Sep 19, 2010

11 Review: DSG Maze Jacket & Motomesh Gloves- My Summer Riding Gear

Review of my Summer riding gear, the DSG Maze Jacket and the DSG Motomesh Gloves

My first riding jacket was the DSG Spike (now discontinued by DSG), acquired in 2007 while I was in Bangalore. It was a very good jacket to wear and was perfect for use Bangalore's lovely climate. As I moved to the National Capital Region during the winter of 2007, I realized that my DSG Spike jacket was excellent in insulating from the cold Delhi Climate as well.

But just as the Summer arrived, I realized that the same Spike Jacket was uncomfortable to wear in the Indian Summer. I therefore got myself a jacket specially meant for Summer use, the DSG Maze in March 2008. I also got myself a pair of DSG Motomesh Gloves also meant for Summer use.

Posted below is the review of these two products, that I have now been using for over a year and a half.

Summer Riding Gear: DSG Maze Jacket & DSG Motomesh Gloves

DSG Maze Jacket (Black): Review

I have to say that I absolutely love my Maze jacket. It is the perfect jacket for use in the sweltering Indian Summer.

Fit/Finish and Build Quality: Very good

I have a shirt size of 39 and for the Maze jacket I went in for the small size. The fit of the jacket is perfect for me. The shoulder's, waist, arms all fit perfectly just like a tailor made jacket.

The zippers and the velcro fasteners have performed flawlessly so far and have never given any problem. It has been over a year and a half and the jacket is still as good as new.


The DSG Maze jacket has a premium feel to it because to the quality of materials used and also largely to the genuine leather used. Leather has been used on the shoulder, neck, waist and the cuff area.


Comfort: Very comfortable in Summer

The DSG Maze jacket has been especially made for Summer use. The jacket uses a synthetic "Mesh" construction which allows for air flow during riding thus keeping the rider cool in the heat.

The rider also has the option of wearing the jacket with a removable inner lining, in case the weather becomes a little bit chilly. The jacket also has a couple of useful pockets for stuff such as papers and mobiles.

Safety: The DSG Maze jacket gives you ample protection for street use. The jacket has CE approved armour for shoulders and elbows, chest and back foam protectors and 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material

Dislikes: One small issue that I have found with the jacket is that because of the leather used, cleaning the jacket with water becomes an issue and also one has to be careful of not riding it in the rain.

The other being that in extreme cold winters (like in the North or Eastern part of India), due to the vented construction one has to wear additional layers of clothing along with the inner liner of the Maze to keep way the cold. But then the Maze is essentially a Summer Jacket and for most part of the year it is my most preferred riding jacket.

The last issue would be that the DSG Maze is slightly heavy in weight (the leather on the jacket adding to its weight).


Sizes and Colors: The DSG Maze is available in sizes from Small (S) to Extra Large (XL) and available in two colors. Black and Red.

Price: The DSG Maze jacket was priced at Rs. 5,999 when I had bought in early 2008 and currently the price still stands at Rs. 5,999. According to me it is very good value for money.

I will recommend the DSG Maze Jacket to anyone looking for a comfortable jacket for Summer use, with good fit and finish and with good protection as well.




DSG Motomesh Gloves (Red): Review

To go with the DSG Maze jacket, I also bought a paor of DSG Motomesh gloves. Like the Maze, the Motomesh has also been specifically designed for Summer use. The glove is also washable, which is a good thing.

Fit and Finish: The ones that I have been using is the medium sized one. The fit is very good. Even after a year and half of usage, the gloves still retains its fit. One small issue with the fit on my pair of gloves is that I would have liked to have a little bit of more room (in terms of length) of the thumbs on my gloves.

After a year and half, the synthetic threads have become a bit frilly (can't find the correct words to describe it) at the ends. Apart from that the way the stitches have held up and construction is still very good.

Comfort: Very comfortable for Summer use

The Motomesh gloves are specifically made for Summer use. Therefore the gloves have a mesh type construction between the fingers to allow for ventilation. The palm also has a perforated material for better air flow.

The DSG Motomesh is a short glove and ideal for everyday city use. I can wear this glove and still work around with small objects like the bike's keys with ease. The glove is also very light and easy to store.

Safety: The gloves have a hard material construction for protection of the knuckles and joints over the fingers. But then, the "motomesh" would provide just basic protection to the hands. Because of the light material used and the type of contruction, I wouldn't rate it very highly for protection in case of a bad (high speed) crash.

Sizes and Colors: The DSG Motomesh is available in sizes from Small (S) to Extra Large (XL) and available in three colors. Black, Blue and Red.

Price: The DSG Motomesh is priced at Rs. 850 which according to me is maybe costly by about Rs. 100. But I would still recommend this pair of glove to anyone looking for a lightweight Summer glove.






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11 Comments:

Sajal said...

Even I was thinking about the MotoMesh Gloves!! :)

By the way...I forgot... which DSLR you have??

Payeng said...

@Sajal,

I have got a Nikon D40

padana gloves said...

Definitely the gloves which have hard material construction for protection of the knuckles and joints over the fingers are perfect in use.

padana gloves said...

Definitely the gloves which have hard material construction for protection of the knuckles and joints over the fingers are perfect in use.

Sajal said...

Even I was thinking about the MotoMesh Gloves!! :)

By the way...I forgot... which DSLR you have??

Rajiv Roy said...

I happen to have the same combo of jacket & gloves. Am happy to say that I completely agree with your views.
Functionality,form & comfort come together-well for me.

arif said...

i am still thinking well about thease all products

Shan said...

Nice review. I agree that we could use a bit more room for the thumb! That is my only grouse with the product.

Anonymous said...

Hi rajiv and the S.P. biker..., How do you clean this dsg maze jacket. pls enlighten us on this front.

S.P - Biker Next Door said...

@above

a damp cloth should easily clean the jacket. just be careful not to soak the leather on the shoulders and cuff of the jacket.

xzibit roll said...

i have these gloves. used them for 2 months and then suddenly the small holes in the fingers expanded and tore off.stitching them worked but, i would recommend going for some better gloves which last long and are more safe

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