Dainese Speciale Leather Jacket
- GRIP LEATHER INSERTS
- STREET LEATHER: REFINED FULL GRAIN COWHIDE LEATHER DYED IN A VAT WITH VINTAGE LOOK
- PRINTED COTTON LINER
- PRO-ARMOR: REMOVABLE SOFT PROTECTORS CERTIFIED TO STANDARD EN 1621.1 ON SHOULDERS AND ELBOWS
- HIPS ADJUSTMENT
- NECK ADJUSTMENT
- 1 INNER POCKET
- 2 OUTER POCKETS
- POCKET FOR G1 AND G2 BACK PROTECTOR
- WEIGHT 1.96 kg
We measured a selection of these jackets and also tried them on our Fit Check mannequins Huey and Dewey to see how they fit. Normally we’d put Huey in a Medium/42 US (52 Euro) and Dewey in a XL/46 US (56 Euro) but this model runs smaller than most Euro sized jackets. In our photo gallery, Huey is wearing a Euro 54 and Dewey is in a 58 which both look great.
This product is sold in European sizes. Generally speaking, the US chest size in inches is equivalent to roughly 10 points less than the European jacket size. Example: a 56 Euro jacket is similar to a size 46/XL men’s US size. But since this jacket style runs a bit more snugly, we recommend buying one size larger, add about 12 points to your US chest size to get the right Euro size. I’d suggest you measure yourself with a tape and get your chest size and belly size, then use the size chart to pick the smallest size jacket that will be big enough for both your chest and belly using the chart below. Approximate US alpha sizes are also listed in the chart so you can check if the jacket size you choose is the same alpha size as you normally wear in men’s clothing.
I’d call the overall cut of this jacket “sport casual”. It is meant to fit snug, but it doesn’t taper nearly as much as sport/race jackets. The difference between the max chest and max belly is about 2” or less. With sport/race jackets the “drop” from chest to waist will be more like 4” to 8” depending on the model. The overall fit if this style is much more forgiving and will fit a wider range of body types.
Sizing tips for upgrading armor: If you plan to add a back protector add 1” to your measured chest/belly size before using the size chart.
|Euro Size||Max Chest (inches)||Max Belly (inches)||Approx US Alpha Size|
Our Two Cents
The Dainese Speciale leather jacket is another style in a large group of closeouts we acquired from Dainese. It offers special “retro” cafe styling in one color only, Black/Red. The Speciale comes with Dainese Pro-Armor in the shoulders and elbows and a compartment for a back pad which is optional.
This jacket has styling queues you’d have found on bike jackets from the seventies and eighties such as the quilted red down the shoulders and arms and the special “DAINESE” lettering on the back. The lettering reminds me of the DeLorean logo from the early ‘80s ( the car in the Back to the Future movie), don’t you think? On the right sleeve, you’ll see a “Mr. Martini” patch. Nicola Martini is a custom bike builder in Italy (read about him here).
The leather used in this jacket is a mid-weight leather that is plenty sturdy enough for motorcycle use. The finish is a bit different than some leather jackets. Its a “shiny” finish, but the surface of the leather is treated specially to give it a somewhat “crackled” look. Its hard to describe, but it gives the look of a very well cared for, but vintage jacket. It’s not so different from any other jacket that most people would notice, but some might think you really scored a find in a vintage bike apparel shop.
Of course, any style riding would work with a classic cut of jacket like this, but I think this would go particularly well with any sort of cafe custom or retro styled bike (like what Mr. Martini builds).
This jacket looks decades old but it has modern protection features that are very recent introductions by Dainese. The armor included for the shoulders and elbows is their new Pro-Armor type which is the honeycomb molded rubber you see from many premium brands. It is highly rated and is also soft and lighter than armor made of solid compounds. The back protector I’d recommend for this jacket is the Pro-Armor G back protector. Take the link below to order. It is a similar honeycomb design and will work great in a style like this.
You’ll find this style alongside a half dozen other retro-inspired leather jackets in our Closeout department similar to this one. These are all a rare bargain on an ultra high-quality jacket. :: Paul, 12-28-18
Dainese says: Speciale Leather Jacket is a full grain cowhide street jacket, dyed in a vat and subjected to a particular wax based finish for a distinguishing look. It brings together Italian flavor and the unmatched Dainese know-how in terms of style, fit and protection. The wax treatment contributes to the main characteristic of the jacket, the “pull up” effect, which makes each and every item of clothing unique and more precious as time goes by. The jacket features removable certified Dainese Pro-Armor protection on shoulders and elbows, and also has a back protector pouch.