Dainese Bruce Gore-Tex Jacket
Must layer for cold weather
This is a very nice jacket. The fit is slightly trim so I would recommend buying a size or two larger. That will be particularly true if you will be traveling in cold weather, and need to layer. One of the recommended Dainese back armor pads has a significant curvature and will not be form fitting for tall and large people--it will take up a lot of space in the jacket.
November 25, 2013
This jacket will be perfect for the fall and winter riding I bought it for. Fit is slim – size 50 fits my 5’9, 165 lb size fine, but if you’re wide in the waist this is not the jacket for you. Sleeves are long for me, but once I’m on the bike I don’t notice and it’s versatile enough with the zippers to have the top of the gloves on the inside or outside.
Without the liner, it’s comfortable from about 45 degrees with a sweatshirt underneath up to the mid 70’s with just a t-shirt. Over 80 and I use my mesh jacket. For colder weather, the liner seems fantastic, like down, but it hasn’t been that cold yet to try out. The collar comes up high that there’s a separate down like liner for this too which promises to be very toasty.
The jacket has 2 zippers, and inner and outer that are both european style - i.e. the left side zips up rather than the right. This takes some getting used to and 2 zippers may seem trying for some. The outer zipper is not a dual zipper so you can't loosen it from the bottom. When I sit on the bike I need to pull up the jacket slightly, not really a problem but I would recommend that Dianese use a dual zipper in the future, and then this jacket would be just about perfect.
I really like the elbow and shoulder pads too, they fit very well and give a lot of protection.
October 7, 2013
Best jacket I had
This is the second Bruce jacket I'm buying.
The first one saved me a couple of month ago in a crash I had on a highway while riding at a speed of 100 Kph (62 Mph).
That guy in the car from the right lane suddenly pulled his car to left, right into my lane and hit my bike hard. I fell on the road, turned over and over like dozen of times until I stopped 20 or 30 meters from the point of impact. My bike was sliding and flipping for over 50 meters.
The amazing thing was I got up on my legs in a glance, looked around and noticed I’m not even injured; I had only one small scratch - on my knee where my pants also had a torn. The Bruce jacket got all the "injures" for me, it got all the impacts, it had some minor tears on the left elbow and on the left shoulder.
If I didn't have that jacket and gloves at the time of the accident, there is no way I could write these lines today.
The jacket is still in a wearable condition, however I used it mostly on winter (we have a lot of rain here) and once it had some tears on it - it's not water proof anymore.
I got myself a new one from the Revzilla store in Philadelphia after checking by email they had the jacket in stock. The people there were very nice, great service, great product for a reasonable price.
This jacket is made from Gore-Tex fabric, it looks great, it’s breathes, you don’t sweat in it, it’s water resistant and windproof, and it keeps you warm at 5 degrees Celsius (41 Fahrenheit) while wearing only a short t-shirt under it.
April 15, 2013
This product makes my trip comfortable.
Safety, Gore tex, hot inner and it has chest pocket and back pocket for protectors.
December 10, 2012
Well made and great fit
I have had the Bruce jacket for about a month and it has seen some chilly days, but I have yet to use the liner. I have a long torso, but the fit is perfect for me. The only gripe I have is the Euro zipper - the pull is on the left side. Most American guys will find this counter intuitive and I am having a hard time getting used to it. The front pockets work well and are a good size.
November 14, 2012
Great 3 Season Jacket
I've been riding in this jacket for the past 7 months. In the little time that I've spent with it, I have been more than impressed. In a mix of city and highway riding, it has outperformed all of my expectations.
Clothing, in particular, is very specific to an individual based on many factors: body type, response to changing weather conditions (how the body responds to hot/cold/rain), riding style, type of motorcycle ridden, riding location, etc. That being said, I can give you my opinion based on my experience with all of that variability in mind.
I am a sport touring/commuter rider - in both city and highway conditions. I tend to run a little warmer than most people, and I find that this jacket works best from 30-50 degrees with the liner in, and 50-70 with the liner out. Anything lower than 30 requires layering and anything above 70 and I don't wear it - it gets too warm and sweaty. I find the chest vents about as ineffective as Anthony states. This is meant to be a winter jacket.
The fit is fitted and has an athletic cut. I like that, some don't. I wear a 44 US jacket and bought a 54 here. It's a little constricting. You can, however, use the velcro side straps to let it out a little. Conversely, you can bring them in to tighten up the chest area.
I've only been caught in one rainstorm, and the goretex performed beautifully and kept me dry. I felt a little dampness around the neck area, though.
In cold weather, this jacket cuts wind better than any other jacket I have purchased. At 70 mph, not a draft was felt inside - I felt toasty - even borderline cozy! In winter temps, this jacket begs you to keep riding, and you'll always oblige.
Overall, a solid purchase. Mostly worth the extra cost. I feel you pay a little extra for the exclusivity and styling.
May 7, 2012
Style and function
I wanted a nice warm weather jacket but didnt want to go the route of the adventure type jackets. I ride a Harley, an Apliia Tuona (Sport Bike), and a dual sport (3 catagories). This jacket has all the funtions but dosnt confine my style to any particular type of riding. It goes with everything. I'm glad to have had this reccomended by one of your educated sales persons (Bobby Bushsbaum). Otherwise, I may have been riding my bagger with a adventure touring jacket on.
April 2, 2012
Perfect Fall / WInter riding gear
I ride the Aprilia RSV4 Aprc SE - which is so flashy that I wanted my riding gear to be as understated as possible. Very happy with this jacket and pants except the collar chafes a bit after a couple of hours (fleece neck gator can solve that). I have size 50, fitted with back protector. Perfect size for me at 5-11, 160. Warm enough that i ride with just a T-shirt in 40deg F weather. Lots of compliments on the Jacket.
November 7, 2011