Dainese Theodore D-Dry Jacket
Not waterproof, poor wrist closures
Had this jacket for over a year now. I've worn it on some fairly rough conditions and it hasn't lived up to my expectations.
The first was a trip from Toronto to NYC in mid October. During the day the jacket handled well and at times might have even been too warm. In the evenings it dropped to lower than 5ºC (40ºF) and the flaws became apparent. The wrists and neck let in too much air for a cold weather jacket. I had short cuff gloves at the time and was freezing. I had to stop and double my under layers to compensate for all the air coming in through the neck and wrists. I've since gotten full cuff gloves but even an elasticated cotton wrist and collar would have went a long way.
The second instance was during heavy downpour. The forecast called for light rain but that was not the case as I hit the highway. It rained heavily for several minutes at a time and when I reached my destination I was soaked. The wrist, neck and waist made sense, but I was soaked through the jacket itself. I tested this out by taking the jacket out for a walk on a bit of a rainy day without the bike and the water had in fact gone through again.
Not sure what D-Dry means to Dianese but it sure doesn't mean what I thought it did.
This jacket is a good understated option for city riders, but don't get it for cold or wet weather riding. I'll be selling mine.
I'm looking into the Aether Skyline as a proper waterproof, understated city option.
October 16, 2013
I'm 6', 180 lbs and have an athletic build. I ordered the jacket in a 54 and it fits perfect! Love it. It looks and feels awesome. Mind you, this is my first ever motorcycle jacket, so I can't compare it to anything. Just took my 675 out in 45 degree temp' and was absolutely comfortable with a t-shirt on underneath. 65-70 mph riding, windy. Def' don't buy for summer riding. This thing is WARM.
FYI... I was in a motorcycle accident. 45 mph slide on my arms, shoulder and hands. The pain, you don't ever want to experience this. I work in construction. Never felt pain like that ever in my life. Will never ride without a jacket and gloves again, ever. Had my helmet on. Saved my skull. Thank God I was only half dumb.
November 29, 2012
Great looks. Odd functionality
Love Dianese in general - one of the few companies that seem to be making an effort to create protective motorcycle stuff that doesn't look like protective motorcycle stuff. I get that functionality requires certain things but saying it necessitates sacrificing form is just lazy in any industry.
The Theodore looks awesome. One of few jackets that I'd feel comfortable wearing off the bike into an atmosphere that wasn't a bunch of riders (out to meet friends, dinner, work, etc....). I love that it's longer than most moto jackets (if you don't ride a sport bike, having a short coat doesn't seem to be a necessity and just makes you look weird off the bike so it's frustrating to me that so many coats are either short or awkwardly long like a touring jacket).
The armor in the theodore seems to be standard Dianese. Well designed to appear low profile. Nothing chunky or bulging. Had a Rev' It airwave and the shoulders were super boxy looking and made the jacket something I'd never wear so I returned it. I really like the way Dianese does their elbow armor - it extends down the forearm quite a ways.
A few things seem to be missing. There aren't any vents at all on the jacket. Underarm vents and something along the front would get the jacket higher into the temperature range. Also missing is a zipper to connect the jacket to pants. I realize the jacket isn't meant to be very technical but the zipper for pants seems like it'd be trivial to add and allows a rider who doesn't want to dress like a commuting motorcyclist to still be a commuting motorcyclist with a touch more style and with the safety of knowing their jacket wont ride up in a slide and will keep them drier in a downpour.
Also of note is the collar. It's just bizarre. I'm not sure how Dianese arrived at the construction here but it's very wide and doesn't close around the neck at all. It allows a ton of air to circulate into the jacket which might be a nice feature if it were an intentional option and not something that you have no control over. The zipper also stops at the top of your sternum and because of the odd shaped loose collar, the flap allows air to flow here at speed. Not a great feature in a cold weather coat that's also meant to be waterproof.
All in all, it's a great looking, protective coat with a weird collar and some oddly missing features. A couple tweaks and it could be a legitimate piece of motorcycle gear that ALSO looks awesome.
November 28, 2012
Perfect jacket for those with understated style.
I get tons of compliments on this jacket from those who ride (particularly girls on scooters) and tons of surprised post-hug reactions from friends/family when they realize I'm wearing an armored moto jacket. This thing is stylish.
My favorite things? The tall collar, large armor coverage, lack of conspicuous logos and surprising weather resistance.
My least favorite things? The material isn't the most confidence inspiring for high speeds. I've gone down in gravel at around 15mph and the forearm material tore easily. Fortunately, the elbow pads cover most of the forearm and and shoulder pads also have good coverage to make up for some of it.
In short: this is an awesome jacket for day to day around the town riding hopping between cafes, clubs, bars, etc. Although I've worn it on longer tours and even some fire roads, I'd suggest something made from a more durable material.
September 10, 2012
Great looking, warm
This jacket looks good enough that I might wear it even when I'm not riding, with the protectors removed. I'm really happy with how it looks.
Performance: Well, I haven't been in a crash with it yet (knock on wood), but the included shoulder and elbow protectors seem pretty solid, and the shell provides great wind protection.
Sizing: I got the size 46, and I'm 5' 8" with a 35" chest, and it fits fine with the liner in. The chest is a little loose when the liner's out, but if I'd gotten the 44, the sleeves might have been too short. (Anyway, I couldn't find the 44 in stock anywhere.)
March 27, 2012
Another great product from Dianese!
This has to be the best "non sporty" looking protective jackets out there. You can literally where this jacket wherever you go and it does not look like a motorcycle/protective jacket at all.
I was actually surprised by the sizing though. I weigh 168 and am 5'9 and ordered a 54 which i thought was going to be big on me given that the guy in the video was 6 something and weighed closer to 200 and was wearing a 54. I ordered it anyway because it was the only size that they had in stock in that gull grey and am very happy with the fit. I would say it runs a little small to the measurements given.
Ive been riding around NYC in 30 degree weather with a small hoody underneath and I am not cold at all.
This jacket is the best!
January 3, 2012
I love this jacket.
Since I live in the Philadelphia area, I came into the Revzilla showroom looking for a new winter jacket. I tried on a few including the Dainese Theodore. Unfortunately, I couldn't try on my size in this jacket because it wasn't in stock. I tried on a size smaller just in case and was amazed at the comfort, warmth, and style. I told the salesperson that if they had had my size in the Theodore in stock, I would have bought it but instead left with a different jacket. That night, as I was sitting at home, I realized I would regret it if I didn't order the Theodore. I came back the next day to exchange it and found that my size had just come in that day. For the next few days I left my car at work and rode around in my new favorite jacket.
The liner in this jacket is so cozy comfortable, it is unbelievable. Anyone looking for a cold weather jacket is doing themselves a disservice if they don't try this on.
I constantly get compliments on how great the jacket looks. One common comment is that people wouldn't even know it was a motorcycle jacket if I didn't just get off my bike. This is not the jacket for people who want to be flashy and conspicuous - it is slick and understated.
My only (slight) gripe with the jacket is that the collar lets some airflow in the top.
Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this jacket. It makes riding in chilly weather much more comfortable.
October 23, 2011
you can wear off the bike. great fit. good for cold weather.
September 12, 2011