Dainese Jacket Wave Pro: can you get any safer?

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Dainese_Jacket_Wave_Pro_1.jpgUntil the Dainese D-Air or Alpinestars airbag suit reach the market, we’re guessing the Dainese Jacket Wave Pro (combined with a leather jacket or suit) is the safest you can practically and comfortably make your upper body on the road. Combining protection for the neck, chest and shoulder blades with the usual elbow/shoulder/back stuff is what makes this system special, but the aluminum honeycomb-core armor doesn’t hurt either.
Dainese_Jacket_Wave_Pro_2.jpgYou could, of course, wear an Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support or Leatt
brace for increased neck protection, but they don’t tend to work well
over bulky leather and we hear they can reduce the degree to which you
can turn your head, not ideal when you’ve got to be checking over your
shoulder constantly.

Unlike full neck braces, Dainese’s neck protectors don’t prevent your
head from being jammed down between your shoulders or side-to-side
movement, but rather prevent your next from flexing too far backwards
and provide protection from impacts. Less protection than a brace for
sure, but you’re more likely to wear this kind of neck protection more
of the time, meaning you’re more likely to have this on when you need

All of this protection is incorporated into Dainese’s high-end jackets
or is available in component form. We’ve never actually figured out a
practical application of a street-use armor jacket since we prefer our
armor incorporated into our jackets and wear our back protectors
separately, but it does illustrate the degree of protection that is

Also, what’s the deal with the guys that wear jackets like this without
leather over them? They get the need for safety, but don’t execute it
fully? Of course, we’ll never understand the need for an extended
swingarm on an R1 either.

  • Tom

    To me, this looks like a great step away from the Power Rangers look.

    • Isaac

      Yeah all need now are Spartan helmets!

      “Motorcyclist’s what is your profession?

      AHOO!!! AHOO!!! AHOO!!! AHOO!!! AHOO!!!

      See old friend,…I brought more riders than you.”

      • http://bzrong.com bzr

        “Tonight, we ride in HELL!”

  • Sean Smith

    “They get the need for safety, but don’t execute it fully? Of course, we’ll never understand the need for an extended swingarm on an R1 either.”

    That right there is some damn fine squid bashing. ‘Round these parts, it’s all about the Icon Field Armor vest over a hoodie. There’s usually a chromed out hayabusa or R1 to match too.

    If only I could face palm with a helmet on…

    • Jordan J.

      Visor palm?

      • Sean Smith

        It’s just not the same man… I guess I’m stuck shaking my head and slowly riding away.

  • Alex

    This seems like it’d be pretty helpful in a wreck, but I’m just guessing. Anyone have any statistics regarding what actually kills riders on the track and on the street?

  • BL

    practical application…well, I’d say stunting, but you may say that’s impractical

    protectors worn without leather, stunting-lower speed stuff in the heat…to look like a douchebag. (also works great offroad…)


    take the 400 this over priced POS costs, buy a 150 helmet, 150 jacket, 40 gloves and 60 boots…

  • brian gordon

    110 degree heat plus traffic jams plus a leather coat = passing out at the bars. i’ll take the chance that wearing just the armor is going to help me.

    • VetteWrecker

      I feel you. I just rode through a couple Central American countries in steel toes, jeans, and a Vanson perforated leather jacket with armor. It was hotter than hell; I ended up having to stop every half tank just to hydrate and dump water on my head. I seriously felt life vomiting/passing out. “All the gear, all the time” is a great motto (riding your dual sport to get your morning latte), but it doesn’t always work that way in real life. Before anyone starts calling me a squid, I do have a motorcycle license and I’ve been riding for 15 years.

  • Taz

    Exactly, I love it when people think the whole world is the same for everybody. Talking about visor palm, lol.

    Try riding with your leather jacket in 95 degrees or higher as mentioned and then let me see how long you last, in cases of 100 degrees or higher, a leather jacket can actually cause an accident by overheating the rider and make them dizzy or pass-out in extreme situations, so this type of armor is made for those kind of situation.

    Now granted its best to wear something that will protect the skin cause this offers nothing for the skin.