Dainese Gator EVO Gore Tex Jacket
Very nice jaket
This is my third Dainese. I purchase my first Dainese before 12 years when I was in Greece it was (and is..) an expensive jacket but it was (is) worth the spend!!! This a well made durable jacket and since it is Italian with great Italian style!!!!
October 28, 2013
Love this jacket
This is a perfect jacket for the right application. Great for cool days, and keeps you nice and cozy on those wet dreary days.
I'm 6'2", 175 lbs with a 40" chest and long, lanky arms. The 50 fits perfectly.
September 12, 2013
Not worth the money....better alternatives out there
Owned this jacket for 3 months now and really not overly impressed at all, specially as it is upper end of the market moneywise.
1)Gore-Tex = Breathable.......= you do feel cold air on your fore-arms @ 60mph in 5 cel (41f) temp.
2) Single zip and push buttons on front simply don't keep cold air out. IT NEEDS A DOUBLE ZIP FOLD BACK SYSTEM. I feel a significant amount of cold air on my chest while riding. You can dampen it down a bit by trying to ensure the fold back is tucked in tightly to the zip section but still does not prevent cold air from getting in.
3)The thermal liner's sleeve requires 2 fastners rather than just the one. You are gauranteed to nearly rip the thermal liner sleeve out everytime you remove your arm from the jacket as the liner simply doesnt slide of the arms.
4) Waterproof zips on two main pockets cannot be used with only one hand or when wearing the jacket. Your zip is way to tight and nearly always gets the rubber waterproof lining snagged in it...
My previous Heine & Gericke jacket was half the price and did what it needed to much better than the Dainese.
August 13, 2013
Dainese Gator Evo Gore Tex Jacket - Excellent Touring Jacket
I recently purchased the Dainese Gator Evo Gore Tex Jacket and am very pleased with the purchase. The construction quality of this jacket is truly excellent, where it tends to have a 'European' tailored look and feel to it. I am 6'2", 175 pounds. I ordered a size 54, where it fits very well. The jacket was a bit snug at first due to the stiffness of the Cordura fabric. However, as the coat has broken in, the fit has become excellent. The elasticized fabric around the shoulders and above the elbows allows moving in this jacket to be very easy. The armor in the shoulders, elbows, and forearms is outstanding and lightweight. I have ridden in the rain a couple of times, and the Gore Tex lining kept me very dry. The removable insulated liner is very easy to take out and put back in. I have found this liner to be very warm so far, riding in temperatures as low as 38° F around Lake Tahoe, Luther Pass, Sonora Pass, and Tioga Pass (Yosemite) in the Sierra's. I prefer snaps over Velcro straps, and the Gator Evo has plenty of snaps...at the end of the sleeves to cinch sleeves around wrists or gloves (the end of the sleeves also have zippers that run up the sleeves about four to five inches), pockets (plenty of very adequately sized waterproof pockets), down the front of the jacket, and around the collar. There is an extra flap of Cordura/Gore Tex fabric along the front zipper, providing additional wind blockage when needed, as well as another barrier to rain. The removable collar is very comfortable and padded, where the padding around the neck blocks out the cold wind. The exterior of the jacket's collar can be cinched down if needed. This jacket blocks any wind from reaching your body, making it ideal for cooler weather riding. The ventilation in this jacket is minimal, but I knew that when I purchased the jacket for Fall, Winter, and Spring riding. There are only two zippered vents on the shoulders that allow air to flow against the Gore Tex lining, not directly on the body. However, so far, I have found the venting to be more than adequate when the temperature warmed up into the upper 60's to low 70's (while moving down the road). If you are looking for a higher end non-leather jacket, I highly recommend the Dainese Gator Evo Gore Tex Jacket. This jacket is a touring jacket, where the length of the jacket is longer, it falls several inches below the waist, just above the crotch (see photo).
I will be ordering the Dainese Street Tracker Gore Tex Pants once they become available in my size. Even though the Dainese products I have ordered, and will order, are quite expensive, I am a firm believer in 'you get what you pay for'. I have found all of the Dainese products I have received to be of the highest quality and will get many years use out of the products.
I ride a 2012 Honda Interstate cruiser (see photo). I enjoy riding the roads throughout the Sierra Range, and to areas throughout the Great Basin east of the Sierra's.
I have found the customer service at RevZilla to be truly outstanding, which has definitely helped in my becoming a repeat customer.
October 24, 2012