Dainese Full Metal D1 Gloves
Beautiful and amazing
Bang for the buck: These gloves are not cheep. They are expensive but that said you can really see all the work that went into making them. Use of different materials, the quality of those materials and the way it’s all put together is truly exceptional.
Style: Dainese always makes (in my opinion) the most beautiful gear imaginable. I would consider my self a sport style rider so I personally love aggressive but restrained design. Unfortunately most sport motorcycle design is crazy and over the top. Dainese however always seems to nail it. The gloves are stunning to look at with their use of titanium, carbon fiber, Kevlar and premium hide. But the best part for me is how each piece is designed to be beautiful and functional.
Comfort: All new leather gloves need to be broken in and these are no exception. Having tried them on in a few stores i was worried they weren’t comfortable. But having gotten mine in the correct size and having a few rides to break them in I found these gloves to be nothing short of exceptional in regards to comfort.
Protection & Durability: fortunately I haven't had any crashes so I can't give a review on safety however the top guys in MotoGP use these and if it's good enough for them I'm pretty sure it's good enough for me. In regards to durability however I've had a pair of Dainese gloves for years now and they have held up tremendously. I expect with the better materials and Kevlar stitching that these gloves should hold up even better.
Features: Gloves are always tricky in regards to features. The “features” them selves are actually aspects of the design and construction that you mostly don’t see. In any case i’ll give it my best shot. These things are build solid especially compared to my four stroke gloves. It’s not always easy to see the difference but after a closer look it’s all their. Lets start with double stitching. On my old four stroke gloves the base stitching across the entire glove was single stitched with an unknown fabric. However with these nearly every bit of structural stitching is doubled. Better yet the thread is made of kevlar witch means these gloves are pretty darn strong. Speaking of Kevlar the whole backside of the glove has a layer of kevlar for added protection. Titanium! oh my god do they look good. I struggle to see in what crash position the knuckle sliders would really come into play but lets be real here… They just look amazing…
Fit: These gloves fit like… well… a glove. At first they feel stiff but after a few rides they start to feel perfect. The fit and finish on the inside of these is of corse even more important then the outside given their functionality and i really think they did a solid job. When i first got my old four stroke they initially felt balky but within about 15min i realized that i was able to be extremely delicate with my fingers even though i had them on. These Full Metal D1 Gloves are exactly the same and it really is amazing.
All in all: All in all i really haven’t seen anything better then these. Granted I love design which ends up playing a big part in what i value as important. However even the style aside these gloves are superb. The fit, finish and overall duality is really something to admire and id recommend anyone who is serious about safety, style and pushing their riding to the next level to look into them.
March 17, 2016
VERY NICE GLOVE,nice protection and very comfortable. Leather is very soft but very easy to get dirty
January 19, 2016
These gloves are incredible. I had a pair of Druids S ST which I liked very much, but wanted the increased protection of a gauntlet style glove. Although by no means are they cheap, the fit is great and the protection feels unmatched. They make the Druids, which are themselves great gloves, feel like paper towels. I haven't had any issues with small finger chafing like others have mentioned but my fingers are narrow so I guess that helps. After a few rides they feel pretty well broken in and I imagine they'll only get better with more time in the saddle. Maybe a little over the top for street riding, but it's hard to argue with having more protection.
My only issue with them is the loose threads from the Kevlar layer. They make them look a little improperly finished for $400 glove. I looked at all the pairs on the rack, and they all looked similar. For that much money they should finish them a little better. Mi
December 14, 2015
Perfect except pinky
Awesome glove. Fits tight and a bit stiff at first. Only issue is after a few hours of riding the gloves wore a hole in my left pinky.
December 13, 2015
Protection at a price
Overview; High level of protection, average airflow, moderate comfort for gloves in its class.
Durability: 5,000 miles or so on these gloves, not falling apart yet.
The armor is a mixture of carbon fiber sliders, plastic palm slider, wrist guard, multiple layers of leather in specific spots, and titanium knuckle/backhand plates. Only one wrist guard to cover the outside wrist bone. Pinky has a hardened layer over it. Pinky is not connected to the ring finger.
There are a perforation holes between the fingers of the gloves. 6;7,7;7,7;4 holes for a "L" glove. This is not as much as other gloves in the same category.
In 90*F+ weather touring riding with the glove is hot and sweaty (I usually ride for 8-14 hours when "touring").
In winter riding (45* or less), glove isn't insulated enough to keep fingers from getting cold or numb.
During track use, you don't notice the temperature as much because your gloves are off when not in use.
Glove is comfortable overall and is constructed with no odd pieces poking on the inside like a good biking glove.
Pinky gets tight, but I learned that if you make a tight fist, and then tighten the velcro straps, the glove doesn't rub on the pinky as much and has adequate slack for hand controls.
Glove feels soft on the inside but heavy from the protective bits and needs to be broken in properly. To break in all my leather gear I ride in the rain until they are dry.
Style: Personal opinion, The yellowish stitching is odd, and don't match my Dianese leathers. Otherwise, they look... "cool".
Bang for Buck: Expensive, and you can get other gloves that look as good or are just as protective. If you are like me and have a Dianese suit that absolutely must match, then a good alternative is the Dianese Druid.
December 5, 2015
Look great & Protective.. but 0 durability.
Dont get me wrong, the gloves were great.
They protected my hands up until they fell apart, 4,000km in.
I oiled and protected the gloves, but i would STRONGLY recommend these for light track use.
November 27, 2015
Excellent glove but...
For track riding, I love these gloves; I previously bought the short-cuffed version so I knew an XL would be a great fit for me (large mitts and stubby fingers). They're a little tight for me across the back of the hand where the armor has less give but the great leather really breaks in well. I haven't seen such good leather on any other glove. That said, I only gave them 4 stars because after (2) days on the track, the threads between the front and back finger leather have started fraying significantly. It doesn't appear that the gloves are going to fall apart from it, but it does look like a manufacturing defect, even if only cosmetic. At this price you are pretty much expecting perfection. I will continue to buy Dainese, as their stuff overall seems to be about the best, despite this less than perfect individual pair of gloves I received.
November 23, 2015
What can possibly happen to my hands...
Just look at them. What would I say here? If you are considering these, just get them.
I constantly beat myself up because I do not wear these gloves ALL THE TIME. I should, i really really should.
November 16, 2015