Dainese releases incredible Verbier Pelle Gore-tex jacket

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DaineseVerbier1.jpgDainese has released a water-proof leather jacket using the Gore-Tex laminated membrane, and we’re freaking out. Not only is Dainese one of the first to mass produce products with the membrane, but they’ve set the bar extraordinarily high by making a stunningly elegant jacket. In fact, we think it’s the sleekest design of functional safety gear we’ve seen in years, if not ever.

>DaineseVerbier2.jpgGone are the giant tacky logos, wild graphics and bold color
treatments that have plagued safety gear for decades. The Verbier Pelle
instead uses sparse lines and a high collar with a whole bunch of
black. Crazy pockets and big diagonal zippers have no place either,
giving way to just two vertical cut flaps with hidden zips. A single
Dainese logo is placed on the shoulders in flat black, like a
cool bespoke patch instead of the standard, ostentatious branding that
belongs on the comic stand.

DaineseVerbier3.jpgThe fact that a jacket this nice is
actually using advanced technology combining Dainese’s D-Tec with the
Gore-Tex patented membrane is frankly blowing our minds. In Dainese’s
words, “the Verbier jacket offers waterproofing and breathability,
together with the typical properties of strength and anti-abrasion of
full-grain cowhide. The special localised perforation, patented by
Dainese, ensures breathability and seam strength.”

The jacket also comes with a removable thermal vest as well as
composite protectors on shoulders and elbows. While we can’t really
understand why the Verbier doesn’t offer built-in or removable back
protection, we’ll get our own back proctectors in the meantime and
expect an upgrade for next year’s release. And since we’re nit-picking, we’d also ditch the shoulder patches and opt for a similar, smaller single logo on the left corner of the collar, but that’s just us.

The only bad news is that
the $999 Verbier is listed as “out of stock” at the moment, but Dainese
has told us the jacket will be available by the end of April.


  • http://weroam.wordpress.com Darek

    more bad news: the sport waist isn’t exactly conducive to “waterproof” jackets. Hope they offer some matching pants that go very high. And at $1k, dainese must have lost their damn mind.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Expecting a cheaply sold manufactured product of any kind using new-tech materials isn’t very realistic, Darek.

      • http://weroam.wordpress.com Darek

        You’re right. I’m quick to judge as I know nothing about the membrane, but It make me wonder what the hell it actually costs.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

          Read the link at the top of the article for a better idea, Darek. I’m guessing it’s really expensive to make, but as production is refined and expanded, cost will come down.

  • http://www.piaggiousa.com/ Enthusiast

    They may as well put a big Ducati logo on it because that’s who they are selling it to.

  • Cal

    Aerostich Rider Wearhouse has been offering a similar jacket and pants.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Thanks for the tip, Cal. That’s a nice jacket, and at $800 makes it clear the cost is definitely in the material.

  • chili sv

    It’s functional tech that is undermined by its fashion cut. But perhaps that’s necessary to justify the price they’re asking. It’s too short to give your lower back any coverage and to create the volume necessary for a back protector, they’d need to change the cut. Make no mistake, this is aimed at a high rollin’ scooter boy. Hopefully it will filter down to the $500 range in a few years.

    • http://www.dainese.com DaineseDan

      Not quite true, and is presuming quite a lot for never having seen the jacket in person.
      The sport cut is the same as all of our technical jackets, and is plenty long enough to give lower back coverage. The jacket also incorporates a 3/4 zip for attachement to any of our pants.
      As to Stacy’s comment, we have been using this same technology in our ski line for several years, not to mention several years of development in our test center before being released to the public. It is tried, true and tested.
      Thanks for posting this up! I was suprised to see it!

      • tommap

        I have seen the jacket in Norway. It look very good, but it does not have a 3/4 sip to attachement to pants. The Vervier pants however have that zip.

  • http://bolty.net Stacy

    You know what they say about buying the first generation of any new product… let the folks with money to burn do the testing for you. :)

    That being said, I can’t wait for someone to make a women’s jacket out of this material. Aerostich will never make anything for women, so they’re out. Rukka? Rev’it? How ’bout it?

  • sam

    elitist and metrosexual.

    • Renze

      Metrosexual?? Because it won’t fit a beer gut? Were you alive before the eighties? The power ranger look won’t get you the supermodels you know..

      Anyways, I’m glad these guys are finally bringing some style to their safety gear.

  • Remy

    I like it as a very functional, good looking jacket. I also couldn’t ever justify the price.

  • Zach

    So funny this was posted today! Last night, I spent about an hour fantasizing about this new suit and the Rukka Merlin. I’d much prefer the Rukka, but it’s double the price of the Dainese jacket and pants.

  • Mike

    Probably made in the same factory as the Transit suit that Aerostich sells. In Viet Nam!

  • Joon

    BMW has the Atlantis 4 that is similar to this product. I think this line has been around for a while and is at its 4th iteration (hence the name). Styled the same with the understated mark of BMW- no Power Rangers look.

  • Joon
  • thomashenny

    It’s good to see that certain companies are adding form to function when it comes to motorcycle gear.

  • Graeme Sutherland

    The jacket looks good, and they’re doing a matching set of trousers. (Just seen them listed on Kneedraggers.)

    I like the zip, which looks like it’s off a hiking or climbing jacket, rather than motorcycle leathers.

    It’ll be interesting to see what the pricing is here in Europe. Over here Hein Gericke are doing a Gore-Tex and leather suit for about half the price of the Rukka set.

  • Zeitgeist

    They give the model a jacket that is one size to small for a true riding cut. Its drawn over he wrists and high on pant top. Unless there are expander panels in the shoulder blades as soon as he leans over the leather will be pulled tight and any available space will be pulled tight. I ran a store that sold alotof Dainese and I love the stuf I have jackets suits and gloves that are some of my best gear. But it was always a long discussion trying to get the consumer to buy the right size after perusing the catalogs and seeing the model fit. As for the subtle branding there are many jackets out there that do this and even Dainese has had stuff but not always made it available in all markets.

    • thomashenny

      It is never one size too small. The reality is the majority of Americans are overweight. Mens’ sizing came from the uniforms of past wars and I’m sure those guys were not their ideal weight before basic training. I wish for the day when everyone is thin so I can find stuff here in the US that fits me perfectly instead of buying expensive “European” fits or spending money on tailors.

      If you are > you should not weigh more than

      5’8” > 172 lbs

      5’9” > 176

      5’10″ > 180

      5’11” > 184

      6′ > 188

      So, unless you are employed by the NBA, you should not be over 200 lbs!

      • Zeitgeist

        I think you miss the bigger picture and my point. Being that on the models for the pictures they put a smaller sized jacket on him to show the jacket. If you look at the sleeves you see his wrists so as he sits on the bike the sleeves will move up further.

        As for American sizes being different and getting people in the right size I had the conversation both ways people buying too big for the “baggy” look which for riding is not so good esp in crash as the folds of material create double wear zones lead comprimising integrity of the clothing. As for fitment you ask any Dainese factory staff person they will tell you that for two piece or single clothing and between a one piece suit you go up one size on the suit. It is because of the way they are cut with precurved backs, sleeves and chest.

        It had nothing do do with people in America being fat. I have expanaded in the last few years too but as many factors change in a persons life not everyone will fit your ideal of weight and height. I still use tailors for my clothes for work and have done so long ago even when I was 5’11 and 170 pounds.

  • Brrradicle

    Thanks for the well spoken laymens terms Renze. Shift actually came out with an affordable jacket this style years ago. Sadly without the composite shoulder and elbow protection.

    I will attest – - this jacket style fitted properly does the trick =)

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      We’ve seen several attempts at this cut over the years, Brrradicle. Somehow they always managed to get it wrong, be it logo placement, material or color variance, or poor use of velcro, an elastic waist-band, etc.

      Also, there are still amazing traditional horesehide & cowhide motorcycle jackets out there that are incredibly cool, but they don’t have armor or modern materials.

      This jacket is the first we know of that gets all of it right.

  • Aeolus

    The Alpinestar’s Nero range is much better in style and utility. That jacket depicted is just for the poser.

  • Brian

    Really nice jacket. Wished the Dainese logo was not on it but I would consider buying it if it were a little less expensive. I bought a Dainese perforated Laguna Seca 1-piece racing suit with waterbag last Spring and I paid $1099 for it. That was a full suit so I think $1000 for just the jacket is a bit much.

  • john Atnip

    So vote with your wallet–too expensive, don’t buy
    value priced, buy

  • http://www.damiengaudet.com blankfocus

    very cool, but out of my price range.

  • Shawn

    I’m going to agree with Sam. If I was a good-lookin, metrosexual underwear model who planned on taking my $25k ducati through the streets of Milan… then sure, that jacket would work awesome.

    But alas, I’m just an average dude on a cheap bike. That Jacket is way out of my league. LOL. I’ll just keep rockin the hoody and icon vest. :)

  • http://www.sideburnmagazine.com Ben Part

    Metrosexual / poser / elitist / scooterboy, call me what you like, I’d wear this (if I had a spare $999).

  • Generic1776

    On the average “price per use” over time, this jacket isn’t that expensive, and it looks awesome.

    I can easily understand those who think that at $1k, it may be on the higher end of the price scale, but it answers all the requirements for a all purpose jacket: wet, cold, hot, breathable, zips to pants, neck gator and it is able to be worn when you get off the bike without looking like a transformer.

    Right now, I have about 5 jackets that cover these purposes , but the majority of my time is spent in two jackets:

    –An all black Alpinestars Alloy, great for everything but the extremes in weather, and it looks cool, but the armor is a bit too batman if you wear it into a restaurant. Cost $500+ at the time 5 years ago… but the zippers are failing now.

    –A First Gear Kilimanjaro Air 3, which does awesome in extreme hot, cold and wet, but sucks for everything in between and as my normally prim-and-proper boss would say “you look f’n goofy wearing that thing”. (let’s face it 3/4 length looks like a skirt and poofy as the michellin man doesn’t help either) Cost under $300.

    The point is style and function are a very hard match to find, the cost to achieve those goals is worth it.

  • thomashenny

    No, that jacket fits him perfectly. Unless you have a special jacket with 36+ inch arm span, every jacket’s arm is going to ride up when you’re in position.

    I did not assume or accuse that you are fat. And it has everything to do with the population here being overweight because retailers have to buy the more larger “relaxed” blouse-y cuts to accommodate the demand and stay in business.

    Unless you have some sort of sickness that prevents you from being active, there is no excuse or life factors to be overweight! You can prevent disease and get better mileage.

    • Zeitgeist

      A riding jacket or suit should drop just below the wrist to allow for draw of sitting on the bike. Then the gauntlet of the glove has material to be cinched against and provide a good seal agianst wind, and pavement if it happens.

      I did not think you were implying I am fat. I am over weight by your standards at 5’11 and 210. I wear a 44r with a tuck at the waist. The true gage of weight and obesity is a body mass index. People are all built differently. With many factors in play. Runners are lean light weight boxers are muscular and although if they were same height the boxer would probably weigh more as he has developed more of his body with muscle.

      Sickness? the only excuse? hmmm working on average of 55 to 60 hours a week for many people is the norm these days. Couple that with some kids, house maintenece and the other responsiblites that many people take on does not leave them much personal time. I am not saying its right its just a fact of our society in this day and age.

      I have mere time now since my job has cut back its hours so yeah I pulled out the bicycle and am getting some much overdue exercise but I am fortunate to be able to do that. Its either that or start a moto-blog ;) Now if you excuse me my other excuses are calling.

  • thomashenny

    No more excuses! Kids, house maintenance, 60 hours, boo-fucking-hoo! No one forced you to choose the life you have. My grandfather was busy with 8 kids and still had time to build a boat with his hands so we could migrate to the US. At 87, he’s still around 170 lbs and can kickstart his Bonneville.

    • Zeitgeist

      Well I guess if we all did thomas’s program Dainese could sell lots of jackets cause the sum of our population would be fairly self-centered and egotistical. Kind of like the people who ran our economy into the ground.

      Its great your grandfather did what he did but I wonder what your grandmother did since from your description she did not have to do a thing since your grandfather was keeping trim by doing it all. BTW my 13 yo daughter could kickstart an old Bonnie. If its done properly it is really quite simple.

      No one forces people in the US to choose our lifestyle you are absolutely correct in that. But that being the case how do you become the judge of whats correct for others? I would think thats why your grandfather did what he did by coming here. My choices are just that, mine. I have a very good life and am quite happy with it. My daughter and I are healthy active and we have a comfortable place to live ride dirtbikes in the summer and she rides with me on my street bikes. She is active in sports, theater, and plays a mean round of COD4. On top of it all gets all A’s so yeah she is my #1 priority in life. So if I gain a few pounds working and making sure she has the ablity to be safe, secure and a future but still gets to spend time with me so be it. Besides she is already eyeing my old leather jackets for her own use. Just the plain black leathers I had when I was 18 and a size 40. Kinda like the Dainese one pictured here no flashy colors just some scuff marks and a couple of faded Ducati patches that I had stiched on.

      Ride safe and eat cabbage,


      • thomashenny

        Sounds like you have a good gig going in your life; I apologize for being harsh on your excess 26 lbs. Have your wife contact me and I will give her my chicken, fish and tofu recipes.

        Will, I wasn’t calling anyone fat specificly; I was addressing the whole population and the issue of mens sizing in this country. I apologize for steering the subject.

      • http://artistruth.livejournal.com will

        ‘scool, thomashenny.

        Zeitgeist: Most. Overly defensive. Reply. Ever.

  • http://artistruth.livejournal.com will

    How did this go from talking about an expensive, badass jacket to calling eachother fat?

  • Generic1776

    I’m not fat, my font is just bold

  • Garth

    lol @ genric….

  • ace

    In Zeitgeist’s defense, I think you’re totally wrong will. thomashenny had a valid point about overweight America and Zeitgeist had an equally valid point about the modern lack of free time.

    “Boo-fucking-hoo, you dug your grave now lie in it, my grandpa was a badass” is where the discussion got ugly. Zeitgeist told thomashenny to ride safe, he should have just told him to fuck off.

    • thomashenny

      Mind you business ace or I’ll put you on a diet too!

  • Core

    Sharp looking jacket. But to shell out 1000 + tax in one go.. well, what can I say, the price tag makes me cringe a bit right now.

    Maybe in the future when I am earning a lot more money, it won’t be such a big deal.

    Actually if I had a rough idea of the product life, just from normal wear, that would really put things into perspective. I Just know how things are made to day.. or I guess I should say ‘the majority of products are made’.