Dainese Speed Naked Perforated Leather Jacket
Great warm weather leather
I've had this jacket for about 4 months now and so far I love it. When I ordered this, I initially ordered a size 48 because I'm a chest size 38.5 (between their 48 and 50 sizes) and I don't like a loose look, however the jacket runs a little small, especially around the chest and in the armpits. I quickly returned it with revzilla's awesome return policy and when my size 50 arrived it was better, but still tight in the armpits and chest. I decided to just keep it and hope it broke it, and sure enough it did, and fairly quickly too. Overall the style of the jacket is beautiful, a nice sliming italian look, and the fit is perfect with the right size.
As far as function goes, you will not believe how many places air comes in from. Pretty much the entire jacket is covered with perforation, and then the chest vents really pour in the air when open. I was never hot (while riding) in even up to 95 degrees. Sitting in traffic is another story.. but what do you expect, its leather and no air flow. As soon as you start going again though its fine. Now moving into the fall it is beginning to get a little chilly out, its pretty comfortable down to mid 50's- 60 degrees (with a thin sweatshirt underneath, which looks awesome btw), but in the mornings when its high 40's im a little chilly, not unbearable, but uncomfortable. Other features on the jacket are pretty scarce, theres 2 small front pockets and one large inside chest zip pocket and thats it. Overall exceeded my expectations in being a leather jacket that I could wear in the hottest summer months.
Protection wise this jacket is top notch, all the armor feels quality (haven't crash tested it thankfully), and the pocket for the back protector is nice. I threw in the back protector from the forcefield pro shirt and it fits tight but works. And being a leather jacket, you know it has solid abrasions resistance. I feel quite well protected with this jacket on.
October 15, 2013
A note on fit
I tried this jacket out and like the styling of it very much, it's a high-quality piece but could be worn normally out and about. Not too bulky at all in the shoulders. Leather looks "vintage" in the good way.
Make sure to order a size up! I have a Dainese Air-Flux textile jacket also in size 50. I'm 6', 170, slender build, long arms, long torso, shoulders a little broader than average. I always wear a size 40 (50 euro). The Air-Flux fits almost perfectly, though its forearms are a tad tight. I ordered a size 50 of the speed naked and it was way too tight in the shoulders. I could barely fit my arms through the sleeves, which were also very short for me (again, my arms are a little long, but the Air-Flux fit fine). A size 52 fit perfectly though, even though it should theoretically fit a size 42 US. Point being, Dainese does not have consistent sizing throughout its range. Save yourself the time and order up! Thankfully Revzilla was great about returning it, as always.
July 10, 2013
Great Jacket with very few flaws
I've been riding with this jacket for a few weeks now and if I could sleep in it I would. It's very comfortable walking around and even more so on the bike.
Note: the elbow armor is stitched in so it you put access keys (i.e. card keys) in those pockets to make it easier to go through garage gates then you'll be frustrated. The jacket pockets are easily accessed with gloves on though.
My only two issues have been around fit. The jacket is a little small in the shoulders. I needed to go up a size to get it to fit my shoulders without me feeling like the shoulder plates were cutting into my shoulders. I am a medium build so nothing extraordinary about my shoulders (wife would agree).
The other small fit issue is the collar. The neck it a little tight and I have to snap it into the outside position for when I might be in a 3/4 tuck position on my Monster.
Both of these fit issues are small issues. I've owned several jackets and this is by far the best. Is it worth the price, probably not but I bet this will be the last jacket I buy. So, it's worth it to me.
April 9, 2013
Speed Naked Perforated in black
After several rides with this jacket my initial impression is that this jacket is an incredible value. I replaced my A* GP-R Perforated jacket after only 1 season as I deemed it to be inadequate for my needs. My impressions are as a result of riding on my 2009 R6.
Bang for the buck..
The jacket features typical Dainese quality. In other words, it is impeccable. I did not notice any loose threads, warped panels, discolored leather, etc.. If God rode a motorcycle and needed a jacket, this is what he would wear. My favorite feature is that all of the armor is secured in the jacket. There is little movement of the armor, which made me feel much safer while wearing it. By comparison my A* GP-R leather jacket had loose threads in several places, and the armor moved around quite a bit even when i was wearing the jacket. Though the thread issue was easy enough to fix, it made me wonder what other irregularities may have been present.
The jacket is subtle. Nothing on the jacket looks like lady gaga inspired the design. This particular leather looks like it is smoothed full/top grain leather. What this means is the surface does not appear as "grainy", as a top layer has been removed for smoothness. All of the buttons and zippers work smooth as silk. Again the attention to detail is impressive and gives this jacket a mature finish which will impress even the most staunch hater. In comparison the A* GP-R had typical top grain leather which was thicker than the Dianese's.
At no point did i feel loose, itchy threads digging into my skin. The finished area around the neck is very comfortable, as is the rest of the jacket. Thankfully for unsuspecting onlookers, the tail of the jacket helped to cover up any plumber's cracks which may have appeared during full tucks on the roadway. In comparison the A* GP-R jackets neck finish irritated the skin on the back of my neck. The Speed Naked is smooth as silk.
Protection and Durability
This is the second leather jacket and I plan on wearing it during the spring, summer, and fall for protection. Again, the well finished compartments held the armor in place very well which to me was confidence inspiring. There is no doubt this jacket would protect me as best an armored leather could. I have only had the jacket for two weeks so I can not comment on durability, but the solid construction implies impressive results. In comparison the A* GP-R had loose threads after just several rides.
The biggest contributing factor to why I wanted this jacket is the air flow potential. There are tons and tons of perforations. You may think there are a lot after viewing pictures and videos but it is only after carefully inspecting the jacket that you realize just how perforated the jacket is. As I had expected, it more than delivers. This baby flows air at an impressive rate, enough that you can feel warm air get sucked out while accelerating. I expected the collar vents to mostly be a gimmick but to my surprise, they worked superbly. In comparison, the A* GP-R Perforated version jacket I had flowed air just as well as the Dainese Speed Naked, however, I needed to be at a much higher speed to get the same effect. The Speed Naked will be a better jacket going into the warmer summer months.
I will list some more notable features..
The upper arms on the Speed Naked are tailored. If you look closely, this has a "popeye" visual effect on the jackets arms. I like this feature because the arms on the GP-R felt very baggy.
The leather around the pockets is finished. This looks very very good, compared to the unfinished leather of some other jackets.
Did i mention this baby flows air? Not only that, but as Anthony described in the video, that bubble liner does some serious work as evident by my 60 degree weather test. To test the feature I set up a little procedure in 60 degree and sunny weather. I kept my back in such a position that the jacket was set smoothly against my back to allow the bubbles to insulate for several minutes. As soon as I arched my back to introduce air, I felt warm air expel from around my back where the bubble liner was present. I trust that the liner will function in much the same way when I am out riding in 80+ degree weather. In comparison the A* GP-R (perf) did not have this insulating effect. In fact the jacket was warmer in 60 degree weather as it did not flow air as well.
I fitted a Klim D3O back protector in my size 48Eu jacket in the larger protector pocket. If I had not just put the protector in myself, I would not have realized that a back protector was even present.
I love this jacket. It looks great, it functions awesome.
What more could I say? I highly recommend this jacket. It is on the pricey side but lets be honest.. A skin graft costs more than this jacket. Your riding emphasizes your emotions, and if you are comfortable in your gear, you can concentrate on smooth, safe riding.
March 30, 2013