Product review: Dainese Crono Estiva race suit
Leather race suits offer the highest levels of protection when it comes to motorcycle gear, given the unmatched levels of impact protection and abrasion resistance they offer in the event of a fall. I have been using the Dainese C-RS, or Crono Estiva, a one piece leather suit for a few months now. Dainese is one of the most popular motorcycle riding gear brands in the world, known for the high levels of technology and safety its products offer. The Italian brand also offers a likeable mix of appealing design and high functionality. While Dainese is positioned as a premium brand in the world of motorcycle gear, the C-RS is an entry-level suit.
Dainese is also known to make some of the best fitting gear and the C-RS is not any different. The fit is snug, typical of race suits from European brands, but I've never felt uncomfortable in the suit. Getting into or out of it is also a breeze thanks to the smooth fabric of the inner lining. Stretch panels at crucial areas like the underarm, inner thigh and calf help in moving around or stretching on or off the motorcycle surprisingly easy. I say so since I have used race suits from a few budget brands in the past, and I can tell you that having stretchable fabric in the right places makes for a world of difference in terms of comfort.
That said, the area where bottom end of the main zipper meets the stretch panel at the crotch gets slightly uncomfortable when walking around in the suit though on a motorcycle, the feeling disappears entirely. The leather is supple and a light sheen, which points to its high quality and adds to the suit's premium feel. The leather is also perforated all-round and makes for excellent ventilation, especially at the MMRT in Chennai's hot and humid weather. The inner lining is removable, which facilitates washing it after a sweaty day of riding.
The C-RS comes with an aerodynamic hump and full armour including exterior metal plates on the shoulders, along with CE protectors for the shoulders, forearm and elbows, knee and shins and all protectors fit well, almost like a glove in fact. On the whole, the C-RS is a very comfortable and well-engineered race suit. Quality of stitching is very high and various panels merge into each other seamlessly thanks to which the suit almost feels like second skin. The C-RS has been discontinued in Dainese's range though, and has now been replaced with the Assen.
Price: Rs 74,999
Available at: dainesedstore.in
Note: The Crono Estiva suit has now been replaced by replaced in the Dainese range by the Assen one-piece suit, which is priced at Rs 80,999
Starts Rs 19,85,424
Starts Rs 1,25,000
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