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Dainese D-Explorer Gore-Tex Jacket

Item: P276157

True four season adventure awaits in the Dainese D-Explorer Jacket with massive multistage vents and separate drop Gore-Tex and thermal liners. Read More

$899.95
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Dainese D-Explorer Gore-Tex Jacket

Quite possibly one of the most versatile jackets Dainese has ever made, the D-Explorer Gore-Tex Jacket deservedly earns the 4 season badge. Massive multi-stage and fully closeable vents on the front and back of the jacket funnel fresh air directly to the body, while removable Gore-Tex and thermal liners keep Mother Nature at bay. An excellent choice for multi-season riding and adventure touring, the D-Explorer really is one jacket to rule them all. 

Protection:

  • Removable composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1
  • Includes standard G1 or G2 back protector
  • Thermoformed shoulder covered in D-Stone fabric

Ergonomics and Comfort:

  • Quickdry fabric
  • Mugello fabric
  • D-Stone fabric
  • Mesh fabric
  • Duratex fabric
  • Elasticated inserts
  • Adjustment strap on neck
  • Waist Adjustment
  • Wrist Adjustment
  • Drawstring adjustable jacket bottom
  • Jacket-trousers fastening system
  • Pocket on sleeve
  • Inner cuffs on the Wrist of the thermal liner
  • Removable liner with waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane
  • Removable thermal liner
  • External fabric with water-resistance treatment
  • Air vents on sleeves
  • Dainese modular flap system
  • Sanitized liner

Other Features:

  • Pocket for Double Chest
  • Reflective inserts
  • 2 waterproof front outer pockets
  • 2 front outer pockets
  • Pocket on left strip
  • 2 side pockets on thermal liner
  • Pocket on thermal liner
  • 2 rear pockets
  • Pocket on sleeve
  • Denoted as Dainese G. D-Explorer Gore-Tex in Dainese catalog
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4.3 / 5.0
23 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
13
5
3
2
0
Bang For The Buck
3.8 / 5
Protection & Durability
4.1 / 5
Features
4.6 / 5
Comfort
4.7 / 5
Style
4.7 / 5
Air Flow
4.8 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Bang For The Buck
1 / 5
Protection & Durability
1 / 5
Features
3 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Air Flow
4 / 5
Not my cup of tea
I bought both the jacket and trousers (not via Revzilla because it's cheaper over here in the Netherlands in regular stores).

The Negative:
I ride 30.000+ Km a year (all season on BMW R1200GS-Adv) and this combo is just a disappointment. In 1 - 1/2 year of wearing this I had to replace 2 zippers (jacket), needed to patch the trousers twice because of small stones hitting the fabric at the knee area.

Furthermore... the Jacket doesn't keep you dry around the front waist area. Water stlll found a way to squeez itself past the goretex membrane somehow. I attached Dainese suspenders because the waist-straps are just not well designed. But after 2 months the attachment lugs/loops or whatever you call those thing just broke.

In general the (poor) build quality is not what i expected from Dainese. The Fabric they use is much to thin and not strong enough to qualify as motorcycle fabric.

I see general wear on the fabric on both the jacket and trousers that should not be after 1-1/2 year and 45.000 km. hence the low score on durability.

The Positive:
I looks good (on me)
It fits well (on me)
Good Airflow (good design)

I would not recommend this combo to anyone if you ride the kilometers I do. It's not worth the investment. I have a 10 year old Dainese combo that was a fraction of the price of this peace of ..... (fill in the word). And still goes strong today except for the zippers and velcro straps.

But! if you are among those Dainese riders, that like to ride around town (do max. 100 km in a weekend or so), in sunny weather and now and then pose at traffic lights or some boulevard.. Buy it!
September 8, 2016
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
True 4 season protection
Just used this for the first time a few days ago. I had removed the thermal liner as its late spring and left the GTX liner in as weather was a little iffy.

First off, at 7.30am with temps in mid 60s, I was very comfortable. 20 minutes in and I rode into a downpour. Not a drop came thro as expected. Spent the rest of the morning riding by which time it had gotten pretty warm out - around 85F, and I was no longer comfortable. Easy solution, stop, remove GTX liner and open the chest and back vents fully. Amazing that a jacket of this weight can transform into a summer mesh jacket. No problems with venting whatsoever.

Incredible detail to the jacket, construction is typical dainese attention to detail. Pockets galore. If they forgot a detail to the jacket, I don't know what they could have added!

Downside obviously is the cost - it's a serious investment at $900 but If you ride extensively in all seasons and weather types, this truly is a jacket that can do it all. Aside from that, just be aware that it takes a little time to remove the liners and configure the vents each time.

Fit : 5'9 145lb. Size 48 is perfect. Gives me a little room to layer underneath without being loose
May 19, 2015
Ride:
2011 Ducati Multistrada 1200
Bang For The Buck
1 / 5
Protection & Durability
2 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
3 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Air Flow
5 / 5
Disappointing On Many Levels
I have been looking for a solid 3 season jacket for many years, and love the concept behind this model. In New England summer riding weather it will frequently be mid 90's with 100 % humidity AND rain throughout the day. The thought of having 1 jacket that I could wear until the snow flies, but still be comfortable in the heat has been my "unicorn" for many years. I ordered this jacket, and upon examination, I am returning it and going with a different model.

I really like that you have the option of using the chest protector. I also like the modular design: It is well designed and pretty comfortable. However, there are serious flaws in quality of materials and design that are "deal breakers" for me.

1. As another reviewer noted, the zippers are flimsy and I do not expect them to last very long. When you're talking about flimsy zippers on huge vent panels that are going to see heavy use, that's an issue. If a zipper breaks, the modularity is gone and you're stuck with a mesh jacket or a jacket with a hanging flap until you get it repaired. For $900, that's not acceptable.

2. The armor is pretty flimsy when compared to the other jackets in this price point. It is all only rated to CE level 1, and is a composite armor that has more hard shell than padding, and the padding is a cheap fabric/foam hybrid. There is an option to use a force field replacement back protector (for another $80), which I would do if I was keeping the jacket. However, the elbow protectors are of such a proprietary shape that I do not believe a high end CE level 2 protector of another brand would fit. Still, to buy another $150 - 200 of armor for a jacket you just paid that much for is just ridiculous.

Additionally, the shoulder guards (which I would replace and are generally easier to replace than elbows) DO NOT HAVE A POCKET to retain them. Instead, they are velcro attached to the inside of the shell. That means that even if you found another brand of shoulder armor that you liked, you could not replace it because there is nowhere to secure it inside of the jacket.

3. The materials are not very sturdy: the fabric is very thin compared to other jackets at this price point, and I am not convinced that it will wear well. Additionally, it's a fairly heavy jacket for being a modular mesh, and in the rain the outer shell material appears to lack the beefiness to shed water. I anticipate (as another reviewer has pointed out) that the shell will become water logged and cumbersome in a downpour.

Overall, I would have been happy to pay another $150- $200 for this jacket if the material were thicker, the zippers were sturdy and reinforced, and it had CE level 2 armor. As it is, I am going with a Revit instead. I will have to sacrifice some venting and the modularity for the confidence in build quality and high level CE 2 armor, but for me that's a no-brainer.

This jacket is just a few steps away from being the most amazing thing available. It's a shame that QC and cost cutting steps made it such a dud.
October 28, 2016
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Air Flow
5 / 5
Awesome true 4 season touring jacket
I received this jacket from Revzilla just in time to take it on a 600 mile overnight tour of the mountain passes from San Francisco to Bridgeport. The early morning start from the valleys had the jacket all zipped up without the gortex or the quilted liner and I was perfectly comfortable. Once we hit the central boiler room valley by mid day I opened up all the vents. Fronts, back, and the sleeves open! It was like the air conditioner came on. The cool breeze was felt flowing strongly through the jacket. It was just like wearing a total mesh jacket even with a hydration pack on my back. Plenty of pocket room for my camera, fastrak, phone, wallet, business cards, and a cool sleeve pocket for my gas card. I love all the adjustability with the double neck closure and the sleeve ties. The snap collar is a big improvement over last year's velcro. No more chafing when its open. This jacket is really a perfect combination of the last two years' models of seasonal touring jackets. Looks pretty darn sharp as well. The sleeves fit just a touch long but not too much of a gripe really. Very comfortable. A bit on the pricey side, but I am glad I went for it. I know I will be riding this gear for many years to come.
September 17, 2014
Ride:
2011 Triumph Street Triple R
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
AIR FLOW is amazing !!!!!
Im in the Northern Territory, Australia, were the temp rarely gets below 35 degrees celsius and regularly up around 40 degrees celsius. So i need a jacket that flows bulk air.

This jacket preforms perfectly. As long as you keep moving you think your in a complete mesh jacket.

Fitting was perfect to the scale provided, armour sits comfortably and securely, and the jacket has enough elasticity that you don't feel rigid and stiff.
May 11, 2015
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
Year round comfort!!!
I wanted gear that could survive anything. This jacket has seen temps from -15c to 40c. I have ridden in snow to hurricanes and not been wet when I finally get home. This jacket is excellent for airflow as well as insulation. It is comfy down to zero Celsius unaided. the straps tighten the jacket to a superb fit around the midsection, arms and neck. The modular design allows for easy riding through a verity of weather conditions. After 20,000 miles there are no real signs of wear.
October 4, 2015
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Ride:
2012 Kawasaki ZG1400 Concours ABS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
Versatile!
I bought both the jacket and pant and little did I know the kind of conditions I would encounter...which makes for a more complete review. I started and ended in Phoenix where the temperature was 95 degrees. With all the liners removed and all the vents open the cooling was phenomenal! Once in Moab a storm came in and I was riding in temperatures that got down to 30 degrees with combinations of rain, wind, snow and sleet. I was warm and dry without any long underwear..just a t-shirt and compression shorts. The liners, both the Gore-Tex and thermal are very easy to add or remove in a variety of combinations. As for fit I took the time to use the sizing chart and ordered exactly the sizes recommended. Keep in mind that Dainese is Italian and is therefore a trimmer fit .. I’m a slim guy..5’8” 140 lbs and don’t like the brands that are baggier..If you are on the larger side I might think twice...if you are unsure and in between I don’t think you’ll have any problem going up a size..I could have....

I ended up rating these a 4 star for one specific reason...despite what the Revzilla review claims there is not enough pocket room to stuff both of the liners away..when I tried to stuff the Gore-Tex and thermal liner of the jacket into the jackets back pocket..which is the largest..I could not zip and button the jacket..this to me is a huge design flaw..I ride a f 800 gs and have panniers but getting them in and out was a big inconvenience and had to make sure I had them separated and on top...If i could make one suggestion to Dainese on this point it would be to make the thermal liner out of down..the insulation quality would be better and it would make stuffing it away a piece of cake.

Other than losing the one star the D-Explorer jacket and pants are a tough, versatile and great looking product!
May 13, 2015
Ride:
2010 BMW F800GS
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Protection & Durability
2 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Air Flow
5 / 5
for almost a grand, I'd at least like to be a little dry.
I rode 18,000 miles from Las Vegas to Ushuaia with this jacket. I took it to the limits in all aspects. I love the fit, style, feel and most of all the modular features. It held up well from a durability standpoint.

Having said that, I am still quite disappointed. The jacket does not protect you from rain. In fact, it's about as water resistant as a cotton hoodie. Yes it comes with a water resistant liner, however, the jacket itself soaks water like a sponge. You'll have about 1-2 hours of average rainfall exposure before the water begins to seep from the jacket itself and into the cracks and openings of the liner.

For nearly a grand, I would expect the jacket to be water resistant like ANY of the ADV counterparts (im thinking KLIM).... however it is not, and you'll be soaked.

All positive reviews aside (and there are many great things to say about this product), the simple fact that it is not water resistant negates it all.

If you still want to buy this jacket simply for the styling, comfort and modular design, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you also buy a high quality, water resistant overcoat.

It's a shame to say considering the money you're already spending.
July 2, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
Design is very good. Features are nice.
I purchased the jacket to come as close as I could to have an all season jacket. The quality is very good. The gore tex liner had a buggered zipper but Revzilla took care of it as usual. I have not used it in warm weather yet but in winter weather it is great. I also have not used it in wet conditions yet. The fit is good except for one area. The lower arms are a tad small. If I have no long sleeves on the fit is good. If you wear a sweater or sweatshirt under the garment then the lower arm area will be tight. I am of average build and do not have large lower arms. Overall a great jacket and I would purchase again.
January 9, 2015
Ride:
2007 BMW R1200RT
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Protection & Durability
2 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
3 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Good for a weekend, not the long haul!
I bought this jacket based on the video and the fact that it was a ZLA Award winner. I wanted a jacket to take on a trip to Alaska that would provide me with more ventilation if the weather got warm.

My primary concern with this coat? Is it waterproof? I was skeptical because the Gore-Tex liner in the jacket does not overlap or join to the Gore-Tex liner in the pants, leaving a gap at the waist line. Therein lies the problem. The shell of this jacket is going to get soaked during a downpour and you will get wet at the mid-section.

I just rode from Philadelphia to Rochester, NY yesterday and was in a constant rain for over an hour. While the upper part of me did stay dry, as well as my legs stayed dry, I did begin to get water seepage around the mid-section due to the jacket becoming soaked. Plus, with a soaked jacket dry overnight for the next days ride?

I own a Rev-It Everest GTX coat that has the Gore-Tex Pro shell and I have ridden in that for over 400 miles in the rain and stayed dry. It doesn't offer as much ventilation as this jacket but I think it will be my choice again for a 4 week trip to Alaska this summer.

I love the features of this coat but not sure it will last for the long haul.
April 16, 2017
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Why did you choose this?
RevZilla Store
on sale and the name speaks for itself.
MIKE H on Oct 16, 2017
Quality, waterproofing and looks. Plus I need a new jacket.
Jason S on Mar 15, 2017
on sale and the name speaks for itself.
MIKE H on Oct 16, 2017
Same as above
Rivelino V on Jul 10, 2017
Quality, waterproofing and looks. Plus I need a new jacket.
Jason S on Mar 15, 2017
4 Seasons yes but bought because of the ventlation , awesome jacket only "want" is side hand pockets. But i wont give up the jacket because of a lack of them.
Joe M on Oct 30, 2016
Modular design.
Richard H on Oct 28, 2016
Needed a versatile four seasons jacket for touring.
Nelson S on Oct 20, 2016
Needed a 4-Season riding jacket for long travel trips.
Jared H on Aug 15, 2016
one of the best jackets out there, have had this model for 10yrs now
fguelfi on Aug 3, 2016
Gore-Tex, best material out there.
Terry T on Jul 30, 2016
Great jacket at a great price. The Dainese riding gear has been the best. I really like it and it's super comfortable.
Paul P on Jul 6, 2016
Water proof, Gore-Tex membrane, all weather with large vents in the front and back.
Raviprakash K on May 10, 2016
I really wanted an all arounder 3/4 jacket that I could take rain or shine through hundreds of miles of the great roads that America has to offer. This jacket fit that bill.
Justin P on Feb 8, 2016
I ride year around and find the biggest challenge season to be peak summer with temps 90 to 110 F. Air flow is critical to my being comfortable and this jacket looks like it will flow a lot of air.
John B on Jan 31, 2016
Protection options, fit (tall size!), true 4-season potential
david w on Jan 11, 2016
good reviews
John C on Jan 10, 2016
Seems to flow as much air as my "all mesh" jackets. Gore-tex liner has a scratchy collar but so far very comfy. I like the way the main zipper stops short at the bottomâ?? allows the front of the jacket to splay apart at the bottom and keeps the jacket from "poofing out " at my belly and chest when on the bike(K1600GTL).
Jay B on Apr 12, 2015
Revzilla's jacket of 2014, great reviews and great looking!
Mark Q on Nov 30, 2014
Highly rated by RevZilla buyers, a top seller, which is a good indicator to me that it is a nice product. Also like the looks and the all-season features... I can't afford to buy multiple jackets in this price range!
Frederick R on Nov 28, 2014
Expensive yes, but it is a top quality jacket and totally functional no matter the weather.

If you can afford several top quality jackets for different seasons then by all means buy several jackets, but if you can afford only one to do everything, this is your choice.

(again $900 is not exactly "affordable").
Diego B on Oct 14, 2014
Same as above
Rivelino V on Jul 10, 2017
4 Seasons yes but bought because of the ventlation , awesome jacket only "want" is side hand pockets. But i wont give up the jacket because of a lack of them.
Joe M on Oct 30, 2016
I own a Dainese Super Speed Perforated Leather Jacket, size 54. It fits comfortably snug and since it is for warm weather riding I only wear one layer underneath. I am very interested in purchasing the D-Explorer but would like to know if I should order a larger size since I typically wear extra layers or bulkier clothing (sweaters, & etc.) that would not fit under the Super Speed Jacket?
Eric L on Dec 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I own a Dainese Super Speed Perforated Leather Jacket, size 54. It fits comfortably snug and since it is for warm weather riding I only wear one layer underneath. I am very interested in purchasing the D-Explorer but would like to know if I should order a larger size since I typically wear extra layers or bulkier clothing (sweaters, & etc.) that would not fit under the Super Speed Jacket?

Eric, I own both the D-Explorer jacket (I don't have the pants) and also Dainese Aero race suit. I got them both about 2 months ago and I can tell you can fully trust the size chart information of Dainese, at least for the D-Explorer jacket, it is true to size.
Just to let you know, my Dainese Aero race suit, for my dimensions, was suppose to be 52. But I decide to get a 54 because my plan is to use it with: a dainese manis back protector and also dainese norsorex vest, and turn out I was correct by going one size up, it feels very very snug I hope with leather the streching just a little bit more it will feel "comfortably snug" (I have use it only once so far). But if I take out everything (back protector and vest), it feels like it is one size bigger for me. Probably a 52 will be my size, but not enough room for all the protection I plan to wear, also my legs are a little bit bigger then my arms, so the lower part of my Aero suit 54 fits spot on to my legs.

Now in the specifics with the D-Explorer I do have a 52, just like Dainese charts suggest for my meassurements, and it is spot on. I use it with out all the liners (waterproof and thermal) and I love the versatility it gives for setting up how much airflow you can have in the venting system of this amazing jacket.

for references, my sizes are:
5'9''
185lbs
normal body with a little beer belly hehe
normal arms
fit legs (I do a lot of footbal/soccer).
Is the jacket with the GoreText linear in but vents open be waterproof? when it's 90f and raining (tropical weather) it will be great to dry and vented.
A C on Jan 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will still be waterproof. I live in a contry with tropical weather too, and when going to work, in the beautiful mornings, I fully open the vents. But then in the afternoon I go home, sometimes the heavy rain catch me riding, no problem at all.

I did have to pull over one time because it was too cold, so closing the vents (even if they get totally wet) helps stopping the wind.
Is the jacket without liners waterproof?
A shopper on Dec 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Without liners, the jacket is not at all waterproof. However, it is quick drying. In hot summer, I use no liners, if i get rained on, it cools me down, and an hour after rain stops, jacket is totally dry.
What is the difference between the normal sizing, and the short sizing?

My measurements are:

Chest " 44.5
Belly Button "43
Height "69

So, using the sizing chart, it looks like a Euro 56 or 58, but then I looked at the short jacket chart and the chest measurement of 44.5 to 46.9 is closer to by 44.5 chest size.

The 56 short ( 2xL 48 ) jacket maybe the best fit, but the overall length maybe too short.

What your thoughts?
A shopper on Sep 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I'm 72" chest 42", belly button 44" inseam 34", waist 36" and I have long arms and legs and a short torso. I bought the size 54 long. The great thing about Revzilla, which I have used on more than one occasion, is they take returns at no charge. So, I suggest making your best decision (hopefully my information helped) and if it doesn't fit right you will know which direction you need to go for the exchange.
Is the armor removable? I want to wear a pressure suit underneath.
Jesse R on Apr 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: A pressure suit? You want to go SCUBA diving? Duh!
What size is the area for the back insert? Are there any recommendations for a back insert?
A shopper on Nov 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It comes with one, so you don't need to buy one. It's a good one too! None of the foam crap!
Hi,

I want to buy this jacket I'm 52 tall and does not give me that option. I already done what you say on the video... writte on the space tall, then filter by brand and it shows this product, but in the momento to choose the size you don't have the option. do you have it?

best regards
A shopper on Feb 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I recently bought the Dainese D-Explorer jacket. I'm very focused on proper fit. So much so, I spent more than a month trying to figure out the size I should get.

What makes Dainese and Alpinestars difficult is their Euro style fit.

I did not find that to be the case with the D-Explorer jacket. I am exactly a 44 inch chest. I wear a 16 inch neck X 34 inch sleeve dress shirt. The D-Explorer in 54 fits me perfectly in the chest area and sleeves. I'm not as tall as my sleeve length indicates. I'm only 5'8" 168 pounds. As a result, the 54 is a just a bit long. Absolutely doable, but it would be perfect if I was 5'10 - 6'2". I wear a Klim medium jacket and pants but the Klim medium is just a hair tight in the chest. A Klim large is way too big.

I got the D-explorer pants in 52 and they're perfect. Like they were tailor made.

Hope this helps other buyers.

By the way, this jacket is fantastic. Nothing I've had in the past comes close to the quality, fit and finish - including my two Klim jackets.

The Dainese D-Explorer is as good as it gets.
does the waterproof liner have to be worn over the shell? Are there any jackets with similar ventilation that have a waterproof shell?
A shopper on Sep 24, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Nope. it's worn under the shell and you don't have to wear it unless you are told so by a weatherstation (like it's raining or so). I find this the best jacker till date that has proper ventilation with the goretex liner installed.
Sizing. I have a few Dainese jackets and all are 54 and fit perfect in any type. Also about 71 inches tall. I think the 54 here should work, but short or long cut? Thanks
Robert P on May 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I'm 1.80 meters tall or small for that matter. Don't know what that would be in inches since i'm to lazy to use google to find a converter. And the whole world uses the metric system... so when do you? Anyway...52 is what i use and it fit me perfectly. You can also where a sweater underneath when all liners are used (goretex and winter liner)
The description says that the G1 or G2 back protector is included. If I order it (assuming the size 52 peyote comes back in stock), how do you know which one to include?
A shopper on Oct 23, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes it does come with a G2 Back Protector as standard (G1 is for women of small people but any dealer can swap it for the G1 if size is an issue)
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