MichaelInVenice
 
 
 
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    July 14, 2012
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Sidi Cobra Air Boots The patented and trademarked Vertebra System protects the riders Achilles tendon Thermoplastic resin ankle protection Bolt on (no Velcro!) replaceable, adjustable and aerodynamic nylon scuff pads on the toe Composite inner sole Removable arch support Nylon shin deflector plate Lorica outer construction Double stitched in all high stress areas All bolt on parts are replaceable An elastic panel adjacent to the entry zipper allows a bind free zip and improved fit Dual compound sole DuPont polymer toe shift pad Perforated Teflon treated nylon lining Replaceable shock absorbing heel cup Padded Achilles area Perforated Lorica outer for maximum air flow
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great quality, consistent fit
PostedAugust 19, 2013
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MichaelInVenice
From Venice Beach
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Footbed
Narrow
Narrow
Wide
I've been consistently a 46 in Sidi, both for motorcycle boots and cycling shoes and these didn't deviate from that fit. Like most Sidi stuff they are a bit on the narrow side, which works reasonably well for me. I found that for my feet an aftermarket arch support was desirable, but that also is consistent with pretty much all footwear I buy.
They're well made and provide good protection. Certainly adequate for my sport/sport touring riding. Comfort off the bike is not their strong point but they're nowhere near as constraining as hardcore track boots, I can walk around with them for a while during breaks in reasonable comfort.
I got the air version and airflow is excellent at speed. My feet tend to heat up in many boots, but no problem with these. Obviously not for use in the rain or even damp conditions, but great here in Southern California.
I wish there were a few reflective surfaces on the sides and heel, but that was easily fixed with some black reflective tape without ruining the boots' lines or look.
Would be great for an occasional track rider who also wants above-average protection on the street or even for limited sport-touring situations.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet Evolving on previous designs, Shoei has revamped its modular helmet style with a streamlined and attractively sculpted shape that conveys the feel of freely moving through the outdoors in the Neotec Modular Helmet. Overall shell size is kept compact by incorporating the internal sun visors open/close mechanism inside all ventilation mechanisms are shaped and positioned in such a way as to reduce any possible drag. A redesigned aerodynamic spoiler also helps to cut lift, reducing neck strain on long, cross country rides. In the Shoei Neotec all these features combine to create a premium helmet that excels in appearance, protection, comfort and performance. The Shoei Neotec Helmet's chin bar is connected to the same axis point and mechanism as its shield, minimizing extra parts. This also enables simultaneous closing of the shield with the chin bar, which is then held in place with an easy-open lock release button. The shield lock system offers secure closure or the ability to keep the shield slightly open to allow for increased airflow. With the Shoei Neotec Helmet, Shoei now includes a built-in sun shield, the QSV-1. The visor tucks neatly away beneath a non-intrusive shell built into the helmets liner, and can be lowered with the easy control of a sliding button. Shoei Neotec Helmet Features Face Shield Features Easily operable lever mechanism Anti-fog, anti-scratch, 99 UV blocking New Pinlock-ready CNS-1 faceshield Wider and taller than the CX-1V that it replaces Includes Pinlock insert 3D injection molding process ensures a distortion-free view Improved Ventilation and Aerodynamics Newly designed vortex generators pull air through helmet 276 more airflow than Multitec Added inlets and outlets Vents are flush against helmet to maintain aerodynamics 5-Ply Shock-Absorbing Fiber Shell 3 shell sizes AIM Multi-Composite construction Lightweight yet strong Shell-integrated spoiler reduces lift and drag during high-speed riding Dual EPS Liner Multi-density EPS for optimal protection Two vents funnel fresh air through the EPS liner Dual liner channels route and disperse air evenly throughout the helmet EPS liner in chin bar All new interior Fully removable 3D interior liner Top center pad is removable and washable Improved cheekpad design allows better fit with eyeglasses Included chin curtain can be inserted into the chin bar to reduce turbulence and noise All Neotec Helmets sold in the US have a double D-ring closure Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Wind noise unacceptable at this price
PostedJune 11, 2013
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MichaelInVenice
From Venice Beach
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Shape
Narrow
Long Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
My initial impressions were favorable, based on limited riding at limited speeds, mostly around town. Now I've been riding with this one for a few weeks on a faster bike outside town and it's time to sell it. I love the helmet in almost all ways, but the noise level is simply unacceptable for any helmet in this price range.
I'll start with the good stuff: The helmet fits beautifully. The interior is plush. The fit is snug but not too tight. The sun visor works flawlessly. Ventilation is OK at speed, not so great around town but I've found this to consistently be the case with all the Shoeis, and one I've been willing to deal with to get their superior fit.
I prefer to ride on a bike without much wind protection which always means more noise that I'd get on a well-protected touring bike, which I suspect is Shoei's target market. SO I'm used to ear plugs for high-speed long-distance rides. Unfortunately, this helmet just doesn't handle even low-speed wind very well, particularly if there is any amount of crosswind involved. If you're primarily at high speed behind a big windshield in a "still pocket" this may be a negligible issue, for me it's become a deal-breaker.
The problem is the seams between the front section and the rest of the shell. The hinged section does not seal tightly to the shell, leaving a fairly wide gap and resulting in wind noise similar to what you'd get if you cracked open a car window about 1/4" at 70mph with your ear right up against it. It compares horribly to modulars from other manufacturers, even those at half the price. (My friend's Bell Revolver EVO insulates better against wind noise, for about $200, though it fails to meet the same quality standard in most other ways.). The problem is worst as soon as there is even a slight bit of crosswind, when the whistling noise becomes awful. Since much of our riding here in SoCal is along the beach with a 10+ mph crosswind, this really gets miserable. At times, just standing still with my side to the 10-15mph wind generates the loud whistling noise, something I've yet to encounter on any other helmet I've tried.
It's not tough to solve the problem: A strip of masking tape along each of the seams after putting the helmet on and closing the front eliminates the problem almost completely. With that extra little sealing, the helmet goes from "unacceptably loud" to "louder than a non-modular touring helmet, but about what you'd expect from a modular." But for $600, I shouldn't have to tape it up on a long ride. It should seal tightly along the seams when closed.
For almost as much money as the Schuberth, I'd say add a bit to your budget and get the latter if you want a modular. For me, I'm likely to drop down to a standard full-face helmet like a Quest and I'll deal with an extra shield under the seat.
Rides: 2012 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Nelson-Rigg CL-950 Saddle Bag System (Formally DLSB-500 Deluxe Saddlebag) Features Accommodates swept exhausts on most of todays bikes Easy access top loading main compartment External buckles for compatibility with our tail packs Securely mount using wide Velcro straps and quick release buckles Zippered outer pockets Heat resistant under panels Front mesh pockets to hold cans or water bottles. Main compartment measures 17L X 6.5W X 11H Holds 19.92 Liters per side
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great small saddlebags for sportbike
PostedNovember 13, 2012
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MichaelInVenice
From Venice Beach
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Bought these to use for occasional local shopping trips when I need more space than is available in my topcase. They went together quite well, hold their shape beautifully and attached to the bike quite easily using the straps. Protection of items inside is less than perfect -- they are soft bags after all -- but the stiffeners that hold the bags' shape do a decent job of protecting things well enough. Positioning things so that they right bag wouldn't touch my higher-than-normal exhaust was a bit tricky, but with a bit of work (and one small bit of gaffer's tape) I managed to get it to work perfectly. I'll be in search of a more perfect permanent solution involving velcro to hold the neoprene rubber piece back from the hot exhaust, or maybe just trim off the excess so it can't come into contact.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Olympia Airglide 3 Pants Designed to coordinate with the Olympia Airglide, Viper, Bonneville, and Bushwhacker jackets, this style can be worn as a stand alone riding pant or as full over pant. Constructed in authentic Dupont Cordura with ballistic nylon mesh panels, this pant offers maximum airflow with superior abrasion resistance. Two front zipper pockets and two rear snap pockets offer extra storage for personal items. Foul weather rides are never a problem as these pants are also equipped with a wind and waterproof liner that can be worn as a stand alone pant. Adjustable knee armor positions, stretch waist panels and EZ hem bottoms help riders achieve a customized fit Outer shell constructed in 500denier Dupont Cordura with ballistic airflow mesh panels. Waterproof liner pant Full side leg zippers Removable and height-adjustable CE approved MotionFlex armor at knees Cool mesh airflow lining Removable EVA compressionfoam at hips Custom Fit detailing at waistand bottom hem 3M Scotchlite reflective piping from waist to hem Relaxed tailored fit Four storage pockets 8 connecting zipper forjackets
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Nice pants to match other Olympia gear
PostedJuly 14, 2012
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MichaelInVenice
From Venice Beach
State:CA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
Bought these to match my Airglide jacket and they work very well with it. There's nothing remarkable about these compared to other mesh/textile pants that I've worn, but they are the best possible match for color and zip-together connection if you have an Olympia jacket.
They flow air very well. when worn with nothing underneath, and somewhat less well when over jeans.
I'm a bit over my normal weight right now. wearing a size 33 jeans. Decided to go for the 32 Airglides because I'm on my way back down. They fit me perfectly when worn as a straight pant, somewhat tightly over jeans. That should correct itself as my jeans size comes back down to a 32.
Knee protection is good and I had no problems adjusting the pads to the right locations for me. Hip protection somewhat less good and I'm thinking of upgrading to Forcefield armor, though I'll probably have to cut the pads a bit to fit.
Pockets, zippers and everything else is well-placed and easy to use. I have not yet used the removable liner but it seems to be well put together and easy to get in and out.
All-in-all good pants, but probably make the most sense if you've got other Olympia gear you want to use it with.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Olympia Airglide 3 Jacket
Olympia Airglide 3 Jacket
Olympia Airglide 3 Jacket Enhanced function and versatility are the key elements offered in our new Airglide 3 jacket. Heat, wind, rain and cold are no match for this cutting edge style. Constructed in authentic Dupont Cordura with ballistic nylon mesh panels, this jacket offers maximum airflow with superior abrasion resistance. For added safety, the Airglide offers double rows of 3M Scotchlite piping at the chest, back and sleeves. Equipped with a sporty two stage, wind and waterproof, Thermolite insulated liner jacket, this style delivers the ultimate in multi season riding comfort. Features Outer shell constructed in 500 denier Dupont Cordura with ballistic airflow mesh panels Waterproof, Thermolite insulated two stage liner jacket Removable CE approved Motion Flexarmor at elbows and shoulders Removable CE approved Motion Flexarticulated back protector Cool mesh airflow lining Custom Fit detailing at collar, cuffs,elbows and waist Comfort neoprene framed collar 3M Scotchlite reflective piping atfront, sides and back 8 connecting zipper for pants Five storage pockets
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great summer jacket
PostedJuly 14, 2012
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MichaelInVenice
From Venice Beach
State:CA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I purchased this one in early summer and as such have not used it with either of the included liners, so can't really comment on those.
I got the "toxic" color scheme because I'm a great believer in the "loud colors save lives" philosophy and try to make myself as visible as possible when riding. In fact, the availabilty of high-viz colors in all their products is one of the things I like most about Olympia products. It looks good and I've gotten used to the occasional stares. Hopefully, I stick out as much to motorists as I do when stopped at one of the local coffee places for a drink!
Fit is pretty good. I suspect I could easily go down one size if I were to wear it exclusively without a liner, but also that one size bigger might be OK if I were to wear it with the liner and perhaps an extra layer underneath. This is one of the inherent disadvantages of this kind of multi-season gear and one to keep in mind. Ideally, we'd all have money to purchase a different jacket for every season, but Olympia does try to make everything as easy as possible, including lots of little straps and snaps to tie down loose areas when riding without only a t-shirt underneath.
Quality of manufacture is good, not great. Lots of little threads hanging at the ends of seams and I've had to go over it carefully, cut off the hanging ends and put a drop of crazy-glue on them so they don't unravel. Sadly, this is the state of most clothing manufacture these days and I can't single out Olympia for it, as I've had the same issue with products from Icon, A-Stars and others. I do with the typical standards were higher though.
Protection is excellent for a textile jacket. This one is sold as "mesh" but is better described as a mix of mesh and textile. All the high-impact and sliding areas are cordura, with mesh panels only in the places that are less-likely to be slid on. Shoulder, back and elbow proectors are very good, removable and can be upgraded to aftermarket ones if desired. The back has two levels of padding, the removable articulated back protector and a sewn-in pad. The center-back, like all other "slide" areas is cordura, not mesh.
Of course, the downside to the use of mesh and fabric together is that the jacket does vent somewhat less well than other jackets I've worn that are all-mesh with just a few reinforced impact areas. I find this to be an acceptable tradeoff for my climate which gets hot but is almost always pretty dry.
The other downside is that the fabric sections, including the high neck, are a bit stiff when delivered. They take some time to soften up and become more comfortable. A quick run through the wash would probably accelerate this process.
Integrates nicely with the matching Airglide pants that I also own and they connect together nicely with a back zipper that is easy to access and unzip when removing the jacket at a stop.
There are other jackets that sell for less, but I don't find any of them to have the same level of features and protection as this one.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Held Evo Thrux Gloves Construction Palm in highly abrasion-resistant kangaroo leather Back in soft cowhide Colorfast and sweat resistant Comfort / Features Special open-edged seam Tunnel wrist lock Velcro adjustment at wrist and cuff Leather stretch inserts on the upper hand, thumb and fingers Visor wiper Protection Knuckle protection with hard plastic shell Back of hand has KEVLAR panels Side of hand covered with hard plastic reinforced with Superfabric Fingers and edge of hand also protected with Superfabric
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great for street and summer touring
PostedJuly 14, 2012
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MichaelInVenice
From Venice Beach
State:CA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I bought these to supplement the mesh/leather gloves that serve me well at slower speeds in stop-and-go traffic around town. For longer faster rides I found those were too cool and provided insufficient protection.
Measuring my hand came up with a size 9 - 9.5. In this glove, only full sizes are available so I went with the 9s, knowing they might be a bit snug, at least initially. That has turned out to be the case. As they've broken in a bit this is less of an issue. They can be a bit snug getting on especially if I've been sweating a bit, but fit great once they're on with excellent comfort.
Protection seems great. Ventilation seems great for a mostly all-leather glove. A bit hot when I ride them around town, but great once I start moving. Held sells them as an entry-level track glove, but I find they're great as a higher-end, good protection sport-touring glove.
Mine is the white color which does discolor a bit in use. To be expected with anything white, but much prefer the light color for keeping my hands from baking in the sun.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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