Dainese G. Xantum D-Dry Jacket and P. Tomsk D-Dry Pants

Oct 18, 2012 View Comments by

I wore the Dainese jacket and pants on three separate tours. They provided comfortable and effective protection. The outer shell of both the jacket and pants are constructed of Dainese’s D-DRY material, developed by the Dainese Technology Center. The garments have wind-proofing and waterproofing protection, while retaining breathability for rider comfort. A full-sleeve length thermal liner can be zippered inside the jacket. Elasticated areas at the sides and shoulders and adjustments at the neck, sides, sleeves and cuffs of the jacket have all been added so that each rider gets a customized, snug fit. The jacket can be fastened to the pants via a 360-degree zipper. CE-rated shoulder and elbow armor come equipped, but a back protector is not included. The pants also come with a thermal liner and CE-rated armor for the knees and shins.

Dainese’s decision to not include a back protector with this jacket was probably a strategy for keeping its price relatively low, although riders should have one. The styling of both the jacket and pants is excellent, however, I did find the waist adjustment of the pants difficult to use. When cinching the waist tightly, the D-rings invariably twist to an elongated position, which constrains the strap adjustment. The one-piece knee and shin protectors, included with the pants, are comfortable and confidence inspiring. Overall, the Dainese Xantum D-DRY Jacket and Tomsk D-DRY Pants are an excellent, high-quality product for the price.

Editors note: Dainese offers several back protectors that can be inserted into a pocket in the back of the jacket, and the company actually invented the back protector in 1978. Follow this link for more info: http://www.dainese.com/us_en/company/history/our-milestones.

Colors: jacket: multiple color combinations; pants: black
Sizes: jacket XS – XXL ; pants XS – XXL
Price: jacket $329.95; pants $299.95

Text by Jim Parks

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