What price would you put on your safety? Well, Dainese emailed us on Friday with a run down of their top-of-the-range, track-inspired, road/race collection, and the price they put on it all ain’t cheap.
Kicking things off is the Mugello R D-air® suit, which Dainese say introduces over 25 new features and several pioneering innovations and five new patents. The D-air® platform has been extended to cover the neck, shoulders, collarbones and the lower side of the rib cage.
There’s a redesigned and seamless-integrated LED interface and a patented Intelligent Emergency Lighting System; adaptive knee construction; high-performance pre-curved engineered textiles and tri-axial elastics; plus redesigned elbow construction, with an optimised slider shape and quick release system. It’s certified to CE. Cat. II – 89/686/EEC Directive, with the elbow and knee composite protectors certified to EN 1624.1 Standard Lev. 2, as well as the Pro-Armor shoulder and hip protectors.
Underneath that Dainese say you should be wearing the D-Core Dry one-piece suit. It’s made from a mix of Dryarn®, Polyamide and Elastane, for triboelectic charging (whatever that is); has an Air Grid to increase perspiration; seamless construction and Armor Pad for added comfort on contact areas; a Press Structure to optimise muscle compression; and bacteriostatic, hypoallergenic and anti-odour fabric.
The Wave D1 Air is their top-of-the-line back protector, developed with the help of some of motorcycle racing’s greatest champions. It features a perimetral double density thermoformed support structure with an aluminum Honeycomb frame inner core and Crash Absorb; external polypropylene plates with perforated and waved structure; adjustable and removable straps as well as a Double Adjustable lumbar band with lumbar joint and for added comfort its liner is thermoformed polyethylene foam.
It’s Certified to CE – Cat. II – EN 1621/2014 lev.2.
Hands are taken care of by the Full Metal D1 gloves. They boast Kevlar® jersey, DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber stitching, cowhide leather and drum-dyed goatskin leather construction; CE – Cat. II – Pr-EN 13594 Standard level 1 certification, and have a DCP system on little finger, composite inserts in carbon and titanium on the knuckles and back, carbon fibre inserts at the joints of the fingers and Polyurethane inserts on the palm and cuff.
Finally, the R Axial Pro Boots – worn by the likes of Rossi, Iannone and Espargaró – are made from a combination of D-Stone™ fabric, cowhide leather and microfiber with replaceable stainless steel sliders, nylon toes and heel and a TPU rear inner insert, and are certified to CE Cat. II – EN 1364.
The R Axial Pro In are designed to fit seamlessly with Dainese suits thanks to suit-to-boot Velcro® fastening system, reducing the risk of getting caught on foreign objects in case of fall and to improve riding precision thanks to reduced dimensions, lower weight, and better aerodynamics. The internal D-Axial system in Carbon and DuPont™ Kevlar® reduces the risk of ankle twisting and provides impact protection.
Yours for £399.95.
That’s a grand total of: £4369.75. Crikey!
You’re going to need a helmet too though, so why not throw in an AGV Pista GP-R Rossi Winter Test 2017? It’s only another £1,100.00.
For more information, or to locate your local Dainese dealer you can of course visit: www.dainese.com.
To pay for it all, visit the stock market.
Review: Pando Moto Boss jeans are the most comfortable we’ve ever ridden in
Everyone makes abrasive-reinforced denim these days, but Pando Moto are quietly changing the game.
We’ve written about Pando Moto before here on MF. Back in January we were impressed by the quality of their offering – seen only through their catalogue – and their direction that seemed to be ‘making motorcycle clothing for real people’.
But is that promise kept all the way through to riding with them on the bike?
(Pando Moto wanted us to check out the quality of their new jeans, they sent us a new pair to wear – and keep.)
The first thing that grabbed us about the Pando Moto denim on the Boss Black jeans that we were sent, was the stretchy’ness of the denim. For those people who like to wear their slim-fit denim on the bike, but find the cut of most of them unable to keep up with the demands of fast riding, the freedom of movement offered by both the tailoring and the extremely stretchy 13oz denim was a huge benefit.
Armour is provided by knee inserts from Knox and there are hip inserts available too (although you’ll have to buy those yourself – they’re not provided in the box).
With a myriad fabric choice now being available in the ‘abrasion resistant’ arena, the comfort of knowing that your legs are going to protected by good, reliable DuPont Kevlar can’t be understated and – although thankfully we can’t vouch for their strength within a crash – the furry, yellow fabric is positioned in all of the right places and we’re certain that it’ll keep our skin happier than just wearing denim on its own.
There’s no denying that Kevlar is hot however, so whilst the slim-fit of the denim might be welcome, the lack of airflow and warmth from the kevlar next to your skin will mean that you’ll find yourself with a sweaty set of pins by the time you’ve reached your destination.
But whilst the skinny fit might make you a slave to fashion, the little details of the jean show that Pando Moto have thought things through with more focus than most; the one feature that impressed us more than perhaps it should have with the Pando Moto Boss jeans was the clever little reflective strip on the inside seam of the bottom of the legs… When you turnover the jeans – as our little legs AND fashion dictate is a must – that reflective ribbon provides a fantastic extra nod to safety.
We’ve spent just a few days riding in the Pando Moto jeans now, but we honestly haven’t ridden with a more comfortable, more pleasing pair of motorcycle denim than these.
Dainese’s 3D custom leather configurator is ridiculously brilliant!
You too can design the best – or most hideous – custom leathers available.
If you were wondering why the quantity of articles on Motofire has recently slowed to a snail’s pace, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s to do with the fact that we’ve put the site up for sale.
BUT if we’re being honest, the last couple of day’s worth of articles didn’t get published because we were too busy messing about with Dainese’s new custom works configurator for their race leathers.
Seriously, go and take a look, it’s brilliant… And you can pretty much alter every component of your race suit.
Accessible via the website, the brand-new 3D configurator allows each motorcyclist to completely personalise their leather suit, jacket or pants in real time, with a simple, set of interactive toggles and widgets.
You can even upload logos and words.
Once it’s all done, you then just need to make an appointment with your local Dainese custom works centre who will then take your measurements and get you on the way to one-off Dainese suit heaven.
OR you could get the design we produced made in honour of Motofire and you’ll be well on your way to the Milan catwalks!