Dainese Women's New Drake Air Textile Pants
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
This pant fits amazing, I have a slender build and find it hard to find pants that fit properly. It is Italian sizing so check sizing chart.
I recommend this pant for summer use, It flows nicely and the ability to unzip the leg area and snap it upward for maximum air flow is a major plus in hot weather. While nice and slim fit it has knee and shin armor that somehow works with this pant and doesn't make it look bulky. No hip armor, but there is no space for it. Wore this on a 300 mile ride recently from cool weather, over mountains where there was still snow in certain areas and to warmer conditions on the other side with under armor and it was great. A little chilly on the mountain, but carving canyons in the warmer weather, it was perfect.
June 4, 2012
I LOVE these textile pants! I have always been the same size in Dainese jackets, and the pants fit very accurately. THe armor is secure, the material is durable and the fit is slimming and not baggy. I love wearing this pants out riding!
May 8, 2012