Last summer I flew to Italy to participate in the first ever WRN sponsored motorcycle tour of Italy. The occasion called for the most versatile motorcycle gear available so I chose a riding outfit from Dainese, an Italian manufacturer, for all the obvious reasons not the least of which is that I love the brand’s slimming style on women.
I chose the Zima Gore-Tex jacket because of the many superb features packed into one jacket. I matched it with Dainese’ Travelguard Gore-Tex Lady pants to create a superior motorcycle outfit that, in my opinion, is number one in fit and style. It offers me the highest protection available while looking great on any motorcycle, sportbike, sport tourer, and cruiser. To me it is a little more stylish than the Dainese Tempest D-Dry Lady Jacket and Pants we also tested.
I’ve worn and tested many textile motorcycle jackets over the years, but by far the Mugello brand textile fabric of both the jacket and pants is what sets it apart from other textile jackets that have the same comfort features.
Mugello is a mix of Elastomeric fabric and micro nylon that is much softer to the touch than standard textile jackets that have a sandpaper-like feel to them. This mixture of materials allows the fabric to give and then come back to its original shape (read nice level of stretchiness here) while maintaining tear-resistance. The garment’s finish resists water and oil, and never wrinkles. For the “abuse” I put it through, being stuffed into a suitcase and eight days of riding, the jacket looks almost new. Road grime rubbed off with a wet towel.
Following are photos with captions describing my thoughts on the array of features found on the Dainese Zima Gore-Tex jacket.
I wear a women’s size medium in U.S. sizing (which translates to a size 6-8), however the corresponding Italian sizes, 38 and 40, were too tight. The size 42 is what I chose. I have long arms, broad shoulders, and a small bustline (36A), so I always have extra room in the bust area of my jackets, but as long as the rest fits, that is what’s important. Use this info to judge your own sizing.
Dainese lists the Zima jacket in the “winter” temperature category, but with the liner removed the jacket was still cool enough for me riding in the high 80s. Plus, it’s worth noting that it’s not a heavy jacket to wear or carry around.
The Travelguard pants also have a Gore-Tex membrane and are designed for cooler weather riding, but with the Capri-length liner removed, the shell was cool enough to wear in warm weather. Below are photos describing the features of the pants and how they worked for me.
The Dainese Zima jacket and Travelguard pants exceeded my expectations with what I desired in a technical riding outfit: protection, comfort, and amazing style.
The Dainese Zima jacket retails for $549.95, about $100 more than the REV’IT! Sand jacket, $150 less than Rukka’s Orbita jacket, and $100 less than BMW’s TourShell jacket reviewed here on WRN, all with similar features. The off-white and gray color I have is discontinued, but there are three other colors to choose from. Learn more and order directly from Dainese’s website at this link.