Dainese New Drake Air Textile Pants
great pants but check sizing
I'm 6`0 210lbs but i have rather large thighs being a bicycle rider. The 52s did not fit but thanks to revzilla's awesome exchange/return policy i returned the 52s hassle free and ordered the 54s which fit much better.
As others have mentioned the area around the knees was a bit tight but stretched out a bit overtime. These vent ok - not great - in 90 degree weather my legs were hot - but would have been hotter in kevlar jeans for sure.
Odd thing with the full zip on the pants - i have a astars jaws leather jacket and an astars viper air textile jacket - both with similar zippers - on the 52 pair - they zipped up no problem - they will not zip up on the 54 pair i got.
Other than that - they fit well - armor in all the right place and they look great. Overall - i'm happy with this purchase.
July 14, 2014
These pants are great
I've had these pants for only a few weeks now but they're pretty awesome, except for a few minor complaints.
-Good protection: Large solid knee and shin protectors, soft cushioning for hips, made of solid textile material that feels like it will hold up in a slide
-Nice air flow: I rode through central California on 101, with the vents open, I didn't really notice any overheating in my legs.
-Stylish: Slim fitting, not large and floppy like some overpants i've seen
-Fit a bit small: These pants tend to ride up on me, I find myself constantly pushing the knee guards down and there is a nice gap between the pants and my boots, hopefully theyll break in a little more and this issue will go away
-Uncomfortable spots: When I first started wearing them, the pants would pinch behind my knees, still noticeable but not as bad. Also the threading for the zipper on the right pant leg has started to rub my leg which is annoying but Ill live
Overall good protection and style for an affordable price, glad I bought them
July 14, 2014
Great Riding Pants!
Great fit. The pants fit very close to what the size chart says. They are definitely more fitted instead of baggy. I ordered a size 48 and the fit perfect. I'm 5'10, weigh 140 lbs, and wear a size 32/33 waist. Maybe a bit on the small side because it is pretty tight when wearing even dress pants underneath. One size up would be good if I wanted to wear under pants more often.
I wanted a inconspicuous pair of pants that I could wear on my way to work without looking like I was on my way to the track. These work great and blend in well. My only complaint is that they make the "swish" noise with every step. No issues on the bike though.
The pants do have vents, but I don't really feel airflow through them as I ride. But even though I don't feel the air, I still don't get hot or sweat in them even on 80+ degree days.
The protection is great in these and the knee pads are even removable. Unfortunately I had a chance to try out these pants in an off I recently had. These pants did a great job and I came out with only a bruise on my leg from it being under the bike.
These pants do have the zipper which connect to Dainese Jackets. It works great with my Super Speed C2 and kept the jacket from riding up when I went down.
I definitely recommend these pants. They did their job well and will continue to protect me every time I ride.
July 12, 2014
Very stylish pants and good protection!!
Whenever it comes to foreign sizing it's sometimes a pain to get right, so I decided to do the best review ever that I would have used to pick my size. I'm 6'0 160 lbs. athletic build and normally wear a 31-32/32 size jeans. A word of advice is to measure yourself for ALL the sizing criteria. My measurements came out to be almost exactly identical to the sz 46 for this pants and when i got them they were near perfect fitting. However, i would recommend going a size up after finding the size that is closest to your measurements. I say this because when I am riding my knees are bent, which causes the tight pants to bunch up in the back of the knee. This isn't a huge deal but it causes some slight discomfort. If you prefer the slim fit style like me then disregard what i just said and just go for the closest sizing for your numbers. Overall the pants look great and have nice protection armor for the critical impact points. One thing that was not as up to par were the knee vents. They did not seem to do too much for ventilation. I noticed that i got more airflow walking around than riding on the bike hahah. Anyways hope you found this useful and safe riding y'all!
July 10, 2014
Love these pants
Tell them to make them in long sizes from 46 on up for us skinny tall guys please!! Thanks. Bob
2013 Ducati Monster Evo
July 7, 2014
Recently I bought a pair of Dainese New Drake Air Textile Pants for summer riding. I have a 'Tard and an ADV and these seemed a good fit for both bikes.
The other day I got the bike ready and went for a ride having planned a two hundred mile route to see just how comfortable these pants really are. I was about three miles from home and just getting settled in when I thought to myself that the measure of good equipment is that you can't always tell if you are wearing it. I thought these New Drake Air Pants are so comfortable, and that's when I looked down and realised I had indeed forgot to put them on. I had to find a place to turn around and go back home and put the pants on. That accounted for the strange looks I was getting from the old lady in the civic.
Having donned the new pants I set off on the ride, and can report that the pants are indeed very comfortable, fit my form well, (- it's why I buy Dainese gear - these are my third set of pants and I have four jackets, including the Ducati Corse jacket I was wearing) and the gear always looks top notch.
The material is soft and pliant, the zippers, button top, and poppers for the vent are all top quality. It hardly feels like you are wearing anything heavier than jeans when you get moving. The are comfortable to walk around in and the vents are large enough to allow sufficient air to flow to keep you cool up into the 90's, especially when moving.
I'm glad I bought them, I just have to remember to put them on before I leave the house.
June 30, 2014
They key to buying these pants is getting the right size and fit because they are designed to fit snuggly. When I first put them on I thought they were going to be too small but they actually are just right. I bought the 52. 5"11" and 200 lbs but muscular especially my calves. Usually wear 36 in waste and 32 inseam, which is a bit long. After wearing them daily for 3 weeks, I recommend them. The protection around the knees and shins is great. At first the pants may feel a bit tight over the knee. They stretch out and I have never been uncomfortable on longer rides. They fit over my waterproof, Gore-tex Alpinstar boots. When the temps reach the high 80's and 90's you will sweat a bit under the armor padding around the knees even with the thigh flaps open. What gear isn't hot in that weather? These are not pants to wear off the bike for long periods, so don't expect to wear them around the office.
June 28, 2014
Pretty solid pair of pants
These pants are pretty comfy at temps below 80F. I'm 6' 3" and have an inseam of 34. These pants become high waters once I'm posted up on the bike and I even got a size too large. The knee pad/shin guard combo also traps heat and creates a bit of discomfort when in riding position. That being said the zipper that connects the pants to jacket is Ingenious. If you're over 6' you might run into issues like I'm having
June 23, 2014