Dainese Alien Leather Pants
With the season changing from winter to spring I wanted a multi-purpose pant that could take a beating. This do not disappoint.
I wear a 31" Levi Jean and the 48 fit like a glove, snug but not crushing with movement that isn't compromised and they break in gradually . They are non-perfed but I would switch over to the Frazer in the dead of summer anyway.
Protection was my highest priority here and these meet the mark with a nice thick leather wrapped around hip and knee/shin armor and minimal textile. I use them mostly for touring and street riding as they do not include pucks for the track so I could not recommend them much if dragging a knee obviously.
I wanted to be able to comfortably tour, commute and do spirited weekend rides in the country while retaining the ability to pop off the bike and walk around a bit comfortably without looking like I should be at the track. These do just that.
To sum it up, I will put the most hours in wearing these and do exactly what I want them too:
- Look good
- Minimal branding
March 24, 2014
Love these pants
I just got these today. Had to order through another site because Revzilla didn't have my size :( The day after, I got an email that my size was in. Sorry Rev!
Anyways, I shopped these pants quite a bit. These and the Pony's. Neither is inexpensive. I never tried the Pony's on, and after wearing these......that's OK. These are outstanding.
They fit like a glove immediately. I decided to go with size 50. I'm 5'-10" ~185lbs.
They may stretch out and be a bit loose after they break in and I sweat them up this summer. Certainly not as tight as my race suit (48). It's fitting very well now, but sure was TIGHT when I got it last year.
I highly recommend these for street riding. They look great and will be much better when I stop and get some food than a full 1-piece.
And why does Rev keep tagging my wifes Ninja 300 to me? Where's the mention of my ZX-6Rs? LOL
January 16, 2014
Don't hesitate purchasing, give sizing some thought
I've only had these for a fortnight now. I did get a few days of riding on them while in AZ. So far, they are exemplary. I doubt they will be the coolest things when mid-summer comes around. The protection seems well thought-out and the quality feels great, but honestly those had to be givens for me at this price point. I got these for how darn good they look. I didn't want or need sliders, but I like good armour. These fit that ideal.
Sizing: Get a tape measure, and mind the sizing charts. Don't be afraid to get a size that seems small according to all your bench racing buddies on forums. That means tight!
I am (per Dainese measuring guide methods):
178 cm (70.1") height
81.5 kg (180 lb) mass
86.0 cm (33.9") waist
98.0 cm (38.6") hips (use this measurement!!!)
81.5 cm (32.1") inseam
The 48's fit spot on for me. By this, I mean they were pert near impossible to get into the first time. Give leather some time to mold over you and they will feel tailored. I did end up appreciating the adjustable calves, too. I run them open to fit my legs. A 50 might be ok for a guy my size, but I'd be swimming in the waist.
FYI: my jean size is usually 32"x32". I can't rock skinny jeans, either.
December 30, 2013
comfortable, safe and stylish
for those of you reviewing these pants just as i did a few months back... im 5'11 225lbs, i usually wear buckle or rock revival jeans 36w 32L. i ordered the alien pants in a euro 58 and they fit perfectly, now it took me 2 attempts to get the size right but revzilla return policy is awesome.
the pants... i already own a dainese avro leather jacket and trq boots, so first off the jacket zips easily to the pants with no issue, the pants have 2 calf zippers and i only needed to undo one of the zippers to ensure the pants cover the boots, the pants dont ride up, they're super comfortable and they look fantasic. ive worn these pants in 30 degree dallas morning temperatures and did not feel the chill.
i hope my review helps
December 27, 2013
I am 5'8" 145lbs and I wear 30/30 jeans so I ordered the 48 and they fit perfectly. The quality of the leather is beautiful. I wear them with the Icon 1000 chapter jacket made from Brazilian leather and looks great together. I use these for street use and haven't tracked them yet. They breath fine with minimal sweat, I live in socaI so it doesn't get to cold here but down in the 30's at night and they keep me comfortable. I also haven't crashed, so I wouldn't know if they would take the beating but it feels like they definitely would hold up and protect you. The knee and shin pads feel sturdy and don't bulk out so they look like leather jeans almost. The stretch panels are also helpful and blend in well and there is a zipper around the belt loops in case you get the jacket that can go with these pants to make it into a full suite. I ride a '13 R1 matte grey.
December 11, 2013
I love the way these feel and I trust them to protect me more than the textile pants I own. I like them so much I'm looking very hard at Dainese jackets.
I'm 6' 4" and 200 lbs and the 52 tall fit like they were made for me.
October 7, 2013
Excellent fit and quality
Bit warmer than I expected, but very comfortable on long rides. Knee protection is particularly good relative to my other protective pants.
October 7, 2013
Great protection without the bling
I guess I'm a throwback - I wear full leather nearly every time I get on a bike, whether I'm commuting to work or touring across the state. When I decided to upgrade my old leather pants, I wanted to stick with Dainese because of my past positive experiences with the brand and the simple fact that they fit me well.
The Alien pants are well made. No loose or uneven stitching and no unfinished bits anywhere. Protection seems great, comparable to many race suits, but without the graphics and external knee pucks. There's removable armor from the knees down to the shins, and flexible pads at the hips. I don't know that Dainese's proprietary D-Skin leather bring much to the table, but it sure feels nice. The waist zipper connects to both the new Racing perforated jacket I bought and my 15+ year old jacket. Nice.
The pants are slightly bulky due to all the pads, but still comfortable. They're a low-rise fit and feel snug in the groin until you climb onto a bike, but then they're comfortable enough for day-long touring. I especially like having two calf zippers - one to zip the pants closed and the second to adjust to calf size. Euro size 50 tall fit my tall, lank build well and I typically wear 32x34 jeans.
My main grip with the pants is the same as other new Dainese gear: they moved away from using YKK zippers. I much prefer the feel and operation of YKKs over the Optis that Dainese uses on it's current lineup. The YKKs in my old Dainese jacket have lasted 15+ years and I don't know if the Optis will hold up as well.
Overall, fine pants for sport and sport-touring riders who want protection without flash.
September 17, 2013