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Review: Dainese Carve Master Gore-Tex

Reviews and tests 28 December, 2015

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The Dainese Carve Master is a winter waterproofed touring jacket thanks to the use of Gore-Tex technology and its removable thermal lining. Within the broad range of Dainese touring jackets, the Carve Master is between the pure touring Ridder D1 and the adventure-oriented Sandstorm, and with a very reasonable price.


Fully made of Mugello fabric, Dainese own elastic fabric, the Mugello shines thanks to its water repellent properties added to a high abrasion resistance values.

Dainese Carve Master Gore-Tex frontal view.

The choice of this fabric is ideal for matching with a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane, which is stitched into the Mugello fabric. Gore-Tex needs no introduction as it is the most popular waterproof membrane because its impermeability values are the highest in the market and which is added an optimal breathability.

The Gore-Tex membrane is hide under the Mugello fabric, but over the inner winter linning.

Inside we find the thermal lining featuring a soft padding, providing warmth and comfort. It can be removed by zippers, making ideal ride with this jacket in spring and autumn too. The neck also features a padded, removable liner by push buttons.

Here we can see the difference betwwen the Gore-Tex membran and the fabric from the winter linning.


For ventilation, the jacket features two air intakes with zippers on both sides of the chest. The air intake channels the flow between the fabric and the Gore-Tex membrane. For proper hot air evacuation hot air paths are outputs, also with zippers, located in the back.
The Dainese Master Carve Gore-Tex has rigid protectors on shoulders and elbows, all of them certified. These protectors are internal and can be extracted: you’ll find a zipper on both sleeves to access the elbow and the shoulder can be removed with velcro straps. Also, on the outer shoulder area we find it is reinforced with an outer skin panel vaccine mounted on a thermoformed composite, adding more security at this critical point.

Leather pannel close-up view, situated just over the shoulder protector (left) and close up of the different fasteners for a better fiting (up and down right).

As an additional element, the Carve Master has space available for Dainese G1 and G2 back protectors installation. This pocket has been designed for the back protector and has zipper and a perforated mesh fabric for maximum comfort with the back protector on. Dainese does not include the back protector with the purchase of the Carve Master.
Enclosures and pockets
Jacket’s main zipper is combined with a flap and push buttons. The flap is ideal when the rain intensifies, acting as an ideal seailng element. Jacket’s neck features pushing buttons too.
Regarding pockets, we find two frontal ones, each one with two spaces available: one with zipper and the other fully waterproof, with heat-sealed zipper and push button on his flap. Inside, we find another waterproof zippered pocket in our left chest and, finally, there’re another in the removable thermal lining, this last non-waterproofed.

Frontal pocket close up: we can see the two different spaces, the upper one with flap and waterproofed zipper.

The Carve Master has buttons and zippers in both wrists and cuffs for a better fitment, plus adjustments in the waist and the sleeves. Inside, we found a conneting zip for Dainese’s Travel-guard pants. Finally mention the reflective inserts, which improve our visibility wearing the jacket.
The Dainese Carve Master Gore-Tex jacket is optimal for winter riding, also in the wettest months, thanks to its waterproof membrane and removable thermal lining, which also features a sport-touring character thanks to its flexible fabric that allows us comfort and freedom of movement.



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