Dainese New Drake Air Women's Textile Pants
Great fit, great style, comfortable, layers well. Love these pants!
I'm providing a detailed review because motorcycle pants are so hard to fit and attractive, protective motorcycle pants are so hard to find. The New Drake Air pants fit, look, and feel great thanks to stretch fabric and low-profile, adjustable tabs at the waist. The Dainese designer who produced this pant deserves an award, a raise, and a promotion. Other manufacturers, please look at these pants and upgrade your designs to compete. Please.
I am 5'5" and 135-40 pounds. I wear size 6 or 8 pants, size 29 or 30 jeans. I am pear-shaped but proportional. My bum and thighs are curvy. I'm in my 50s. I still look good in well-made pants. I have always had to try on many pairs of any type of pant to find one pair I like. Shopping for motorcycle pants is almost as awful as shopping for a bikini.
2016 Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro
I live in an urban area and want motorcycle gear that looks good and protects on par with gear made for men. I want motorcycle gear that is NOT pink. I want motorcycle gear that layers well over street clothes without making me look like the Pillsbury Doughboy. The New Drake Air pants do all that. Thanks to the stretch fabric, they are form-fitting AND flattering. Paired with black motorcycle boots they are stylish enough to wear when dining out in trendy but casual Portland, Oregon. When I want to wear street clothes at my destination, the New Drake Air layers comfortably over stretch jeans, slim pants, or leggings while still looking great.
These are all-season pants in Portland. During Portland's typical drizzle I just dry the motorcycle seat before climbing on. On the rare days I'm riding in a downpour, I layer a pair of women's fitted waterproof golf pants over the New Drake Air, with or without pants underneath.
Comfort and Wearability
The New Drake Air stretch fabric make this pant super-comfortable. The pants are fine bare-legged but even better with a temperature appropriate knee-length or full-length base layer. The knee pads do slip down when I get off the bike or stand up from sitting in a chair, especially with short boots; my taller boots usually hold them up. I just re-position the knee pads upon standing and generally they stay in place as I walk around. I check the position again before I get back on the bike. Occasionally I just remove the knee pads altogether. They slip easily in and out from the outside of the pant, through the zippered thigh vent.
Minor Design/Quality Issues
I bought my New Drake Air pants in June 2014, so these issues may have already been addressed. But for what it's worth... First, the single button at the waist was not sewn properly. The closure doesn't lay flat and the button has been dangling on a sturdy but long knot of thread almost out of the box. Second, and more importantly, the buckles (for lack of a better word) for the adjustable waist tabs are not fully sewn into the waist band so they slide around. I can line them up vertically and 5 minutes later they are out of place, horizontal, and the pants are a full inch wider at the waist. I've learned to live with it and just let the buckles stay horizontal in their loop. But I expect better at this price point.
For the Next Design Update
Longer boot zippers. But only if longer zippers can be placed without widening the pant legs. I'm good at balancing on one foot as I remove my boots, take off the New Drake Air pants to reveal my jeans, then put my boots or street shoes back on. But it's challenging. I'll happily continue balancing, though, if longer zippers still don't allow enough room for shoes and boots. Don't widen the legs!!!!
Optional or removable fastening system. I don't have a matching jacket. Probably most people who wear these pants don't have a matching jacket.
Redesign the adjustable waist tabs. Velcro ruins women's clothing. Velcro ruins breathable, wicking, athletic fabrics. Velcro should never be placed where it can come in contact with other clothing.
...An aside about hook and loop, in general and especially re jackets. Where hook and loop is appropriate, how about QUIET hook and loop? Does such a thing exist? Or a quiet alternative? It's impossible to enter a room, eg a meeting, and remove a motorcycle jacket without attracting a lot of attention. It's especially embarrassing when I'm late!...
I worry that the Dainese New Drake Air pants will be discontinued before I remember to buy another pair.
Wish List, to Make the World a Better Place
An exact copy of the Dainese New Drake Air pant in a waterproof version.
An exact copy of the Dainese New Drake Air pant for very cold weather.
An exact copy of the Dainese New Drake air pant for very hot weather.
July 28, 2016
I <3 these Moto-pants
These are my favorite motorcycle riding pants I've tried so far. Wonderful stretchy material -- comfortable armor -- FLATTERING style/cut. It would be nice if they came up a bit higher in the back, although I enjoy the low-rise front. These could go inside boots -- I wear them over my BMW (Allrounder) boots. Too hot for 90+ degree weather. The vents do not flow much air in my upright riding position. No hip armor and no pocket for hip armor. Knee shin armor appears substantial yet fairly low-profile and soft against the skin. Size 44 fits perfect -- 5'5" 130# 29w 38h 31inseam. I like these so much that I'm going to try the Dainese Super Air as well, for those really hot days.
June 17, 2016
GIRLFRIEND LOVES THE FIT
Bought for my girlfriend as gift and were perfect. True to size, and with a skinny fit you cant find in other brands. Mugello fabric is great for the hot weather yet protective and lightweight.
June 3, 2016
Happy yet slightly dissapointed.
To start off I am 5''4, 135 lbs with a 30 inch waist and 39 inch hip. I ordered a size 46 which fits great. The only thing I do not like about the fit is the waist being too large. The Velcro hip adjustors on each side are the only reason I am able to wear these without them falling down, and they still creep down a bit when moving around with the Velcro sinched half way. The knee guards are attached to the shin guards as one single piece and they sit entirely below the knee when walking around. When riding, the knee guards find their rightful place (I ride a sportbike - 2008 Yamaha R6). I am really disappointed that pants at this price do not have hip protectors! The vents are great and offer a lot of air flow. I am usually one to get sweaty but rode around today in 75 degree weather with no problems. The fit (aside from the bulging adjusted waist) is very flattering for the female figure. I am so happy it shows off my lady curves and I don't look like a boy when riding!
May 20, 2016
Worth trying, although may be hard to fit
I was not able to wear these pants although I liked the features and quality enough that I tried two sizes before giving up. I am 5'3" and 113 lbs, and first tried a size 42. They fit great in the leg, but the rise was incredibly short making them too tight around my waist. I returned those and tried a 44. The 44 was too loose in the waist and the knee armor fell well below my knee, so clearly the 42 was my size -- just unwearable due to the extremely low rise. Still, I recommend trying them because they are a good quality riding pant.
July 7, 2015
Saved me during a crash
Was wearing these during a pretty bad low side.
Pros: No road rash or broken bones or hospital visits! Protected me amazingly well. And they're Dainese, so they look baller.
Cons: I didn't really think about it and maybe its not a con, but if you fall in these, or any textile pants I guess, they get pretty much destroyed. But I bought these again, they're great.
Also, on impact, the shin guards dug into my shins a bit at the bottom. So, again not really a con because they did waaaay more good.
May 5, 2015
So I had my eye on these pants for awhile, was trying to decide between pants with liners and just flat out textile warm weather riding pants. I went into Revzilla under the idea that I'd fit into a 42, I am normally a size 6 in jeans. I tried pulling the 42s over my tush, and that wasn't happening. I am 5'5" and 120 pounds, the 44s fit my leg length and my waist just fine...with adjustments of velcro straps. The 44s give me a chance to wear some skinny jeans or other smaller pant underneath them. I got to road test them finally yesterday, and boy the air flow when the pockets are open...is fantastic.
They are a good pant and attach to my Dianese jacket flawlessly. The knee protection goes from the top of the knee down to half of the shin. I highly recommend these!
April 13, 2015
Very nicely designed and super comfortable.
They look and feel great on. Slightly warm on a 29degree Celsius Melbourne, Australian day. Wore them on a night ride when it was quite cool (10degrees Celsius) and was surprised to feel how warm they kept me and were wind proof. The side zips at the bottom of each leg are great to zip over boots. They look great on and off the bike...still shows off our feminine curves whilst been practical for bike riding. I purchased a size 44 even though I normally wear a size 6US (which would be a 42) and I am 156cm and 57kg...they are a good fit with a little extra room if I need to wear thermals.
October 22, 2014