Dainese New Drake Air Textile Pants
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
Good fit, protection and style.
This is a good fitting riding pant that offers good protection. Unlike most riding pants style is not sacrificed by getting a good quality product with good protection and airflow. With the addition of a base layer these pants could serve as an all season pant in warmer climates such as Florida. This is the only riding pant that had the combination of style protection and airflow that I was looking for.
February 10, 2014
Pants provide good protection, comfortable, and stylish.
I like the flexibility of the pants and the protection on the knee's and shin's feel secure in place. My movement on or off the bike is not compromised very much. I don't know how well the textile material handles in an crash. Seems thin...
The pants also have nice features to keep me cool. In the winter time (I live in Vegas) it is also enough to keep me from getting cold. The zipper around the pant legs is convenient for boots and the zipper that connects to a Dianese jacket is easy to use and keeps the lower back covered.
Finally, it looks cool in pictures. :)
January 9, 2014
Fantastic textile pants
I've been using these for about 2 months now along with my Dainese textile jacket.
-Great fit. I will say they fit a little tight if you use your jean size, but I prefer a snug fit while riding. Knee and shin protectors are also comfortable.
-Dainese quality. Materials and construction feel durable (with one exception, see below). Zips into jacket securely.
-Look great. They match my black/white textile jacket wonderfully. They also make your butt look good (or at least as good as possible).
-Swishes while walking. Can make errands a little comical.
-Pockets are a little shallow/tight. Not really used for anything bigger than keys or cash.
-Button seems cheaply attached. I think other users noted this as well.
December 31, 2013
another great Dainese product
I've owned two other brand textile riding pants, but these are way nicer in fit and construction, they have a fit and cut very close to a normal pair of pants, I usually wear a 35-30 or 36-30 in jeans and the size 54 fits very nice , the material is top notch as all Dainese is, but Dainese is as good as it gets in riding gear, might seem alittle pricey at first, but you really get what you pay for, once you try Dainese gear you won't want anything else
December 16, 2013