Dainese 8 Track Leather Jacket
- Artemide leather: refined full-grain cowhide leather
- Cowhide suede inserts
- Removable composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1 Standard
- Jacket-trousers connection loop
- Neck adjustment
- Wrists adjustment
- Removable thermal liner – can be used separately
- TF: TechFrame internal liner
- 2 inner pockets
- 2 outer pockets
- 2 pockets on removable liner
- Pocket for G1 & G2 back protector
- prEN 17092 certified motorbike protective jacket
- Weight 2.50kg
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We measured a selection of these jackets and also tried them on our Fit Check mannequins Huey and Dewey to see how they fit. 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 11 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”-3”. 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.
Note: In past years, Dainese has offered similarly styled jackets like this one (Freccia 72, Nera 72, etc) . Those jackets fit smaller (as our sizing advice indicates) and this new style runs closer to what you would expect from the stated size. The new ones are sized differently!
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 8 Track jacket is new for 2019. This jacket style is offered in either a solid leather or perforated leather version. Both versions are a classic Cafe style. The 8 Track is fitted with armor inserts in the shoulders and elbows and a compartment for a back pad which is optional.
What a fabulous looking jacket! When new, the leather looks a bit shiny as compared to most styles, but I know that, with some wear and break-in, this jacket will look every bit of the bucks it costs. The build quality is top notch as well. The solid jacket has solid leather accent strips and the perf version has suede accent stripes.
Take a look at the close-up photos of each jacket style to get a good idea of the look and feel. The solid leather version is sold on this product page and you can take the link below to view the perforated leather version. Both versions offer the same fit. Of course, the solid leather jacket will work best for those riding in a cooler temp range where the perforated version is better for warmer weather use. Both the solid and perf versions of this jacket comes with a removable thermal liner. The liner is built trim so that it will fit under the jacket, but also the zipper arrangement and styling is such that you can wear it separately when off the bike. Unfortunately, because the liner is made to be worn “stand alone”, the sleeve length is longer and peeks out a bit past the leather sleeves when used with the leather jacket. Its not a big deal, but when you notice it, don’t think it is a one-off defect. Most people will have gloves over the sleeve ends anyway when it is cold enough to wear the liner.
One thing I really like about the perforated jacket is how the micro-perforations cover nearly the entire jacket except for the leather right near the seams. It’s a sharp look, but also adds to the jacket’s sturdiness. Where the jacket is stitched together is solid leather which is stronger than the perforated leather. That treatment is even done around the pockets, stripes and main zipper too. I really don’t know how they do this, but I’m impressed.
The overall styling really reminds me of classic Cafe styles by Vanson or Schott but with the added accent strips. The style really works with any style of riding really, but I think it would look extra sharp with retro style street bikes like Triumph. The looks are classic but this jacket has modern protection features. The armor included for the shoulders and elbows is a “plastic over foam” type that is common in race jackets. It is highly protective but lighter and thinner than the molded rubber types, which works with a more fashionable jacket like this. 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 honeycomb design and will work great in a style like this.
I’m personally a fan of this general line of jackets by Dainese. The jackets aren’t cheap, but when you see them in person, you can immediately see why. :: Paul, 5-10-19
Dainese says: The 8-track tape may be obsolete, but the Dainese 8-Track Leather Jacket might as well be a subscription streaming service coming out of wireless speakers. Artemide refined full-grain cowhide leather gives the 8-Track Jacket an old school sheen with modern day robustness.CE armor at the elbows and shoulders along with specific design features allow the jacket to meet CE – Cat. II – prEN 17092 certification. Slide in an optional back protector (sold separately) to upgrade the impact protection. A removable thermal liner allows you to stretch the 8-Track into cooler temperatures and can even be used as a separate mid-layer. The Dainese 8-Track Perforated Jacket is is named after some tech from the 60s, but its function is as state of the art as it gets for motorcycle gear.