Dainese Women's New Drake Air Textile Pants
As close to stylish as can get
5'4" 155 size 8-10 depending on brand...
As a style conscious NYer, having a hard time accepting the possibility of wearing frumpty anything although pragmatism does eventually win. To the point: these are as close to stylish, flattering and protective as I have found.
Slim fit, flattering tailoring, doesnt feel constrictive. Protection in all the places I want armored. Material is light enough I don't feel like I am "fighting" it to walk. Nice venting features. I even like how the pockets are designed, figure flattering and doesn't cause ugly gape.
Initially tried size 42, big mistake. Prob equiv to a size 4-6. Was advised to try 48. Perfect fit. Inseam is long, but may not look or be too cumbersome once w shoes on or riding.
Love these, hope it's never discontinued!
March 29, 2014
cannot express how much i love these
i really love these pants, the fit is awesome (for me - 160 cm and 63 kilos i purchased a size 46), the breath-ability is wonderful, I love the over the knee opening that allows airflow, and they look virtually "normal" when off the bike too!
the waist is adjustable which is great and zips at the bottom to allow ease of boot action :-)
the knee pads are so easy to remove for washing, which i did very shortly after i received them to get rid of that "new slick" that some materials have which can make me slide on the seat! all in all i would recommend these pants to all the ladies
March 3, 2014
So comfortable for riding - hot or cold!
I have been looking for protective riding pants for a few years now and originally thought I would go with kevlar jeans. I tried on a few pairs, but on a suggestion from Kat, I tried these and oh my! Such a great fit, very comfortable! They have knee protection, vents in the thighs for warmer weather, and protection from abrasion throughout. I couldn't have found anything better. The only thing missing from these pants is protection for your tail bone.
One of my favorite purchases!
October 24, 2013
Versatile, protective and sexy!
I LOVE these pants! They are super-stylish, versatile and unfussy for my frequent urban-assaults. Wearing them walking around town is easily done after removing the knee/shin armor . You won’t look like you are wearing riding pants. I have 37 inch hips and the 42’s fit perfectly snug – NO room for layering underneath. Look out though - they will make your butt look really good, if you're into that kind of thing. :)
I do agree with other posts regarding a preference for the back to be higher. As far as ventilation, they block wind fairly well and the thigh vent does help. I’m in Portland with cool mornings/warm afternoons and frequently go to the coast/mountains. I've found these are perfect for variable temperatures. I’ve worn these on a day ranging from 58 – 82 F and been very happy and comfortable.
If you are looking for a really hot-weather riding pant these may not be the best choice. For me, they are near perfection.
May 13, 2013
Comfy and Feminine
These pants are very comfortable on the bike (I ride a super sport), and the knee pads feel both protective and secure. I wish there was some light hip padding in these, since I do feel a little exposed without anything. The 360 zip into my Dianese leather jacket works great, but I think they would be better served by a higher waist on the back if you don't zip to a jacket. The wind flow with the vents open isn't amazing, but it's better than nothing! I love riding with these, and the snug fit through the hips helps me feel like I'm not swimming in my gear. Sizing is what I would expect, I am 5'5" 120lbs with 38" hips and a size 44 fits a little big, but I wanted room to wear leggings under them during the winter or for commuting.
April 8, 2013
Great Protection & look, but very hot
These textile pants are extremely stylish and fit very well. The protectors are well placed which allows for great comfort. The composite protectors can be removed for cleaning but my favorite thing about this is that the protectors can be removed without taking the pants off -- a great feature if you want to take them out during a break of riding.
Airflow is quite good while in movement, but they are still rather hot.
August 10, 2012
more stylish than cool
i'm 5'5, 125 lbs (28 waist, 36 hips), athletic build & size 44 fit well. these sit low, which are more comfortable for me, but some ladies prefer to wear at the natural waist in which case these may give you the plumber's peep. the pants offer decent protection for the knees & shins, although be aware there is no protection in the hip area. i wear shorter moto boots so the pants fit over. pants were used for the first time this past weekend for about 500 miles in high 80s & some humidity. unfortunately, i can't get the snaps to hold the air flaps up and the flaps would sometimes flip back down while i was riding. i noticed some airflow during part of my ride, which was most appreciated, but for most of it, the pants were on the warm side. also, for warm weather gear, wish we were offered a lighter color option, perhaps grey. in any case, i paired the pants with the shotgun jacket in light grey & have a general feeling of protection while looking pretty awesome.
July 16, 2012
Ive been looking for riding pants for a few years. Not only for the protection but comfort. These are great (and look good on). I could probably go down a size, but kept them a size bigger for layering and due to my height (5'8). They have velcro closures on either side to cinch if needed. The airflow is pretty decent-if worn with a base layer. Although in the 95 degree heat this year i find myself wishing there were additional vents in the legs (in slower traffic). Side zippers make getting them on and off a breeze. deep pockets with zips as well. There is no armor in the hip area-only knee and lower leg-which is covered while riding.
July 15, 2012