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    May 10, 2010
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Forcefield Zeus Knee Protectors Ergonomically designed for optimum comfort, the Forcefield ZEUS knee protector reacts to the bodys natural movement whilst still offering the highest levels of protection from impact. Fitted with the all new CE approved Forcefield NeT Armor which is removable, extremely light, flexible and breathable making it ideal for use in articulated areas such as the knee or elbow. The ZEUS is held firmly in place by a mixture of compression and adjustable elasticated straps, backed up with non-slip rubberised gripper tape at the inner top and bottom to ensure the ZEUS stays in place. Further protection is provided by the use of low-profile encased foam on the inner and outer knee which is fully covered in a breathable and abrasion resistant shell. Highly breathable, supremely comfortable and fully CE approved the Forcefield ZEUS knee protectors are built to be worn all day and offer unparalleled levels of protection. Features Fully CE approved Removable Forcefield NeT Armour Ergonomically designed for comfort Fully breathable Lightweight Flexible 3d moulding Abrasion resistant Twin removable retaining strap
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Big improvement from 1st gen limb tube
PostedJuly 26, 2012
Customer avatar
IanB
From NoVA
State:VA
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Years back I got what (I presume) was the first generation of knee limb tube - the one with the single elastic strap to supplement kevlar jeans for light duty rides.
Though I knew they were good for me, they were always a touch of a hassle. The single elastic tended gather and pinch behind the knee and the whole thing might roam a bit.
All that seems to have been resolved with the Zeus. They are a big improvement. I've got about 250 miles on them now of light off road, paved and a bit of stomping about on foot.
These have proven to flow more air, be more flexible, more comfortable, don't seem to wander at all and seem more robust.
The new generation of impact material has a much more open, flexible construction than the previous Grey/black iteration from T-Pro. As a result you can feel air flowing to your skin even in to most protected areas.
The flexibility of the new yellow material makes the Zeus much more comfortable to wear as well. The previous model was flexible but a bit stiff when walking around. The new is really not noticeable when walking around. No sense of something floating around on your leg or pushing back at full extension.
The first ten was made partly of stretch material supplemented by an elastic band with velcro to hold it in place. While it worked fairly well, as noted the single strap tended to gather behind the knee and irritate. If appears that later limb tubes moved to a two strap set up that the Zeus follows. The Zeus chassis is slightly stretchy with additional stretch material at the top and bottom. These internal elastic areas also have silicone dots around the interior to help them 'grip' and stay in place. All that's supplemented by adjustable elastic bands at the top (thigh) and bottom (top of calf). With all that they stayed in place though many times on-off the bike, a bit of walking around, some stand up riding etc etc. They didn't move a touch.
The over all construction is beefed up. Previous model was just stretch material, meshy stuff and a bit of elastic with a pocket for the armor. The Zeus retains that as an under layer and builds on it. The back is still a breathable mesh, the front adds a layer of abrasion resistant nylon canvas and some padding. The 'wings' to the left and right have a thin layer of padding build in.
Lots and lots of improvements from the first iteration - but it's not perfect. The Forcefield and Zeus logos are 2-3mm thick rubbery things. Though it wasn't a big deal, they did tend to catch the lining of my pants and make them just a bit akward. Overall these are really nice, well thought out knee guards, but these bits left me wondering. There's plenty of Forcefield logos on them in the elastic bands so they could have left that off and saved some cost and bulk. Ok, you want to brand the new items with it's own mark, got it. But why not screen or embroidered? Oh well, nothings perfect so this is their fault - which can probably be dealt with via a knife or scissors.
All in all, a good buy. If you're trying to decide between the limb tubes and these - pony up for these.
Rides: 2000 Ducati Monster 900s
Yes, I recommend this product.
+2points
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 AGV AX-8 DS Helmet (size 2XL)
AGV AX-8 DS Helmet (size 2XL)
AGV AX-8 DS Dual Sport Helmet Three shell sizes in SSL (fiberglass, Kevlar and carbon) Double-density EPS in four sizes Features an IVS (Integrated Ventilation System) ventilation system with a wide channel hollowed directly in the shell for an enhanced air-flow into the helmet and an improved aerodynamic penetration Includes five front air vents, two side extractors and two rear extractors Fully removable and washable inside padding in Coolmax and Dry-Comfort Double-D retention system The mouth piece is easy to remove and clean Peak is removable DOT and ECE22.05 certified
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great DS style helmet
PostedJune 27, 2012
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IanB
From NoVA
State:VA
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
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
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
In the DS helmet genre this one offers a lot of bang for the buck. It's comfortable, very light and well made.
Pros:
Light - Notably so over my RF-1100
Vision - Huge view port
Solid - nothing feels wobbly or like it might snap off. All moving parts have a solid feel
Venting or not - If you want air you get a good amount. With the chin curtain in and vents closed it's shockingly sealed up for a DS type helmet.
Sharp Looking - personal preference of course, but I think it's a looker
Cons:
Ear pockets - This is a personal gripe - There's minimal ear cut outs that put pressure on the top tip of my ear. I'll admit to a set of larger than average ears, so take this with a grain of salt.
Whistle - There's a high pitched whistle I get around one of the top vents. Not overly loud, but notable.
Sum up:
If you're looking for a DS helmet, give this one a long hard look. Good value and features seen in helmets going for hundreds more.
Rides: 2000 Ducati Monster 900s
Yes, I recommend this product.
+1point
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Kriega US-5 Drypack The Kriega US Drypack series is 100 waterproof - great as an Enduro or Supermoto fenderpack (bolt-on) or can attach to Hydro-3, R15, R20, R25, R30 or R35 increasing capacity by 5 litres Like the rest of the Kriega range, the US-5 fits with Kriega Alloy Hook Straps. Quicker easier to take on and off, with no loose straps left on the bike. For street bikes the standard 4 x subframe loops are used under the seat. The Kriega US-5 can also attach to Kriega backpacks and the Tank adpater with either the old style fitting straps or with the new alloy hooks. The US-5 also includes 2 x bolt-on Hypalon loops to fit a dirtbike fender with Alloy Hook attachment for convenience. For use as a tankbag, Kriega US Tank Adaptor must be purchased. Features 1000D Dupont Cordura RHINOTEK abrasion resistant fabric HYPALON abrasion resistant re-enforcement DRYPACK taped-seam liner 5-liter capacity with removeable, washable white liner Water / dust resitant YKK zipper pocket on one side, Coated mesh pocket on the other 100 waterproof (main body) Side access zip pocket (water-resistant) 10-year guarantee 5-litre capacity 300mm(H) x 160mm(W) x 100mm(D) Notes Some mounting options require additional bags or strap mounts (sold separately). Bags are Sold Each.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Handy addition for extra storage.
PostedMay 29, 2012
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IanB
From NoVA
State:VA
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The US-5 is a handy item. Its a nice addition to other bags for a little extra storage or a small stand alone. I use it on my KTM690 as a 'tank' or tail bag to carry small items at hand.
Like any/all of the Kreiga line it's tough, well built and simple. I don't mean simple to be a criticism, but really a Pro item - it doesn't wast bulk or weight on unnecessary items. Rip-stop and water resistant materials are used for construction making the bag pretty bomb proof an water resistant. It does come with a water proof liner for the main cargo area allowing for 100% water proof storage.
Pros:
- Simple no-nonsense layout.
- Tough water resistant materials
- Light weight
- Low bulk
- Easy addition to any larger back or pack from Kreiga
Cons:
- The straps that ship with it aren't quite like others in the line. They are intended for the US-5 to be an addition to any of the larger bags or packs in the line. They are too short to be strapped to a seat or much of anything on their own. They do have a reinforced section with two grommets each that are intended for bolting the straps to a fender or tail. To use the bag strapped to a seat, or similarly larger circumference it can be done, but at additional cost to buy a set of compression straps and the female-female connector straps.
Summing it up:
If you don't already own Kreiga stuff, this might not be the place to start due to the strap config as noted above. Though if you're looking for a bolt-on fender/tail pack it is good as a stand-alone there.
If you do have Kreiga gear already this is a handy versatile item that can be repurposed as a stand-alone strap on bag with borrowed straps from a bigger US series bag and the female-female connectors
So it's getting a 5, but I'd really do a 4.5 if that was an option due to the straps lacking a stand alone capability except as a bolt-on pack
Rides: 2000 Ducati Monster 900s
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Kriega Kube Pocket Optional / removable accessory pocket for Kriega backpacks and waistpacks. Features Water resistant YKK water-resistant zip 1000D Dupont Cordura 3M Scothlite reflective logo/stripe Hypalon zip-'garage' Padded construction Double velcro attachment Fits R30, R25, R20, R15,Hydro-3, R3, R8 170(H) x 85(W) x 40(D) mm 0.5-litre capacity
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great add on
PostedMay 14, 2012
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IanB
From NoVA
State:VA
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
This is a super handy item.
It's perfect of carrying the small items you want to keep close at hand. Rag, phone, wallet, point and shoot cam etc.
It can fit more than you'd think and always goes with me on any kriega pack I'm sporting
Rides: 2000 Ducati Monster 900s
Yes, I recommend this product.
+1point
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Kriega R25 Backpack The Kriega R25 motorcycle backpack has a quick release QUADLOC harness, which is Kriega's own tried, tested and highly recommended system, unique to the rucksack industry. An innovative extremely efficient load-carrying system designed for motorcycle riders. Unlike conventional harness systems the load is carried on the hips chest, transferring the majority of the load away from the shoulders and thereby preventing the neck strain experienced with regular rucksacks. Ergonomically designed with no arm restriction for long distance comfort on a motorcycle. Features Main compartment - YKK oversize zip Side access pocket with 4-point load compression Internal magazine sleeve, which can accommodate a 14 laptop Internal key-clip SUPERSPACE 5mm airspace fabric Oversize YKK coil zips Upgraded harness to enable a wider range of rider to get the perfect Kriega fit Fully hydration compatible - reservoir relocated from outer pocket to main compartment Hydration tube routes out and over the shoulder through a covered duct located top, center of the main compartment Reflective web loops on sides of pack to facilitate easier fastening of US-10 expansion pack Schoeller DYNATECH with integrated 3M Scotchlite reflectivity 1000D Dupont Cordura base harness 420D nylon ripstop - lightweight yet extremely strong CNC 6061-T6 alloy buckles Expanding outer pocket 10 year guarantee 25-liter capacity 520mm(H) x 300mm(W) x 160(D) mm
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great value
PostedMay 14, 2012
Customer avatar
IanB
From NoVA
State:VA
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I'll second Planespottings comments. Kriega is great stuff. I started with the R25 and have had to for years.
I've used to for commute, grocery runs and a 4 day trip from DC to deals gap and back.
It's the most comfortable pack of it's size I've worn and the construction is top notch. At 5+ years old, aside from dirt, mine shows minimal signs of wear.
Yes, they are more costly than a lot of other packs on the market. But given the build and utility of them, the value's there.
Like Planespotting, I recommend you pick up a Kube. A very handy addition that allows you to keep phone/quick cash/rag etc close at hand.
Rides: 2000 Ducati Monster 900s
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Shoei CW-1 Faceshield The Shoei CW-1 Face Shield fits Shoei Qwest , Shoei RF1100 and Shoei X-12 Helmets Features Q.R.S.A. (Quick-Release Self-Adjusting) base plate allows for tool-less shield removal and installation. The spring-loaded base plate pulls the shield back into contact with the window beading evenly and ensures a proper seal The CW-1, three-dimensionally curved shield is both wider and taller than the CX-1V it replaces Optional, CWF-1 two-dimensional racing shields with tear-off posts are available Scratch-resistant coating 99.9 protection from harmful UV A and B rays Optional, CW-1 Pinlock prepared shields are available to accommodate Pinlock Fog Free Inserts A pre-set lever can easily lock the shield in place to prevent the shield from opening unexpectedly, as well as prop the shield open to increase airflow Mellow Smoke refers to a tint that is lighter than the Light Smoke shield Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Half-tone smoke
PostedJuly 4, 2011
Customer avatar
IanB
From NoVA
State:VA
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
As with all Shoei items, the quality is top rate. The half-tone smoke is a good compromise - it gives sun protection of the darker shields in the upper portion reducing eye strain, but not eating up too much light.
I live in an area where roads can transition from full sun to deep shade quickly. I always felt that the light smoke didn't block enough light, but the dark too much when dropping into deep shade. The half-tone does a great job of protecting from the high sun while leaving the ability to see clearly in transitional light situation.
One thing folks might want to know is that the tint has a distinct purple hue. It's not really noticeable from behind, but it's not the more neutral grey of the smoke lenses.
My only fault is that this lens is at a premium price. I do like it, and do recommend it. But it would be a better value at the same price point as the clear and light/dark smoke versions
Rides: 2000 Ducati Monster 900s
Yes, I recommend this product.
+1point
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Alpinestars Summer Touring Socks Nostatex sole for wicking moisture away from skin Ribbed design reduces bunching at the heel and ankle Strategically positioned mesh areas for maximum comfort Mid calf length
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfy Socks
PostedMay 10, 2010
Customer avatar
IanB
From NoVA
As I've only had them a short time, I can't comment on the longevity of them - but everything else is great so far.
The construction reminds me a lot of downhill ski socks. They have a nice thick bed for sole of your foot, and similarly thick sections on the front where your shins might press against a boot.
The light grey areas between the white and black on the foot, and where it reads 'Alpinestars' is actually a very light breathable material. Doesn't stop a bit of air from getting to your skin which is perfect for hot weather socks.
$20 might seem a bit high for socks - but at the end of a really hot and humid day, I didn't have trench foot starting, even with my un-vented (Sidi B-2) boots, and I normally see. So I call these socks a win.
Pros Comfortable
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Alpinestars Summer Tech Performance Long Pants Alpinestars Summer Tech Performance underwear forms an effective base layer keeping you cool and comfortable under your suit during warm weather riding. Features Comfortable moisture wicking material Minimal seam stitching for ultimate comfort and performance Designed to be 60 lighter than cotton, the construction is also hypoallergenic and antistatic Muscle supporting compression fit helps support the riders muscles and reduces fatigue Ergonomic flat lock seams The underwear is designed to provide a tight, adaptable fit Moisture wicking technology ensures ultimate comfort is maintained as well as a constant body temperature Printed Astar logo on the front with Alpinestars print logo on the back The shorts and pant all feature a male pant opening Available from the Summer Tech Performance range are a long sleeve and short sleeve shirt as well as a tank top. In the pant selection, there is the choice of a pair of long pants or sports boxers
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good product for warm weather riders
PostedMay 10, 2010
Customer avatar
IanB
From NoVA
These are really good under leathers for warm/hot days. They breathe well and keep the knees of you pants from binding as the day goes on and you get sticky. The ultra light material is a bit more comfortable than the UnderArmour compression shorts I had been wearing.
My only gripe is I'd like to see slightly more robust elastic in the waist - but it's a pretty hair splitting gripe
Pros Comfortable
Yes, I recommend this product.
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