Dainese D1 Kevlar Jeans
Well made product except for knee rotection
Im 6,4" tall and weigh 220lbs. So I'm always delighted when I find a pant that is long. This product oozes quality BUT the knee pad is useless, It offers little protection but I'm ok with it because it's not a racing pant. However no execuse for dainese to introduce a product where knee pad never fits back in. Not very well secured. Ended up not using the knee protection at all. I order size 38 for me.
November 26, 2012
Cool riding jeans
I have been looking for a quite some time for nice pair of jeans that would be functional and offer some added protection compared to regular jeans. I also wanted jeans that are not too baggy and would look nice off the bike as well. Biggest turnoff for considering Dainese D1 Kevlar Jeans was obviously a price point as they are $80-$100 more than most of jeans that are out there.
My First choice was Alpinestars Axiom jeans because in general Alpinestars is my favorite brand as long as I can get items that are not heavily branded with their logo (mostly their “City” collection). I really liked the fit but they run really small in the waste. I couldn’t get them in the right size and I kept getting conflicting information in terms of whether or not they would be back in stock again.
Moved on to Alpinestars Logic jeans which have to be strangest fitting pants that I have ever tried on. They are long and baggy and have really high waste. I recognize that motorcycle jeans will fit generally higher than normal jeans in order not to slide way to low when seated but these jeans in my opinion were just ridiculous.
I have tried Dainese D6 next. They are nice looking pants, in terms of a fit very similar to Levis 501 jeans which to me is fairly neutral in terms of how baggy they are. My problem with them was that when in riding position Kevlar knee reinforcements would ride up my leg and not fully cover my knees.
Finally I arrived to Dainese D1 jeans. I felt that waste fits bit slightly larger then on Levis jeans. The legs are definitely fitting more like skinny jeans and if you typically wear baggy jeans they will feel awkward. On the flip side if you dislike most motorcycle jeans because how they look (way too baggy) you will love these jeans. I am 6”1 185 pounds and I got them in size 34.
The length of these jeans is perfect if you want to wear them with the cuffs folded like the ones in promotional photos. I tried them over my biggest boots which are tall touring boots (Falco Raid) and they fit fine. In terms of temperature and “air flow”, these are heavy denim jeans and they will allow for as much flow as you would expect from heavy jeans. I have been riding with them in temperatures ranging from mid 70’s to low 90’s. I found them to be fine until mercury hits high 80’s. To me anything that offers any meaningful protection will start to feel warm pass that temperature range. Front pockets are very small, but that is partially offset by super deep back pockets. Not sure what to say about extra pocket on the right thigh. I wasn’t too thrilled with it but didn’t find it off putting enough to prevent me from getting the pants. I use it to put a bill fold with my license, credit card and couple of bills in it.
Lastly the price. While looking at all the different pants I realized that all the ones that are $80 to $100 less are just plain jeans with Kevlar inserts in the seat and knee areas while Dainese D1 have Kevlar woven throughout the jeans which in theory should mean more protection. Added protection combined with great fit and pretty cool look justified higher price in my mind. As usual Revzilla folks in their store in Philly as well as over the phone have been great with helping me get another piece if gear that I am very satisfied with.
August 13, 2012
The waist size fits perfectly. Very stylish and very comfortable pair of riding pants both on and off my bike.
August 6, 2012
Nice City riding pants
They're great while out and about across town. Very cool and trendy, people do not notice the slight bulge in the knee areas with the soft protectors. Not too sure what type of protection the knee protectors will offer but it's better than nothing. Feels very sturdy and kind of heavy in a good way. The fit is true to size but a bit long - got them adjusted at a local store to keep the cool cuffs with the reflectors. I like them.
July 24, 2012
Jeans saved my skin
To start off, these pants have been crashed tested by me. After a high-side caused by a drunk driver, I walked away with no loss of skin. I did have contusions and a micro fracture to my right leg (impact area), but the pants kept my skin intact. the pockets are small and the pants fit very euro, but the kevlar holds up. If you want a jean that can hold up to the pavement, these have been proven. Now Dainese needs to put their CE 2 knee and shin protectors in them. If that happens, I will pay any price.
July 16, 2012
Awesome pants for the city rider
I took these out on a test ride last week just going 10 blocks in the summer heat. My upper body got hot in my mesh jacket, but my bottom was fine in the jeans. Completely not what I expected.
The jeans are very trendy, Euro-style and the stitching adds some extra coolness. Has some knee protection which you might want to replace with something more. The fit is fine, but I wish they made the same pants for women, because I would've bought that instead. The back of men's pants are too tall for women. But this was the only casual riding pants with some protection I could buy.
Obviously, they haven't been down, so I can't talk about protection. I got them so I can show up at meetings and I won't scream "biker". And they will do that job just fine.
July 2, 2012
very stylish, with a few challenges
I spent a long time looking for kevlar/denim riding pants and I like Dianese stuff in general. I did not expect these to either "flow" lots of air or keep me warm in the cold - and they don't. For mid temp days, they fit well and are quite comfortable and stylish. I actually like them a lot - but there are a few big drawbacks... I'm tall and thin - the fit in the waist means too short in the legs. Not a big deal with boots on, but still - I wear them off the bike too and hate the flood look. Certainly can't flip the cuffs to reveal the reflecto dealy-o. The "dagger" pocket described in Anthony's video looks cool but is actually useless - even for a dagger - just sayin'. The knee protection is somewhat flimsy. Others have said that at this price point there should be more robust armor and I agree.
In summary - I like these pants a lot but they have shortcomings in knee protection and length (get it?) and don't think you'll be able to stash your phone or wallet in the dagger pocket.
June 23, 2012
Fits true to size. I wear Levi 32 waist and 32 waist in these pants fit perfectly
Best motorcycle pants ever. Get two. Extremely comfortable and warm.
June 11, 2012