MisterMalleolus
 
 
 
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    September 25, 2012
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Arai XD-4 Explore Helmet The Arai XD4 is world renowned for being the one of the best ADV touring helmets on the market and one of the few that achieves a Snell M2010 safety rating. The XD4 incorporates all of the same great qualities found in Arai's other helmets including the comfort liner and cheek pads that feature 5mm peel-away pads that allow riders to tailor the fit. The shell of the XD4 has also been aerodynamically tuned and, in concert with the removable floating peak visor, funnels air into the redesigned vents, improving overall ventilation and mitigating buffeting at speed. The XD-4 is the helmet of choice for many hardcore ADV enthusiasts and sets an industry standard for comfort, quality and safety. Features Comfort headliner, with micro fitting 5mm peel away temple pads Fully removable/replaceable/washable Interior Comfort head liner, Cheek pads, Chinstrap covers Dry-Cool technology keeps you dry and cool for greater comfort Patent pending, FCS (Facial Contour Support) cheek pad design, also with a 5mm peel away micro fit feature Improved shell shape for better aerodynamic stability at higher street speeds Exhaust ports added to the top diffuser vents Chin vent with more intake ports Larger sculpted side cowl vents improve ventilation Snell M2010 approved
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
For me the fit, style and design are exactly what I wanted in this type of helmet.
PostedSeptember 25, 2012
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MisterMalleolus
From Portland
State:OR
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
The XD-4/Tour X4 is without a doubt the top of the pile in quality, fit and finish. It's no wonder that Arai makes some of the best helmets in the market today.
If you're looking for this type of helmet, it is an excellent choice. But realise this, you need to get the correct size and understand what you're getting. Your head needs to fit correctly. I think everybody should be in an Arai, but needs and head size don't always allow this. Correct fit = maximum comfort and an enjoyable rides. If it's not comfortable you won't wear it and it'll annoy the heck out of you.
These "cross-over" helmets are neither full street-style or full dirt-style. The XD-4 s great in all respects, but I'f the majority of your "adventure" rides are blasting down the expressway at 80 mph then it might not be your best bet. The visor/peak will catch air. It might bother, you it might not. Consider going modular. As for a "dirt" only helmet, it's great, but certainly over-kill.
What ever you choose, buy the best you can absolutely afford.
The shell should be your primary consideration in any helmet, not graphics. I purchased the Explore Silver which cost extra, but it doesn't add anything to the functionality. I would never buy a helmet with graphics that in brand X that cost the same for a better helmet from company Z with no graphics. Example: IIcon Variant Carbon Cyclic Helmet Helmet $550.00 or Arai XD-4 (no graphics) $530.00 Get the idea?
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Klim Nac Pak When you need a sleek, versatile gear bag that can handle any situation rain or shine, the Nak Pac is for you. Take it deep into the mountains on long trail or for quick ride at the track. Features External shovel blade storage Internal gathered sleeve for hydration 3 liter Hydrapak hydration reservoir included 2 upper hydration exit ports Accessory pocket Internal zippered sleeve pocket Detachable internal goggle bag Side probe storage Side shovel handle storage Comfort padded airflow back panel Padded shoulder straps with airflow Sternum strap with integrated whistle Waist strap 6 deep x 9 wide x 18 tall Removable tool pouch 1 elastic loop tool organization Zippered stash pocket Hydrapak reservoir features 3 liter [100 oz.] hydration reservoir Push button quick release hose connection (bladder and hose can be separated allowing Bladder to be removed and hose to remain threaded through pack) Fold and slide wide opening for easy cleaning/filling (can pull inside out for cleaning and drying) 48 pinch-resistant heavy duty drink tube can be cut to desired length Constructed of FDA approved polyurethane Anti-microbial Extremely tough Straight valve high flow rate mouthpiece with 360 degree bite One-handed locking on/off positions BPA and PVC free allows taste-free water Shovel not Included
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Good little moto specific pack.
PostedSeptember 25, 2012
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MisterMalleolus
From Portland
State:OR
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Nice, well designed little pack. I chose it because it works well with my Badlands Pro and I didn't want some huge back pack. I can take the bladder out and put in the jacket if so desired. It just has lots of nice features that are built-in in this purpose built pack that you won't find in regular camping/hiking oriented packs.
If you feel that you need something larger, get some panniers or the larger Klim Krew Pac.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Klim Badlands Pro Jacket Built to take a licking and keep on ticking, the Klim Badlands Pro Jacket is an ADV riders best friend. Klim has designed the Badlands to be a second skin that protects riders from external hazards and internal discomforts. The Gore-Tex 3-Layer Pro Shell is 100 waterproof and breathable and, with 8 zippered vents, the Badlands Pro allows you to ride in varying weather conditions without having to change jackets or pull out rain gear. A full suite of adjustable D3O Viper T5 armor including chest protectors and a CE Level II back protector give you top-level impact protection while Armacore panels in the high-impact areas offer superb abrasion resistance. Klim over-engineered the Badlands Pro to provide unmatched protection from the trail, the road and the elements, allowing you to ride harder longer. Features Gore-Tex 3-layer Pro Shell High strength fabrics combine in a durably breathable waterproof jacket High-mobility active fit patterning for unmatched comfort Pre-curved arm and rider positioning construction Gore-Tex stretch shoulder panels minimize restriction of movement D3O CE-rated integrated shoulder and elbow protection D3O CE-rated Level 2 Viper Pro back protector Siliconized spacer mesh front chest armor Adjustable armor pockets for refined placement Highly abrasion-resistant Armacor panels in key impact and wear areas Integrated jacket-stabilizing, removable and adjustable kidney belt support system 7 external pockets (5 cargo front, 1 large back, 1 sleeve i.d.) 4 internal pockets (2 zippered, 2 mesh stash) 1 secret internal pocket Bottom hem adjustment Jacket-to-pant zipper integration system 4 sleeve adjustment straps Lined comfort collar Mesh comfort liner 8 max flow ventilation ports (4 arm intakes, 2 pit intakes, 2 vertical back exhausts) Industrial-grade 3M Scotchlite reflective panels and trim Hydration system compatible with bladder pocket and hose port routing (bladder not included) Rubber coated button closure YKK zippers throughout, water resistant urethane coated in exposed areas VELCRO brand closures adjustable wrist closures
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Costs a bit more, but cost vs. features vs. longevity - unbeatable!
PostedSeptember 25, 2012
Customer avatar
MisterMalleolus
From Portland
State:OR
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
Absolutely a top-notch garment if this is the type of garment you're looking for. Truly understand what your needs are. It's an amazing piece of gear.
If you're thinking it costs a little more, you're right! Take a look, I mean take a good look at what you are getting. You can't even really compare it to anything else out there in the "dual-sport/adventure/touring" realm, it's in a class by it-self.
My big pet peeve is that a shell needs to be waterproof. I don't understand why manufactures keep making waterproof-liners? What is that about, what good does that do you? The Badlands Pro keeps you dry. Period. No soaking wet shell.
This part is a contentious issue, but you really don't need a a couple of "extra" liners/layers that come with. Klim focuses on the shell and makes that 100% top priority. Granted this might not be for everyone, but I'm left to my own devices and I'm comfortable in that department - use my own "layering" system.
You get a complete piece gear, granted it doesn't come with the water bladder, but I picked that up in the NacPak which you can switch back and forth if so desired.
So what are you waiting for? Stop you're crying. Don't have the $$$, stop drinking so much beer and coffee for a month or two, save up your dineros. Get your priorities straight and get the best gear. You won't regret it and you'll enjoy your ride more.
Yeah, I drank the Kool-Aid.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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