ElPared
 
 
 
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    March 12, 2012
  • Last review
    April 17, 2012
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 Fieldsheer Corsair 2.0 Jacket
Fieldsheer Corsair 2.0 Jacket
Fieldsheer Corsair 2.0 Jacket Breathable 1000D Carboflex outer shell with Carbolex Lite along sides of torso and underarm Carboflex is lighter than leather and 90 of its strength YKK front zipper closure CE approved armor in shoulder and elbows with SP Memory Foam back pad Unique waterproof, breathable liner stretches with the outer shell Spring-loaded zippered cuff closures with neoprene Phoslite reflective piping for increased nighttime visibility Mandarin collar with microfiber padding Zippered chest pocket, two hand warmer pockets plus phone and cargo pockets on removable liner
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Truly 90% leather
PostedApril 17, 2012
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ElPared
From Thousand Oaks
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
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 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
this jacket boasts that it is 90% the strength of leather, and I find this to be accurate. My bike slipped on an oil slick, at around 20 mph (not very fast), and my leather gloves and pants got a bit scuffed up, but the jacket still looks like new (wish my bike came out that way too :( ) The only damage to my person from this fall was a mat burn from the inside of the sleeve where I landed on my elbow, but I bet I that wouldn't have happened with the liner in.
I have the black and red version which looks pretty flashy. I get a lot of compliments on this jacket from riders and non-riders alike, so I guess it's pretty stylish too. the fit is pretty standard, it really feels like a "regular" jacket. With the liner in this jacket is warm enough for Fall weather in Southern California and without the liner it's cool enough for a California Summer. There aren't many spiffy pockets or fancy bio armors or anything, but the good old hardened plastic elbow armor and quilted padding is good enough for simple dumb stuff like what happened to me, and the chest and side pockets are enough for a phone, which is all I need anyway.
overall I'd recommend this jacket unless you really need a lot of pockets, or live in a very cold part of the country.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 OGIO No Drag Backpack
OGIO No Drag Backpack
OGIO No Drag Backpack Drop in back panel laptop sleeve Helmet hood Hydration ready Drop in audio pocket Hidden compression strap system Sternum strap No drag streamlined surface Fits most 15 laptops Multiple interior pockets Dimensions 22h x 14w x 7d 2100 Cu.In/34 L 1.5 Lbs/0.7 Kg Laptop sleeve 13.5h x 11w x 1.5d 420D dobby nylon / molded EVA
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Smaller than it looks inside
PostedApril 17, 2012
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ElPared
From Thousand Oaks
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
I'm a Digital Art major in college and I ride my bike to classes, so I needed a backpack that could handle that. The zip out panel in the backpack neatly carries my 13" laptop, 14" drawing tablet, charging cables for both, stylus, tablet computer, and various writing tools and chargers.
The cavity on the inside looks rather large, but it actually holds a little less that it looks like it can. With the zip out panel fully loaded I'm lucky to fit a textbook and a notebook in the cavity, much less anything else. If you're looking to use this as a proxy for a trunk I'd look elsewhere.
My only other complaint is that the pouch that holds the hydration pack isn't waterproof, so if there's a leak, or just too much condensation from the reservoir, you could end up with water down your butt, or a wrecked laptop. not cool.
The reflective tubes on the outside of the backpack are INCREDIBLY reflective. Even the slightest amount of light on them makes them go from drab gray to brilliant white pretty fast, so this backpack is great for staying visible at night.
overall I like it, and it has worked well for my needs, but it could be better.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Alpinestars GP Plus Leather Jacket The 2011 Alpinestars GP Plus Jacket is designed for the city rider who also enjoys spirited weekend riding. Constructed from full-grain leather and featuring CE certified Bio Armor protection Cut from supple yet durable 1.3mm full-grain leather. Removable and adjustable CE certified Bio Armor protectors in the elbows and shoulders. Chest and back pad compartments with PE comfort padding (Alpinestars CE Bio Armor back protector insert and Bionic Chest Pads available as accessory upgrade). Snap connection system allows integration with the CE level 2 certified Bionic Race Back Protector. Inner mesh lining with stretch panel inserts that work with outer stretch zones for improved flexibility and precise fit. D-ring waist adjustment allows a tailored fit. Convenient internal Napoleon pocket with zippered closure. Internal waist connection zipper allows attachment to selected Alpinestars leather and textile pants Available in fully perforated model for warm weather riding.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The Cockroach of Jackets (this is a good thing)
PostedApril 17, 2012
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ElPared
From Thousand Oaks
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
the GP Plus is my second riding Jacket, and also my favorite. I got it because I was looking for a winter jacket to replace my airy first jacket and this is a great option. I have since noticed that this jacket could be used as an all year jacket in a lot of states, but will probably be to hot to be anything but a winter/fall jacket in hotter areas.
the fit is a bit tight in the chest and neck, so you may need a size up. My only complaint really is that the jacket is pretty much designed to be in a riding position most of the time, so mobility while the jacket is zipped up is quite limited. When zipped up I can really only move my arms forward and down, and as such I would not recommend this jacket for cruisers with high handlebars
I feel very safe in this jacket, it has bio-armor in all the right places and the fit ends up pretty great once you break in the armor. The leather is nice and thick, but the underarms and upper chest are well ventilated for warmer weather. All around a great design, I feel like if I wipe out the jacket might just be the only thing I don't have to replace afterward. It even has spaces in the sides to fit even more armor. You can put Kevlar in there and ride into a gun fight if you want. You might die, but the jacket will be just fine.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Alpinestars Ridge Waterproof Boot Fall 2010 Model Full grain leather upper with lightweight fabric inserts. Dual density lateral and medial ankle cups. Internal toe and heel counter are layered under the full grain leather. Midsole contours to the foot and features a structured high modulus shank reinforcement. Waterproof and breathable Drystar lining.a Removable anatomic foot bed and multi-density EVA padding Alpinestars exclusive vulcanized rubber compound sole with unique side wrapping design. Double width adjustable Velcro straps for secure closure and fit. Velcro adjuster strap on the instep and Achilles flex zones provide superior comfort. CE certified.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
good winter riders
PostedApril 17, 2012
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ElPared
From Thousand Oaks
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
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 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
Footbed
Narrow
Average
Wide
these were my first pair of boots for motorcycle riding, and I have gotten a lot of mileage out of them. I have since discovered that Alpinestars is a pretty reliable brand when it comes to quality, though I've noticed you do pay for the name a bit.
As a waterproof boot, the Ridge is pretty great, I've walked through puddles and ridden through (California) rain showers in them and my feet stayed dry. The flip side of that is that the are by no means breathable. Even in a state where the weather is pretty consistently in the mid ranges my feet end up pretty sweaty at the end of the day. Otherwise they're pretty comfortable, but I don't recommend wearing them longer than 4 or so hours unless you like swamp foot.
As a walking shoe, I really like this boot. It doesn't feel like a ski boot, especially once it's broken in, and if you wear long pants, it's hard to tell it's a riding boot at all. Design wise, there's no shift pad, so the lever will wear on the toe after a while. The velcro makes me feel like I should be riding the short bus instead of a bike, but I got over it, and it's held up pretty well after a year and a half of commuting every day.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Chatterbox XBi2-H Wireless Intercom
Chatterbox XBi2-H Wireless Intercom
The XBi2-H is the latest bike-to-bike wireless intercom that is equipped with A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) for wireless streaming of stereo music via Bluetooth technology. It allows simultaneous communications between three riders with up to 500 meters (1,640 feet) in optimum conditions. The XBi2-H will allow you to stream audio signal from any source that already comes equipped with Bluetooth such as mobile telephones, MP3, GPS and even an iPod/iPhone when hooked up to a Bluetooth adapter, eliminating the need for cable connections. Features Designed specifically for the new HJC IS-Max BT helmets Backwards compatible with current ChatterBox XBi2 model Communication between three riders up to 500 meters (1,640 feet) Bluetooth A2DP compatible with most mobile phones, MP3 players, GPS, and radar detectors Noise-suppression microphones Hi-fidelity stereo speakers Rechargeable/replaceable lithium polymer battery 6-8 hour talk time, 1-hour express charge Compact waterproof design HJC IS-Max BT helmet and ChatterBox Included XBi2-H Unit Microphone/Speakers Rechargeable/Replaceable Li-Poly Battery Mounting Hardware AC/DC Home Charger Bluetooth Adapters sold separately. Note The HJC Sy-Max 3 is not compatible with the Chatterbox Communication System.
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5
good idea, poor execution
PostedMarch 12, 2012
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ElPared
From Thousand Oaks
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Install 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sound Clarity 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Ease of Use 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Note that I have this installed in an HJC CL-Max, not an IS-Max BT. They're very similar helmets, both designed to fit this model of chatterbox.
The first thing I noticed is that, while pairing the thing with your phone is easy, pairing one Chatterbox to another for intercom communications is quite difficult, and is very fickle. I ALWAYS have to dig up the instruction manual when I want to use the intercom feature. Additionally, the sound quality is terrible. Most of the time you can barely understand what's being said even at max volume while sitting still, not to mention while you're moving, which makes it pretty much inaudible.
Installation was pretty painless, though. Pull out the liners, follow directions, takes about 20 minutes max.
Additionally, answering/making phone calls on it is incredibly wonky. The power button for the device also operates as the "make/answer call" button. This sounds OK, until you turn the device on... and it calls your most recently dialed contact when it pairs with your phone. VERY annoying for both you and your friend or whatever. You actually have to put it into "pairing mode" every time you use it or it will call someone like I just said.
overall I call the Chatterbox an example of a good idea with poor execution. I wish it worked like I thought it would, but it's too quiet, too hard to setup, and has too many annoying "features" (AKA bugs) to be and effective form of communication.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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