Dainese Bardo Smoke Jacket
- Artemide leather: refined full-grain cowhide leather
- Composite protector certifies to EN 1621.1 Standard
- Hips adjustment
- Jacket-pants fastening system
- Neck adjustment
- Wrists adjustment
- TF: TechFrame internal liner
- 1 inner pocket
- 2 outer pockets
- Pocket for G1 & G2 back protector
- prEN 17092 certified motorbike protective jacket
- Reflective inserts
- Weight 2.10kg
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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 smoke color in this jacket is a closeout now. Take the link below to view the Black color jacket.
The Dainese Bardo jacket is new for 2019 and it’s another version of their popular offering of “retro” inspired leather jackets. This jacket style is offered in either a solid leather or perforated leather version. The Bardo is fitted with armor inserts in the shoulders and elbows and a compartment for a back pad which is optional.
I just reviewed the 8 Track jackets which are another example of a great looking street leather jacket from Dainese. The Bardo is a more simply styled jacket. Like the 8 Track, the Bardo is all leather and comes in two versions… solid leather and perf leather. The 8 Track comes with a removable thermal liner and the Bardo does not. (take the link below to look at the other version of this jacket style).
The perforated Bardo is offered in two colors. I really like the Smoke/Black jacket version. The color is unusual… I’d describe it as “mink”, so it’s a little more intersting than just “grey” or “smoke”. And it think the solid black back is looks good too. 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.
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 looks of this jacket are classic but it 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 really like these retro inspired leather jackets by Dainese. They are expensive, but they look it. And I think with time, they’ll get softer and more comfortable and look even better. :: Paul, 5-10-19