Michelw
 
 
 
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    August 27, 2012
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Klim Latitude Misano Jacket The updated Latitude Misano Jacket enters the KLIM family with adventurous, comfortable riding in mind. Delivering increased mobility and lighter-weight while still providing KLIM-worthy durability, the Latitude Misano series is set to perform. For riders ready to ride in a broken-in jacket and pant from the get-go, the Latitude Misano offers the easiest fit. The GORE-TEX Performance Shell and Misano Cordura fabric laminate in the main body of each piece adds flexibility while KLIMs 840D Cordura and GORE-TEX Laminate take on the toughest duties in the highest abrasion zones. The Latitude collar is constructed from a soft fabric to help alleviate bunching and discomfort. Also, specific panels in the main body are now made from Misano Cordura GORE-TEX laminate which is lighter weight and more flexible. Features GORE-TEX 2-Layer Performance Shell Guaranteed to keep you dry D30 CE-Rated integrated armor system Includues D3O armor at the shoulders, elbows and back Misano Cordura laminate exterior in main body 840D Cordura laminate exterior in high abrasion zones High-Mobility active fit patterning Max flow ventilation 5 ports 2 arm and 2 pit zip intakes 1 back exhaust vent 6 external pockets (2 long chest map pockets, 3 cargo pockets, 1 sleeve ID pocket) 4 internal pockets (2 zippered, 2 open stash) 1 secret internal pocket Mesh comfort liner Jacket-to-Pant zipper integration system Zippered waist/hip expansion panel Adjustable waist cinch straps 2 sleeve adjustment straps Lined comfort collar Velcro adjustable wrist closures Industrial grade 3M Scotchlite reflective panels and trim
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good but not great
PostedApril 22, 2014
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Michelw
From Haworth
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
This is a good jacket. Very comfortable with decent venting options. Good protection as well. Most other reviewers went over whats great about this jacket so i am going to talk about what isnt so great.
While the collar is improved over the 880 version, it still is too tall of a collar and can be annoying. The exhaust vent limits the air flow. Since it is horizontal it is completely covered by a back protector. Limiting exhaust greatly limits the ventura effect of airflow. It should have been 2 vertical vents just like the female version. Another not so great feature is closing and opening the pit and back vents. It is very difficult to close the pits and very difficult to open or clothes the back vent. If they would have made the zipper slider larger like a roadcrafter would have been much easier.
Even with all these negatives, it still is a good jacket. Airflow is good enough to about 80 with all vents open. Jacket is waterproof. Good protection. Also while not listed in the list of features, you can keep the collar open and unzip the jacket from the top for more airflow.
Sizing, I am 5'9 180lbs, medium fits well. Any larger and would need a large. Negative is if you dont have long arms the large will not fit properly.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Klim Balaclava The lower half is constructed using WINDSTOPPER for complete protection from the wind while the upper half is constructed with Coolmax reducing heat under your helmet and controlling moisture from sweating. A Lycra stretch back panel along with ergonomic patterning has created a perfect fitting balaclava. This technical head sock is guaranteed to be the most comfortable balaclava you have ever worn.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Good wind protection
PostedMarch 10, 2014
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Michelw
From Haworth
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
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 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
After having this for a few months now i have worn it in temperature ranges from 8-35 degrees at highway speeds. It is a big difference between having it on and not. It does a great job of keeping the wind off your skin.
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Tour Master Synergy Single Rheostat Controller For Tour Master Synergy Heated Gear
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Good controller for a fraction of the cost
PostedDecember 30, 2013
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Michelw
From Haworth
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
This controller will work with just about any other heated gear. I have it to control my gerbings gloves and it does the job just fine at half the cost of the gerbings or warm and safe controllers.
Rides: 2006 Triumph Daytona 675
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Michelin Pilot Road 2 Rear Tires The ideal balance Independent tests confirm the Pilot Road 2 offers better wet grip and longer tread life than any of its competitors How did Michelin incorporate these two contradictory traits in one tire MotoGP-derived 2CT technology makes it possible, using two distinct rubber compounds to achieve what was once thought impossible Innovative front and rear tread designs Winner, 2009 Motorrad and Moto Revue sport touring tire tests 180/55 ZR 17 rear also available in a 'B' version, specifically designed for loaded sport touring or riding two-up
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Tires for the Street
PostedDecember 3, 2013
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Michelw
From Haworth
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Grip 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Tread life 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Wet Traction 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I have about 2500 miles on these tires now, not the first time i have had them nor will it be the last. They hold up great even though i commute as much as i do on the slab, still no sign of squaring. I ride 5 days a week 40 miles each day for work. Rain or shine and sub freezing temperatures. These tires have always held up. While not on the sv, I have run these tires on the track on my street triple and they are fine as long as you pay attention to how hot they get. They can get slippery after a few sessions on the track. Not something you will ever have to worry about on the street or canyon carving. You just dont put a tire through the stress a track day does while riding your bike on the street. Add in these do better then track oriented tires in the cold and wet and last longer, its a no brainer to go with these.
Rides: 2006 Triumph Daytona 675
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Alpinestars Bionic Chest Pad The Bionic Chest Pad impact and vibration protection upgrade accessory for use in Alpinestars jackets and suits. Features Polymer chest plate backed with Bio-Foam to provide extra protection to the chest from impact and vibration Fits into Alpinestars 1pc/2pc suits, leather and textile jackets Vented to maintain airflow cooling
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good added protection
PostedSeptember 17, 2013
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Michelw
From Haworth
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
2 / 5
2 / 5
The bionic chest pads are good added protection. How good you really dont know as there is no CE rating for chest pads. There is not a ton of foam in there to absorb impact, its mostly a hard shell which traditionally fair on the poorer side of the CE testing for elbows, shoulders, and back as they do not dissipate the force enough. Still it is way better then not having anything and will protect against hard object impact. Add the fact only taichi makes chest pads like this and you cant really complain. Dainese makes a chest pad, but its more for track use as its 1 giant piece instead of convenient 2 pieces for everyday use.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Michelin Pilot Road 2 Front Tires The ideal balance Independent tests confirm the Pilot Road 2 offers better wet grip and longer tread life than any of its competitors. How did Michelin incorporate these two contradictory traits in one tire MotoGP-derived 2CT technology makes it possible, using two distinct rubber compounds to achieve what was once thought impossible Innovative front and rear tread designs Winner, 2009 Motorrad and Moto Revue sport touring tire tests
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Street Tires
PostedSeptember 9, 2013
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Michelw
From Haworth
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The pilot road 2s are some of my favorite tires. Anyone who isnt riding track or lives somewhere like the dragon and doesnt have a sport touring tire is fooling themselves into thinking they need the extra grip that they will never use. These tires are good enough to get knee down in entry level track groups, but also provide the traction needed for the street when you factor in rain, sand, dirt, debris, ect. Unlike sport tires these will get you decent milage and also heat up quicker on the street giving you better grip for casual riding. On the track you do have to watch out for the tires getting to slippery if you get them very hot, but on the street these are the perfect tire.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector Replacement CE Level 2 D30 Back Pad for Klim Jackets. D3O's Viper back protector benefits from Airwave Technology and is extremely flexible, low profile and lightweight, whilst offering incredible protection. Measures 17 Tall by 11 at widest point.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good thin level 2 back protector
PostedAugust 19, 2013
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Michelw
From Haworth
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Bought this for the girl friends new Dainese Pelle jacket we got off revzilla. The jacket had a nice tigfit and she didn't want a bulky back protector like the sas tec in her rev'it gear. This protector while heavy is very thin and fit our needs. The sas tec is more protective through tests, but its really thick and freezes easier then the d3o. I just bought a new a* jacket and will be getting the rev'it seesoft back pad as its much lighter and looks to be a forcefield knock off which tests way higher then the d3o. If size of back pad was a consideration I would be getting this one.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Dainese Women's Racing Leather Jacket An aggressive, sporty look and unmistakably Daineses style join together in this cow leather jacket with a strong personality. A G type back protector can be integrated in the Racing Jacket for additional protection. Comfort, ergonomics, and practicality are ensured by elasticated inserts on the neck, sleeves and sides, and the jacket-pants fastening zipper. Air inlets on the sides and chest permit ideal inner temperature control. Protection Composite protectors certified to EN1621.1/97 Standard Ergonomics and Comfort Cowhide leather S1 fabric Inserts in elasticated fabric Elasticated inserts Collar with elasticated insert Waist adjustment Jacket-trousers fastening system Air inlets on the chest and sides Sanitized lining Other Pocket for G1 and G2 back protector Reflective inserts Soft inserts 2 outside pockets Internal pocket Denoted in catalog as Dainese Racing Pelle Lady
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great looking jacket
PostedAugust 5, 2013
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Michelw
From Haworth
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Bought this for the girl friend and she loves it. We went to the revzilla shop in philly to try on pants because its so hard to find ones that fit a curvy figure with a small waist. While we were unsuccesful there, she tried on this jacket and loved it. So ended up ordering it for her a week later. While it completely blows there is 0 perforation in the jacket, it seems every manufacturer thinks women are always colder than men as you never see any fully perfed leathers. Its a bit ridiculous. Other than that the leather feels top notch, much nicer than the cheaper jackets. The styling is on another level. Comes with nice armor in the elbows and shoulders. For the back we purchased a CE level 2 D3O piece thats way less noticeable than the dianese back armor and its level 2 vs 1. If you can stomach the price, you probably wont find a better looking/fitting womens jacket.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good suit that can be made great with some armor upgrades
PostedApril 20, 2013
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Michelw
From North NJ
State:NJ
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Very nice 1 piece suit. The mesh panels are not excessive giving you decent protection in a slide with the 500d Cordura. I like the fact olympia actually uses cordura instead of the polyester junk almost everyone else is using. I appreciate olympia not cheaping out on the customer on this. Where olympia tried to save money was the armor. It is about as cheap and basic CE armor you can get. I put in some spare sas tec armor: shoulder, elbow, and a back pad. Along with force field knee pads. They all fit perfect. Now its as protective as you can get from a textile with great armor. The comfort level also goes up with the sas tec armor in place instead of the original armor.
Sizing: I am 5'10 190lbs 44 chest 36 waist. The large fits great.
I would like to thank Kat for her help at the store. She was very courteous and its nice to meet someone who knows more about gear than yourself. I wish the shops around me where half has knowledgeable as the revzilla staff.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Givi E45 Economy Monokey Luggage Case
Givi E45 Economy Monokey Luggage Case
Givi E45 Economy Monokey Luggage Case The E45 cases are classic in style. They have a durable finish which makes them ideal for use on dual sport bikes whilst the conventional style would also compliment any older model bike. The E45 cases are great for use as side cases or as a top case. As with all the cases in the Monokey range 1 key can be used to lock/unlock the case or remove the case from the mount. The E45 case is available in flat black only no painted finishes are available. Accessories for this case include a choice of back pad, and an inner liner. The Economic version does not include document holder, elastic retaining, or reflective exterior sticker Dimensions 22L x 16.3W x 12D (56.0 x 41.3 x 30.3 cm). Capacity 45 liters. Max. load 22 lbs
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Good product for the price
PostedApril 19, 2013
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Michelw
From North NJ
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
This is probably the best deal on givi luggage you can get. The little frills that get added to the more expensive offerings i feel are very minor and not worth the price. At under 150 this is the best deal for luggage you can get. Its not as rugged as say a pelican case, but for street duty it works well. Fits 2 full face helmets no problem, I usually just stuff a 1 piece suit in it, rain gear, and my gloves. I bring my helmet with me.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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