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Question Dainese Zen Jacket - or some other perf leather all season for dry?

Hey, I'm looking at a new jacket that I can wear through the summer, and I'm looking at the Dainese Zen.

Its perforated leather with a zip out you can add for winter riding, so its basically two jackets in one and I think I can wear it year-round (think 50°-90°).

Does anyone have any experience or opinions? Any other suggestions for good leather jackets for summer riding?



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The new Dainese Zen leather motorcycle jacket features:

-Italian design and construction
-Airflow Perforation in front and on each arm
-Removable insulated winter liner
-Removable composite protectors
-Pocket for Wave G back protector
-Fixed Sanityzed® lining
-Removable thermal micro-down lining
-Adjustment strap on neck
-Adjustable waist
-Jacket-trousers fastening system

The ZEN Leather Jacket is a great all around leather riding jacket from Dainese that retails for $429.95. A perfect jacket for the street and compatible with all Dainese leather pants for you track day riders.
Price is commonly around $400. There is also the Laguna Seca perf jacket, but its cost is similar with no liner, so what's the point, right?
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well... you can't go wrong with Dainese.

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That's a nice jacket.

I didn't think it was perforated until I saw this picture of the same jacket.



I'm betting you are buying it from MotoLiberty? That place is awesome. That's where I bought my Dainese jacket. Kneedraggers.com has a great selection and good prices IF you call them. I bought a custom Dainese suit through them.

Dainese is the only way to go... or Veloce.

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I have a punched suit and unless it's real warm (I know your summers get up there) it's too cool when you're rolling. Spring and fall rides mean a windproof overjacket.

https://www.wristtwisters.com/forum/s...ead.php?t=6605

It's hard to beat Dainese on style function or quality but price can be an issue for some.

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I'm betting you are buying it from MotoLiberty? That place is awesome. That's where I bought my Dainese jacket. Kneedraggers.com has a great selection and good prices IF you call them. I bought a custom Dainese suit through them.

Dainese is the only way to go... or Veloce.
Actually, CycleGear can get one in my size, plus I just got a 20% off coupon in the mail, so that would bring the jacket to a more reasonable $350 from $430.

MotoLiberty has them listed for $420, but not in my size, and I haven't called Kneedraggers yet.

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I have a punched suit and unless it's real warm (I know your summers get up there) it's too cool when you're rolling. Spring and fall rides mean a windproof overjacket.

https://www.wristtwisters.com/forum/s...ead.php?t=6605

It's hard to beat Dainese on style function or quality but price can be an issue for some.
What do you mean by real warm? I figure a perf jacket with a tee would be ideal for 80°+ days, and I can put the liner in for cooler days.

I have a full leather jacket that's great for the 50º-70° days, but at 70°, you start to bake a bit - I'll roast if I'm not moving in it.

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I have a technic chicane perfed jacket. It doesnt have a liner but I use a windstopper Mountain Hardwear vest under it. Depending on how well the liner blocks wind, and since its a full liner it might be better than my vest, 50 degrees might be stretchin it, but 60 on up is comfortable with the vest. I do ride with mine in cooler temps, but it can be a little chilly, I definitely use the solid jacket if its below 50

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Got this sale notice from Competition Accessories yesterday, they're having a major closeout on some jackets...

http://www.compacc.com/cat.cfm/cid/2001002/va/1

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What do you mean by real warm? I figure a perf jacket with a tee would be ideal for 80°+ days, and I can put the liner in for cooler days.

I have a full leather jacket that's great for the 50º-70° days, but at 70°, you start to bake a bit - I'll roast if I'm not moving in it.
I'd say under 70F it's too breezy. Also if you're in very hot stop and go you can find it's sucking in heat from the engine.

I've found the best way to test vented gear to see if it "works" is to head out when it's about 40F. Suddenly those helmet vents make themselves noticed.

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I've found the best way to test vented gear to see if it "works" is to head out when it's about 40F. Suddenly those helmet vents make themselves noticed.
TELL me about it! I was riding back home from a friends house last night. It was around 20 degrees and I could tell the back right vent was open on my helmet. Stupid cold head.

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Alpinestars NYC Perforated

I was thinking about getting this one for a summer leather jacket. Maybe an option for you too.

http://www.newenough.com/protective_...le_jacket.html

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Well, FYI, Cycle Gear is giving free back plates with the Zen jacket ($75).

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Well, FYI, Cycle Gear is giving free back plates with the Zen jacket ($75).
Whaaaaa? Dainese back plates? Dainese make the best of those.

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