiing, Equestrian, and Mountain Biking. In recent times, Dainese acquired AGV helmets which now comprises the unique stable of “Italian Legendary Protection”. In our opinion Dainese is like the love-child of Nike and Armani - that rides a motorcycle.
Why is Dainese so expensive?
Dainese has their own research and development center, or D-Tec, dedicated to advancing the industry in safety and technology. They develop new materials in house to improve rider comfort and safety, including developing leather tanning methods and working with companies like DuPont to develop proprietary textiles for their products. They have machines working around the clock (sometimes for weeks at a time) testing colorfastness, wear and abrasion resistance, as well as impact absorption. All of this tireless work keeps Dainese at the forefront of technology for riders, allowing them to make some of the safest and most comfortable gear in the world.
Dainese also has very strict quality control which, in combination with the super high quality materials they use, produces superior gear that is engineered with the finest detail. Then there’s the design aspect. Not only does Dainese work to make comfortable and safe gear, but they make gear you love to wear. The attention to detail combined with the time that is put into perfecting their products makes what you put on much more than just riding gear. Many items are so well styled that you’d be hard pressed to realize that they are designed just as much for protection, not simply for you to look good in.
Dainese recognizes not all riding styles demand their most premium features. Many riding styles require only basic protection, which is why Dainese offers gear like the Cage Leather Jacket and the Air-Flux Textile Jacket. The Cage and Air-Flux are simplistic in design but, they’re shown the same attention to detail and quality control as the more expensive gear in Dainese’s collection.
What is the difference between D-Dry and Gore-Tex?
D-Dry is a proprietary material that Dainese manufactures for production with their waterproof apparel. Because the process is proprietary, Dainese is able to provide a waterproof/breathable membrane at a much lower cost. Gore-Tex is an independent technology that licenses Dainese to use their product. Every piece of apparel that comes with the Gore-Tex seal has gone through an extensive vetting process to be assured that the resulting products are of the highest quality. The main advantage to their material is a substantial increase in breathability, as well as an increase in durability. Gore-Tex products come with a lifetime guarantee directly from W.L. Gore.
What are "In" vs. "Out" Boots?
Dainese’s “In” vs “Out” indications let you know whether the boot is intended to be worn in the suit or out of the suit. The “In” boots are unique to Dainese in that they are designed to be worn underneath the bottom of their suits, and attach with velcro to create a seal between your knee/shin armor and the bracing on your boots. This effectively creates a more protected lower leg than you get from a standard setup where the boot is on the outside. Dainese’s racers have been using ‘“In” boots for a long time, with every one of their top riders utilizing this style every time they rubber down on the track.
On the street side, many casual riders also prefer the lower profile of the “In” boots for wearing under jeans or other pants. The only drawback to this is that the velcro, designed to mate with the velcro in the suit, can damage the lining or fabric of pants that aren't constructed to accept the boot. For this reason, one should cover over the velcro if you want to wear “In” boots under something besides a suit or pant that is designed for it. “Out” boots are more in line with industry standards, where they are designed to be worn on the outside of suit. They are adjustable so you can either wear them under pants or over depending on your preference or what pants you are wearing.
How Does Dainese Fit?
Dainese uses European sizing, which is designed to fit closer to the body than the standard American cut. As a general rule to determine jacket size, take your US measurement in inches and add ten to that number, though this will not be the only determining factor. We recommend watching the video for specific jackets you are considering as not all styles adhere strictly to the same guidelines. For pants, take your US size and add eighteen. Across the board, Dainese runs taller as a brand. Sleeve length and inseam length usually provide enough length for taller, thinner frames. These are only suggested guidelines; please contact a Gear Geek for more specific information or view the size chart for each product.
In addition to European sizing, Dainese's collection contains a variety of gear with different pre-curves. Race suits like the Dainese Racing Suit are designed to fit like a second set of skin. Their sport oriented gear such as the Dainese Racing C2 Leather Jacket is designed to have built-in pre-curve, making riders most comfortable in the aggressive riding position. Gear in their vintage line, like the Dainese R-Twin, has a relaxed cut for a comfortable riding experience in the upright position.
Don’t worry about getting differently sized jacket and pants because with Dainese, all the zippers are the same length and different sizes will fit together. The only exception to this is that women’s zippers are shorter than zippers on men’s garments, so mixing and matching across gender lines will not provide proper alignment.