Dainese New Drake Air Textile Pants
I ordered these for warmer commutes and canyon runs. Typical Dainese quality. Zippers on the leg are nice for taking off/on my Sidi Cobra Airs. I ordered them 1 size up so I can wear my work shorts underneath. They also zip into my Portland 2 textile jacket. Knee ventilation is good, cool idea to have the option to open/close when it's cooler out.
Only con is the legs are a little short, so they ride up when seated. Nothing terrible with my full size boots. If you wear shorties or tennies you're gonna show a gap.
April 13, 2014
Very comfortable riding pants
I love these pants. They are comfortable and look great. Its been a little chilly lately (40-50 degrees), but these pants + dry fit baselayer have kept me warm enough. When warmer weather comes Ill either have to change base layers or just not use one at all. The knee vents should generate enough airflow to keep things cool. They are a fairly fitted cut. I can get a baselayer under them with no problem, however, I dont think I could wear them with a pair of jeans. For sizing, I fell between sizes (44 and 46), and decided to go with the larger size, 46. This was a good choice, I dont think I could have gotten into the 44... so the sizing chart is right on, so don't assume you can squeeze into a smaller pair.
March 25, 2014
Awesome next to delta pros
Best yet. Great protection next to leathers. Full knee and shin protection with soft hip pads and fits over my Dainese Axial pro in boots. Great air flow with the leg air flow system folded back and when it's closed it is great for cooler weather. Styling is great you don't feel like a power ranger. Love them it is my daily ride pants now.
March 17, 2014
Great spring-fall pants
I like these pants a lot. They fit me great and are very comfortable. I'm 5'6", 140lbs, wear 30x30 jeans most of the time and the size 46 fits me perfectly.
I'm fortunate I got these pant when I did because the first time I wore them I hit a ptch of gravel in a turn and low sided.
It wasn't that bad and it was at lower speeds but these pants helped a lot. The hip, knee, and shin armor performed well. If I had been wearing jeans, I would have had some road rash and the bruise on my hip would have been much worse! The only damage the pants suffered was two small holes in the knee/ shin area which I got patched.
I would highly recommend these pants for warm weather riding. I was wanting to beef up my leg protection and I'm I did when I did. Like always, Revzilla delivered right on time!
March 17, 2014
Overall, excellent quality construction/materials.
-Pants are nice and snug. I'm a 34X30 pant, 5'8" tall (soccer player legs).
- I took a size 50 and the fit is good, although more room in the waist would be good as I am a bit out of shape.
-With feet on the pegs, the pants really lock onto you and have a very technical feel to them (especially around the knees).
-Great wind protection with the vents closed.
February 26, 2014
Like A Glove
Bought these last year - 1 season in and they are great. Fit is excellent, material quality & stitching/build very high. Nice pant lining makes smooth on/off. Hip & knee armor feels great. Knee pads come out for washing pants - which I have done few times and the pants kept shape fine. Knee vents help a lot BUT pants are a bit too hot on scorcher days - Just gotta deal. Minor improvement needs:
- Pants could be 1-2" longer - Ride up to top of my boots after long trip
- Waist adjustment aluminum loops spin freely and can bind up the cordura strip
February 23, 2014
Look at the size chart, THEN ORDER UP A SIZE
This review is going to depend on what type of fit you want out of these pants. If you scroll up and look at the picture of them on the model, they look snug, a bit TOO snug for me.
I am exactly 5.8 and 174 lbs athletic build. I ordered a size 50 and sent them back to get a 52. The 50's actually fit, but they were too snug (skinny jean style or not, I prefer a bit baggier look, but not overly baggy). Now the 52's are perfect! If you are shorter then 6 ft, length will not be an issue as the legs taper and mask the extra length, plus with boots on they are perfect. I hate when the pants rise up over the boot, it's a pet peeve of mine. The waist was a little big, but who cares as they are fully adjustable and cinched right up so that is a non issue. It was the legs that were my concern, I need a bit of room and the 52's are great.
The material and build quality are top notch! Seriously with the armor, these are perfect, and are not flashy but classy and go with all my gear.
Don't get caught up in waist size worries too much, nor length if under 6 ft.
I have a ducati and my legs are bent, and I have no issues with the bunching in the knee area I keep hearing about on these threads. It might be the position of the pegs that dictates that issue?
If you have 300 bills in the tank for pants, these should easily last 5 years or more and that is money well spent imo.
The only gripe I have is the button above the zipper being an eye hole that might need attention down the road.
Harley 48 1200
February 20, 2014
Styling Moto Pants!
Dainese just makes a great product. The Air Drake pants feels and wears nice from the start. Features of the pants are spot on and it feels like it will offer a little more protection compared to some of the competitors.
I only wish the Air Drake had Short Sizing available. If you run a 34-35 inch waist you should buy the Size 50. The nature of the fabric seems to slide a bit and you would feel that a tighter feel is better. Using the Velcro adjustment on the side doesn't feel good when bunching up too much.
February 10, 2014