Leave it to Dainese to keep you safe and stylish, even with its entry-level priced gear. New for 2016 is Dainese’s Veloster suit, which is available in standard or perforated Tutu leather. A search online for Tutu leather revealed mostly images of ladies in tutus, some of which were leather. While this was interesting it didn’t answer my question of what, exactly, is Tutu leather?According to Chris Jonnum, Powersports Director for Dispatch Communications, Dainese’s public relations firm, “Tutu leather is a high-quality leather, with a thickness of 1.2mm (plus or minus 0.1mm). It has a high resistance to abrasion, tearing and ripping, and its high softness and flexibility give it good comfort for riding.
“For comparison’s sake, Tutu falls below D-Skin and D-Skin 2.0 in terms of technical qualities of leathers used by Dainese. Those leathers are high-end top-grain, respectively, and have superior qualities of resistance and comfort. But again, Tutu is still a high-quality cow leather, as Dainese’s standards are extremely high.”That said, it looks and feels fairly normal to me and not unlike the Laguna Seca suit I tested and reviewed last year. It is quite soft and supple and, like the Laguna Seca suit, the Veloster is beautifully made with great attention to detail. It is true to size and fits perfectly in my usual size 54 (Euro – 44 American).The Veloster is CE-certified and, even at its price, offers excellent protection. It has an asymmetric design stripe across the chest and utilizes bi-axial elastic S1 fabric in the stretchy areas.Protection is enhanced with composite and soft Pro-Shape materials on the sides. The shoulders are co-injected with aluminum inserts. On the back, bi-axial elastic and elasticated inserts at the potential crash areas yield strong construction with good flexibility.There are two vertical zippers on the legs. One to snug down the leg over In boots and the other to zip to reduce cuff size and allow use of Out boots. Thoughtful. There is a zip-out NanoFeel removable lining that is treated with silver ions for hygiene and temperature control. There’s also one small hook and loop closure breast pocket to stash your race license and lunch money.As is typical with Dainese, the quality of the construction is always high, even on their lowest priced garments. You might pay twice as much, or more, for kangaroo and other leather, but the construction is always top drawer.The Dainese Veloster Suit cost $1,099.95; for additional information, visit Dainese.For more Dainese Reviews:Dainese TR-Course In Boots Review Dainese Race Pro In Gloves Review
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!