Motorcyclists seeking do-it-all style riding jackets
that are as adept at keeping you warm and dry on a chilly, wet ride as they are at preventing excess perspiration during the summer months will love Dainese’s D-Dry line of textile jackets. Over the past couple years we’ve relied on these coats for long rides where the weather can be as unpredictable as the roads and surfaces we treaded on.
The key technology at work is Dainese’s proprietary D-Dry material. It’s a thin fabric liner that keeps wind and moisture out but traps body heat, making it the ideal solution for riding in cold and rainy weather. It zips into the body of the jacket and is small enough that it can be tucked away into small spaces i.e. underneath the passenger seat of a sportbike.
G. EVO SYSTEM D-DRY $499.95
Despite being a few years old the original Dainese D-System jacket is my favorite and one that I wear when I can’t predicate the weather and need a versatile coat that’s up for anything. The 2013 G. Evo it its latest variation.
Although it’s a few years old now this is my go-to riding jacket whether I’m on a summer sportbike road trip or a dual-sport day ride. The jacket offers a more slender cut but is still true to size. It sits below the waist and is compatible with Dainese’s line of riding pants. The fit can be further tailored via Velcro waist straps and metal buttons on the wrists.
The jacket is fabricated from a thick textile fabric that is both abrasion and tear resistant. Thankfully, we’ve yet to hit the asphalt but have had a tip over or two on the dirt and so far the jacket has remained blemish free with zero tears. Armor in the shoulder and elbow areas adds a degree of impact protection which comes in handy off-road.
The front of the jacket features four big pockets that are great for maps or anything you need quick access to on the road. There is also a hidden water-resistant zippered pocket which is great for sensitive items like a wallet or cell phone. A large zippered back pocket is the ideal place to ditch the D-Dry liner if necessary.
The jacket also features zippered air vents and if that doesn’t generate enough air flow the arm sleeves are removable as well. Other touches that I like are the reflective material on the elbow and back area of the jacket which increases visibility at night. The jacket also can accommodate a back protector and cleaning is as simple as a spin in the laundry machine.
Each year Dainese continues to refine the look and feature set of this jacket and its latest 2013 model offers an added liner for improved cold weather performance.
G. TEREN D-DRY $599.95
Dainese’s latest G. Teren jacket is the ultimate adventure jacket. With its modular construction it can be adapted for almost any type of climate or riding scenario.
This jacket is designed for true adventurers seeking a heartier and more feature-rich jacket. It’s a slightly larger coat compared to the Evo but is still deemed true to size (I’m 6’0, 180 pounds and wear a size 50 euro). The fit can be further refined via waist and neck straps as well as drawstring tie closures on the waist and bicep area. There are also metal buttons on the wrists for more or less taper.
One of the best features of this jacket is how modular it is. Inside, a thermal liner keeps the rider warm when it’s cool outside. The D-Dry liner supplements it and is great if it’s windy, wet or cold outside but it does trap in body heat. Thankfully, it can be easily removed and packed away in the large zippered back pocket. There are also a number of large vent panels (two on the chest and a giant one on the back) that flow a good amount of air (as long as the D-Dry liner is removed). The front vents are easy to operate even with gloves and use a simple Velcro and button system to engage.
Although we haven’t tested it yet, the level of protection should be very high. Sturdy formed plastic shoulders work in conjunction with the removable armor to provide a double layer of impact safety. Another big plus is that since the shoulder is biometrically formed it will be less likely to move or float during rides thus being more apt to stay in place and afford better defense in an accident. There is also removable armor in the forearm areas and the jacket can accommodate a back protector too. Another nice touch is the elastic pockets on the sides of the jacket to stash water bottles or anything you need quick access to during a ride. The jacket also has hand gaiters to block wind from creeping into the arms.
- True all-season comfort, modular construction
- Multiple pockets, some water resistant
- Timeless design—looks good on any bike
If you’re looking for the ultimate all-season riding jacket that’s up for just as much adventure as you are, then you simply won’t find a tougher or more well designed riding coat than one equipped with Dainese D-Dry technology. With a variety of different styles the Italian brand has a matching look for whatever type of motorcycle you ride.