Dainese D-System D-Dry Pants
Great pants, fit well, yet hip armor is not up to par.
Love the pants, yet wish the hip armor was actual armor (or at least the ability to replace it with other hip armor). It is thin padding instead. Other than that, I really like the airflow, fit, and quality. 5'10 and wear a 32 in jeans, so the size 50 worked perfectly for me.
December 2, 2013
Great riding pants
Bought the Dainese D-System D-Dry to be my riding pants, as I will be getting kevlar jeans for everyday city riding/commuting.
These are extremely comfortable, and while they do run a little small, they fit snug and the thermal liner as well as the mesh when the thermal liner is removed make me feel like I am sitting on a cloud. I keep the air vents open at all times, and can feel a reasonable amount of air flow with the thermal liner in. In 7 degree weather (Celsius), I am perfectly comfortable with the thermal liner in and the air vents open for ventilation. Performance in the summer with the thermal liner out and air vents open remains to be seen.
In terms of style, it looks a lot better than most other waterproof riding pants, with a slim fit. Although they still look a bit like snow pants, they are significantly slimmer and I don't feel stupid walking into a mall in them. Note that these are not an overpant - I wear them as a main pant when I go out riding. If you wanted to, I'm sure you could fit a pair of slim fit or skinny jeans underneath these with the thermal liner out. Without the thermal liner however, you lose out on waterproofing so I would plan around the weather. The waterproofing in this pant is good, having been caught in a moderate shower. Performance in a downpour remains to be seen.
Protection-wise I feel like these would hold up in a crash with reasonable abrasion resistance, but the knee and shin guards may not be the best for harder impacts. These are good for everyday city use, but if I were to go on more spirited rides and longer trips, I would wear strap-in shin guards under the pants.
My biggest and only annoyance with these pants is its compatibility with race boots. I have a pair of Puma Desmo GTX boots, and these pants are too thick to tuck into the boots. I prefer the over-the-boot look anyway, but every time I do this I have to put the inside liner with the shin-pad inside the boot, then the thermal liner and outside shell outside the boot. It all fits because the pant legs zip up and down, BUT once zipped, the liner containing the shin pads move up, causing the pant leg to crinkle and thereby displacing the knee and shin pads a little bit. Please note that this does not affect function at all, because a little bit of play with the shin pads allows it to fit well - it is just an annoyance because it feels a little awkward and doesn't integrate seamlessly with my racing boot.
November 11, 2013
Well made, good fit, quality product.
I ride a Multi 1200s and on a longer ride these pants performed well. In early November riding through NSW with the pocket flap open to allow breathing and the liner fitted I wasn't too hot. Those who feel the heat would simply take the liner out. Through the Snowy's my legs were warm. My knees got a bit cramped due to the tighter fitting legs, but the waist was true to size. I'm 180cm & I take a 36-waist 34-leg Levi's and I bought a size 54. Hope this helps.
November 11, 2013
I am 5.7” and 178 lb. I already had a New Drake size 50 which fits too tight so I ordered size #52 this time which fits a little large but I can wear shorts under it. No baggy look at all. Great quality and protection.
Ride BMW K1300S - 2012
August 19, 2013
Great style of pants with many features.
I bought these pants for summer riding, with rain protection. The pants are a little warm at 80 degrees, but are bearable. I haven't ridden in the rain yet, so I can't comment on the rain protection. The knee protection are in the right location and are not noticeable when walking around.
I bought a larger size so I could wear shorts or pants to work if needed.
July 9, 2013
Great every day riding pant.
I wanted a pair of riding pants to wear primarily every day. I'm 5'11, 170, with a 30" inseam for jeans, and the size I bought (52) fit pretty well for length. My jeans waist is about 33", and these are slightly large in the waist, but between the fasteners and velcro side zips, I'm able to get them to be comfortable. They will probably fit better when I start wearing the inner liner and/or layers underneath in cold weather.
In extreme hot weather, they actually aren't too bad when you are moving. I was stuck in traffic for an hour in 90+ heat, with lots of sun and humidity, and yeah, it wasn't very fun. But once I got moving, the thigh vents worked decently well. And remember, without the waterproof inner liner, they aren't 100% windproof, so you do cool down, even at that temperature.
They look good, (not like typical American-style pants that seams like NASA designed them for moon walking) and they are clearly well made. The cordura is very solid and I'm certain it would hold up well against a slide.
They have the 270 degree zip, and I'm waiting for the Dainese jacket I want to get in stock here so I can take advantage of that, as well. All in all, a great pair. If you primarily ride in extreme heat, you should go with a more mesh/ventilated pair of riding pants. But if you are a New Englander like me, and have all sorts of conditions, you could do much worse. Definitely would buy these again down the road.
July 8, 2013
Wow what an awesome pant.
Fit was right on I used the size chart. I take a 34/32 jean I bought a 50 and it fit perfect. They are slim fitting and don't look like snow pants.
They are bulky and hot with the liner in but take the liner out and they flow a decent amount of air. They are very comfortable without the liner and still provide a good amount of water resistance.
They quality is top notch and the styling is great. I would recommend these pants for highway and street riding.
June 17, 2013
I'm about 5'10" tall and 175 pounds and a 32" inseam. The size 50 fit perfectly. The liners are easy to install and remove and provide some weather protection. They get a bit warm at 90+ degrees even with the leg vents open.
These pants look good for riding pants and the knee/shin protectors fit my legs quite comfortably.
June 10, 2013