Dainese Stripes EVO Perforated Leather Jacket
Gorgeous jacket & outstanding quality
I get compliments all the time from non-motorcycle people about how great this jacket looks (tobacco color).
Size-wise; it runs a little tight and it is a little short. If you ride upright on a cruiser or sport naked, you'll be fine. On a sport bike it's a little too short since you'll be leaned forward more.
The liner is great and really makes the perforated leather a 3-season jacket. With the liner removed I was quite surprised how well it flowed. 90+ deg days with high humidity I've never felt terribly uncomfortable in either city or highway traffic.
It isn't a cheap jacket but I feel I got what I paid for. This was my 1st Dainese (deh-NAY-see - it's Italian, the accent is on the 2nd syllable) and it certainly will not be the last. Overall I'm very impressed with everything about this jacket.
If I had to pick a nit or 2; the chest zippers are really there for looks only. They're not pockets and I can't notice any more flow with them unzipped. If you only plan on riding in warmer weather, try the jacket on w/o the liner. If I lived in the desert, I would have bought 1 size smaller.
Overall: completely worth the price of admission.
June 14, 2015
Loved it, held up in a low-speed slide
It's a great-looking, well-fitting, expensive-smelling jacket. Dainese knows how to make products with that "it" factor.
I got it with the optional back protector for $100 extra, which, in retrospect, was an unwise decision because there are so many cheaper alternatives like the D3O inserts, which are flexible. It does feel reassuring, though, having the back protector in there. I always felt safe in this jacket.
Lo and behold, I was riding my friend's scooter one night and the tires were low. I lost it going around a little turn and slid a bit on the left elbow and it held up well--a little scraping, a popped stitch or two, but nothing untoward for such an expensive, high-quality jacket. I didn't feel a thing.
The liner that comes with it is pretty warm, although I didn't get to use it much because the first time I removed it, one of the snaps for the cuff attachment snapped. Cheesy...
Aside from that gripe, it seemed exceptionally well-made. I was very comfortable in it and even in the NYC heat, as long as I was moving 20 mph, it had adequate ventilation to keep me from baking.
I got it soaked one time and it didn't seem to be too badly affected by the rain even though it dried way too fast on my friend's patio--leather, if soaked, needs to dry very slowly or it could be damaged. I had it reconditioned for $55 and it came back looking like new.
I just sold it to my friend because I gained some weight this winter and I already miss it, even though it won't fit me anymore. I just liked it. It was a nice item. Anyway, I had a great season in it and I definitely recommend dainese products to any interested party who's willing to shell out the money for a supreme look and fit. I would definitely make sure you try it on in-store first before you buy it online... Sorry to any showroom sales reps who might be reading this. It's about as important as trying on gloves.
April 10, 2015
My wife got me this jacket for Christmas. I never would have purchased for myself as it is too nice, too hip, too young, too tight, too short and has limited purpose for the north east (it's perforated leather and not waterproof). That being said, I am glad she got it for me. It is a cool jacket and is obviously very high quality leather with good protection in arms and shoulders. It also has a removable liner, but even with that you don't want to be out when it is too cold as the exterior leather is perforated. The jacket is tight fitting and pretty short so keep in mind when ordering.
March 30, 2015
Not a home run but still very good
What can I say, I guess I am spoiled by the little features that my Rev'it Tornado textile jacket has for almost half the price.
It would be nice if the shoulder pads had an actual pocket and they were not just a hook and loop attachment. It would be nice if the collar had an internal button to hold it in place when the collar is open.
I have the tobacco brown and it is a very nice color although slightly lighter in person. Maybe once it is broken in it will have a nicer more personable look and feel to it.
As for the fit, I have an athletic build, pretty broad shoulders and normally wear a large. I went the safe route and ordered a size 56. I'm glad I did! When the liner is in it is pretty challenging to move my arms, when I take out the liner, movement is much better. I probably will never wear the liner because of this.
The quality in the stitching and construction is there, I get it for those who love Dainese. I plan to keep this jacket but as I said in the beginning, my Rev'it textile jacket has more features that I appreciate and wish were incorporated in this jacket as well. To think, it all could have been done w/1 extra button and 2 stitched internal pockets.
Thumb all the way up for style. Thumb half way up for function, I do feel "safe" in the jacket which is truly the most important and why I have decided to keep it! Thumb half way down for creature comforts.
March 18, 2015
although it costs a little too much, it fits me perfictly and looks great. Everyone asks me about it.
Fits and looks great on me. Air flow is good. For the high price, i wish there were some protection in the back! Other than that it has good protection in the shoulder and arms.
January 19, 2015
Love this jacket, both in town or on the road, very versatile, great Dianese style and quality
Bought this jacket 6 months ago, have been riding in the city commuting and long distance on the highway, very comfortable, removable liner very useful and jacket comfortable in most temperature. Great Dianese style and quality, highly recommend ed.
October 3, 2014
Premium Great Fitting and Stylish Jacket
I had spent hours and hours looking for that perfect jacket. My selection criteria are that jacket must
- have decent airflow for summer (here in Western Australia summer can hit 40degC easy with not much wind)
- be able to worn during winter/fall/spring
- be looking stylish yet still is low profile and does not emit an 'Look at me I am a biker' aura
- have good quality to last
- have decent/adequate protection
- be light
This Dainese jacket ticks all the above criteria.
Price is premium and it is not cheap. I was a bit worried when I pulled the plug and decided to purchase it. But I am glad I did! Quality is superb! I had never have Dainese product before and thus only relying on people praises. Those praises turned out to be spot on. Quality is reflected on the leather material used (very thick yet supple and flexible after a few usages), stitching, details such as logos, zippers, buttons, etc.
It comes with a full sleeve thermal quilt. Tested in Western Australian winter weather, it passed with flying colours. It is good for down to 5degC. Even when riding at 80km/hr so it is relatively wind-resistant (not proof). Your neck will be exposed though, so keep that in mind and wear something to keep it warm.
Rode it in spring (low 20degC) and it is a perfect jacket. Perforation keeps the air flowing - TONS of air. At times it felt like I don't wear a jacket! It's that good. Open the chess zippers and it is even better.
Style wise it's conservative - which is what I am longing for. If you are looking for an aggressive looking jacket, this jacket is not for you. Arms are slightly pre-curved but not as aggressive as other jackets e.g. jaws and speed pelle. I purchased the black one and it does look like dark brown compared to a plain black jacket.
Size is spot on also for Dainese. Being a 5'5" male with Asian build, I purchased size 48 and at first it felt very snug fit and tight - especially with the thermal quilt on. But over time, after dozen or more usages, with a number of intentional stretches, it stretched to the point where it feels just right. So don't be discourage if it feels to tight as first, as it does stretch.
Revzilla shipping is great as usual. Shipped to Western Australia in 5days. Jacket is packed nicely. Though, next time maybe fold the jacket in half so can be fit inside a smaller box to save shipment cost?
Anyway, putting aside the price and shipment cost, this is the best leather jacket after searching for a long time.
September 14, 2014
Excellent for warm weather
I live in Brazil and here it is fairly hot all year long. I've been using this Jacket everyday and it has been great. Air flow is a lot higher than I expected it and I even feel cold in it is not really hot out.
July 21, 2014