Southern California summers are something special, but somewhere between the scorching sun and increased time on the road you start to realize that your go-to jacket should be replaced by something a bit cooler. That realization resulted—this year—in us upgrading to Dainese’s Super Speed Textile jacket, which is available in four color options and with enough perforation to weather the sun’s rays.
Dainese says in its product description and press material that the Super Speed will “set a new standard for summer jackets.” That’s a big claim, but the Super Speed’s chassis is constructed from a mostly mesh fabric that’s said to vent excellently in all conditions, so we ordered in relative confidence. An added bonus is that the jacket is adorned with aluminum inserts on the shoulders, removable composite protectors, and a removable windproof liner. Pockets for back and chest protectors are sewn in (protectors aren’t included), and storage space is limited to two external pockets and one internal compartment.