Dainese Carbon D1 Gloves Review

I purchased these gloves in Peru on a recent tour.  I was looking for a warmer pair of gloves than the Klim Inductions I was using at the time.  After scouting around a few stores in Lima, I decided on a pair of Dainese Carbon D1’s.  They had decent online reviews and appeared to meet my requirements.

  • Lightweight
  • Plenty of protection
  • Short Cuff
  • Reputable brand

After about 3 weeks of use, the stitching around one of the knuckle joints started to come loose, then a day later popped open! 

On closer inspection, the other knuckle joints also had pretty fragile stitching and I’m sure would have ended up popping open as well. 

Manufacturing defect?

That would be my guess, as I looked at a bunch of reviews online and couldn’t find anyone else with the same issue. I guess the sewing machine operator was having a bad day with my pair?

Knuckle Split
Knuckle Split
Knuckle Split
Knuckle Split

I sent an email to the original vendor (Barbacci Motors) and also Dainese explaining the issue.  Both responded quickly and asked for photos, proof of purchase, etc.

Barbacci Motors advised me that a full refund would be issued to my credit card, once I sent them photos showing I had destroyed the gloves.

I’ll confess, hacking up the gloves with some scissors whilst mildly therapeutic, required a certain amount of trust in the vendor doing the right thing.

The upside was I got to get a pretty good look at how the gloves were made 🙂

Destroyed Gloves
Destroyed Gloves
Product Label
Product Label

Proof sent, 3-4 days later a full credit appeared on my credit card statement.

All credit (no pun intended) to Barbacci Motors and Dainese.  Whilst the gloves didn’t live up to my expectations, their customer service was first class!

Even though I had a bad experience with this particular pair of gloves falling victim to the sewing machine blues, it wouldn’t stop me buying from either Barbacci Motors or Dainese in the future.