Designed for summer use and dedicated to the most demanding touring riders in terms of ventilation and ergonomics, the Drake Air Tex pants are made of Cordura® 750 and Suretta fabric, and have elasticated inserts, a zip for fastening to the jacket, side adjusters and calf zip, to offer excellent freedom of movement and customizable fit. With mesh air inlets on the thighs, optimum air flow to the body is ensured even in the hottest weather. Composite protectors on the knees and soft inserts on the sides complete the technical content of this very popular garment.
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I have had the pants and jacket for three plus years and they have been very comfortable so they were getinng kinda grubby. then I washed them as per the instructions on the label. WOW they are like new and black again. awsome system I would recomend them to anyone and have. they are my summer wear. and just enough ventilation with shorts on underneath.
WOW... Are these nice. Good fit, no bunching up in the crotch, just a little bit of air blowing through... Look good, fit is awesome... VERY comfy. +10... Also got the Dainese Air 2 jacket, and man it was like a whole new day... Just got through with a few hours test drive, and I couldnt get over how comfortable I was in my new duds... If your looking for a nice pair of pants, I would highly recommend these.
I felt just like Valentino Rossi... Well, OK maybe like Valentino's great uncle, BUT it sure was nice to have good fitting, just right gear on.
I've owned these pants for one season (bought in May '08) and they are very nice BUT the fit in the crotch area needs to be enlarged/deepened. The seam going from the front zipper to your butt pulls right up into my crotch when they're connected to my Dainese leather jacket. This is so pronounced when riding my Ducati 1098 that I have to keep the pants and jacket disconnected. I also have a Ducati Multistrada (upright riding position) and this issue isn't as bad but still bad enough for me to keep the two disconnected.
Of course, because I can't connect my jacket to the pants, the protective qualities of my gear is reduced significantly.
All this said, I love the quality of the pants - I just wish the fit was slightly better.
In my search for overpants, that I can wear over jeans or slacks, I researched just about every well-known brand of textile pants available in the market. I wanted a pair of pants that can provide: good ventilation; excellent abrasion resistance; waist zip connection to jacket; knee & hip protection. The Drake Air Tex pants had all the features I wanted at the right price. Although they aren't marketed as overpants, by purchasing 1 size up I am able to wear these with or without pants underneath depending on my needs. Best of all, the fastening system allows me to connect these pants to my Dainese leather and textile jackets.