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 SIDI SDS New York Riding Shoes
SIDI SDS New York Riding Shoes
SIDI/SDS New York Riding Shoes The New York shoe is the first Sidi/Sidi Design Series model offered in the US. Features A Sidi Design Series (SDS) riding shoe Low cut design Light duty inner sole Removable arch support pad Non-slip rubber sole Double stitched in all high stress areas Lace and Velcro closure Leather with nylon mesh upper construction Ankle ball protection Heel reflective panel
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Keeper.
PostedAugust 15, 2013
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BMBLB
From Spotsylvania
State:VA
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent fit and finish. Mesh you can blow through--I tried it--even the mesh on the tongue breathes easily. However, not cushioned like an athletic shoe. The sole is a thin hard compound that seems like it will wear well, and the insole is also thin and hard. Bottom line (pun intended), several reviewers have mentioned replacing the insole with one which is softer.
In the photo the sole looks light gray. It is actually much darker and looks almost black when viewed on your feet from above--very unobtrusive.
The Sidi New York is exactly what I wanted: a stealth, cool, quality motorcycle boot I can ride and wear day-to-day.
It also has a very small radar cross-section... just kidding.
Rides: 1994 BMW R100GS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Alpinestars Blacktop Shoes (Size 13.5)
Alpinestars Blacktop Shoes (Size 13.5)
Alpinestars Blacktop Shoes Alpinestars' Blacktop is a high-cut casual riding shoe that features mesh inserts for cool summer riding. The exclusive rubber compound sole offers excellent grip and works with the EVA foam foot bed for supreme comfort when riding and walking. Designed to be extrememly lightweight, protection is provided by dual density lateral and medial ankle cups as well as extra protection from a padded stripe that wraps around the back of the ankle. The midsole contours to the foot and features a structured high modulus shank reinforcement. Features Removable anatomic foot bed constructed from multi-density EVA foam Alpinestars exclusive vulcanized rubber compound sole featuring a unique side wrapping design Internal toe and heel counter Lace closure system Reflective piping around the upper for improved night-time visibility
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Not for me.
PostedAugust 15, 2013
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BMBLB
From Spotsylvania
State:VA
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Not a bad looking shoe, but the reflective piping is extremely bright under fluorescent lights--so much so that that I did not want to wear them at work. I tried to blow through the perforated and mesh areas (simple test), but couldn't get any air through any of them. I am sure they are cooler than a fully-gusseted boot, but not because of the perforations or mesh. I felt some pressure on the top of my foot near the bottom of the tongue which might resolve by breaking them in. Returned. Will try Sidi New York's next.
Rides: 1994 BMW R100GS
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet Building upon the success of their previous modular helmets, the Shoei Neotec Helmet was designed with long distance and ADV touring in mind. The innovative tri-composite shell has been designed to provide riders with a smooth and quiet ride while reducing, lift, weight and increasing overall safety. The shell of the Neotec has also been designed to house the internal drop-down sun visor, eliminating the need to reduce the thickness of the EPS liner and potentially compromise safety. An integrated face shield shield and chinbar pivot point reduces the number of moving parts, mitigates wind noise and enables riders to close both the chinbar and face shield in the same motion. Shoeis stainless steel 360 Pivot Locking System secures the chinbar when it is in the closed position and the dual-layer EPS liner provides enhance impact absorption and is channeled to facilitate ventilation. From the shell to EPS to the 3D formed comfort liner, the Shoei Neotec is purpose built to provide unrivaled rider comfort and safety. Perfect for nearly any type of ride and rider, the Neotec is the ultimate in touring performance. Shoei Neotec Helmet Features Face Shield Features Easily operable lever mechanism Anti-fog, anti-scratch, 99 UV blocking 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 Ventilation and Aerodynamics Vortex generator vents 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 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
God did not design this helmet.
PostedOctober 23, 2012
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BMBLB
From Spotsylvania
State:VA
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
2 / 5
2 / 5
My 2004 Caberg Justissimo (it and the Nolan N104 are Italian modulars) is no longer distributed in the U.S., but Cabergs can still be ordered from European mc shops. However, as there is a surfeit of modulars on the market in the U.S. at the moment, running from $80 (Bilt) TO $700 (Schuberth), does anyone really care except the Caberg owners who can't get helmet parts? Probably not. But I still expected the 2012 Shoei Neotec to blow away my old Caberg. Observations--
Both helmets have plastic bits which are attached with small screws screwed into plastic posts molded into the shell in various places. In fact, the Shoei manual advises that one occasionally check its various screws for tightness. EXCUSE ME? Rivets are sturdier than tiny screws. Rivets don't need to be tightened. To be fair, both helmets have some rivets, and, in eight years only one of my Caberg's screw posts has broken, though several screws loosened up. I expect the Shoei's will do the same. But I still wish every screw on both helmets were replaced with a rivet, even though rivets would make the outside a bit clunkier.
The Neotec has more plastic trim than the Justissimo. Unfortunately, plastic trim is often glued onto the helmet shell. Glue eventually gives out. Perhaps Shoei has mechanically attached (not glued) all of its trim to the shell so that this will never happen--but I kinda doubt it. So, the Caberg's LACK of plastic trim is actually a plus.
Are the Shoei's and Caberg's flip-front "up-latches" the same? Caberg relied on the friction of a steel ball-headed pin rubbing against the side-piece of its plastic chin guard near the pivot. Plastic wears and friction decreases with age. Now the Caberg's flip-front barely holds its up position. If Shoei's design is the same, it will eventually wear out. Haven't taken a Shoei apart yet to find out.
If not in the fasteners, trim, or up-latches, where are Shoei's upgrades? The visor pivot, for one. Caberg used three separate mating plastic parts which were easy to lose. The Shoei uses one high-tech part which stays attached to the helmet when the visor is removed. Shoei's visor is better sealed. Both helmets have EPS interiors and washable liners. The Shoei's is plusher. The Shoei has a chin air dam. The The Shoei has a pinlock anti-fog insert. The Shoei is quieter. The Shoei vents better. Best of all, Shoei replacement visors ARE AVAILABLE. So, Shoei wins. But not by as much as I thought it would. Its basic construction is quite like Caberg's.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Joe Rocket Phoenix 3.0 Over Pants Features FREE-AIR poly/mesh shell Height adjustable Grade A C.E. Rated knee protectors Rock Tex seat and knee reinforcements Full length Side zippers Sure Fit adjustable waistband Removable High Density Hip Padding Two external pockets Melt Resistant Material on Lower Leg Area 8 zipper for jacket attachment Reflective stripes
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Improvements over the 2.0 Poenix
PostedMay 10, 2012
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BMBLB
From Spotsylvania
State:VA
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Age:55-64
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
The 2.0 2XL short was too small in the waist, so ordered the 3.0 3XL short. Pros: Differences (3.0). Jacket-connect zipper now on the inside which improves appearance. Hip pads larger. Waist adjustment belts have longer velcro with smaller grab tabs. (The 2.0's large rubber tabs prevented full adjustment.) Wide elastic bands now at waist back. Mesh weave wider, softer, repositioned. Two snaps and heavier fly cover. Thigh pockets instead of slash. (Better to get jabbed there than on pelvic bone.) Heat resistant material inside lower leg. Velcro bottom adjustment. All good changes. Cons: Baggy on me. Not double-stitched everywhere. However, bar-tacked appropriately. Overall: good over-pant for hot weather riding..
Yes, I recommend this product.
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