Dainese, under its retro Settantadue (Dainese72) heritage line, has launched the new 2019 Dunes collection. The lineup of safety gear, apparel, and accessories was inspired by the Paris-Dakar explorers of yesteryear. The 2019 Dainese Dunes collection is filled with subdued earthy tones, occasional pastel colors, and nostalgic designs — bringing the desert lifestyle to the street and beyond.
The Alger Nomad Tex Jacket combines Nemes textile, Trixivent mesh, and genuine suede. The breathable, rally-inspired jacket comes with compartments for shoulder and elbow protectors, eight fixed and three removable patches, and a variety of pockets. It costs around €480 to €500 depending on the color choice. You can pair it with the €230 Alger Pants which come with CE certified protection, a preserved shape, and elasticated textile construction.
The Sabha Tex Jacket and Kayes Tex Jacket are both light, comfortable textile pieces for spring or summer riding — with compartments for shoulder and elbow protectors. Each come with two front pockets and one chest pocket. The Sabha jacket gets an embroidered patch featuring a map of the original Paris-Dakar route, and costs €200. Meanwhile, the Kayes dons a diagonal stripe design, receives suede inserts, and is available in different colors for €300.
The Kidal Leather Jacket is a classic armored, four-pocket piece with a back protector compartment. It is constructed with Serir cowhide leather and lined with mesh. The Kidal also features connection loops for pants as well as some chest ventilation. This premium leather jacket costs €650. Also available is the €60 Dunes No-Wind layer, which is ultralight, windproof, and meant to be worn under a jacket. There’s also the €150 Djado Tex Vest constructed with elasticated textile, suede inserts, mesh lining, spacious pockets, and a MOLLE system on the chest. The Djado maintains lightweight breathability to keep riders cool, while affording accessible space to carry a rider’s belongings. To stay warm in colder conditions, Dainese also offers the €80 Dunes Down-Vest with 80g insulation.
There are a couple of things for the ladies. The jackets seem rather boring and not nearly as thoughtfully designed, although they do look really comfortable. Women get the €450 Djanet Lady Leather Jacket in soft Serir leather with shoulder, elbow, and back protection as well as a connection loop for pants. The €300 Kiffa Lady Tex Jacket is a light, elasticated textile piece with suede inserts, ventilation on the chest and sleeves, a connection loop, and CE certified protection.
Thankfully, for hand protection, two kinds of summer riding gloves in the Dainese72 Dunes can be worn by either men or women: the Djada Unisex Gloves (€60) and the Airlit Unisex Gloves (€80). The Djado gloves are made with breathable, elasticated fabric, soft knuckle inserts, Amica suede palms, and CE certified protection. The Airlit gloves are constructed with drum-dyed goatskin leather, soft knuckle inserts, and CE certified protection. Meanwhile, the sporty Sabha Gloves (€90) feature Airprene cuffs, goatskin and Amica suede palms, polyurethane knuckles, and mesh inserts. All the gloves have Dainese Smart Touch.
The CE certified €230 Tamba Boots look both slick and rugged with triple straps, flexible joints, gear shifter guards, rigid ankle inserts, and mesh liners. The €160 Tan-Tan Shoes are even more versatile — constructed in cowhide leather and suede with shoelaces and gear shifter guards; it is also CE certified. The Dakar-inspired Dainese72 Dunes collection also includes other merchandise like shirts, bags, textile cargo pants, and more. It’s all available on Dainese’s online store, and you may contact your local dealer to place an order.