Motorcycle pants I actually wear

Named after the legendary space battleship that saved Earth from the Gamilas, Dainese Yamato Evo pants are far more comfortable, and far less armored.

I firmly believe in and try to encourage others to observe the ATGATT rule, but pants make it really hard. I've bought pair after pair of kevlar reenforced jeans, armored cordura over pants, and armor you wear under street clothes. It all looks and feels like you're a stormtrooper (star wars, not german.) Most motorcycle 'fashion' companies claim to be trying to make pants look normal and end up with a disaster. Not so with the Dainese Yamato. They look like thin fitting pants.

The Yamato are not the most reenforced pants or a particularly strong material. They are cotton. Internally, there are pockets for "optional" hip and knee armor. You want this stuff. It is a thin, rubbery material that warms up and conforms to your bodies shape. The CE rated armor is firmly held in place by the fashionably thin fitting pants. The pockets all zip to close, and there are some vents for airflow on hot days. Often, living in Northern California, I wear long underwear under them.

I think, should I be so unfortunate to crash test these pants, we'll find the material isn't abrasion resistant. The armor ought to help out. Difference is I do wear these for short rides and can use the motorcycle to get to meetings and events where I want to be comfortable.

I have one set of armor for both black and green pants, there is no reason to buy more. Washing the pants with the armor in does not work. I tried.

Hey! I bought these pants from Anthony at RevZilla! I love their videos and really appreciate their great info. Now, if I can only fit a Wave Motion Cannon on the Triumph.

Dainese Yamato Evo

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  1. Another solution is to just get a Roadcrafter and wear normal clothes underneath. I can ride somewhere and squeeze my suit into a pannier and leave it with the bike when I go eat, walk around or whatever. Daily commuter and going this route has really simplified things.

  2. The armor may provide some protection for the split second of initial impact, but the cotton fabric will disintegrate almost instantly and then the armor will no longer be attached to your body. Dainese should be ashamed of themselves for calling these motorcycle pants. They will offer almost no protection in a crash.

  3. It actually is the same ship, though. They raised the battleship Yamato and rebuilt it into a starship.

    So if it's named after either one, it's named after both.

    Doctor Sane told me so. Friendly little hippo feller.

    G'night all!

  4. nox says:

    @abenormal @jlw

    Rideapart does a good motorcycle denim roundup. The dainese jeans do not do well.

    We’re just unimpressed with Dainese’s denim offerings. Perhaps it’s the too-Euro styling or the lack of innovation and technical excellence which otherwise defines the brand.

    I wonder how long a belt sander would last against your leg before it tore through the cotton and flung the knee pad out of the way. There are much better options out there.

    Revzilla really is awesome. Please avoid using your local bike shop as a show/fitting room before purchasing from revzilla; otherwise they'll be gone soon. Where I live there's such a small market that shopping for motorcycle clothes feels like going to winners or value village. You're lucky if you can find your size and luckier if you can find a matching set.

  5. dacree says:

    Old school riding pants where nothing more than heavy denim jeans with grease rubbed in everywhere except the lower butt and inside of the leg. They were almost impossible to tear or rip and provided protection to the rider which only leather could match. They called those jeans greasers. Not only does the term refer to the grease in the jeans but also aviation slang for a smooth landing.

    Talking to some very old riders, there is still debate whether the term greaser, when referring to a person, refers to their hair or their jeans.

    It's amazing the things older people can tell you that can't be found on the internet.

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