Dainese Pony C2 Perforated Leather Pants
Great looking pants that fit well and are well made but aren't great with boots
They are great looking pants, no question. They are also incredibly well made and look very protective.
I have one major issue with them and one minor. The major issue is that I clearly have larger calves then most. I own a pair of TCX X-Cube boots and I cannot get the zipper to close over these boots. The pants also don't fit in the boots.
So as a result, I ride with these slightly open. Which means it's it's raining, the water gets in from the top of the boot since the pants don't close around them. I can't even predict which boot would work best with these pants.
The minor issue is that if you wear these with just underwear, the lining will rub your knees and it will chaff them. I did a 6hr ride with these pants and I came back with some pretty raw skin on the knees. You can fix that by wearing some lycra tights or something similar.
But other then those two issues, these really are fantastic pants. They also work better with people who have thin calves as compared to larger calves. Mine are quite large thus why I think I have issues with my boots.
November 14, 2014
Great Commuter Or Weekend Warrior Pants
I have always been a big fan of dainese products and feel you truly get what you pay for, ultimately I was torn between these and the aliens and decided to go with the Pony because of perforation. Living in arizona if i want more than 3 months out of my leathers this is a must, the airflow itself is nothing phenomenal but does do a pretty decent job up to around 85 or 90, possibly higher. The pants themselves are sized pretty dead on but will not work to well with certain jackets and a racing tuck due to them riding a little low. However combined with a seperate dainese jacket (a super speed c2 in my case) you have a flawlessly fitting suit I wouldn't mind throwing around on the track or the freeway for a simple commute. My only complaint of the pants which is also a bit of a positive, is the knee protection. I can't fit them under my current boots due to the way dainese goes down the shin, but outside the pants with expansion zipper undone they fit wonderfully! Overall definitely a recommended product!
October 30, 2014
Overall rather good with one small almost-deal-breaker
I think these pants are great except for when trying to wear them with the legs tucked inside your boots. There are 2 zippers on the lower leg: one for the opening, and one for the expansion panel. One of these zippers is heavier-duty than the other and the (somewhat clunky) slider of this one really digs into my leg when I wear my boots over them. This makes an otherwise very comfortable pant rather unpleasant to wear for more than an hour or so.
I'm trying to figure out a fix for this since I don't want to change-up my boots (Forma Adventures, which I'm really happy with). I like these a lot otherwise, and I'm sure they'd be fine with in-boots.
October 14, 2014
Pony C2 pants are very good
Aside from the small annoying thing of the right knee pad wanting to grab my knee hair a little when my knees are bent, this is a great, super protective leather pant. It breathes well for a leather pant as I've ridden in 85 degree weather without any issue when wearing boxers underneath and in 60 degrees with a pair of slacks or jeans underneath. I think with some thermal underwear I could do upper 40 degrees comfortably.
September 15, 2014
Intro to Dainese pants - love them
These pants are great. I measured myself according to Revzilla's sizing instruction, ordered the size that fit the measurements, and crossed my fingers that I would get it right the first time - and the right size arrived. The first couple of rides took a little bit of breaking in, as most leather does from my experience. After about 50-100 miles they fit like a glove.
A couple of notes:
Yes, these are perforated - but they are leather. Wore on some 80 degree humid days in NYC. While at speed they're great - stopped a different story; but not unbearable. You will most likely sweat.
Perhaps it's my inseam compared to height, but these pants are slightly short in the hem especially in the seated position. With boots they're fine, but just something to be aware of.
September 15, 2014
A Change for the Worse
The originals were my "go-to" sport touring pants last year but I wanted the latest C2 version so sold them and bought these. In my opinion the C2 might meet tougher EU specs but they no longer work for me for a few reasons.
They are listed as having the suit to boot system but potential purchasers should be aware that they do not have this system. They have an expansion zipper in the calf but that's it. There is no Velcro on the inside of the shin which the matching Velcro on the "in" boots should marry-up with. This means the Velcro on your "in" boots will rub and destroy the liner in the pants in no time. It also means there is a risk of the pants slipping up your leg either as you ride or in the event of an accident. This was my experience of the previous model before I added a Velcro patch on the inside myself.
Whilst the old design didn't have this system either it did have a fall back in the elasticated calf. The entire calf and hem was elastic so you could cinch down the second expansion zipper right to the ankle which would really lock the pants in place. The new design has a fixed hem which doesn't stretch so your expansion is either closed for over the pants type of boots or open. I find in the open position it isn't tight enough and looks hideous (very wide looking calf then narrow ankle). The shin armor is so long it now sits on top of the shin armor in the boots so it is even more unsightly and uncomfortable. This really should be a modular system so the pants armor meets the top of the boot armor in any combination of Dainese pants and boots. I would imagine "out" type boots would have the same issue with overlapping hard armor.
I really wish they had kept the aspects of the previous design which made it work so well with their in boots as in other respects they are good pants. However, as a confirmed "under the suit" boot fan these are a step backwards. Plus they are missing aspects of the system they claim to have.
August 21, 2014
The fit and comfort is very good with good usable features
Brought the Dainese pants on there reputation and the features of the pony C2 Perforated and have not been disappointed .I am a sports bike rider with a few track days so comfort is very important .I have found them very good not a tight fit plenty of movement if you are on the track some pants can interfere restrict movement not these pants .The air flow is also notable over non perforated pants as I live in western Australia cooling is important. As for Features the removable knee/shin armour is very good it gives you options to change them to suit your type of riding
June 1, 2014
You Get What You Pay For With Dainese
I've looked at and tried on many different leather pants ,These pants are spot on ! Fit , Comfort , Looks, Protection I'm very happy with my purchase,
I would also like to say Revzilla has great customer service !
May 31, 2014