BenFromUncle
 
 
 
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    April 2, 2012
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Olympia Avenger 1 Piece Mesh Tech Suit The Olympia Avenger One Piece Mesh Tech suit offers a level of protection and convenience unlike anything on the market today. Sized to fit comfortably over street clothes, it makes an excellent commuter suit and also excels when touring long distances through moderate to extremely warm climates. Layer up a bit and the Avenger is ready for slightly cooler rides. Constructed in rugged Cordura fabric with ballistic nylon mesh panels, this suit combines maximum airflow with superior abrasion resistance. Standing boot on entry is a breeze due to a heavy duty zipper that runs from the torso to the knee and side leg zippers that extend from the waistband to the bottom hem. Features Outer shell constructed in 500 denier Cordura fabric with ballistic airflow mesh panels EZ entry and exit Heavy duty torso to knee and full length side leg zippers Removable CE approved Motion Flex armor at elbows and shoulders Removable CE approved Motion Flex articulated back protector Removable and adjustable height CE Motion Flex armor at knees Removable EVA compression foam at hips Cool mesh airflow lining Custom Fit detailing at collar, cuffs, elbows, waist and bottom hem Custom Fit, EZ Hem boot cut bottom Comfort neoprene framed collar 3M Scotchlite reflective piping at front, sides and back Three storage pockets plus interior cell phone pocket
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Sweet mystery of life, now that I've found yooooooooo!
PostedSeptember 5, 2014
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BenFromUncle
From St. Paul
State:MN
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
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
This suit is the cat's pajamas*. I can't believe I wasted so many years with 2 piece setups. The mesh lets air in like crazy, BUT you can just slip on an outer layer and BOOM: cold weather SOLVED. Same for rain.
Really, if you're even thinking about 1-piece, do it. If you're thinking about textile 1-piece, do it. If you're like me and overheat readily, thinking mesh textile 1-piece, THIS IS THE SUIT. Stop screwing around, buy the Olympia Avenger. Sell your other gear on eBay (look for my 2 jackets, pants, and chaps coming soon.)
Sizing: Anthony's video is BANG on, at 6' 190lbs 34"w 33"inseam 38" chest, I would use a medium. However (sorry Anthony) I ordered and love my large because I can wear street clothes under it. Note: the main killer in 1-piece suit sizing is the collar-to-crotch fit and the only way to judge is to try them on. Yes, you can tolerate "too tight standing, ok sitting" but I wouldn't recommend it. So don't guess, test.
PS: researched this suit all summer, never found a better price including eBay.
*No cats have been harmed in the making of these suits or this review.
Rides: 2008 Suzuki S40 Boulevard
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Arai Profile / Quantum 2 Cheek Pads Replacement Cheek Pads to fit the following Arai Helmets Arai Profile Arai Quantum 2
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The Solution to All Problems.
PostedMarch 31, 2014
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BenFromUncle
From St. Paul
State:MN
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Hey, wait, they're just cheek pads, and for a specific helmet no less. So maybe not all things to all people.
BUT...they make a world of difference and they're CHEAP. When you get that helmet that fits your noggin just right, THEN go hunting the cheek pads at hold you like Aunt Matilda before planting that god awflul Easter smooch. Only when top AND bottom fit, THEN you're protected.
And when you find that fit, stock extras. Stubbly guys: the lining's made with you in mind, but they're not bullet proof. And sure, they're washable, but they take time to dry so do what all the cool kids are doing and rotate sets. There's nothing like a clean helmet to make you a sharp dressed rider.
The right pads will keep your smile in place, and who doesn't like happy cheeks?
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Cardo G4 Powerset
Cardo G4 Powerset
Cardo Scala Rider G4 Powerset The Cardo G4 PowerSet intercom kit redefines the notion of high-end Motorcycle Intercom communication for bikers. For riding with other bikers or between couples riding together, the scala rider G4 PowerSet offers two factory paired scala rider G4 headsets in one package for immediate Motorcycle Intercom use. Encased in a rugged yet streamlined body, the scala rider G4 PowerSet offers Bike-to-Bike Intercom at a remarkable range of up to ONE MILE! The scala rider G4 PowerSet also features unique 4-Way Motorcycle Intercom between two bikers and two passengers or among three separate bikers. Multi-Device Connectivity, including mobile phone, A2DP (Bluetooth stereo), FM radio with RDS, intuitive button controls, wire connectivity to iPod/MP3 player, and much more, make the PowerSet the worlds most feature-rich communication and entertainment system for bikers. The scala rider G4 PowerSet offers multilingual status announcements allowing bikers to maintain smooth and safe Bluetooth handsfree Motorcycle Intercom communication while on the move. The device transmits useful information regarding connectivity status to other bikers, to your mobile phone and more. The PowerSet system can be installed on virtually all helmets within several minutes before youre set for a ride. The scala rider G4 PowerSet is truly the most biker friendly Motorcycle Intercom communication system on the market! The scala rider G4 PowerSet is also available with corded microphones to fit the tightest full-faced helmets. Download the G4 Powerset Manual (pdf) FEATURES Bike-to-bike intercom communications with 3 other headsets with a remarkable range of up to 1 mile (with flip up antenna for extended range) Link together for 4-way intercom conference calling between 2 couples riding on 2 motorcycles (full duplex) Multi device compatibility headset is compatible with the following types of devices (a) A Bluetooth enabled mobile phone (for hands-free communication), (b) A stereo Bluetooth enabled MP3 player, adapter or mobile phone (for wireless music), (c) A non-Bluetooth enabled MP3 player (accepts MP3 card), (d) A Bluetooth enabled GPS unit (for in-helmet voice instructions) GPS must support headset connectivity, (e) A Scala Rider Q2 headset (for hands-free communication up to 500m/1,640ft), (f) Scala Rider Solo/FM/TeamSet driver headset (for hands-free rider to passenger communication) VOX Activation intercom calls, answer, voice dial, redial and call reject functions Includes an embedded FM radio with scan and seek features and 6 station channel memory Individual audio sources - each G4 headset can conduct mobile phone calls or listen to the FM radio or MP3 audio independently Full Duplex - allows simultaneous talking and listening when using intercom connections Talk time up to 10 hours, standby time up to 10 days AGC Technology - headset automatically adjusts its own volume based on ambient noise and driving speed Rechargeable Li-Polymer Battery (for use in North American style Type A electrical outlets) Noise canceling microphone Weather resistant design Fits virtually all 3/4 and full face helmets Multiple Device Connectivity (MDC) Motorcycle Intercom conference mode with two other scala rider G4 users and with one of the following Bluetooth devices Mobile Phone (either directly or via a GPS device) GPS device A2DP enabled MP3 Player or Adapter Note Range may vary according to terrain Includes 2 Cardo G4 Head Sets
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Really good, almost great.
PostedApril 9, 2012
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BenFromUncle
From St. Paul
State:MN
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Install 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Sound Clarity 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Use 
3 / 5
3 / 5
The G4 is pretty excellent, with some little niggles. The boom is long, so if your helmet has a sort-of forward locations, then you might not get a good position. (EXO-900: the long boom and modular helmet makes for some issues with the G4)
We're still being surprised by when the intercom connects and the noise rejection seems to be rejecting the voice as well.
It's still the best of the lot, and it's really excellent to talk to your co-rider.
Rides: 2005 Suzuki LS650 Savage
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Scorpion EXO-900 Transformer Helmet The EXO-900 Transformer Helmet gives you the freedom to choose between Full- and Open-Face configurations with the added benefits of detachable peak visor and dropdown sun visor. This makes the Scorpion EXO-900 truly unique and gives you options that no other modular helmet can offer. In seconds and with no tools, you can convert your full-face helmet to an open-face version to meet the changing riding conditions or style preference if you ride different motorcycles or scooters. Features AirFit helmet pump air inflation system for a custom fit Cheek pad and neck roll adjustment system for improved fit and wind noise reduction EverClear no-fog shield system KwikWick washable wicking liner Retractable SpeedView no-fog internal sun visor Toggle Aero-tuned vent system Polycarbonate composite shell DOT / ECE approved
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Head Shape=round; "BT Ready" is meaningless.
PostedApril 2, 2012
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BenFromUncle
From St. Paul
State:MN
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Average
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
The EXO-900 is a decent helmet, and good value for money. The fit favors rounder heads than mine but really holds my face (also narrowish) A secure fit, my XL might be a tad more "L" than "X", my partner finds her EXO-900 "S" to be perfect.
The "BlueTooth ready" stuff is pretty much useless, sorry to say. That little "door" in the side? Nothing fits, wishful thinking that BT-makers could fit all the variations out there. You'll find the clamps for your headset have a limited range of position, and the very nifty bead on the lower pad will interfere a bit with placement, but you can mount it: Scorpion DID plan a gap between shell and styro liner for the clamp to fit.
The facemask is taller than average. The flip-up is solid, and removable for those who don't want it. The sunshield is short, but it's line is non-distracting. I've found the 1st click of the visor puts its edge EXACTLY aligned with the sunshield's, making for minimal distraction in fogging-conditions. Never fogged the visor (down to 40F) but the breath-deflector reliably fogs my glasses.
Chin-space is tight, the curtains work well. There's a fixed and removable part to the curtain, and all-up, it's nice at colder temps. The fixed-part interferes with a boom-mic, the removable-part simply cannot be used with one. Note: that's due to my fit in the helmet, my partner reports no interference between curtains and boom. (Her full review is separate)
Noise is noticeably different with upper-front vent open, but overall is pretty darned quiet and no self-buffeting.
Good helmet, I recommend you do not pass it up without trying first.
Rides: 2007 Suzuki DL650A V-Strom ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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