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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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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
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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
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
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
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 2 years ago
Ride:
2012 Kawasaki ZG1400 Concours ABS
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
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
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Air Flow
5 / 5
Excellent jacket
Just bought this jacket after reading all about it and watching the videos.
Great quality product and really a 4 season in one jacket.
Everything looks really well thought out and beautifully finished. Fit is very comfortable and i love the idea that you can open up the air vents in the front and in the back.
Protection in the arms and also in the back feel rock solid.
June 26, 2015
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
Incredibly Nice
This is certainly the nicest jacket I've owned. Its on the expensive side, but its clear where the money goes. The modular flap system is fantastic; it looks really neat and vents nearly as well as a full mesh jacket, but with much better protective qualities. I don't think you can find a better mix of all-weather flexibility, protection, and air-flow.
Speaking of protection, the CE Level 1 rated shoulder and elbow armor feels pretty substantial. I also appreciate that they included a CE Level 2 back protector (I think its the Wave G2). Each piece of armor is hard plastic outer shell with a soft and rubbery backing. The back protector's shell has some insect-like ribbing effect going on, which makes it thicker than other back protectors I've seen, but as long as it does its job, I'm happy.
There are a few quirks, like the left handed zipper and strange tiny map window thing on the left sleeve, but the fit and finish is top-notch overall.
BUY IT!
April 20, 2015
Ride:
2009 Yamaha FZ6
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