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    June 6, 2012
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TCX X-Move Waterproof Boots Featuring the TCX Comfort Fit System developed as a result of years of TCX know-how, has always been one of the strong points of touring products. This special and entirely manual technique allows the boot to be shaped on a mold that faithfully reproduces the anatomy of the foot, making the product exceptionally comfortable and ideal for prolonged use in different situations. Features Suede leather and AIR TECH upper Fabric lining Waterproof membrane Malleolus (ankle bone) protection Polyurethane ankle support Lacing system closure with Velcro lace keeper Anatomic and replaceable foot bed All uses, wear-resistant sole
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Probably the best 'shoe' out there.
PostedMay 9, 2014
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Fnord
From Lansing
State:MI
Rider Type:Commuter
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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
If you're looking at these, you've probably started thinking about getting away from the standard full-height motorcycle boot. Maybe you're commuting and don't want to walk into work in the sport-biker look; maybe you want more protection than the less-expensive brands' boots but don't need the full-scale protection of a race boot.
For anyone in this $100-$200 range, I strongly recommend these over other choices. Why?
- Larger, more comfortable toe-box than one other manufacturer's shoes.
- More protection in the heel, Achilles tendon, and ankle than similarly-priced choices.
- Taller than most 'shoe' style offerings including TCX's, so in an off, it'll not only have ankle protection but a fair bit of ankle immobilization.
The waterproofness is also reliable. Comfortable, easy to don and doff #yes, someone still knows that word#.
My only cons are:
- Obviously, it's not a full-height boot, so the shin is uncovered. However, compared to full-sized boots in this price range, the ankle and heel are much better protected.
- The color choices are, well, one. Black and red. Yes, the least visible colors in the color spectrum. For some reason the hi-vis yellow is out of fashion across all makers lately. Oh well, the important places to have brightness are higher up anyway, where cagers' eyes dwell.
As a side note, it's not as flexible as some riding shoes; so as a person who normally is a mid- or fore-foot striker, it's not intuitive; but we're buying this and not a pair of sneakers because we're dressing for the crash and aren't squidding it up, right? It's comfortable enough for a good walk, but I wouldn't try a 5k in it.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Dainese Cage Leather Jacket
Dainese Cage Leather Jacket
Dainese Cage Leather Jacket Designed for those in search of a technical article and a sports look with a careful eye on price, the Dainese Cage Leather Jacket offers both elevated protection and ergonomics in the finest Dainese tradition and may be seen as an entry level model thanks to its excellent quality/price ratio. Provided with homologated protectors and back protector/Thorax chest protector pockets, excellent comfort is ensured in the Dainese Cage by the adjustment of collar and side volumes, inserts in Cordura Comfort elasticated fabric, the jacket-pants fastening zip, the 3D Bubble liner and a looser fit than the jackets used more for racing. Features Removable composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1/97 Standard Tutu Cowhide leather Cordura Comfort fabric Inserts in elasticated fabric Adjustments strap on neck Waist adjustment Jacket-trousers fastening system Fixed 3D-Bubble liner air spaces Sanitized lining Pocket for Wave G1 and G2 back protector Pocket for thorax chest protector Reflective inserts 3 outer pockets 2 internal pockets Denoted as the Dainese G. Cage Pelle in Dainese's Catalog Note The video for this product incorrectly states that there is perforated leather along the arms on this jacket. In actuality, while it has a perforated look, it is not punched all the way through and will not ventilate in those areas. Primary ventilation will come through the stretch panels.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A true four-season jacket
PostedDecember 6, 2013
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Fnord
From Lansing
State:MI
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Normally, we choose: a ventilated jacket for summer, or a solid, even insulated jacket for cool or cold. Dainese has managed to create a jacket that does it all. In MI we have warm (sometimes hot) summers and very cold winters. I've been comfortable in 95F July, and on today's 20F commute as well. I credit this to the mix of materials and to the "3d bubble liner" that actually does wick heat away and keep cold out.
Pros:
- Comfortable anytime.
- Trim fit. Many typical jackets seem to assume that we're all carrying a small keg of beer in our midsection. The Cage jacket doesn't, which means it won't slop about when riding or if you have an off-bike excursion.
- Insanely great leather. Butter is jealous of this jacket. The styling is subtle (Dainese stitched on the arms, but in black on black) and looks great with all dress styles.
- Armor. The shoulder armor is easily removable and adjustable, and the elbow armor extends down the forearm almost to the wrist.
- Spots for chest and back armor, and attachment zipper for pants. I have, on occasion, used the chest armor pocket to carry other things, so it can serve in this capacity as well.
Cons:
- It doesn't actually come with its own back protector; you'll have to buy that separately.
- It's not waterproof; it'll keep you dry but you'll have to care for it if you ride through a torrent.
Rides: 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Joe Rocket Sonic R Boots Waterproof and breathable, the Sonic R boots bring you unsurpassed all season protection and comfort in a resistant all leather chassis. Joe Rocket has even thrown in a few race inspired features like an integrated toe slider, internal reinforcements, and a low profile toe-box for when the conditions get extreme. Features Full, split grain leather construction Dry Tech waterproof breathable membrane Inner waterproof gaiter Double stitched in all high stress areas Injection molded toe armor with replaceable integrated toe sliders Internally reinforced shin, ankle, toe and heel Reinforced gear shift area Articulated ankle area and low profi le toe-box for added mobility Hook and loop calf and ankle adjusters Large entry with soft suede zipper cover Rigid nylon composite innersole Streamline, no-slip bonded sole Easy access TPR zipper pull Reflective stripe
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5
The Disintegrating Boot
PostedOctober 15, 2013
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Fnord
From Lansing
State:MI
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
2 / 5
2 / 5
This is a long-term review; you may not encounter all these issues at once or right away.
I've used these as a daily commuter boot for a year and six months. They started out well; they fit nicely, feel protective (haven't had to test this!#, and have been suitable in wet weather. However, they are not breathable to speak of, and very much less than optimal in 75+F temps.
The problem with them is that they fall apart. Within the first 3 months the zipper pulls came off. The bit of fabric sealing the boot by the zipper gets caught in the zipper despite careful use and then tears, gets caught more often, and finally falls off within 6 months. The front nuts holding the toe slider have come off both sides inside of a year, so that the only thing holding the toe sliders is the rearmost nut/bolt and luck. I don't want to find out what happens if I actually drag a toe now; the slider will probably catch and turn my ankle so my foot's pointed backwards.
In the last two months, the toe has come loose from the sole so that it's definitely not waterproof now and walking makes a great racket #POP rattle POP rattle). Lastly, the leather at the top near the shifter protective plastic has split, so again, water can enter.
It's still better than a pair of tennis shoes, but I don't think it delivered value.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Bell Revolver EVO HiViz Helmet Bell locked their RD team in the laboratory and didnt let them out until they had taken the Revolver helmet and turned it into a truly class leading modular worthy of the Bell name. When the engineering team finally emerged, the result was the Revolver EVO. With improved features like a redesigned eyeport seal to reduce wind noise and an improved flip down sun shade, the Revolver EVO has truly taken Bell modular helmets to the next level in rider comfort and performance. Features Internal Sun Shade offers on the fly protection from the sun without having to stop and change face shields Velocity Flow ventilation system with FlowAdjust for maximum ventilation and temperature control Lightweight composite polycarbonate alloy shell Super stable aerodynamic signature resists buffeting and lift Integrated speaker pockets for audio speakers Contour Cut Cheekpads for superior fit and comfort ClickRelease for the fastest, easiest, tool-free shield swaps ever NutraFog II superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield New redesigned eyeport seal dramatically reduces wind noise Removable and washable interior for maximum comfort Exclusive Magnefusion magnetic strap keeper High visibility yellow Padded chin strap with D-ring closure Comes with clear faceshield only Five-year warranty Note Though a breath deflector is shown in the product images, it is not included or compatible with the Revolver EVO.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Improved Revolver - "Evo"lved is an accurate name!
PostedJune 6, 2012
Customer avatar
Fnord
From Lansing
State:MI
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Slightly Heavy
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
I bought the hi-viz (which is, of course, why my review appears here)
Pros:
+ Color. It could use just a touch more green for that true "my eyes are bleeding" hi-viz yellow/green, but it's definitely hi-viz, more instantly apparent than any white helmet.
+ Features. It's modular, has top and chin vents which work well, the fastest and best shield swapping system in the business, an easy-to-use inner sun shield, and magnetic chin strap. The sun shield is improved from the Evo and engages fully and retracts with a nice spring mechanism. For those who want comms there are spaces for that.
+ Fit. Excellent padding, true-to-size fit.
+ Shield/anti-fog. Improved from the first Revolver, the Evo's seal keeps out the rain, even in a complete downpour. The shield refuses to fog whether in cold, fog, or rain; I bought this too late to try snow, but it's clear as a Bell (pun intended) down to the low 30s F.
+ Modular helmet lock. Solid metal with a very secure lock. I don't worry that this helmet will disengage in the event of a disaster (or if it does, that amount of force will make any helmet irrelevant).
Cons:
- Weight. Modular helmets aren't generally light, and this one doesn't try to be.
- Noise. Bell added a chin curtain (good) but the placement of the venturi vents by the back of the ear generates noise, and air that comes in the bottom of the helmet generates noise. This is partially due to the fact that my windshield (2012 Ninja 250) and height (6'0") means air is pushed right up the bottom of my helmet. Tucking better, a sport-touring windscreen, or NO windscreen improves noise vastly. In the meantime I wear good earplugs, which everyone ought to do anyway.
- Protection. No modular will be quite as tough as a regular full-face helmet. This is as well-built as any; that's just the nature of the beast.
Rides: 2012 Kawasaki EX250F Ninja 250R
Yes, I recommend this product.
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