Dainese Safety Jacket Armor and Pads

4.93/5 (15 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Backspace" back protector with internal aluminium frame
  • Rigid protectors on the shoulder blades, elbows, forearms and chest
  • Soft protectors along the arms, chest and shoulders
  • Lumbar support with double-fastener Velcro system

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    Reviews 1 - 15 (15 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Evan a Downhiller from Bay Area

    Date Reviewed: April 11, 2007

    Strengths:    This is a review for the dainese motorcycle armor "Safety Jacket Wave V2". I preferred the motorcycle armor, because it has more protection and it fit me better.
    It is the best protection money can buy. Very comfortable, lightweight, the most breathable armor I have worn. It fits like a glove, I am glad I spent the money. It protects your body very well, and I have crashed in it several times, never getting a scratch. I have flipped over the bars on rocky downhills, bailed out on big doubles, and have never been hurt. It also looks pretty sick.


    Weaknesses:    None. Does exactly what is supposed to. Expensive, but thats what you get for buying imported italian stuff. Some people might say you look like robocop or the iron giant, but i dunno if thats a weakness.

    Bottom Line:   
    It pays for itself really fast in protection. Im sure I would have broken something, if it were not for this armor. It is worth it. Yes, it is expensive compared to the other armor out there, but it is much better. It fits better, and uses better materials. Bottom line: you will wear it because its comfortable and it will save you a lot of pain and medical bills. $360 for armor is nothing compared to how much it will cost if you break your back, and have to be airlifted off the trail. Its hard to drop that much money on armor, but I have never regretted it. Go try on the moto armor before you buy any of the bike stuff, because in my opinion it is better. Go try it on and you will be tempted to pony up the money.

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    Favorite Trail:   Crack @ pacifica

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $360.00

    Purchased At:   Motorcycle store

    Similar Products Used:   The high end fox armor is good stuff for under $200, if Spending the money for dainese is not an option.

    Bike Setup:   Heckler with a z1 freeride, dhx 5.0, juicy 7's, nevegals, saint cranks.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Paul from England

    Date Reviewed: November 8, 2006

    Strengths:    Well designed, well made, trust-worthy.

    Weaknesses:    Expensive, but you get what you pay for.

    Bottom Line:   
    Fits super well (I'm 5'10 and got a med), the design and construction are second to none. But really, all it can do is lessen the chances of getting cuts and bruises. I believe that if an impact trauma is hard enough to break bone then this body armour will not stop it doing so. Also, the suit doesn't cover the lower stomach area. I went down on some slippery roots, smashed one of my kidneys and was left with scars and bruising. The bottom line is: this armour will give some protection, but it won't make you invincible!

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $360.00

    Similar Products Used:   none


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ron a Downhiller from santiago

    Date Reviewed: May 8, 2006

    Strengths:    Dope product, protects a lot from the crushes, avoids many injuries that porbably would happen without this jacket, I really recomend it, its nice, confourtable, and does its job in a awesome way

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    Recomended.... run and buy one

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Bike Setup:   syndicate

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by luis silva a Weekend Warrior from lisboa, portugal

    Date Reviewed: January 12, 2006

    Strengths:    lots of protection, good ventilation, not too hot, ergonomy, quality etc etc

    Weaknesses:    none so far... except the price. but every detail is a work of art, mostly the spine protection! WOW!

    Bottom Line:   
    my review is for the new safety jack V2 2006. dont know if anything else changes besides the colour, now its black (i think its much better), the zipper its in the middle of the chest, and spine protection is different. i think with the new location of the zipper its much easier to put on, and the back protection is more foldable. its incredible how they upgraded a product that every detail seem to be perfect! the mesh its much cooler than 661´s, and overall the only one who´s at the same level (ergonomy,weight,protection etc) is the fox launch suit! when i bought it i tought i usually would wear it without the back protection, because of the weight and heat but mostly because im not such an extreme rider, but you almost wont notice you´re wearing an extreme dh jacket! its an work of art... when you try one just look at the back protection, and thats what makes the word dainese equal to perfection!

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    Favorite Trail:   anyone

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   lucky bikes

    Similar Products Used:   661 pressure suit, fox launch suit, trickx, and many other brands (only tried them on the shops)

    Bike Setup:   2005 bullit

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Michael Staples a Downhiller from Sonoma, California

    Date Reviewed: June 23, 2005

    Strengths:    Good fit. Light Weight. Good ventilation

    Weaknesses:    Have not found any yet. I expected the chest part to be a little bigger, but it's probably better that it isn't. Fits kind of snug. Have to wait and see if the material rips.

    Bottom Line:   
    I like this product. I had a lot of trouble with the fit of the 661. I got the new "race" version (2005)of the Dainese vest. It's expensive, but so far it has been worth it. I went over the bars this morning out at Downieville. Skidded for a ways. Didn't get hurt at all. The pads didn't push out of place. It did just what it was supposed to do. The suit and the 661 shin/knee guards (those fit) took it all. So it gets five flaiming chilies for saving my skin today.

    The vest fits snuggly, so order accordingly. But once I had it on, I pretty much forgot about it. Pretty comfortable.

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    Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim, UT

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $365.00

    Purchased At:   BeyondBikes.com

    Similar Products Used:   Tried the 661 version, but the fit wasn't all that good.

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale Gemini 2000, e-thirteen chain tensioner.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by JC Claflin a Downhiller from Chico, CA

    Date Reviewed: April 30, 2005

    Strengths:    very good adjusts to fit perfectly saved me thousands of dollars in medical bills after the crash neither my ribs or shoulders were even sore which i landed directly on the crash totally shredded my jersey

    Bottom Line:   
    very good saves you when you crash hard

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    Favorite Trail:   any DH trail about

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   sea otter classic vender booth

    Similar Products Used:   661 assualt suit fox launch suit

    Bike Setup:   specialized bighit FSR every thing stock but eggbeater mallet pedals

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by cK a Downhiller from PA. / N.J.

    Date Reviewed: February 26, 2005

    Strengths:    Fit, - I managed to get my hands on a Saftey Jacket "Next", which is one level up from the regular safety Jacket. Got a large and it fit almost perfectly. Really could have used a Med. but they were all out. I'm 5'11" and weigh about 165. The large turned out to be the better way to go though I think. All the pads lined up with the corresponding coverage zones on my torso. Many straps and velcro for adjustments.

    Quality Materials, - Good quality mesh material holding the jacket together, high impact plastic lined with high density foam, Aluminum Honeycomb core in hinged spine protector.

    Design, - High Impact Plastic Chestplate, Spine protector has excellent lateral coverage, good length, and is made of high impact plastic w/ Alumin. Honeycomb core. Spine protector zips out, and I assume is replaceable.


    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    ...was coming down a 60 degree 20ft. rock chute last year going med./slow speed, front wheel got caught up on the backside of a boulder, got the ejector seat - flipped over the bars, and landed on my back across 2 boulders.

    Stood up.

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    Favorite Trail:   DIABLO Freeride Park, Vernon, N.J.

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $299.00

    Purchased At:   Go-Ride

    Similar Products Used:   Azonic Z-5

    Bike Setup:   2005 Spesh Demo 8... Damn near everything you can think of: Maxxis Tubeless, Ti Shock Coil, Boxxer WC, Hadley Hubs, Mavic EX823 Rims, etc...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by fred harrison a Downhiller from northridge, ca. u.s.a.

    Date Reviewed: March 23, 2004

    Strengths:    fit, quality, comfort.

    Weaknesses:    none yet

    Bottom Line:   
    i just got the safety jacket, and right away i can tell i should have got one of these from the get go. this is the way body armor is supose to fit. i am a big guy and it is hard to find upper body armor that fits right. once i have worn it for awhile i will post again.

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    Favorite Trail:   anything that challenges

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $299.00

    Purchased At:   go-ride.com

    Similar Products Used:   661, azonic

    Bike Setup:   giant dh team tricked out.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Marco Beutelrock a Downhiller from Sthlm Sweden

    Date Reviewed: March 23, 2004

    Strengths:    Fits like a glove ! i forgot that i have it on me. feels like it could save your life when the wheels starts to whobble. Very light but still very very strong

    Weaknesses:    Price. not that it´s overpriced but expensive.

    Bottom Line:   
    Dainese Safty jacket NEXT is by far best armor that you can buy, Strong, Light, keeps you cool. Don`t ride DH without it !

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Cykelspecialisten

    Similar Products Used:   661

    Bike Setup:   Kona Stinky 02 color stripped. Marz. JR T-04. Raceface BB, Diablo Steam. MRP Chain guard. Mavic 729 EX. Tioga White Tiger 2.5. Hayes HFX-9 DH. XTR RR rmech. and much more...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Paul a Weekend Warrior from London, UK

    Date Reviewed: September 29, 2003

    Strengths:    Fits really well and does what its supposed to.

    Bottom Line:   
    I have just started downhill MTB after riding XC for years. I bought shin/knee guards and elbow protectors immediately. However, you soon discover that the speed you carry picks up very quickly as your confidence on the steep stuff grows.

    YOU ONLY HAVE ONE SPINE!!!!!!

    I would recommend buying any back protector as soon as you get into downhilling.

    I've tried on most (not that there are many to choose from) and this seems to fit the best and provide the best protection. I am a 6'4" 230lb lard ass that will try anything - even if it's beyond my current capability (you have to learn some how) - and I can vouch for the fact that this stuff works after some 10' plus falls to earth!

    Buy any back protector you like. I like (and recommend) this one!

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    Favorite Trail:   anything down

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Wades Cycles


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dirty a Downhiller from Moab, Utah, USA

    Date Reviewed: June 28, 2003

    Strengths:    I've absolutley evaded the hospital with these babies. It's a licsense to blow the doors off yer' buddies, just make sure they're not right behind you without there's! Removeable back allows for hucking/epics. Glove like fit, never any slippiage... once your in, your in!

    Weaknesses:    Requires some sewing with everyday use. Hard to get, pricey.

    Bottom Line:   
    If you're pushing it, this armor accelerates the learning curve. Really worth it, cheap health insurance. I've bounced the chest plate off rocks(skipped off two of em'), got turned back from a tree, supermanned off trail into the woods... No injury! If high speed dismounts are a possibilty, ride time will remain pegged. Don't wait for broken ribs, seperated shoulders... trust me they hurt! Make sure to use bomber leg armor, cause you might just rip yer' legs off!

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    Favorite Trail:   CCDH

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Similar Products Used:   Nothing close to similar.

    Bike Setup:   Fat tires, Fat brakes. A Five inch and a sixteen inch bike.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ben a Downhiller from Suffield, Ct

    Date Reviewed: May 16, 2003

    Strengths:    Protection, comfort, mobility, durability.

    Weaknesses:    Price, retail about $500USD.
    Can't wash conventionally.


    Bottom Line:   
    I actually have the shuttle pro, which is an amazing piece of protective equpiment. If it fits you, its like you're not wearing it, until you crash, when you're mighty glad its there. It is reletively light, extremely protective and has great ventilation. Buy it if you can afford it.

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    Favorite Trail:   PKill

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $325.00

    Purchased At:   Transcend

    Similar Products Used:   Thor, Fox, AXO chest protectors (motocross)

    Bike Setup:   Romic shock, Risse fork, hayes hydros w/ razor rock levers, azonic seat, chris king iso's laced to 26" 32 hole mag 30's in a three cross pattern, Race Face Northshore DH cranks, MRP system 1 guide w/ blackspire 38t chainring, ultegra derraileur, dura ace 11t-27t cassette, 2002 XTR right shifter pod, ODI lock ons, Time Z pedals, azonic ultra cross rizer bar, maxxis mobster 2.7 SRY compound tires.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by pipes ludwikowski a Racer from comox bc

    Date Reviewed: March 17, 2003

    Strengths:    very very secure and if yu get the right size then it almost "moldsz" to your body, AND it breaths like yur not even wearing anything else

    Weaknesses:    at the begging the collar rubs the front of yur neck but then yu dont even notice it anymore!!

    Bottom Line:   
    damn fine piece of armour and i would totally recomend it to anybody that is serouses about riding preety hard, its expensive but its TOTALLY worth it.!!!!!!!!!!

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    Favorite Trail:   two sheiks

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   dodge city cycles

    Similar Products Used:   uhhh never wore anything else casue this is the best

    Bike Setup:   too lazy to wright that out!

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Phil a Downhiller from Sheffield, UK

    Date Reviewed: June 24, 2002

    Strengths:    Comfort, freedom of movement and protection.

    2002 base material breathes really well.


    Weaknesses:    The collar rubs against my neck - very uncomfortable after a couple of days on a race site!

    Price. The product itself is not overpriced but it is expensive. The fact that some people will consider saving money and risk their body is a downer.

    All the weird and wonderfull pronunciations ;-)


    Bottom Line:   
    Do you value time on the bike more than time in the hospital? I do. Any serious downhiller will have had crashes of some kind or other. Some are superficial and some are gnarly. If you can buy time on the bike then this is the kit for you!

    Armour can protect from injury and keep you riding. You'll get up again after that stack and ride for the rest of the day - and a few more.

    However, it doesn't want to be restrictive, hot, sweaty and uncomfortable.

    Once this jacket is on all you notice is a overwhelming feeling of invulnerability and security. Soon that depletes and you are free to ride without hinderance!

    The 2002 'dishcloth' is by far the best material and keeps you very cool, allowing sweat to evaporate rather than collect.

    Don't ride hard without it! I did - once.

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    Favorite Trail:   Old Guisecliffe course, Pateley Bridge, North Yorks

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   direct for the team :-)

    Similar Products Used:   Old style Dainesse, Planet X.

    Bike Setup:   Orange 222 with floating caliper, Boxxers, full Race Face and XTR. HOPE brakes and hubs on Mavic D321CD's. SDG saddle. Trick!

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Rafer a Downhiller from Anaheim, CA USA

    Date Reviewed: February 18, 2002

    Strengths:    It's form-fitting, and thin enough that you can wear it under another shirt. It offers FULL protection.

    Weaknesses:    Ummm.... price?

    Bottom Line:   
    Dainese armor is the best armor that you can buy, but it's a little more expensive. It's $240 as compared to the Azonic Z-5 at $175. If you race, care about aerodynamics, or are just picky, this is the armor for you.

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    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Similar Products Used:   Bombshell B2 Ultra Chest Protector


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    What size Dainese Safety Jacket?

    I'm 5'9" and 160 lbs. What size Dainese Safety Jacket should I buy? I was told they run a little small and I should buy a Large. Would a Medium be too small for me? Thanks.Read More »

    Dainese Safety jacket armour size M or L

    Alreeeeet lads, Looking to buy either a Dainese Gladiator or Safety jacket but don't know what size to go for just wondering if somebody could help me out. I'm 6' 3" and have a chest of 38" top of arm to wrist 24.5", i think i may rattle about abit in the large but the arms on the medium may ... Read More »

    Finally got my Safety Jacket

    I finally got my Dainese jacket. I haven't been able to get out riding in it yet but when I just rode around in it, it felt pretty good. Here are some pics.Read More »

    safety jacket

    today i just received a dainese safety jacket. but w/o the back protector it always rides up to right above my navel. is there any way to stop this besides wearing a shirt under the armor? thanksRead More »

    661 pressure suit vs. Dainese safety jacket

    Hey my parents want me to get a top suit cuz I broke some bones on a fall and they're all worried. :rolleyes: I got it down to the two I want, the safety jacket or the pressure suit. I can get the 661 for $100 and the dainese for $250. Ya I know the dainese is over twice as much but which one is mor ... Read More »

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