JCintheSLC
 
 
 
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    6
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    October 24, 2012
  • Last review
    March 14, 2013
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    4.6
 
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JCintheSLC's Reviews
 
REVIT Chevron Gloves The REVIT Chevron gloves combine the protective elements of a true sport glove with the functionality and ventilation of a mesh summer glove, and are designed for comfortable high-speed summer touring. Premium protection has been incorporated into the gloves at the areas of greatest vulnerability in a crash. Carbon hard-shell knuckles combined with super-strong seams provide serious protection, while a fully perforated upper allows for maximum airflow. PROTECTION FEATURES Outer Shell Perforated goatskin, goatskin, synthetic PU leather Lining Tri-fleece liner Composition Outer shell 84 leather, 16 polyurethane Lining 100 polyester Protection TPU hard-shell finger knuckles and TPU hard-shell little finger protector, Carbon hard-shell knuckle, Temperfoam at thumb and palm, PWR Yarn ERGONOMIC FEATURES Fit Race fit Adjustability Adjustment tab at cuff Ventilation Ventilation panels at fingers backhand and thumb Features Stretch lips at fingers and wrist, elastic at wrist, short cuff length
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfy gloves
PostedMarch 14, 2013
Customer avatar
JCintheSLC
From Salt Lake City
State:UT
Rider Type:Kneedragger
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
I have a few hundred miles on these gloves now, and can say that the leather breaks in very nicely. I just wanted to add my experiences.
As I mentioned in my other review, I have very square hands (palms are 4"x4" and have a 4" middle finger). The Chevrons in a size L fit my hands very well, except my hands are quite "meaty" as well (11" around the knuckles). This means that i had a pressure point from the stitching on the back of my hand on the thumb side, but that has diminished as the leather has broken in. The gloves are very comfortable now, and really have no complaints about the fit.
In terms of meshing with my other gear, I wear these under the cuffs of my jacket. The temperfoam cuffs mean that I feel like there is substantial padding there, but never a hotspot or pinch point under my jacket.
One additional comment to the review. I forget if it's mentioned in the video, but while there is no palm slider, there is a TPU slider on the outside of the little finger. It's a small additional comfort that my little finger is slightly less likely to catch if I down.
Safe riding!
Rides: 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300
Yes, I recommend this product.
+2points
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Alpinestars Overland Drystar Gloves An all-weather touring glove, featuring Alpinestars exclusive Drystar waterproof and breathable technology, the Alpinestars Overland Glove features advanced TPR molded knuckle protection and Alpinestars patented finger bridge technology, improving safety performance and strength. Accordion flex inserts enhance fit and feel while reducing hand fatigue on long journeys. Features Goatskin leather and high abrasion resistant fabric construction Suede reinforcements for added durability and grip Technical, 100 waterproof Drystar glove, offering breathability and comfort Designed to be worn over or under jacket sleeves Built-in molded knuckle protectors Advanced EVA inserts for increased impact absorption Alpinestars patented finger-bridge prevents finger separation and stops twisting around the little finger in the event of a slide TPR finger stylus for use with bike navigation systems (GPS) Accordion inserts on fingers and top of hand for maximum flexibility Double wrist closure firmly secures the glove Reflective details Note TPR finger stylus works with pressure-sensitive touch screens and will not work with heat-sensitive touch screens, such as those on iPhone and Android phones.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Odd proportions
PostedJanuary 4, 2013
Customer avatar
JCintheSLC
From Salt Lake City
State:UT
Rider Type:Kneedragger
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
To start off, I have square hands:
My palms are 4"x4" and my middle finger is 4" long.
A MD fits me very well except in volume. The hard knuckle across the top is actually a little wider than my hand, so the hard knuckle pulls at the sides when I close my hand in these gloves. For that reason, I might want to size up to a LG, except I wouldn't want the fingers any longer.
In a MD, my index, middle, and ring fingers all fit comfortably with a little room (good for cold-weather insulation), but the pinky is right up at the end, and hence, has compresses the insulation there and gets cold. Furthermore, the thumb is very long on the gloves. When holding my hand up flat (like I'm going to Judo-chop Random Task) my thumb comes up just past my big knuckle on my index finger. The tip of the glove's thumb extends past the second knuckle, leaving almost a full 1" flopping about. I have embarrassing honked my horn accidentally more than once because of this. When holding the controls, the thumb isn't as crazy-long, but it still leaves you wondering who A-stars' hand-model was for the gloves...
Those are the only concerns though. The gloves are solid without being restricting and keep me warm up to freeway speeds in near freezing temperatures. (I have a strong cold-tolerance though. I'm still riding today with weather in the single-digits, so maybe they are more like 40+ gloves on average.)
Decent reflectivity also helps in the short daylight months.
All-in-all, a good glove, despite slightly odd finger lengths.
Rides: 2013 Kawasaki EX300 Ninja 300
Yes, I recommend this product.
+1point
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Joe Rocket Hammerhead Tank Bag Features Wind/Water resistant 1000D Nylon construction Extra wide magnetic mount system Padded belt buckle guard Window GPS pocket Cell Phone storage Fast access coin holder Removable shoulder strap Hidden rain cover Reflective stripe 15L x 8W x 4.5H
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great bag for the right bike. Good for others.
PostedJanuary 4, 2013
Customer avatar
JCintheSLC
From Salt Lake City
State:UT
Rider Type:Kneedragger
Age:25-34
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
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
It's a bag with zippers that goes on your tank with magnets. Not much to review there, but I wanted to add a couple of comments to the existing reviews.
Two things to keep in mind:
1. This is a low profile tank bag, which means it stay out of the way of the controls, but get its volume from being long and shallow. Unfortunately, if you put the bag on a curved tank, you bend the bag over that curve and lose a lot of that volume quickly. For instance, two 20 oz Gatorade bottles will fit in this tank bag easily; they will not fit in this tank bag when attached to my bike.
2. The cell phone and GPS pockets come with foam pads stored in them to keep their shape during shipping, but these also work great to fill space in the pocket. For instance, the cell phone pocket fits my .4" thick iPhone 4 great, except it would be really far from the conductive touch-cover sitting in the bottom of the 1" deep pocket. By keeping one of the .5" pads in there, it keeps it right near the top so I can use the screen easily at stop lights. Don't throw those pads away! There are really convenient but easily overlooked!
That's about it. Otherwise, it's a great bag you won't notice 96% of the time until you need to stash some stuff.
Rides: 2013 Kawasaki EX300 Ninja 300
Yes, I recommend this product.
+3points
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Bell Transitions SolFX Photochromatic Faceshield for Bell Qualifier, Bell Star, Bell Vortex, Bell Revolver, and Bell RS-1 Helmets Transitions Photochromatic shields automatically adjusts to light conditions, darkening when exposed to sunlight and clearing in low light. It eliminates the need change between tinted and clear shields when riding in the light of day, the darkness of night and anything in between. Features Shield tint automatically adjusts to lighting conditions Bell NutraFog II anti-fog coating reduces fogging Anti-scratch and UV-protected coatings block 99 percent of UV rays Compatible only with Bell ClickRelease shield system (featured on Star, RS-1 and Vortex full-face helmets) Resources How Transitions Photochromic Technology Works (video)
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great add-on
PostedOctober 24, 2012
Customer avatar
JCintheSLC
From Salt Lake City
State:UT
Rider Type:Kneedragger
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I have two Bell helmets, a Vortex and a Revolver Evo (for passengers), and plan to step up to a RS-1 soon. The ability to move a single visor between them as needed is a wonderful feature and will keep me coming back to Bells.
Now, about the shield: It's fast. I have photo-chromatic sunglasses and they change to the light about 5x slower than this visor. I'm amazed that I can actually walk outside and watch the visor change. Not so fast that you won't have to flip it up driving into a tunnel (Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, I'm looking at you) but enough that you won't be squinting coming out of the parking deck for more than a couple blocks.
I'm still concerned about durability of the shield though. I'm scared to death of scratching it, and it has a weird behavior with bug guts. Here's the thing, the shield changes color by UV light. So UV light has to hit the visor to make it change. Bug guts (apparently) block UV light but are more or less transparent to visible light. This means that you end up with weird bright spots on the visor if you ride in the country and get bug strikes during your ride. All this means is that I end up cleaning this shield more than I'm used to. Maybe that's not a bad thing, though.
The luxury of not having to worry about sun, clouds, or staying out past dark and always having the right shield for the ride is wonderful and the ability to move it between helmets means I'll get more use out of it and makes the price tag more palatable.
Rides: 2013 Kawasaki EX300 Ninja 300
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Bell Vortex Helmet Nothing beats a solid color to highlight the stylish design of a helmet. The Bell Vortex is available in a choice of gloss black, matte black, white or silver four classic color choices in the riding spectrum. Developed in Bells state-of-the-art Santa Cruz, California design center, the Vortex borrows heavily from its big brother the Star. With a solid compliment of features the Bell Vortex is a great choice as a primary helmet for everyday use that can also transition to the occasional track day. A killer price rounds out the package and gives you a big bang for your buck. Features Velocity Flow Ventilation system with FlowAdjust for maximum stability and temperature control with minimal noise and buffeting Lightweight composite polycarbonate alloy shell Contour cheek pads (by means of stacked foam, not hand cut) Removable and washable, antibacterial/antimicrobial interior comfort liner Padded Wind collar to drastically reduce wind/road noise Integrated speaker pockets for audio speakers ClickRelease for the fastest, easiest, tool-free shield swaps ever Clear NutraFog II superior anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protected shield. Dark tint and other shields available for purchase separately Five-year warranty Weight 1600g Certification Snell M2010, DOT Note Helmets ship with clear faceshield only. Replacement shields can be purchased separately HERE Bell Vortex Shield . Note Bell Vortex Helmet may come with either the magnetic strap keeper or standard chin strap snaps RevZilla's Opinion of the The Bell Vortex Helmet The Bell Vortex Helmet has grown to be one of the top selling and more ubiquitous 200 sport helmets in the RevZilla family. The light weight, Snell Rating and ability to use the Bell Photochromic shield allow the Bell Vortex Helmet to cover a lot of the bases the typical sport or track day rider is looking for in a reasonably priced helmet. Many times we see this type of functionality only available in helmets over the 300 mark. In the 3/4 or tuck position the Bell Vortex Helmet will provide a great solution in just about any spirited or sport riding scenario. If you find a graphic or color that suits your taste and you have an intermediate oval head shape, the Bell Vortex is a great option.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value Champ
PostedOctober 24, 2012
Customer avatar
JCintheSLC
From Salt Lake City
State:UT
Rider Type:Kneedragger
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
The Vortex is a solid helmet at this price point. You really can't beat the safety for sub-$200. As far as style is concerned, the best way to describe it is to say there is nothing wrong with it. It's not a stand-out helmet by any measure of the definition, but it is has no goofy, gimmicky look to it, either. Just a simple, functional helmet. On that note, the helmet does its job very well. I live in Utah and ride this helmet year-round. The helmet is comfortable and warm with an excellent windscarf and chin scarf in the winter, but open the vents and this helmet will move air wonderfully to keep you cool in the summer.
With lots of air flow comes lots of wind noise. While the helmet isn't the loudest I've worn (AGV moto helmet) it's also not the quietest (Shoei). However, the fact that I consider it, in my experience, second only to my old $600 Shoei for overall performance speaks volumes of this $179 Bell.
The helmet isn't perfect, but it's about as good as you can realistically expect for the "budget" price.
Rides: 2013 Kawasaki EX300 Ninja 300
Yes, I recommend this product.
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