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Old 01-11-2021, 06:54 PM   #1
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The slow decline of Dainese

Is it just me, or over the last few years has Dainese's ability to marry fashion with functionality gone downhill?

1. The styles seem to get more and more lackluster - boring designs. And their retro jacket fashion choices have been awful for 2+ years (nothing compared to the 70's revival style seen in mid 2000's thru mid-2010's.

2. Materials seem to be getting cheaper.

3. Questionable functional choices for protection:
- D-air chest only jacket with a Lv1 back protector -- like, why is my back getting less protection?
- D-air full air-bag jacket -- again a Lv1 back protector (why??) and then a hard canister right at your lumbar. So if this device fails to go off in a situation then you have a hard canister cracking your under protected back (because of the Lv1 protector).
4. Questionable protective gear:
- Only selling Lv1 armor "upgrades" for jacket shoulders and arms. They've completely abandoned level 2 armor upgrades. And then they only put in Lv1 armor for most jackets (like rain gear) unless you buy the top end race jackets.

What do people think - am I off for thinking Dainese is losing its touch?
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Old 03-22-2021, 12:43 AM   #2
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Just came across this kind of old thread, but thought I’d respond because I’ve been thinking the same thing. I just had an accident, not too bad, but I fucked up my knee for good because there’s no cushion to their knee armor at Lv1, you need the Lv2 but you can’t upgrade the pants, and the new gear doesn’t come with it either. I just placed a Revzilla order for a Rev’it pants that comes with Lv2. We’ll see.
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Old 03-22-2021, 05:59 AM   #3
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Just came across this kind of old thread, but thought Iíd respond because Iíve been thinking the same thing. I just had an accident, not too bad, but I fucked up my knee for good because thereís no cushion to their knee armor at Lv1, you need the Lv2 but you canít upgrade the pants, and the new gear doesnít come with it either. I just placed a Revzilla order for a Revíit pants that comes with Lv2. Weíll see.
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Old 07-02-2021, 08:13 AM   #4
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I've done a lot of crashing in Dainese race suits (including a D-Air) and they have held up really well, surprisingly so. However - agree with you on their gloves, street jackets, etc. They really aren't very robust, and the last Dainese pair of gloves I bought had stitching come unraveled in multiple places. Same story with a textile adventure jacket.
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Old 08-03-2021, 08:58 AM   #5
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I like alpine stars better but I don't like buying the most expensive gear made, I like to feel like I got some value for my dollar.
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