Dainese Laguna Seca Two Piece Suit
Headturner with great protection
If you are buying Dainese, then you are concerned with two things. One is protection and the other is looking good, and the Laguna Seca two piece provides both. I have received numerous compliments on this suit and apparently it is not well known because no one else has ever seen it before. People love the colors and cut of the leather.
More importantly, this suit gives you great protection. I suffered a low side about six months ago and escaped with no injuries after sliding into my bike and then a guard rail. The sleeve and zipper got trashed, but nothing that couldn't be repaired by a reputable leather shop.
The suit doesn't flow air very well though. I have the perforated version and the jacket does have two vents in the side which help. The pants have nothing and get pretty hot in the summer. I did a race school in June 2012 at Barber so you can imagine how hot it was there. I did fine by just unzipping the jacket during class sessions.
I am 5'11" 160lbs and purchased a size 52, and it fits me very well with a back protector underneath.
March 22, 2013
Great product, original sizing was a bit off (not bought from Revzilla)
I bought this suit in perforated white from my local dealer in Chicago. I rode in it since early April on the streets from 40 degrees to 97 degrees, and did my first couple track days a few weeks ago. I am 5' 11" tall, about 175 lbs, with a 41-41.5 in chest. I wear a Forcefield Sub 4 Back Protector, Dainese procarbon gloves, and Dainese TRQ Race In Boots. I ride an 07 r6.
sizing: I went to the dealer and they put me into a size 50 suit, which I then bought. It was somewhat tight initially, but I wore it around my dorm room during the winter to break it in so I wouldn't have to do it on the bike (and yes, everyone said I looked like a power ranger/Storm trooper. Quite funny). After break in this thing fits like a glove, its probably as close as I could get to a perfect fitting suit with the gear I currently have. I have a few little complaints about length though. The pant legs tend to ride a little high on the ankle, about 2 inches, which I think kind of messes with the look of the suit and boots together. look at my attached picture to see what I mean. The sleeves are a bit short as well, maybe an inch and a half, but are still covered by the gauntlets on my gloves. When I originally bought the suit, I wanted to wear a chest protector and armored shorts too ( I love my tailbone, and I've learned from snowboarding that a little padding on that area will save a ton of pain of I happen to land on it during a crash). Fitting Comfortably with back protector in, I've tried on chest protectors and the suit goes from unnoticed, to somewhat uncomfortable. Armored shorts definitely wouldn't squeeze in, since the legs are comfortably snug now. I'm right on the upper limit for the size 50, and it would work perfectly if I didn't want to put in the other gear. Ultimately, I should have gone with a 52, but I've already broken the suit in, and it fits rather fantastically. Also, I love the 2 piece functionality. No funny looking wriggling to get the suit over my shoulders, just put the back protector on, then the bottoms, then the top, zip together, attach the boots on the inside of the bottom of the pants, and I'm ready to go. It makes it so easy.
Riding on the street
I have the perforated suit, which is really nice in the warmer weather. I rode on the street since the beginning of the season. In 40 degree weather, I was quite cold, but that's obvious given the suits wasn't really designed to mitigate that. I've also ridden in 90+ degree weather, and have found that above 30-35 mph, the suit cools nicely. However, sitting in traffic in that heat was very hot. Again, not what the suit was designed for and I wasn't expecting it to stay cool in that type of situation. I've found that the best weather to wear the suit in and ride around comfortably at speed and in traffic is about 60-70 degrees. I also get looks all the time and lots of attention from cars, pedestrians, and fellow riders, which is always cool. On the bike, the suit doesn't bind or limit my movement in any way, and the back protector adds some extra support to my abdomen for longer rides. I've ridden 200 miles plus with it and haven't had any issues. The suit is also comfy to walk around in,as long as its not above 70 degrees. Then you have to unzip it to let some air in. The suit isn't preshaped to the point that it crushes the the jewels, and thus is easy to walk around in. A few noticeable, slightly uncomfortable things I've found on the street. The collar at the front of the neck sometimes pinches my skin when I'm sitting up on the bike. This goes away when tuck in or am leaning off, but i did notice it. A quick fix would be to cut the top end of the collar where it comes together at the zipper at more of angle, so that it can't grab your skin. Also, on very long rides (200+) on the r6, with my legs up on the foot pegs, the material on the inside of the knee starts to feel bit tight after a while. Again, if I had gone with a size 52, this wouldn't be an issue.
I went to my first couple track days a few weeks ago and this suit work fantastically! it was 97 degrees out for both days and yes the suit was incredibly hot sitting on the grid waiting to get launched onto the track. But once I was on track, I completely forgot the suit was there, which means it had excellent cooling at speed. with the back protector in I noticed a bit of resistance on the front of my hips, but only at full lean when I was in the most bent over body position, and not enough to be an issue what so ever. The suit and the back protector straps add some thickness to the material there so I'm not surprised, but again, it wasn't distracting or uncomfortable, just a tiny bit noticeable. Altogether, the suit gave me the confidence to get my knee down and blast around the track all day! it was awesome!
I did low side the bike a few months ago in a parking lot at about 30 mph. The suit had very little damage besides some scuffing and part of the Dainese logo on the arm getting torn up. It didn't hurt one bit. I remember thinking "oh no, my bike!", which shows that the suit protected and padded the crash well enough for me to not worry about myself first. I've crashed before without all the gear on, and this was a much better experience. I've attached pictures of the damage for you to see how well it held up.
Overall I love this suit, the way it looks, how it fits, and how it feels on the bike. Only issue I have is I wish I had bought a size 52, since it wouldn't have taken a long to break in, and I would be able to fit more protective gear underneath it, such as chest protector and armored shorts. Other wise, the suit fits perfectly with the forcefield sub 4 back protector. I hope the review was long enough to explain my experience with the suit, and will help you make your decisions. It was money well spent and I don't regret it one bit! Hope to see you on the track!
June 4, 2012