While Frank thomas is going to Middle School to learn how make a jacket, Dainese has already graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Jacket Manufacturing... that's how close they are to one another
WOW! This is history in the making - AGAIN! I completely agree with RC90. MAN! That hurt!...
Well after the last post I had already completed an even swap for the same jacket. As predicted it broke as well. So went back to the store and the same offer was still available. So I went ahead and purchased the Gladiator by Dainese and I like the way it feels but just wondering if anyone has had any of their textile stuff? It looks pretty nice and tough but being that it is not leather I'm just concerned a bit? Any opinions on this D-Stone stuff? One of the sales guy tried to claim that Rossi's suit actually has some of it on the inside of the thighs and somewhere in the chest?? Either way the quality of the jacket looks much better than the Frank Thomas as you guys stated!! Thanks for the earlier input!
They do that mainly for movemet purposes and low impact zones on the suits... I think that's how they explained it to me.
To answer the questions about the inner thighs / chest / and under arm area. That material is stretch Kevlar. It is used as RC indicates for better movement or articulation in the suit. It is not cheap to add this to suits and so when you look at a Dainese, SPIDI or Veloce
suit, you will see it used strategically. Typically, these panels are not used in high impact areas and they are still able to tear, with less abrasion resistance than leather. You use it in the thigh area so you can move / squat, etc. You use under the arms so it makes stretching to the bars easier, and so on and so forth.
Not to alarm you AJ, but leather will always have a higher abrasion resistance rating than textile - until technology provides an alternative. That said, if you are wearing a Dainese textile jacket, you are probably better protected than some leather gear out there. Manufacturers like Dainese are very conscientious about rider protection and will coat and treat textiles to have a better ability to withstand friction - both on the outside and inside of the gear.