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Review: Dainese Raptors, the Autumn and Spring’s jacket

Reviews and tests 20 July, 2015

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With the Dainese Raptors the Italian brand offers us an ideal jacket for midseason thanks to the use of textile materials, making it a great alternative to the hotter leather jackets. Furthermore, its slim and sporty fit, protections and Dainese usual quality makes for great value for money product.

The Dainese Raptors gets his name from the birds, as it has the same characteristics found in raptors: lightweight and speed. Thanks to the use of Duratex, Dainese has obtained a light and resistance to abrasion jacket. Added to these features we found a perfect and sporty fitment, typical from Dainese. So, everything is design to come with a very good “all-rounder” jacket, for both motorcycle and scooter users.

Raptors’ frontal and rear view.

In order to increase Raptors’ flexibility, Dainese has fixed elastic fabric inserts in both elbows and shoulders. These inserts construction is made from microelastic strips, so the flexible zones don’t compromise the overall abrasion resistance of the Duratex.
Keeping with the lightweight concept and searching for ventilation, the inner lining is made with 3D mesh with antibacterial treatment. This offers us great transpiration thanks to a constant air flow when riding. To increase the ventilation, we find two outer zipped openings that act as an air intake, flowing air to the microperforated fabric.

 The inner is 3D mesh made, giving us great transpiration and ventilation.

The Dainese Raptors feature inner protections on elbows and forearms, and two hard plastic outer insert, all homologated. These shoulder protectors are usually of titanium construction in other Dainese jackets, but for the Raptors the brand has choose hard plastic because it’s a lighter and more durable in daily use, especially from scratches. Points like this make the Raptors a practical and versatile jacket.

 The hard plastic shoulder protector: light and durable to day-to-day use.

There’s also a back protector allocated space in back pocket with a zip and Velcro fixing system. The back protector is not included, like the breast protector that you can attach too thanks to the two zipped inner pockets, but both features complement the Raptors’ security at all levels. 
Fasteners and details
The main Raptors fastening system is a combination of a zip and buttons in the collar and the sleeves with leather finished borders, nice touch that prolong the life of both elements. Also we can search a better fitment with the lower Velcro straps. The jacket also features trouser connecting zip.
Main zipp and Dainese logos close up.


the Raptors have two external pockets. They’re big and zipped. Also it have more practical details, like high visibility stripes in both lateral and rear, very useful in low light conditions but inconspicuous from the aesthetics point of view.

Summarising, the Dainese Raptors is a very complete jacket for its price. Designed for midseason weather, is a jacket with everything you need for a daily use but also with features find on premium jackets. So, it gets hard to find any reason to not


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