Dainese D-System EVO D-Dry Pants
A bit expensive, but well worth the money
I bought these pants last season, wore them through pouring rain, searing heat, cold mornings and 14 hour days in the saddle. Great ventilation with the fold down flaps, but on really hot days, they can get a bit steamy. The material is mostly waterproof, so I really never needed to put the d-dry liner in, which I found fussy to put in anyway. Great pants!
February 21, 2015
Nice year-round pant
I bought these specifically for cold weather so that's what the bulk of my review will focus on, but these have tons of ventilation so I'm sure other reviewers will speak positively of their qualities in the other three seasons.
For winter riding, I've found these to be a really nice pant. I've worn them at highways speeds (around 70 - 75) down to sub-35 degree temps and they do a good job of blocking the wind. On the coldest day I rode the temperature was just above freezing; I wore a cheap pair of Champion thermals from a sporting goods store underneath, and my legs were toasty warm on a 40-minute ride at a variety of highway and surface-road speeds.
The attachment zipper almost mates with the one on my Astars Gunner jacket, but it's not an exact match so I decided to just forgo it, and the height of the waistband combined with the length of the Gunner gives fine coverage and no wind gets to my lower back even in a tuck on the Daytona.
One thing to keep in mind is that these do appear to be made more for the touring crowd rather than for sportbikes. While the fit is great in terms of length and around the waist, getting my relatively long legs bent enough to get my feet onto the 675's rearsets is a bit of a pain, and my movement feels more limited than in jeans or leathers. The Daytona's not really my bike of choice for freezing-cold weather anyway, and hopefully these will become a bit more flexible as they break in, but for those of you who are thinking of these for sport riding in the warmer weather, it's something to think about.
Overall, though, they do the job I bought them for - they are super-protective and keep me warm no matter how cold it gets so while they are not the least expensive option out there, they were still a good buy.
February 13, 2015
This was my first purchase on RevZilla, and I'm not disappointed.
My first issue would be with the length of the pants, that I feel is a little bit on the short size. Not sure if this is due to the knee protection. The waist is perfect though, so I decided to keep my size 48.
Other than this, those pants are super comfortable, have a clean cut, and without the waterproof layer, are great to ride in the 80s, even if at low speed (in town)
November 24, 2014
comfortable and nice fit
I am 5' 8" 165 lbs and the 50 fit perfect. I wear 33 inch jeans at the waist and thirty on the inseam. The knee pads are in the right place. They are a great sylish non flashy pant.The length issue was non existent on the inseam
November 23, 2014
The painstaking truth of the matter is that you will most likely have to try on a pair of what ever you decide to buy and see if they fit. I tried the AGV Sport Telluride H2O Vented Pants and the Tour Master Flex Pants and was not satisfied with the fit or quality of either. The Dainese D-System Evo D-Dry are above and beyond these others when it comes to materials and workmanship. The knee armor is especially more substantial and properly aligned. I'm 5'8"/160lbs and got the size 48, which are perfect for me. These are very comfortable, quality pants.
October 26, 2014
Good protection but short for me
These are great pants, but not long enough. If they were designed with stretch panel crotch and elasticized knees they would be long enough. Or if they came in 48 long, the size would be perfect. The knee and shin protection is better than other textile pants that I tried, but as others have noted, the hip protection is mediocre. They small and intended to protect the lower pelvis, but they don't cover the right spot on me. Because the hip pads are thin and almost unnoticeable, making them large enough to protect the upper pelvis would be welcomed. I didn't test the waterproofness, but protection from cold air is good. Riding in 100 degree weather in Death Valley was bearable. My knees and shins were a little warm and a little sweaty behind the armor, but airflow was good everywhere else. 50-80 degree weather was perfect in these pants.
October 20, 2014
Stylish and versatile, but not waterproof
I've been looking to invest in quality all-season riding pants for a long time and an upcoming trip to Nova Scotia finally made me take the plunge. The reason I chose these pants was I loved the tailored fit, as opposed to usual baggy look of textile pants, the venting pocket which promised hot weather comfort and the waterproof liner in case of a downpour.
Well, after 3,000 miles of temps from 60 to 95 degrees, 3 massive downpours and long days in the saddle I feel like I've really run these pants through the gauntlet.
The fit is fantastic. I'm 5'10" with a 31 inch inseam and wasn't sure whether to go with 48 or 50, went with 48 and it's pretty much spot on. Only quibble is that I'd like maybe an extra inch on inseam, but it's pretty negligible. Armor goes exactly where it should.
The venting pocket works great in hot weather. I was comfortable into the lower 90s (while moving). It really does its job. With the liner in, you're good into the lower 60, anything below, might wanna throw on some longjohns.
They look great, at least in my subjective opinion. And if your riding style is more athletic with getting off the bike, the move great with you.
The biggest downfall for these pants is the fact that they don't do their job in a serious rain storm. First, the liner is a pain to put in if you're on the road, but that's true of all inner liners. But the biggest problem is that, once in, the liner only holds up for about an hour, after that, it gets completely soaked through. Cold and wet is not a place you want to be on a big trip, thousands of miles from home and hundreds of miles from your destination.
The venting pocket does let air through, even when zipped up, so below 70, it gets drafty and chilly pretty quick. The liner does take care of it though.
These pants are not cheap, definitely a serious investment. I would gladly recommend them for around town, and day rides where you're not too worried about massive, sustained downpours. For a longer trip, sport-touring, adv, etc where waterproofing really matters, I'd recommend looking elsewhere.
July 30, 2014
Excellent fit and function
Purchased these for both my wife and myself for a spring tour of Ireland. We had some rain everyday but one and these performed beautifully, keeping us both dry and warm. Temperatures ranged from 47F - 65F and these were perfect with the liner and could have gone colder, but definitely would have needed to removed the waterproof liner in warmer conditions to increase the airflow. The fit was nice and slim so even my wife still felt good in them.
July 28, 2014