Drakkus38
 
 
 
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    September 13, 2012
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    November 15, 2014
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Sena 20 S Bluetooth Headset The Sena 20S Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication System is the latest communication device from Bluetooth leaders, Sena. The Sena 20S features a staggering 1.5 mile range, advanced Bluetooth 4.0 and a built-in FM radio tuner. Stay in contact by calling hands-free on your Bluetooth phone, rock out to your favorite riding jams in stereo or listen to voice instructions of GPS navigators by Bluetooth wirelessly, all the while having conversations in full duplex with a passenger or other motorcycle riders. The 20S is a state-of-the-art motorcycle and powersports Bluetooth communication system. The unit provides a sleek and aerodynamic design that offers a versatile jog dial that maximizes the ease of use for riders. The Sena 20S features several industry firsts for the motorcycle Bluetooth communication headset market. Bluetooth 4.0 technology with dual Bluetooth communication modules increases the performance and reliability of the headset while also allowing for increased high definition audio quality. The advanced Audio Multitasking allows for a seamless blend of incoming and outgoing audio to create a mixed audio experience versus the traditional interruption based audio technology of other Bluetooth devices. The audio multitasking function creates the most close-to-natural audio sound while running multiple audio functions simultaneously and intelligently. With the 20S, users can call handsfree with their Bluetooth mobile phone, listen to stereo music or voice instructions of GPS navigation by Bluetooth wirelessly, and have intercom conversations in full duplex with a passenger or other riders. Features Bluetooth 4.0 Industry first dual Bluetooth module communication system Audio Multitasking advanced audio management of intercom, phone, music and FM radio Advanced wind noise cancellation Versatile bike-to-bike conference intercom Intercom working distance up to 2km (1.5 miles) in open terrain Universal intercom - intercom with other brand headsets Built-in FM radio tuner with station scan and save function All-in-one helmet clamp kit HD crystal clear and natural sound quality Quick Bluetooth Pairing Intuitive voice prompts and commands Water resistant for use in inclement weather Bluetooth protocol support HSP, HFP, A2DP, AVRCP, PBAP Firmware upgradeable Peace of mind - thanks to the two-year warranty Bluetooth 4.0 and Dual Bluetooth The 20S is the industrys first dual module Bluetooth communication system as well as the industrys first Bluetooth 4.0 technology Dual Bluetooth modules allow for increased flexibility of functions, performance, and reliability Users can take advantage of simultaneous communication by running multiple applications (music, GPS, mobile phone, intercom) and seamlessly switching back and forth as needed Audio multitasking is a new feature that replaces the previous interruption-based audio functions of past Bluetooth communication devices The audio multitasking function creates the most close-to-natural audio sound while running multiple audio functions simultaneously and intelligently Intercom HD quality voice allows for communication with up to eight companions over a a distance up to 2.4 km or 1.5 miles Intercom group management enables users to manage intercom participants by group The intercom is universal allowing it to function seamlessly with Sena Bluetooth communication devices as well as other Bluetooth communication headsets in the market (with future firmware upgrades) Advanced Noise Cancellation technology efficiently suppresses the wind noise from motorcycle riding without distorting original voice during intercom conversation User Interface Intuitive voice commands have been built into the 20S to ensure riders can maintain hands free control while riding Voice commands allow riders to operate functions such as intercom connections, mobile phone calls, music playback control and more Motion sensor feature allows the pairing of Bluetooth devices with a simple shake of the units NFC (Near Field Communication) allows users an instant setup process by dramatically decreasing the pairing time required for the phone and intercom Clamp Mount All in one clamp allows for versatile helmet mounting systems for more flexible and easy to switch capabilities Dual microphone - one inside the helmet for intercom function and the other on the clamp for listening to environmental sound without taking off the helmet The dual microphone expands the use for the rider and continues to enhance their experience Includes both wired and boom-style microphones Specifications Talk time 13 hours Stand-by time 10 days Dimensions (main module) 94.7 mm x 48.3 mm x 25.5 mm (3.7 in x 1.9 in x 1.0 in) Speakers driver unit 36 mm thickness 6.5 mm Boom microphone length 190 mm Wire length between speakers 555 mm Weight(main module) 60 g (2.11 oz) Audio Specs Built-in SBC Codec Wide volume control Sample rate max. 48 kHz (DAC) Built-in wide band Codec (HFP) Sample rate max 16 kHz FM Radio Built-in FM radio with RDS AF (Radio Data System Alternate Frequencies) Radio region worldwide Radio frequency specifications 64 108MHz 10 preset station memory with automatic scan function Radio on time 810 hours In the Box Sena 20S Headset Main Unit Universal Helmet Clamp Wired Boom Microphone Wired Microphone Micro USB Power Data Cable 2.5 to 3.5 mm Audio Cable Cigarette Charger Glued Surface Mounting Adapter Rubber Pads Speaker Pads Velcro Pads for Speakers Velcro Pad for Boom Microphone Velcro Pad for Wired Microphone Allen Wrench 20S-01D
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great evolution of the Sena brand
PostedNovember 15, 2014
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Drakkus38
From San Francisco Bay Area
State:CA
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sound Clarity 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
4 / 5
4 / 5
OK, it took me a while to write a review for this product because I really wanted to use it, figure out the issues, and try to solve them, instead of blasting off a review in frustration.
Yep, the 20s has much improved sound, range, and noise cancellation. I have both an SMH10 and a 20S, so I think I have a good basis for comparison. It's a solidly built product. I like the new helmet mount. It feels a bit more solid than the SMH10. The antenna needs getting used to. It's not flimsy, but coming from the SMH10, which doesn't have an antenna, I forget to raise it most of the time.
Which brings me to the first "con" of the design. You may have read many reviews about choppy intercom or music or GPS sound. First of all, make sure to upgrade the firmware to the latest version (1.2 at the time of this writing). Secondly, apparently for smooth functionality of the 20S, you *MUST* have the antenna raised.
As with most 1st-generation devices of any kind, it takes a bit to smooth out the rough edges. Thankfully, Sena has great customer service, and appreciates feedback and questions to help them improve.
Why did I upgrade from the SMH10? Mainly for the new audio multitasking feature. I usually ride lead for my group, and the SMH10 allows the intercom or the GPS directions to come through the audio, not both. The 20S audio multitasking advertises that it seamlessly blends both signals simultaneously.
Here's the 2nd (sort of) "con": getting this feature to work correctly. Right out of the box, and after upgrading to the latest firmware, I couldn't get audio multitasking to work properly. I got dropped intercom, choppy audio, and no GPS directions. After contacting Sena support, they had me do a factory reset, remove the pairing from my phone, and start fresh. After doing that, I got audio multitasking to work flawlessly! Now I get music in the background while on intercom with my friends, and my GPS directions seamlessly overlays itself over all the signals! Yay!!
I gave this product 4 out of 5 stars because it's a bit finicky to setup, and some features, like the group intercom, only works with other 20S units. You can still have multi-point intercoms like the SMH10, but I still would have liked a 1-button connection to everyone in my group.
The voice commands work pretty well. Noise, of course, plays a role in how well the 20S interprets your commands. I've found the boom mic to work best (I use a Nolan N85 helmet).
All in all, I really like this product and will recommend to others, especially to ride leads due to the audio multitasking feature.
Rides: 2007 Yamaha FJR1300A ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Joe Rocket Atomic Over Pants Clean lines and modern styling define the Joe Rocket Atomic Pants. Heavy duty 500D Hitena nylon outer combined with adjustable knee protection and removable hip/tail padding make for great piece of mind. Features Heavy Duty 500D Hitena nylon outer FREE-AIR mesh panel with zip on cover Height adjustable C.E. RATED knee protectors Removable high density hip padding Removable tail padding
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Excellent product: comfortable and stylish
PostedJune 8, 2014
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Drakkus38
From San Francisco Bay Area
State:CA
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I purchased these pants just before the summer riding season in San Jose, CA. Yes, it gets into the 100s during the summer here, but I wasn't sure I wanted to get 2 sets of pants. I already own the Joe Rocket Atomic jacket, which has pretty darn good ventilation and versatility for a 3- almost 4 season jacket. According to the description, Joe Rocket designed the Atomic pants the same way.
I wear a 30 or 31 inch waist in jeans, so I ordered a Medium. Trying them on the first time, I must say that the waist is pretty true to size. The Atomic pants has adjustment cinches at the waist, and even heavy belt loops if you wanted to add a belt. The rest of the fit is snug and comfortable. It can function as an over pant, but it also doesn't feel too baggy if you don't wear it as an over pant.
The armor is pretty good at the knees. The hips have padding, not really armor, and there's even some padding in the seat, which makes long rides a bit plushier.
The pants also have a double velcro cinch adjuster at the calf just below the knees in order to keep the knee armor from wandering too much. These work OK, but the knee armor still wanders down quite a bit while walking around. A quick adjustment when I get on my bike and the knee armor stays in place while in riding position. I think I would have liked it better if the cinches had elastic or a wrap-around, like the jacket has. As a nice bonus, the pants have loops on the inside that match up with the Atomic jacket so that you can connect the 2 together.
As for ventilation and air-flow, the pants have a zip off panel at the front-thigh of each leg that work pretty darn well. I've been on a couple of 95-degree all-day rides in full armor: jacket, pants, gloves, boots, and lid. I wore a base-layer underneath and I felt warm, but not overly hot. My friends, some of whom had full armor, others with jeans and jacket, all said they were dying in the heat.
All-in-all, I highly recommend these riding pants. Definitely a 3-season pant: versatile, comfortable, well-built, and great features. If you didn't want multiple pants/gear for different seasons, it's a great buy!
Rides: 2009 Honda ST1300 ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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 Teknic Apex Gloves
Teknic Apex Gloves
Teknic Apex Gloves Outer Shell 0.8 mm Drum Dyed Cowhide upper combined with an Aniline cowhide palm for abrasion resistance control Double layer cowhide, backed with 100 Kevlar reinforcement in palm, side of hand pinkie for added protection abrasion resistance Construction and Additional Features Vented molded knuckle protection intake cooling TPR inserts in fingers High Density closed cell foam Impact padding in critical areas for added protection Safety wrap pinkie cuff system adds protective layers over vulnerable lateral seams Pre-curved fingers palm for superior comfort feel Tunnel system in knuckles for an added layer of protection flexibility Underside wrist gauntlet adjustment system allows a correct fit Breathable Nylex lined upper lining for comfort
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great comfortable gloves
PostedSeptember 3, 2013
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Drakkus38
From San Francisco Bay Area
State:CA
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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I really like the grippiness of the gloves. It actually made me re-adjust my throttle pressure. I just returned from a 300+ mile ride and these gloves performed beautifully. Very comfortable and gave me the confidence in riding protected. The air-flow was average, not too hot and not too cold. We rode through 90 degree weather to 57 degrees and back again. My hands stayed comfortable throughout. I just wish I found these gloves while the red and black ones were still available in my size!
Rides: 2007 Yamaha FJR1300A ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Sena SMH-10 Bluetooth Headset Dual Pack The SMH10 is a Bluetooth v3.0+EDR Class 1 Stereo Headset with long-range Bluetooth Intercom designed specifically for motorcycles. With the SMH10 on your helmet, you can call hands-free on your Bluetooth mobile phone, listen to stereo music or voice instructions of GPS navigations by Bluetooth wirelessly, and have intercom conversations in full duplex with a passenger or other motorcycle riders. Thanks to the latest Bluetooth v3.0+EDR and the advanced digital processing technology, the Sena SMH10 bluetooth helmet communication system offers the best sound quality for both incoming and outgoing sound in its class. Also, the easy-to-access and intuitive button operations make the SMH10 a perfect companion for motorcycles. System Features Universal Intercom Allows allows pairing to another brands of Bluetooth headsets Ultra HD Voice Recording compatible with the Sena GP10 Bluetooth Back for GoPro and Sena Prism Bluetooth Action Camera Audio Booster Individual Volume Control Versatile Jog Dial Use while charging Upgradable firmware General Talk time 12 hours Standby time 10 days Working Distance (Intercom) up to 900 meters (980 yards) in open terrain 4-way conference intercom Dimensions Headset 84.1 mm x 56.5 mm x 38.6 mm (3.3 in x 2.2 in x 1.5 in) Clamp unit 223.8 mm x 85.5 mm x 30.6mm (8.8 in x 3.4 in x 1.2 in) Headset weight 60g (2.11 oz) Clamp unit 84g (2.96 oz) Bluetooth Profiles Headset Profile, Hand-Free Profile (HFP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) Bluetooth v3.0+EDR Audio Advanced Noise Control Improved wind and engine noise reduction Sidetone Now you can hear yourself talk similar to a Goldwing or Harley Davidson intercom Built-in SBC Codec Voice prompts Conference phone call with intercom participant Noise cancellation Wind noise reduction Wide volume control Sample rate 48kHz (DAC) Auxiliary audio-in connection via 3.5mm jack Battery Charging time 2.5 hours Type Lithium polymer battery In the Box 2 Headset Main Units 2 Speaker-Microphone Clamp Units 2 USB Power and Data Cables (Micro USB) 2 Cigarette Lighter Chargers (Micro USB) 2 3.5mm Stereo Audio Cables 2 Glued Surface Mounting Adaptors 2 Microphone Sponges 2 sets of Velcro Pads for Speakers 2 Allen Wrenches Please Note Some of the above features require updating the firmware to the latest v5.0. The firmware is a free download from Sena Technologies . SMH10D-11
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Outstanding helmet radio
PostedSeptember 13, 2012
Customer avatar
Drakkus38
From San Francisco Bay Area
State:CA
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sound Clarity 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Use 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I love riding with friends, and have always believed helmet radios can increase safety. Although I've used other helmet radios in the past, what really drew me to the Sena was the design and apparent ease of use while wearing gloves. No other competitor has that simple jog-dial.
The design looked good on (digital) paper, but how does it perform in the real world? It performs excellently!! Installing the Sena with the helmet clamp was a breeze. Although my helmet (Nolan N85) had a plastic lip along the bottom, I sliced a small hole in it and the Sena clamp fit easily. The speakers are not perfectly round, so I also had to shave a tiny bit of foam around the speaker wells. Other than that, the wiring fit nicely, and I installed the universal mic using the included sticky velcro pads. The backing on the universal mic kept falling of, tho. The glue seemed to have failed on the velcro pad. Nothing too difficult, as I replaced it with a store-bought pad.
True to the documentation, the unit paired with my iPhone easily. I could use all the voice-commands simply by tapping the phone button. My iPhone picked up all the commands the first time, even while riding at freeway speeds. I didn't try making phone calls (I don't really recommend it while riding), but I switched playlists really easily. Very cool not to have to fiddle with a control for my music! I also had no problem with volume. I could hear my music quite clearly at speed. If I needed to increase the volume, I just turned the handy jog-dial. Sound quality is quite good as well.
To test the comm features, my buddy and I went for a twisty ride on the local hills and freeways. He wears a Shoei full-face helmet that wasn't built for radios. His installation went very easily as well. His Android phone had no trouble pairing and playing music. He said the sound was very good. Neither of us had to raise our voice to communicate. Simply tap the jog-dial and speak in a normal voice. In fact, I found that I had to raise my voice when we stopped and removed our helmets!
If I had to nit-pick anything, though, it would be that I accidentally started a comm session with him a couple times when I adjusted the volume using the jog-dial. Also, if you have a smartphone with built-in GPS, you can hear the GPS directions while listening to music, but it cuts out when you start an intercom session. That's by design, since intercom takes precedence over music. It is a bit annoying that I can't give instructions to my group, but it's not a huge deal since I can easily click off the conversation, listen to the instructions, then click back on. I guess the way around it is to get a dedicated GPS unit. Also, I haven't really taken it out on a long trip, so I can't yet comment on the durability. The build looks really solid, though.
I highly recommend this helmet radio. I'll definitely buy another in the future.
Helmet: Nolan N85
Ride: Honda ST1300 & BMW cruiser
Yes, I recommend this product.
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