Dainese Women's New Drake Air Textile Pants
Great, comfortable, feminine form-fitting women biker pants
I use to swear myself never ever wear an over-size, over sized, snow pants look-a-like bike pants. Ended up always opted for a dainese kevlar jeans. I finally decided to invest in one since we're going for a long trip which will need a more protection (knee). I was surprise how form-fitting it was, it's not as fitting as your skinny jeans, but it's enough to hug your womanly curves and edges. It's also oh so comfortable, the knee guard felt like "butter" on my skin, seriously.. Lol. And I even gotten a complement from a non biker female about how nice it looks. Overall a good investment.
July 7, 2014
Not quite right
Purchased for wife. Her ride is a 2007 Monster S2R.
Main issue with these pants is the thigh flap and its retention snap. It is supposed to work to hold the flap open as well as closed, but it does not! The snaps are either installed incorrectly or manufactured without the little wire ring that keeps it fastened to the male post on the pants when it is supposed to hold the flap open.
June 23, 2014
Comfort and style - as expected from this brand.
You get what is expected from Dianese. The pant allows air flow, provides protection. I felt the waist runs large in order to get the room needed in the legs and hips. I'm adding velcro to the adjustable area along the waist to decrease the gap in the back. I do recommend the pant. They also look great if style is important to you.
June 21, 2014
I am a very new rider and wanted to have a much greater level of protection than my jeans. I am extremely happy with these pants, as I am with my Dainese jacket. They are ultra comfortable and fit nicely in the waist and rear end, and you can move about easily. I am petite (5'3"; almost 100 #), and ordered the size 40. I tried the leg vents out on the last portion of my first ride with them and was very comfortable in the 93-degree heat and high humidity.
My husband was so impressed with them that he says he would like a pair of the men's version. In terms of the protection/durability, I feel that the protectors and fabric will offer what I need, if I should ever need it (I hope not!!!).
June 11, 2014
Good airflow, stylish fit
At 5'3" and 117 lbs, I bought these in a size 42. I typically wear a 0 or 2 in regular pants. I can wear a good wicking baselayer under them without trouble.
The pants fit well, with decent adjustability. I wish the velcro adjustments for the waist had a little more length on them, but I can remedy that by sewing on an additional piece to get more contact area. I've not yet had a problem, but with the tabs snugged down, there's not much overlap.
Knee and shin armor is well-placed, though when standing the top of the knee armor can dig a bit into your leg. This is not a problem when on the bike and has become less noticeable over a few wearings. No hip armor, though I think I probably have room to use some if I figured out a way to attach it (or wore armored leggings underneath).
The pants are plenty long, though I have short legs. This resulted in a small problem: the extra material can bunch behind the knee, which is slightly uncomfortable. After a few rides, this has either lessened or I've gotten used to it as it was really only an issue for the first ride or two, but worth mentioning as I was worried the pants would be uncomfortable because of it. They're not.
Pockets are deep, with zippers so they're actually useful for storing chapstick and the like. No cargo pockets or anything though, so not easily accessible while actually riding. The button at the waistband is a bit snug through the buttonhole, which I suppose is good as it won't come undone unexpectedly.
Airflow is pretty good, both through the vents and just in general. At 70-75 degrees, I rode around with the vents closed and still felt like the pants breathed pretty well. As the weather has warmed, I've opened the vents and folded them back (took me a bit to realize you had to fold the snaps over twice to get them to latch) and they've been great. I've ridden in weather close to 85 degrees with them now and not been distracted by sweaty knees while riding.
Lastly they actually look okay as pants. Wearing them into a restaurant for lunch you don't feel like a snowmobile rider. They're a bit "Mad Max" to pass for regular clothing, but not ridiculously bulky and they don't seem to make the "zip-zop-zip-zop" snowpants noise when you walk.
Overall, I was looking for a good summer pant that wasn't huge and bulky, would still provide good protection, fit well and would last a long time. These pants hit all of these points as far as I could tell. The last one will bear out with time, but with a brand like Dainese, I have confidence they will serve me well for many seasons to come.
June 2, 2014
Great riding pants. Fit like a glove - true to size. My favorite riding pants.
May 28, 2014
I'm 5'5", 126 lbs, and usually wear size 6 pants. (If jeans, it's 26-27 depends on the fit) Material is slightly stretchy so it's PERFECT fit to me and super comfortable. It may not be most durable since it's thin summer material but all the protections are there. Air flow is awesome. I bought a matching jacket and they zip up together too, which makes me feel safer and it's actually more comfortable because I get this "tacked in" feel in them. Totally recommended!
May 11, 2014
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