I’m not sure why there aren’t many reviews about the Dainese Super Speed Textile jacket already, so I figured I’d do my own to give some potential buyers more info and photos of this awesome jacket that I picked up from Revzilla.
I spent a good deal of time deciding on the right jacket, as I did with my helmet, which I reviewed here. When I first started my hunt, I knew from recommendations by friends that were just a few brands I should focus on. These were Dainese, Alpinestars, and Icon.
On a side note, I was also lusting after the Ronin Leather Jacket by Roland Sands. It would’ve been the perfect match for my cafe/brat style build. However, at $450 it was already a big hit to the wallet, let alone having to buy the additional armor inserts for the arms, putting it around $550. Plus, Roland Sands, for all the awesome parts and design work they’ve done, doesn’t specialize in motorcycle jackets like Alpinestars and Dainese do. I don’t see any MotoGP riders trusting their skin to them, so I’m not ready to put mine on the cutting board yet either. Sorry, Mr. Sands.
After a lot of research, reading product specs, and reading/watching just about every review I could find, I settled on the Dainese Super Speed textile jacket. I was a little hesitant on it at first, since it’s definitely a sport bike coat with a racer cut. I didn’t want something that looked like a Power Ranger but I also wanted something that didn’t sacrifice safety for style. The Super Speed seemed to fit that mold with the black on gray (Nero/Nero/Dark Gull Gray) color scheme. It’s definitely cut like a racing jacket, but the colors don’t make it look like it HAS to be sitting on top of an R6.
Dainese Super Speed Textile Jacket Initial Impressions
Knowing that Dainese puts a lot of research and design into their coats, I knew this jacket would be top notch right out of the box. It didn’t let down. No feature on it seems like an afterthought or unintentional. You get what you pay for and this jacket definitely validates it’s price tag. It even came in a plastic garment bag, along with it’s own Dainese branded coat hanger. Finally, I can begin my collection of specialized coat hangers!
Materials & Quality
The $350 of this jacket go toward the wide variety of fabrics, materials, and stitching used in its construction. I learned from buying outdoor gear like Arcteryx and Sitka, that better fit and function comes from the tailoring and stitching of the clothing. But, tailoring and stitching means more dollars. The Super Speed incorporates many, many different materials, all used in critical areas to give it flexibility, ventilation, while not giving away any protection. It’s really an upgrade to the popular Avro, with a bit more assertion.
The overall textile fabric is called Duretex. The front to side Boomerang mesh is a step up from that found on the Crono and Air Frame, as it feels much tougher and isn’t as see-through. I hate see-through mesh, because A.) it looks kinda stupid to see someone’s t shirt through their jacket B.) it doesn’t inspire much confidence in terms of protection in my opinion.
The mesh ventilation in the sleeves are a tighter weave to provide greater protection in a spill, as this is a slide area. Compared side-by-side in the photo below, you can see that while the side/chest Boomerang mesh is thicker, it’s also looser to provide airflow. The mesh on the sleeves is much tighter, to still provide airflow but add more abrasion resistance.
Armor in the shoulder and elbows provides good coverage in the critical impact/slide areas. All of the composite protectors are rated at a EN 1621.1/97 Standard. I need to check the informational booklet and cross reference what specific inserts are in the jacket, which I’ll post here after.
The aluminum shoulder sliders are an elegant touch to this jacket, something you don’t see really on any other textile jacket but only on the MotoGP suits. Looks aside, it’s also functional, as it provides shoulder impact protection with the padding underneath the actual metal slider.
On The Road
The Super Speed Textile flows air nearly as good as a full up mesh jacket. Comparing it to a friend’s Shotgun Textile jacket by Dainese, while the Super Speed isn’t nearly that ventilated, but it does leave you feeling a lot more protected. I felt a little naked in the Shotgun, which in fact, is a lot more protective (in terms of mesh vs tex)than let’s say, the Air Frame.
While riding in the Super Speed, the majority of airflow I feel at low speed is through the inner arm and rib cage. The ventilation on the inner arms helps dry them off, since they tend to get very sweaty due to how tight the sleeves are. As with any jacket that’s not full-up mesh, you will heat up at stop lights or in traffic. But once you get moving, the air flow is pretty good. If you see yourself riding this in the dead of summer at very slow speeds, it might be too hot, as any passing breezes aren’t going to hit you as they would in a summer mesh jacket. Over 30-40mph, you start to get the air flowing in the upper chest and out the back vents on the shoulder blades. Your mileage may vary depending on your riding stance, as I’m seated halfway between fully forward and straight up with my bike.
However, if airflow isn’t your thing, the windproof liner blocks out nearly 100% of that. This really extends the usability of this jacket from summer into spring and fall. I’m sure you could even push the temperature range with insulation layers underneath. Dainese could’ve sold this as a separate accessory, but you get it. You do feel some slight wind through the wrists, as the cuffs do not zip in place. Only the front of the insert zips in place, there are only loop and button snaps for the wrists, neck and waist. A nice touch, which you can see below, is the added flap of fabric on the interior just behind the insert union. This blocks out any additional that may pass through the jacket’s exterior zip.
One minor flaw with the liner is that it tends to bunch of up as you put it on, resulting in a mass of fabric being pushed out of the end of the sleeve. You then have to finagle it back in, by tugging from the inside while sliding the sleeve back down. This even happens to a lesser extent with the mesh lining of the sleeves without the liner.
Fit wise, this jacket is spot on for Euro sizing. I’m 5’8″ and 160lbs and went with the Size 52. It’s got a slim racing cut, with preformed arms and shoulders. The elastic panels in the shoulders and elbows allow you to easily reach forward in a sport stance, but don’t result in a wad of fabric when you’re sitting upright at a light.
The sleeves and waist have strap/loop adjustments to really dial it in. Unfortunately, I have a 30-31″ waist size and I’ve got the waist adjustment straps as tight as they can go but could use more. Since the straps secure with velcro, I may just sew in an additional velcro pad to give me more adjustment.
Some might find the rear skirt of the jacket is just a hair too short, but that goes with this cut. You may find your rear canyon-lands catching a breeze from time to time if you don’t keep it pulled down. Also, the front of the jacket, with its heavy duty zipper, tends to bend out when you tuck down. I’m still waiting for this to break in and not bow out as much, but it’s likely unavoidable in any thick jacket.
Another key feature is the rolled leather collar. I can’t tell you how annoying poorly designed collars can be on a jacket, for any sport. They always seem to be chafing me, whether while hiking, hunting, or snowboarding. The rolled leather keeps it from rubbing your neck and also keeps it in place tucked underneath your helmet.
Lastly, the jacket also features micro reflective strips running from the shoulder blades to the ribs, at the collar bone, and at the top of the forearm. These are all the most highly visible spots when in a forward sport stance. These actually look nice, as Dainese has somehow figured out to embed the textile fabric with reflective thread. So the strips do not look like reflective panels under direct light and fit the jacket’s esthetic, but shine nicely at night. The jacket also has two side pockets that will just barely fit your gloves, and an interior zip pocket which is quite useful for holding a cellphone and wallet.
I knew that the Dainese Super Speed Textile, priced at $350, would be at the top of the Dainese textile/non-leather product line. I did like the leather version of the same coat, but couldn’t quite drop the additional $400 on one, so I’ll put it towards my next jacket a few years down the line. Judging by how this jacket has performed so far, I’m pretty sure I might not even want another coat. I really think this is one of Dainese’s best textile jackets, and one that will get even more popular as more people try it out. It has a race inspired cut and design, but the black (nero/nero/dark gull gray) color scheme is really subtle yet classy, which works with almost any rider style.
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