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Nolan N85 Helmet - Solid Colors The N85 is the new full-face street helmet by Nolan fairly small, with a bold, sporty design. The result of accurate volumetric tests, this helmet is equipped with a perfectly integrated sunscreen (VPS) inside the shell. The quick-change/tool-free visor mechanism operates only with the visor in the open position avoiding accidental opening while riding. Features Lightweight aerodynamic polycarbonate shell with built-in spoiler Nolan's VPS (Vision Protection System) actuates internal sun shield Fully removable, washable Clima-Comfort Interior, treated to be anti-fungal and anti-microbial Removable cheek pads Removable chin curtain Dual top vents with exhaust in rear spoiler Chin vents direct air to face shield to help prevent fogging Optically correct, push button quick change shield offers UV400 protection Included Pinlock-ready face shield with clear Pinlock insert Nolan micro lock retention system Meets or exceeds DOT standards
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Helmet For Under $200
PostedMay 20, 2013
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spoons
From Chicago
State:IL
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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I've been riding with this helmet for a couple of months now. I'm not sure I can add much to the existing reviews, so I'll just emphasize some of the points other reviewers have made. This is almost certainly the best bang for the buck you'll get out of a helmet. If you want to move up to something a bit more premium, but don't want to shell out the money for a Shoei or Arai, then this is your helmet. I upgraded to the N85 from a Z1R Phantom, and the N85 is leagues above it. The comfort, soundproofing and built-in VPS are my favorite features - very well-done. And it's always nice to get a custom Pinlock that just snaps into the visor instead of one of the sticky ones that you have to position perfectly. The helmet also seems pretty durable. I tend to sling around and accidentally drop my helmets on occasion and so far I haven't had any reason to question the toughness of the N85. I'm definitely happy with the N85 and would recommend it to anybody who wanted to get an entry-level premium helmet but didn't want to spend more than $200.
Rides: 2009 BMW G650 Xcountry
Yes, I recommend this product.
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TCX X-Cube Boots Italian styling, proprietary WaterProof membrane, and great over the ankle protection make this boot perfect for a quick afternoon session or an all-day ride. Dual compound sole makes peg grip a non-issue, while offering great traction off the bike. Upper composed of suede leather and Air Tech material Water resistant lining Malleolous protection and polyurethane ankle support Double closure system with laces and Velcro for a better fit Anatomic and replaceable footbed Wear-resistant all uses sole
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Worth The Hype
PostedOctober 16, 2012
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spoons
From Chicago
State:IL
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I'm skeptical of any product that has very good overall reviews - I feel like most people are probably overselling it a bit. But this boot really is fantastic and most likely the best all-purpose riding boot you will find at this price-point. Surprisingly comfortable and well-fitting but also very stiff and tough. Although no boot is comfortable to walk around in for several hours, this boot is about as good as it gets. Similar to a pair of Pumas or Vans in the way the sole feels on your foot when you're not riding. It's also very breathable - I haven't gotten soggy feet at all, even in warmer weather. And the advice about the sizing in the video is dead-on. I wear a size 10 in Nikes as well and 43 is definitely the right size for me in this boot.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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