Dainese New Drake Air Women's Textile Pants
Worth trying, although may be hard to fit
I was not able to wear these pants although I liked the features and quality enough that I tried two sizes before giving up. I am 5'3" and 113 lbs, and first tried a size 42. They fit great in the leg, but the rise was incredibly short making them too tight around my waist. I returned those and tried a 44. The 44 was too loose in the waist and the knee armor fell well below my knee, so clearly the 42 was my size -- just unwearable due to the extremely low rise. Still, I recommend trying them because they are a good quality riding pant.
July 7, 2015
Saved me during a crash
Was wearing these during a pretty bad low side.
Pros: No road rash or broken bones or hospital visits! Protected me amazingly well. And they're Dainese, so they look baller.
Cons: I didn't really think about it and maybe its not a con, but if you fall in these, or any textile pants I guess, they get pretty much destroyed. But I bought these again, they're great.
Also, on impact, the shin guards dug into my shins a bit at the bottom. So, again not really a con because they did waaaay more good.
May 5, 2015
So I had my eye on these pants for awhile, was trying to decide between pants with liners and just flat out textile warm weather riding pants. I went into Revzilla under the idea that I'd fit into a 42, I am normally a size 6 in jeans. I tried pulling the 42s over my tush, and that wasn't happening. I am 5'5" and 120 pounds, the 44s fit my leg length and my waist just fine...with adjustments of velcro straps. The 44s give me a chance to wear some skinny jeans or other smaller pant underneath them. I got to road test them finally yesterday, and boy the air flow when the pockets are open...is fantastic.
They are a good pant and attach to my Dianese jacket flawlessly. The knee protection goes from the top of the knee down to half of the shin. I highly recommend these!
April 13, 2015
Very nicely designed and super comfortable.
They look and feel great on. Slightly warm on a 29degree Celsius Melbourne, Australian day. Wore them on a night ride when it was quite cool (10degrees Celsius) and was surprised to feel how warm they kept me and were wind proof. The side zips at the bottom of each leg are great to zip over boots. They look great on and off the bike...still shows off our feminine curves whilst been practical for bike riding. I purchased a size 44 even though I normally wear a size 6US (which would be a 42) and I am 156cm and 57kg...they are a good fit with a little extra room if I need to wear thermals.
October 22, 2014
Favorite pants for protection
This was a good pick for this hot weather. I feel very protected and don't feel like I'm wearing snow pants--although they're not casual enough to wear on an everyday basis. I wear these when I'm going for long rides.
September 15, 2014
After a ton of research, I tried 4 different pants from Revzilla, these were by far the best in terms of fit, style and utility. You will feel reasonably protected without feeling bulky. Has air vents, pockets, can zip to Dainese jacket (if you have one), and most importantly, the knee/shin pads actually sit where they are supposed to! Pads can be taken out if you want to walk around comfortably for longer periods time, they will look like street pants. No hip protection or place to put hip pads though. Overall, should cost a less but it's Dainese so that kind of price is expected I guess. Also, I am 5'6 and the length is perfect; women 5'8 and above would find these pants too short.
September 15, 2014
I have 2 pair, I love these pants but liked the old shin protectors better ( can I buy a set? )
I bought a pair at the end of last year, but I bought them straight from dainese, Revzilla didn't have in Stock ( and once a year dainese offers free shipping to the states, it happen to fall during there free shipping) they were a little big, but with the velcro straps and as the fall was arriving I figured perfect I'll use as an over pant, other than a little bit big (not in a bad way, and not to much) they are perfect (woman want thigh, hip protection yes but we don't want to look like we have huge hips and legs, well we can't have our cake and eat it to no thigh or hip protection here, I do have the dainese hard shorts for daring days, and dirt, I use with the bigger pant)
I am 5'7" 140 lbs
Pair one size 46, I use these as an over pant, if not wearing pants under I have to at least wear shorts or they are just to big (the reason I bought a second pair) the knee/shin protectors are long and fairly wide contoured to your leg, removable via a pocket with velcro, soft and squishy on your body side but hard plastic on the outer side. I purchased some boots several pair worried about how they would fit with the shin protectors, the dainese "in" series is awkward, however they plugged right in to both the sidi and dainese "out" series so perfectly, they even have a little contour to them honestly I think dainese designed them to fit it boots, because the little contour seems to be perfect for boot height I ended up with the dainese tourqe out boot, paired with the pants I feel really protected all hard protection from toes to top of knees nothing really soft, just a wall of ce certification ;-)
I'll put some pictures in of the different knee/shin protectors
Pair 2 size 44 ( my height and weight didn't change) big difference from the 46 ( I originally was contemplating between the 42 and 44, worried the 44 would still be to big, but kinda worried the 42 might be tight, I decided to try the 44 figuring I'd just do an exchange if there was an issue) so glad I got the 44 no doubt 42 would have been to small/tight no doubt, the 44 fits great perfect no Room to tighten the velcro straps, but definitely not to tight either yes they make you butt look good there not lieing! The material is kinda stretchy ish hug your curves and have a little more of a hipster type pant waist fit instead of a waist belly button fit these sit under well under the belly button plenty high in the back, the knee /shin protectors well they changed then :-( I don't have my wall of ce certification anymore, there like 2/3 hard 1/3 soft, still squishy on your body side and hard over knee but know only hard on about 1/2 your shin then soft, when I put my boots on they still kinda go in but can bunch a little and sorta flip out because it's not hard here soft, the hard on the shin protector isn't as wide either, but between the hard shin and the boot there is a section were the soft part of the shin is all I have like boot stops 2-3 inches before hard shin starts, my wall is now broken leaving me feeling less protected, they are shorter and less hard protection, still love the pants, but would love to order a replacement set of protectors but the old version, which seems not possible as no one ( not even dainese) sells any knee/shin protectors for your dainese pants, oh well I guess I might just switch them back and forth (totally annoying) Revzilla if you know of a fix please email me :-)
but honestly you'll still love this pant, my sister has a pair. These are seriously the most stylish and butt looking good / most protective pant your ganna find pricey yes, I was very hesitatant on my first order (because of price) but love them enough to buy a second pair!
My original pair (46) have over 7000 miles on them and still look great no loose stitches, and only a little teeny tiny but of wear on the inside of the knees were they slide on my tank protectors when leaned over and my knee is up there, there pretty aggressive tank protectors, and it's only slight wear very slight .
I am very happy with these pants!
September 7, 2014
This pant fits great with good protection.
I love these pants. They actually look great on and give you good protection for riding. I'm 5"4 & weigh 122 lbs. a size 42 fit perfect. The air flow is not as great as I would have liked. I ride a Triumph Bonniville which also ignites a lot of heat from the engine. But over all a great looking pant.
August 11, 2014