Monday, September 26

Dainese Aspide Race Suit Review

Brand new for the Dainese 2012 Collection, the Dainese Aspide Race Suit slides in between the Laguna Seca Pro and Avro in price, technicality and functionality. Capitalizing on the Second Skin technology that  made the Avro so popular last season, the Aspide scales back in a couple of areas to keep the price point where it is but still provide an excellent degree of comfort, protection and performance for the trackday rider and racer. Dainese continues to innovate with each new race suit that they produce, and the Aspide is no different. And with a colorway designed specifically for the S1000RR and another option that matches Kawi green perfectly, we see nothing but positives in the Aspide's future.

Check out our Dainese Aspide Race Suit Review:



The Dainese Aspide Leather Suit uses Dainese's proprietary Second Skin Concept, which bonds a protective outer layer (leather) to a comfortable stretch material (S1 fabric here) to provide the best of both worlds: you're getting abrasion resistance and mobility all at the same time. In the Avro, D-Skin leather (Dainese's proprietary tanned leather) is used while the Aspide used premium Italian cowhide leather. At the shoulders, co-injected protectors are topped by aluminum sliders (the Avro has titanium sliders). These are the two main differences between the suits and explain the difference in price. There is also CE rated armor at the elbow/forearm and knee/shin with Pro Shape protectors at the hips. The GP-style knee sliders are completely replaceable as well.

For the utmost in uninhibited mobility, Dainese has paid serious amounts of attention to the ergonomics of this suit. In addition to the Second Skin design, there are strategically placed bi-axial elasticated inserts at the tops of the knees, backs of the elbows and a large panel that starts at the crook of the arm, wraps back up to the shoulders, and down along the lower back. Above this elasticated panel at the lower back is another new technology from Dainese called microelastication. This new material is a solid leather panel with elasticity sewn into the leather. In adding elasticity to the leather rather than having a full stretch panel, you allow movement but retain the integrity and abrasion resistance of leather. Couple these with the S1 stretch design, and you've got a suit that offers enormous agility.

While the areas of S1 fabric will flow air, there are additional perforated areas and perf'd soft inserts throughout. At the chest, arms, and back, perforated soft inserts provide airflow and an additional level of impact resistance. There is additional perforation in non-impact areas of the legs for added airflow. The aerodynamic speed hump provides additional airflow via the perforation at the top of the hump. Inside, the Sanitized® lining is moisture-wicking, antimicrobial and removable washable. There is a double calf zip (one for closure, one for expansion) and this suit can accommodate any Dainese "In" boots via the fasteners inside the pant leg.

All in, you're looking at a race suit that is extremely technical, but scales back on some of the crazy tech features to keep cost down. That said, the Dainese Aspide Race Suit joins a family of race suits with quite a storied legacy. If you're looking for something protective, extremely comfortable and technical with a slick-as-hell style element, the Aspide may be the suit for you. To see our full selection, visit our Motorcycle Race Suits section.

-RetroZilla

Previously:
Dainese 2012 Leather Jackets
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