Dainese Zen EVO Perforated Jacket

The Dainese Zen EVO is a classic sport bike jacket with integrated elbow and shoulder armor. It is engineered to be extremely comfortable in the three quarter riding position thanks to pre-curved arms and elasticated paneling at the shoulder junction. This is a jacket that is ideal for cooler climates and temperature tolerance can be regulated with the zip-in full-sleeve thermal liner.  


  • Race grade leather ensures the highest degree of abrasion resistance
  • Removable thermal liner
  • Localized perforation
  • Proprietary S1 bi-axial fabric shoulder blade panels for full range of movement
  • Adjustable side straps
  • Precision German-engineered Optilon zippers
  • CE approved armor at shoulders and elbows
  • Pocket for optional Dainese G1 or G2 back protector (sold separately)

Note: Images are of non-perforated version of the Zen EVO Jacket.

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Great all-year SoCal jacket
Note: They may not have images or a drop-down selection for them online, but there's different colors available which are more than likely in stock at local CycleGear stores.

Might be due to this item being clearance, all but this Black/Red/White were available in-store, and the store's sales person offered to order it for me; but pointed me to the website as being just as quick.

I don't like buying online without trying that exact product on, but they made me feel very comfortable about doing it. Satisfaction is guaranteed at Cyclegear and held the one I tried on in-store until I got this one delivered instead of the standard 2-day hold.

To me, that's great service! They could have sold me this great jacket in a color I wasn't entirely stoked about to move the product, but they didn't. They wanted me to be happy vise pushing floor inventory.

PROS: Very Comfortable, High Quality, Built to Last, Great liner, Sizing

March 10, 2012
nice jacket
Great Jacket. If you ride a lot don't be afraid to spend some coin on quality gear, its cheaper to replace a jacket than it is to replace your hide. This jacket has some really nice armor, although does not come with a back protector. Only cons for me is that with the thermal liner in it fits really tight which puts a lot of pressure on my forearms. Having trouble finding a good set of gloves that meet my needs with this jacket. I also ride a less aggressive motorcycle so the collar can be annoying. Other than that it was money well spent. The perforation really works well when you are moving. I bought this jacket more for protective gear than anything else, and honestly I don't think I could have gotten a better jacket for that purpose.

PROS: Comfortable, Stylish, Abrasion Resistant

BEST USES: Safety, Long Rides
April 27, 2013
Most Versatile Jacket I Own
I have owned my Dianese Zen for three years now and it remains my go-to jacket for almost all weather conditions. It is by far the most comfortable of any of the jackets I own. The shoulder stretch panels make reaching the handlebars easy on almost any kind of bike.

With the liner out, it ventilates better than any textile jacket I have tried and, half-zipped, was relatively comfortable in temps up to 90 degrees F. With the inner liner (which installs in less than a minute), this is still my warmest jacket. I have been on several long rides in temps down to 22 degrees F with just the liner and two t-shirts under the jacket.

The fit is slightly snug compared to most jackets but more forgiving than the Vanson Comet. Although the Comet (a FIRST CLASS piece of riding gear) has thicker leather, the Zen allows more freedom of movement, even with the CE armor in the elbows and shoulders.

I ride between nine and 10 thousand miles a year and this jacket has held up great with almost daily use, including commuting. No failures at any of the seems and no pilling on the liner cuffs.

The only knock I would have given this jacket is the excessive "branding" and logos it carries, but it looks like that has been greatly reduced in the newer models. Have been considering buying another Vanson for touring but will most likely get another Zen. Love this jacket.

PROS: well-ventilated, Weather Resistant, Versatile, Comfortable

BEST USES: Long Rides, Warm Weather, Casual Wear, Safety
November 20, 2013
Quality means spending Quantity.
This is my second Dainese jacket (Previous being their new textile) and this is definitely my favorite. The leather is flexible yet firm enough to feel safe in, and armor seems impenetrable. I honestly question whether I feel safer in my AlpineStars race suit or this. Dainese products are usually on the more snug size but this jacket fits true to size. Just make sure you account for the thermal layer being off in the summer time when fitting. It's more on the pricey side, but worth every penny. You can always earn back your money but not your skin.

PROS: Perforated, Fits true to size, very warm, Durable, FEELS SECURE, Great Fit, Excellent Build Quality

CONS: Neck protection

BEST USES: Daily rider, Bay Area weather, Errands
April 4, 2012
GREAT JACKET! 100% Worth it!!
I purchased this jacket about a month or so before I started using my bike this season! I loved using the jacket towards the end of March and all throughout April!(Cooler Months) I find myself riding from CT to Boston quite a bit and this jacket is a good thing to have, It kept me warmer than anything that I have used in the past and keeps shape at high speeds! Its got plenty of pockets in nice locations to carry your cellphone and wallet! It breaths very well without the thermal liner at SPEED, however I was stuck in traffic in 85ish degree weather and prayed to god that traffic started moving again! But to sum it up, this jacket is amazing, I wouldn't dream about returning it and plan on adding the back protector in for added protection. As far as heat goes, well here in the northeast it is hard to have only 1 jacket that gets the job done, but this jacket is the best quality out there! BUY ONE, I get compliments all the time! I plan on buying a textile jacket from the same company at some point this summer when it really heats up. Stay safe everyone!

PROS: Stylish, Aerodynamic, Breathable, Abrasion Resistant, Well Insulated

CONS: Too Heavy

BEST USES: Long Rides, Casual Wear, Safety
May 22, 2013
Everyday commuter
I ride my motorcycle everyday on a 44 mile commute to work and this jacket is the best. I've had 2 other jackets of other brands but this is my first leather jacket. It's totally worth every penny you pay for it.

PROS: Stylish, Well Insulated, Comfortable

BEST USES: Warm Weather, Safety, Long Rides, Bad Weather
April 19, 2014
Best leather jacket fit
I first bought a mesh jacket but it was way to thin. I tried on the Zen Evo leather and there was a world of difference. It didn't make sense not to buy something that fit, protected, and looked so great. Cycle Gear was so helpful in exchanging my mesh for leather with zero problems. The leather jacket was more pricey but worth every penny. I would recommend trying one on but beware your gonna know it's the best jacket and have to have it.

PROS: Comfortable, Stylish

BEST USES: Warm Weather, Casual Wear, Safety
November 8, 2014
Glad I bought it!
Fits great.

Took it for a weekend ride and the ventilation worked really well.

Have been wearing it to work in +/- 40F temperatures and the liner keeps me warmer than I was with my mesh jacket, thermal liner, and 2 sweatshirts.

Jacket looks better in person than it does in pictures. Was going to get icon chapter 1000 jacket but instead bought this jacket and I couldn't be happier with my decision.

PROS: Stylish, Abrasion Resistant, Weather Resistant, Comfortable, Well Insulated

BEST USES: Safety, Warm Weather, Bad Weather, Casual Wear
December 17, 2013
Great protection and even greater looks
This thing is beastly sexy. I know it's not supposed to be about looks but at this price you really get both. Supple leather, great protection, and great fit.

This is great without the liner for summer riding though even with the liner and long sleeves I wouldn't recommend this if its below freezing.

I'm an athletic/skinny build at 5'8" with 135lbs. I ordered 36/46 and it's a perfect fit all over with sleeves just a little tight at the forearms. I'm a gym rat so maybe that's just me.

Not sure what else to say, Dainese is one of the best, you're buying quality.

PROS: Abrasion Resistant, Weather Resistant, Stylish, Comfortable

BEST USES: Long Rides, Warm Weather, Safety, Casual Wear
April 17, 2014
Superior fit, downright sexy.
First jacket and the only one that truly fit everywhere: sleeves, chest, length etc. Can get really hot in warm weather, but not exactly a summer jacket. Breathable once moving and very weather resistant. Got caught in the rain a couple times and it still looks and fits (and smells :) like new. Love the subtle and sleek design. I love this jacket.

PROS: Well Insulated, Stylish, Comfortable

BEST USES: Safety, Long Rides, Casual Wear
May 30, 2014
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Which Dianese leather pants will zip into the Zen Evo jacket ?
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