Dainese Pony Leather Pants
Saved My Skin
Went down on the track in these doing 50mph and got up with just some scrapes to the leather. They more than proved their worth and now I wear them whenever I'm riding. Sizing can be funky, so call and ask. Stiff right out the box but break-in quickly. After just a few weeks, they're more comfortable than any jeans I own. Highly recommended.
April 8, 2013
Another review to help with sizing
I'm 5'11", 150 pounds, I wear size 33 or 34 jeans at the waist, but have a 35 1/4" waist, as measured around my belly button. Make sure to measure your waist, not your hips, if you have *any* amount of a "beer belly". Leather pants will not forgive any fibbing about your sizing.
I got the Pony pants in size 52, and have just a shade of extra room at the waistline, which fortunately can be taken in with the built-in velcro adjustments. I could probably have gotten away with a size 50 and had them perfectly snug without any taking them in, but I wanted a little extra room in case, well, I put on any more weight around the midsection at some point in my life. They're expensive pants, so I'd hate to not fit them anymore. For now, these stay up fine when I walk, and they're plenty comfortable for sitting. The length is fine, and the knee armor sits in the correct position both when standing and sitting (why can't other manufacturers do this?).
Some nice features: they have a nice snug fit, although there's room inside for people with beefier legs than me. All black leather construction - no logos. Also, no knee sliders, for people who don't need them. The knee armor protects your entire lower leg, which can be a minor problem with certain boots, so if you get these, make sure you test wearing them with all your boots before deciding to keep the pants.
Overall, these are very expensive for what they are, and I'd definitely recommend people look at other leather riding pants before deciding on these, but if money is not an issue, and you want excellent riding pants that are not full-on race pants, these are the ones to get.
March 7, 2013
Dainese Pony leather pants
Thanks Revzilla! Ordering - simple. Delivery - bang on. Since ordering from Canada, you need to be sure of the details of the product before proceeding. With the info provided by Revzilla, the experience was a good one. Know the sizing. I have a pair Dainese textile pants size 54. I'm 5'11 - 190 lb, so after some homework and trying on a couple pairs, ordered a size 52 of Dainese Pony leather pants. Great choice. Yeah a little snug at first, but this is to be expected as they will stretch with you and fit like a ,er, glove. The features of the pants are great - most noteable being velcro adjustment straps on the waist to fine tune the fit. I don't race but do enjoy sport riding. Knee sliders are too technical for my style of riding, The knee and shin protection with the Pony are very good. Another person had an issue with the zipper system on the lower calf. This was a concern but proved to not to be a problem to me as they tucked nicely into my boots. To whoever else considers these, you're gonna love these puppies, er pony's !!
February 16, 2013
Everything is perfect about this product I mean it even fit me , comfortably so, and I am 6'1" with a pants waist size 30. (I bought those pants in size 46) The coolest feature is the 360° zipper on the waist that works with my Racing Leather Jacket, essentially creating a 2 piece suit.
Now I bet you were waiting for a but.... and there is one. Everything about those pants might be good, BUT that zipper on the bottom of the pants. It is there to open up the lower part of the pants so you can slide in and out of them. The problem with it is though, that when tugging them in boots it creates a very uncomfortable pressure point. It was incredibly annoying to get used to, walked around in them for hours, and will probably bother me on very long rides in the future. Wearing a nice pair of socks also helps a lot.
Other then that they are great. I would love a few more protectors at that price point, but Dianese isn't exactly the cheapest company out there. So all in all they are great and I would recommend them to those who don't care about getting used to that stupid zipper.
January 21, 2013
Nearly perfect pants
I've been searching for comfortable pants for two years for long rides on my sportbike. My bike was really made for the racetrack, so the seating position is extremely aggressive and my knees typically are in pain after a long Sunday ride. Thus, the search for pants that don't tear the skin off the backside of my knees, don't ride up, don't get caught on the pegs, stick to the bike tank, and have good air flow.
The fit: I'm 5'6", 123 lbs, athletic, wear US size 4 - I got a size 44 in these pants. Normally, I wear a 42 in this brand, but didn't want my knees hurt so I went up. Upon first try-on, they fit perfectly and I actually looked decent in them. The pluses: tucks into boots smoothly, full zip to jacket, knee and shin protection, and fit comfortably. Fabric behind the knee prevents pants from bunching and cutting through my skin. Surprising ventilation, especially with cooling gear under it. The negatives: the waist rise is to the belly-button, which is really HIGH like mommy-pants, and digs in a little while riding and even more when off the bike sitting in a chair. When on the bike, it doesn't constrict the waist though, my skin was just a little raw at the belly button from it pushing on my skin. They are still lower-rise, wider, more comfy waist than other brands. The waist adjuster straps are stiff and have the harsh part of the velcro folding inward, so has the potential to wear off your skin if you don't do it right. The knee guard itself is gigantic, and while I thought this was a plus, after riding for three straight days I realized how much pain a too-large knee cap protector could cause. By the 3rd day, I had to keep stopping to stand up because my knees would loose feeling #outside of throbbing pain# because of the pressure the guards put on my entire knee. I'll be replacing those with smaller Dianese protectors fitted to a smaller person. They also don't come with hip protection, so you have to add that in yourself. The last negative is that after 2 days of riding they stretched out what looks like a WHOLE size, so now they look huge and saggy on me and I really should have gotten a 42 and suffered through a couple uncomfortable days breaking them in.
In all, even though it sounds like a lot of negatives, there is nothing more comfy than leather pants that fit and have ventilation. They don't come up on the waist as high as other brands and don't cut in as much... barely noticable unless sitting in a restaurant chair during a stop. I've been searching for years and these are great. Their alternative version is the Alien style, which has even more ventilation, but has belt loops instead of the cincher and they seem to fall down without a belt. That sounds even more uncomfortable.
August 6, 2012
Great leather pants
I am overall very happy. I had a difficult time finding leather pants that were not too Harley looking or ones that were meant only for the race track. These are a perfect fit for the casual street rider that wants the protection of leather with the styling of Dainese. Theyzip with my Dainese jacket. The fit is very nice. Adjustable velcro waist is very helpful. My only issue is that even with the extra calf zipper, they don't easily fit over my riding boots. They are really made to go into racing style boots. this is a minor issue for the overall safety and style of these leather pants. Overall very happy.
April 1, 2012
These are a great pair of pants for street riding. I would highly recommend them if you are looking for a pair of leather pants without knee sliders. They have excellent knee/shin protection and are pretty comfortable considering the level of protection. The waist zips to my Dainese jacket with no problem.
I am 5'-10" 140 lbs, size 30 waist, size 31 jeans. The size 46 in these pants fits great.
February 19, 2012
As always, Dainese jacket and pants fit me PERFECT. Not an inch longer or shorter; stretch panel at where needed; just tight enough so it hugs the skin.
If you have a rather substantial body I'd suggest AlpineStars, which fits a bit looser but still feels great.
February 6, 2012