Dainese Rebel Leather Jacket
Worth every penny
I waited weeks to get this jacket in the two tone red/white and it was absolutely worth it.
Styling: It has to be one of the greatest things I've ever purchased. I've ridden around on sport bikes, had some very special cars, etc. and honestly, this jacket attracts more attention (not always wanted...) than anything else I've ever had. It just looks the business as Jeremy Clarkson would say, and people constantly ask me about it. I frequently forget to leave a normal jacket at the office and I'll be seen walking to lunch in NYC wearing this jacket. Quite a few questions generally ensue. Just make sure you don't have to take a phone call when out and about, because reaching that phone in ear position is quite difficult.
Fit: I personally love the secure feeling of a very tight fitting race style jacket. Time to laugh: for the last few months since selling my Monster 796, I've been using this jacket on a vespa LX 150. Not exactly the seating position it was intended for but I still prefer it over anything else. I've always advised getting the best gear possible and then worrying about the bike and this fits that adage perfectly. This is really next level stuff.
Warmth: The zipp-able liner on this thing is no joke. I've been using in in sub 40 degree temperatures and my legs with thermals on get cold well before my upper half with the liner in. In the summer, with the liner out and the vents open, the jacket breathes remarkably well.
Quality: I'm the type of person who'd drive a Ferrari to target. I spend money on what I like-so suffice it to say I've never owned super high quality apparel. However when it comes to gear, for me, it's the best or nothing. I either get the best protection possible or I don't ride, simple as that. That all boils down to this jacket being of utterly superb quality, so far beyond anything else wearable I've ever owned. The leather is second to none. It's been months of almost daily use and it still looks perfect and my closet still smells like a brand new Ferrari (the leather really is incredible).
Overall, this is highly, highly recommended. I paid the full ask, and don't even mind that it's hundreds less currently on revzilla, it's still worth every cent.
Fit wise, I'm a very skinny guy and it's tough to get the arms zippered when I'm wearing a sweater with the zippable liner in. It's a tight, tight jacket, but I suit up like I'm going racing even when buying milk down the block, so for me, it's just how riding is supposed to feel.
December 18, 2012
This jacket is so boss. Looks amazing and feels great. The fit is true to size. The protection is great but I recommend getting the Dainese Wave G Back Protector for extra protection. The titanium shoulders are just great, they make the jacket look amazing and make you really stand out. The only thing that bothered me was this one thread that was scratching my wrist on the left sleeve. Other then that, this product is amazing, definitely recommended.
December 3, 2012
Great fit and finish.
Overall, the jacket feels like it provides a great deal of protection. I am 5'8" and 175 lbs and sized out at a 52. The jacket feels great in the shoulders and upper back and opens up quite a bit at the waist. It easily zips into the Dainese D-dry D-system pants. The liner is o.k. with fair wind and thermal protection down to the mid 50s, below that, you can tell how well the ventilation works.
The only problem I am having is that I wear a 32.5 inch sleeve and the sleeves are a little long so I have to keep pulling my gloves fully back onto my fingers.
November 5, 2012
Very warm, stylish product
Bought this jacket to have more of a true 3 season jacket. So far, 1 season down and I'm very impressed! Jacket is exceptionally warm in the cooler fall temperatures.
Fit is definitely on the small side. Overall the measurements I took were accurate with the sizing chart, but the area under the armpits is a little tight. Fortunately it seems to be stretching out a little as all leather does.
Only beef I have is with the snap in system for the liner. Most of these I am familiar with have a loop and snap system. The Dainese Rebel only has a snap to tie the arms in place and frequently comes undone when taking on and off. Not the end of the world, but not what you expect when you buy a jacket of this caliber.
October 15, 2012
Great features with great style
I've never been let down with Dainese products and this jacket keeps the streak going. The leather is top quality and the attention to detail and quality of craftsmanship are the types of things that maintain the Dainese name. I'm not sure of other brands as I've only owned Dainese jackets but I'm 5'9", 185 lbs and the 56 jacket fits me great.
October 10, 2012
Dainese gear has a much-deserved reputation for quality, and the Rebel jacket is no exception- it's nice to have some style to go along with excellent protection- while it definitely has some 'poser value', the fact it doesn't have the Dainese name plastered across the chest makes it subtle in a cool way.
The armor at the elbows/forearms and shoulders isn't at all obtrusive and you almost don't know it's there- a Forcefield back protector fits well in the pocket (you will need to buy a back protector- it would be great if Dainese supplied one, but they don't, and it's really a necessary item, so be prepared to shell out up to $100 for a good one that is the right size and shape).
I'm 6'2"/190lbs with a 41.5" chest and 31" waist- I went with a size 54 (US 44) as I need the width at the shoulders- it's a bit loose at the waist, but there are adjustable Velcro straps- it's snug without being tight, and I still have room for a thorax protector- I would say the Rebel runs pretty true to size, and it wasn't as much of a slim cut as I expected (at least with the liner removed)- I'm a tough fit in off-the-rack gear, and I'm very happy with it.
October 2, 2012
As with all dainese products the quality is the best, i am not the only one that gripes about the cost of the jacket and no back protection included, but oh well, if you can afford a 600 dollar jacket you can afford a 89 dollar back protector at some point. This is is my first leather jacket and i am glad i pulled the trigger and got the rebel, i cant see any other brand standing up to the quality of this jacket. Airflow is as expected with a perforated jacket, does get a little hot at standstills but cools you right off once your goin again
October 1, 2012
Awesome jacket, I look forward to years of use
This is a lovely jacket, and one awesome buy when on sale (probably at regular price as well). Super high end, feels safe and secure. The fit is small, especially when the removable liner is in it, I have fairly broad shoulders so even the 50 (I would usually wear a 48) is a bit tight in the shoulders. The perforated leather with the liner removed will be great for summer riding while keeping the liner in will provide enough warmth for a 4 season jacket around the bay areas moderate climate.
The jacket is initially stiff as the leather is thick and well made, but I am hoping that is will soften up after a while. The sleeves are tight at the wrist and it is a squeeze to get my Dianese gloves under them.
September 18, 2012