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Spidi Women's Summer Net Jacket The Spidi Women's Summer Net is a light and comfortable mesh jacket, ideal for all street riding from sport touring to everyday urban use. The external mesh allows excellent breathability while also offering a good level of abrasion resistance. Includes internal CE protectors in arms and shoulders and back inner pocket for optional Warrior CE back protector. Comes also equipped with reflective areas, wide waistline adjustments, and Clip Stop for connection to pants.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Well Ventilated and CE Rated Protection
PostedJuly 14, 2015
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spychic
From alexandria
State:VA
Rider Type:Moto Vixen
Age:45-54
Gender:female
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
With utilitarian good looks, this jacket saunters along either urban cityscapes or country lanes atop anything from a sport bike to a cruiser (holy zippers Batman) with ease. Spidi packed this with both abrasion protection mesh and CE Rated impact armor in shoulders and elbows but gave it a distinctly female shape with padding in the right place and in proportion to our bone/body size. The optional upgrade to CE Rated back armor, and both winter and waterproof liner show Spidi has considered that some women might want to ride 3 seasons in it. FIT: Tight, but in a good way. On my athletic 5'7" 145lb frame, it's very fitted in the arms, with a bit more give in the sides of the torso. The shoulders were more medium in width, but the stomach was tight on me (too much Ciabatta). The hips have a zipper adjustment for those of us with generous genetics (thanks Nauna). The armor seemed almost custom fitted to my elbows and shoulders, but with the fabric overlay down the arm, the pads stayed put. Bonus. There is a snap closure on both the cuffs and back area to tighten up when I lose a few. RIDING: This not only ventilates better than any jacket I have ever ridden in (Icon Hero perf, Joe Rocket Cleo, AXS vented leather) I felt air circulate, even when stopped. Being ICE (more like white linen), the heat from the sun didn't cook me like black will in traffic. Length falls to my Lucky jeans belt loops while in tuck position, so no more peep shows. CAVEATS: Pockets - not big enough, nor sturdy within the lining, too high, and oddly angled placement pushes contents into you if you lean into your tank. Zippers - are BIGGER in person, & have no hood to protect your bike paint in a tuck, and at the oddly high angle, there's potential to scratch the tank where the pad falls short. Would have been a deal breaker had I noticed that before taking off. BUT, the fit, ventilation, and protection at this price point are worth keeping. Kudos Spidi!
Rides: 2012 Triumph Daytona 675
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Icon Women's Elsinore Boots The Elsinores five-strap alloy buckle chassis, stamped metal heel plate, and internal steel shank combine for a serious dose of moto-x homage. The traditional Goodyear welt construction mates the street-specific sole to the magnificent leather upper. A zippered medial entry zipper, borrowed from Paratrooper jump boots, is the only luxury the Elsinore will allow itself. A modern relic from an era when Women were iron and tanks were steel, the Elsinore, old-school MX reinterpreted for the urban sprawl. Features WOMEN SPECIFIC FIT 12 TOP GRAIN LEATHER UPPER GOODYEARTM WELT CONSTRUCTION ICON CAST METAL BUCKLES ICON STAMPED METAL HEEL PLATE HEAT PRESSED LEATHER SHIFTER PANEL HEAT PRESSED MOLDED LEATHER SHIN PLATE INTERNAL ANKLE PROTECTION AXIALMETRIC STEEL SHANK YKK ZIPPERS Note The 8.5 Women's Elsinore Boot measures 15 in diameter at calf level (11 from the sole) with the buckles on their widest settings. Note The stitching on the boot is yellow, as seen in the video.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Don't Rule These Out for Sport Bikes Just Yet
PostedJune 23, 2015
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spychic
From alexandria
State:VA
Rider Type:Moto Vixen
Age:45-54
Gender:female
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
They look even better in person than online, slightly intimidating even. Their construction and heft seem heavy duty and unlike the Forma Harmony boot - which had no weight and wouldn't pass the twist test - these do not buckle in any direction and probably won't for many years.
FIT:
For me, these fit perfect right out of the box from top to bottom, almost as if custom molded after my foot shape, further evidence they were made for a woman. The custom feeling was enhanced by the ingenious straps which can take you from loose to tight at whatever point on an ankle or calf needed. 2nd pin fit better than the first and as they break in, holes can always be added. Decided to ride with jeans tucked in though cuffing them up looked acceptable as did the They are stiff, but not rigid or restricting. The toes is so solid and the boots so armored that if my foot were run over it would be injury free.
Walking around there was occasional toe bump up against the front on both but they flexed easily enough to where I could see myself wearing them at my destination, even working. Wish they were a smidge longer in the toe though b/c to go up a bit would mean when they break in they would be too large elsewhere.
ON BIKE:
I love them. I really do. Having worn about a dozen manufacturers boots while motorbiking the past 40 years, the past 10 on sport bikes, it was quickly apparent these were designed to excel at that, while also looking hot. Can't tell you the numbers of looks, honks, and shouts I got from guys and gals.
Last motorbike specific boots I rode in were the waterprrof TXC/Oxtar Sunray, & before that, I had an IXS girly boot which sported only the toe shifter pad to qualify as a biker boot. My go to have been Frye Engineers, CAT Alaska and Carly boots for going out, errands, or commuting. These have the heft of the Alaska's, but the flexibility of the Carly, and protection of the taller Frye and Sunray. And like the TCX boot line, Icon made these to perform while riding, which they do outstandingly.
RIDING:
First thing I noticed was how tough it was to fit between the sliders and pegs/shifter. Finding Neutral to start/warm up took longer than ever before, but toe offs, stops, and bike maneuvering in tight spots or parking seemed easier somehow, even though this boot is the same 1" sole height as my CATs, attributable perhaps to the the stiff height of the shaft.
Accelerating I experienced a lot of missed or skipped upshifts, but had no issues downshifting. After years and years of riding, you get the feel of a bike, and it becomes more instinct than finesse. As the boot loosened, and I realized how I had to point my toe to achieve clean shifts, the number of missed gears decreased. The less thought I placed on how they fit on the bike, the more I could anticipate post break-in comfort and a lifetime of protection.
PROS (and these are biggies):
Most intriguing to me was how much more control I felt this boot provided. It's as if b/c the boot is so stiff, it allowed me to manipulate turns and aversive moves with much more control and therefor confidence. B/c my ability was ratcheted up, I didn't want to stop riding, but longer meant more enjoyable than the last time out.
Although they are rather warm, my Daytona 675 exhaust is routed under the seat but these prevented the scalding heat to reach my legs. The sticky sole kept me planted on whichever pegs I intended to use once I got the feel of the thick toe.
CAVEATS:
The tops of the both boots would catch on the arm of my passenger peg, which is an easy remedy since they're removable, but pretty alarming the first few times my leg didn't get free to tap the brake or shift, forcing me to grab a handful of clutch.
When standing on the left boot toe while pumping gas, noticed it left a dimple on the interior even after the outer dent disappeared?
My foot slipped down and off the drive side (left) foot peg because of the extreme angle of the toe to get under my frame slider to shift. There is ample traction, it was just how my weight had shifted while pointing my foot down to engage the gear caused the boot to let go.
Revzilla quickly honored the product warranty given my pair had seams on both boots which were sewn onto the out sole rather than under it (see images). In a crash I'd be afraid they would fail at the seams. Unless my shoe guy (I have a shoe guy) could fix that and push the length a tiny bit, not sure I should opt for these again. Unless I pick up the Ducati Scrambler!
Am considering the SIDI Apex Lei for summer but would love Icon to reduce toe height -- which is 3" from outsole to top, making the total height to fit peg space 4". Then women could enjoy some style while riding fully protected. Still have not ruled these out for fall either.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Daytona 675
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Forma Women's Harmony Boots Features CE Certified quality Full-grain leather upper Drytex waterproof and breathable lining High heel non-slip rubber sole Elastic panel to accommodate various calf sizes VELCRO brand closures and zipper closure Ankle TPU molded plastic protections Soft polymer padding with memory foam Special footbed dedicated exclusively to women's fit TPU Duel Flex with anti-shock EVA midsole Anti-bacterial replaceable footbed with APS
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Too Loose in the Midsole and Calf
PostedMay 7, 2015
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spychic
From alexandria
State:VA
Rider Type:Moto Vixen
Age:45-54
Gender:female
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
Footbed
Narrow
Wide
Wide
I did as much research as possible before replacing my Oxtar/TCX Sunray boots which had a zipper failure after 6 years. I didn't need the Goretex b/c I'm not commuting, but I sure liked having the option to tour since they were. Also wear Frye Engineers, which are 11.5 yo now. So, while they're my favorite of all shoes/boots ever, stitching and sole have had to become compromised by use and age. The Hamrony seemed to be in the style of an engineer boot with the added armor of the TCX, so I ordered 41/9 (despite that in LA Sportiva running shoes I'm a perfect 42/10) based on this advice from the US based Forma rep: " We offer a physical measurement to correlate with the size of either your foot itself, or the insole of your best-fitting boot/shoe. If you measure your foot, add 15-20mm." http://www.formabootsusa.com/pages/sizing .
Unzipped, the shaft is very roomy - unlike women's fashion boots. After a full day on my feet, they felt roomy in the toe box, which I loved and the look will totally blend in at work or on the bike. Didn't walk in them for fear Zilla will think I had them on outside, but immediately felt like they would work in sport riding position (on my ottoman anyway). There is a slit on the rear boot shaft to allow flexing without cracking the leather. However, the mid foot front and sides are so loose they just get all bunchy in the sport position. The shaft doesn't sit fush on my calf but rather seemed to large for it. For new boots in a full size smaller than my normal 10/42 to be this "baggy" around the middle section will just get more so when broken in. In an actual crash, they could potentially slide out of place or off my foot entirely. I love that there was a malleous (ankle bone) protection plate, but the toe - while stiff leather art of the way, did not feel thick. The sole had a very thin raise treat but it felt pretty cheap considering the cost of the boot. I understand the sole may have venting somewhere, so maybe that was why they were lighter than I;m used to. These just don't fit tight enough to warrant keeping. I almost wonder if these were modeled after a mans foot and calf size. If you have thick feet and calves, these might work for you. *For perspective, I have now had 3 motorcycle collisions - 2 with cars, 1 a with 56,000 truck. 2 of 3 I had engineer or ankle boots. The one time did not, a car turned right in front of me from the left lane and, after my aversive move, it ran into my leg and ankle below the knee. Had a deep bone bruise which was painful and worrisome enough to never ride without boots again. I may try the Forma Cooper sneaker style boot, since I like the idea of a normal looking performance minded boot. But I really came to love the confidence I felt wearing the TCX, though it's not the prettiest, but it was a solid perfect sport bike boot. Good luck in your search gals.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Saddlemen Gel-Channel Sport Seat Triumph Daytona 675 2009-2012
Saddlemen Gel-Channel Sport Seat Triumph Daytona 675 2009-2012
Saddlemen Gel-Channel Sport Seat Triumph Daytona 675 The Gel Channel line of seats for sport bikes are designed specifically for the rider that needs a seat that can do everythingcanyon carving, track days, or commuting. Features Saddlemens Gel Channel (GC) technology (patent pending) that incorporates a split piece of SaddleGel and a channel in the base foam to relieve seating pressure on the perineal area, increase blood flow, and keep the rider in the saddle longer. Saddlemen sport bike seats offer high quality, light weight construction and styling thats second-to-none. The Sport style series uses black-on-black, easy-to-clean cover material for the entire top portion of the seat with a matching center strip. Each Sport seat is slightly bucketed in the rear section to contour to the riders body for better control during aggressive riding. Many Gel Channel solo seats come with a matching pillion cover for a unified look. All Saddlemen seats are made in the U.S.A. Note Image is for reference only, actual seat may vary slightly.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Saves Your A#%
PostedAugust 31, 2013
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spychic
From alexandria
State:VA
Rider Type:Moto Vixen
Age:45-54
Gender:female
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Purchased my newest steed with this installed (as well as having the pillion seat covered to match) and it allowed a 200 mile highway trip home (on the new bike) in absolute comfort. Having had another D675 for 5 years before picking up my 2012, I can attest to how I would have to adjust and readjust my posture to enable a 2-3 hour ride, let alone 4.5 hours in the saddle. Forget the days of tailbone pain and aching legs, this thing cushions so well, you wont want to get off. As for the suede like texture, I personally like that it helps stick me in the seat at high speeds, although a track day might be a little compromised. Buy this today and you will never ride with pain again.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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