Dainese R-Twin Leather Jacket
I bought this jacket hoping for italian quality and style. The jacket is made in some former Soviet republic. The zipper is on the wrong side of the jacket left side opposed to most male jackets right side.. The jacket fits tight around the shoulders and shoulder blades. The size is bad I am a 44 chest 210lbs 5'11 and 54 fits pretty good just alittle snug around the shoulders. The jacket does look pretty good. It is fairly warm worn it in 40 degrees with liner no problem. Really this jacket is should be priced around the 300 dollar range instead of the 700. My alpine star jacket has same or similiar features for a whole lot less money.
December 30, 2013
Excellent craftsmanship. .
I am 5'9" and weight 170 and ordered a size 52. Perfect fit.
With the liner in there is not a lot of room for layering, especially in the arms. However in the riding position, the cramped fit is not an issue ( I also have muscular arms). The liner is very comfortable and should work well in temperatures 40 to 50 degrees.
The one negative is that the collars is much to wide and does interfere with the helmet strap. Just need to loosen the collar to remedy the interference.
The "stretch panels" in the shoulders work really well and there is excellent protection in the elbows and shoulders.
I really can't evaluate the durability just yet, but this is a very well made product.
Styling is superb.
December 23, 2013
Love it! Great jacket. Fits well and looks great too!
December 3, 2013
Great looking Protection!
I really enjoy this jacket
Bottom Line, It LOOKS AWESOME, and it's DAINESE
It's a vintage style so it doesn't have all the stretch panels and comfort as the racier Dainese offerings, but thats not why you're looking at this jacket.
Also purchased Level II back protector
August 2, 2013
R-Twin in a class of its own
I have been riding for close to 10 years and had a closet full of jackets (all textile). I was looking to get a leather jacket for sometime now but wanted something that didn’t scream boy racer and was leaning towards a more vintage look without compromising safety. I did try on the Roland Sands Jacket but in my mind was more of a everyday Leather Jacket that you could put armor in. I then tried on the R-Twin and for the most part it has lived up to all of my expectations.
First fit – I am 5’6” 155 lbs – I have board shoulders (40 short jacket fits like a glove) and a 32 inch waist (small V shaped torso). With the Liner in it fits me like a glove. I did have to tighten the wait area a little but the shoulder, arms and chest region are a terrific fit (I did try and 48 and it was almost a good fit accept the arm pit area was a no go with the liner in). As for the terrific liner - not only does the R-twin scream qualify on the leather, the stitching, the design but there is so much attention to detail on the liner as well you can see you are buying quality. Now, with the liner removed all those areas do become a “little” looser BUT very very acceptable.
The only real complaint I have and it really is a small one is the neck strap as it is not a fit I am used to however being leather I assume this will break in over time.
I did try the Dainese G2 back protector but I looked like a little turtle and didnt feel it gave me a lot of protection so upon returning to the store (I must if your in the Phili area) I was introduced to the D3O material and replaced the G2 with that. With the D3O in you don’t even know you have a Level 2 protector back there (highly recommend).
I have worn the Jacket in 60F and 70F w/o the liner and it is fine. In my estimation it can be worn 2 of 3 seasons (30F - 75F) and high heat in the summer is not one of them! There is little flow through the small chest vents but the arm area does have some provisions for flow. Bottom line like most other Jackets - once you get moving its not a problem. In the Summer I have another vented Jacket but for Spring, early Summer and Fall I can see the R-Twin will work nicely,
One of the areas I am still getting use to is the DAINESE letters on the back – I am usually not a brand kind of a guy and a small part of me says Dianese kind of overdid it with these letters. They do have two nicely done small patches on the shoulder and front which is all that I think is needed but I was assured by the GF that the letters on the back are so subtle and in her mind broke up the back area - and she in fact liked the name on back. The funny part of this was at the time I purchased this Jacket a guy on the internet purchased the R-Twin at the same time and he too had some reservations on the letters so he took a thread ripper to them and took them off. A bold move for sure and not that I am advocating that but I have to say that from the pics I saw you can hardly see the small holes. I may do this in the future but for now I will live with it.
As for value on the R-Twin - well thats a easy one - I have been looking for something unique and this was the jacket that screamed at me. The R-Twin will very likely be a Jacket I will wear / ride for a very long time so the upfront cost are there but over the life of the jacket very acceptable. I my mind they hit a home run with the R-Twin and I can see that over time it will break in nicely and keep looking better and better.
April 29, 2013
Brown is always expensive
Just as most other Dainese jackets, you must purchase the back protector separately (reason for rating protection low). Without the liner, the jacket's interior is irritating, so use a base layer or long sleeve T-shirt for longer rides. This one was made in Belarus or other emerging Eastern block country, not made in Vietnam or China like lower price point Dainese leather.
The leather and shoulder/elbow protection does seem to be promising as protective gear. The neck adjustment only has two snaps, and is just workable for my neck. Sleeve diameter seems a tad too large, and the sleeve length is a shorter cut, like a sport bike jacket. It looks great and should protect well. Sizing is probably right on. I expected more for the price, however.
ZLA was great with a return from Tobacco to Brown color. The Tobacco color looked different in person. Brown rocks.
April 22, 2013
Amazing, Stylish, Comfortable, Protective and well... Just Perfect!
The only reason I put Good for the "Bang for the Buck" is because it was so hard to part with that amount of cash, but with that said, once plied out of my hands and forgotten about, I really love this jacket! In fact, I wear it out and about even though it is a bit cold for riding #I tell people I am breaking in the leather#. The fit is slim and tight. I had ordered a size 50 but returned it for a 52. I am 5'9" and 158 Lbs. with broad shoulders.
When I ordered the jacket, I asked for a back protector and the ForceField Pro made for Dainese was recommended, so I bought it. However, since the jacket is a nice snug fit, the ForceField Pro was 1.15 Inches thick and stuck out like a turtles back. I struggled with the back protector because I wanted a Level 2 protection but thickness was stretching out the jacket and was tight and really ugly from behind. After a week, I had called back twice about this issue and the second CSR suggested and recommended the Klim D30 Viper T5 Pro Back Protector. So I tried it. Amazing!!! It is 0.72" thick, much lighter and conforms to the jacket far better. Fits like a glove with no trimming required. The best part is that it too is level 2 protection. I am very happy with it and recommend this back protector with the Dainese R-Twin Jacket.
I got my bike out last week #End of March 2013# and have already taken three rides with the jacket. I wear an under garment by Tucano Urbano that is wind resistant and warm and combined with this jacket, I was not cold at all.
Although I think my Espresso Brown Vespa GTV-300 #cc# is really cool, I think that the jacket is getting more looks:)
I would recommend this and stay exactly true to the size in the measurement chart. I had tried on a 50 at a motorcycle show and the rep said that it was my size. They say that if you can zip it up, it fits. This is not true, not on my body anyhow. The size 50 cut into my bottom arm pits and I just could not imagine that it would stretch out. I am much happier with the size 52 which by the way is how I measure.
April 2, 2013
Extremely well made and beautiful design.
With the removable liner it is good in all 4 seasons.
I would buy again. I have not seen a riding jacket with this much protection that also looks soooooo good off the bike. I want to just wear it all the time.
Fit is very european but that just makes you want to do some exercise so you can look good in this jacket. :)
March 18, 2013