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UCLEAR HBC200 Dual Force Bluetooth Communicator Featuring Boomless ABF Technology, the UCLEAR HBC200 Force introduces Super Group Intercom and Multi-Hop technology, specifically designed for group communications with full duplex intercom. Multi-hop technology, used in military tactical communications provides superior sound quality and connection stability over Bluetooth intercom systems that suffer from interference and are line of sight dependent. By incorporating Multi-hop technology, each Uclear HBC200 control unit works as a repeater or relay station, enabling the network to grow as more control units/riders are added to the group. Depending on riding conditions, the intercom range between two riders is up to 700 meters. Adding a third unit/rider increases the intercom range up to an additional 700 meters. Add a fourth rider and the entire group can communicate up to 2100 meters (1.3 miles) and so forth, in full duplex intercom mode. With the latest firmware, the HBC200 adds connectivity with other brands of Bluetooth communicators, Multipoint Bluetooth connections for syncing multiple phones, iPods or GPS units and Advanced Private Intercom. Features Boomless microphone (an industry first) Music, Calls, GPS (Bluetooth devices) Multipoint Bluetooth service supports dual device connections Connect to two smartphones at the same time, or a smartphone and an iPad, iPod, GPS etc Super Group Intercom (Full Duplex for up to 10 riders) Open intercom with other brands of Bluetooth communicators Cross-band intercom enables you to connect with other riders, even if they have another brand of communicator Multi-Hop Communication Extender With 10 users connected, Multi-Hop Technology extends maximum range to nearly 4 miles and allows non-line-of-sight connections (range will vary on environmental conditions) Voice command for hands-free call pickup Hi-Fi stereo audio (AVRCP, A2DP) Patented ABF / DSP technology isolates your voice and eliminates all background noise Auto loudness adjustments GPS device compatible (Bluetooth HS/HFP profile required) One USB/Wall charger, two USB cables (Dual pack only) Easy installation on any helmet including full face or 3/4 helmets Speaker diameter 40mm depth approx 7mm Firmware upgrades available One year manufactures warranty Note Some of the features listed above require updating the firmware to the latest version. Download the latest version firmware here.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Product would buy again.
PostedJune 3, 2013
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danlicata1
From Bel Air
State:MD
Rider Type:Commuter
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Use 
4 / 5
4 / 5
So far I have about 500 miles ridden with this, unfortunately none using it as an actual intercom but I have used it every time I ride. Here are my first impressions:
Installation:
Installation and set up was very easy, and I have a difficult helmet (Nolan N104) to work with. My Nolan helmet has a proprietary intercom system that it is set up to use. Because of this many people report having issues trying to use other systems. The UClear was very easy to install, although it took some very minor modifications to the helmet.
The Nolan N104 has pre-cut speaker holes near the ear in the protective foam. These fit the Nolan intercom system perfectly. The UClear speakers not so much. From what I've read the speakers are large than most intercom systems, this combined with the fact that the mic is built into the speaker makes it a large fit. Since it wouldn't fit directly into the holes provided I had to every so slightly enlarge the pre-cut speaker holes. I just took a razor blade and shaved a little of the foam around the pre-cut hole. There was very little foam removal, the largest piece was near the bottom to allow room for the mic that juts out from the speaker. I could fit in a thimble all the foam I cut out from both sides of the helmet. After the foam removal I just pressed the speakers into the cut outs, mics pointing forward and they fir snugly inside.
On my girlfriends Fuller helmet there were speaker pockets installed. I just stuck the provided Velcro into the speaker pockets and slipped the speakers inside with the mics pointing forward. Really very simple for hers.
All cords were tucked under the lining of both helmets.
After the speakers were installed I had to choose between two different methods of attaching the main unit one method, that I used on my girlfriends helmet, is a clip that slides up between the outside of the helmet and the inside padding. This only works if there is a space between the outside and the padding, a small rubber piece is included to accommodate thing helmets. I liked this installation method because it would be easy to transfer the whole system to another helmet. This method wouldn't work on my Nolan though, as there is a plastic piece that runs around the rim of the helmet, thus making it impossible for the clip to go up on the inside of the helmet. Instead I used a provided "permanent" solution. Just a piece that has double sided tape that you stick onto your helmet.
After that just plug the speakers in and your done. As I said a very easy installation.
Use:
As I said above I didn't get the chance to use the intercom yet, well not really. After I installed the UClear on both helmets I paired them up, making mine the master and hers the slave. It took us two tries to get it right but it is fairly easy and the instruction booklet that comes with it tells you how to do it. Basically you just push the main and up button on one and the main and down button on the other. I'm not sure what we did wrong the first time but it didn't' work so we just did it again and made the connection. To test the connection my girlfriend and I put our helmets on and roamed the house for about 10 minutes. I don't have a very large house but we didn't loose the connection at all while we were in it. That was the extent of my intercom "testing".
I commute daily on my Glide so I've been able to put about 500 miles on the road using the unit for everything but. I paired it to my phone and this allows me to stream music, answer/make calls, use the navigation and I hope use voice commands. Pairing it was simple just push some buttons and it was all done.
Listening to music is great as I don't have to worry about cords. The pause, play, skip track, volume up, volume down all work great. The sound is between decent and good. I wear earplugs some of the time I ride. I figure with commuting everyday it's not a bad idea to cut down on some of the engine/road/wind noise that can damage my ears. I also find that wearing the makes listening to music better on the stock radio. This is the same for the UClear (mostly). When not wearing the earplugs the volume can be very load (easy to control with the unit) but the sound is a little tinny (the sound is a little off and since other reviewers called it tinny than I'll repeat that. I'm no audiophile but I can tell it's just slightly off). With the earplugs in the sound is excellent, and loud enough to hear but in no way will you be blasting music.
I also use my phone for navigation (mostly for traffic routing, police avoidance, etc) and have had no problem using both navigation and music at the same time with the UClear, although this is mostly if not entirely handled by the phone.
The other feature I've used is answering phone calls. I haven't tried making a call yet because I don't really want to talk to someone while on the bike. One odd thing is the UClear has a unique ring tone and doesn't use the one from your phone. I also didn't get a voice telling me who was calling, though I may set this up on my phone and see if it plays through the headset. My girlfriend called while I was going about 50 mph (not on the highway) and I picked up by saying "Hello" or "Pickup". Both are supposed to work but I wasn't sure what the new ringing was and I just blurted out both a few times in case it was a phone call. My helmet is a modular one and initially I had the face guard and shield in the down position. She was surprised I was on the bike but could tell right away because the audio sounds a little processed. She could hear me completely clear though. While talking to her I lifted the face shield to test the unit out. She couldn't tell the difference. So then I lifted the entire front of the helmet, again at she couldn't' tell. I was going 50 mph, in traffic, with wind noise (although I do have a windshield) and all she could hear was my voice, no wind, no traffic. I was impressed. I can see this working on just about any bike with any helmet on.
Conclusion:
All in all I was happy with the purchase. While riding solo I can answer the phone or make calls if I choose. I can Listen to music on the phone (no matter where on the bike it is) which I could arguably do with the built in radio but now I don't have to blast everyone else around me. And I will be able to talk to my girlfriend/others while riding. There are some quirks I'll go over in the Con's below but not enough to deter me from using it. Only time will tell if I will be happy with the purchase though. Not because of the UClear itself, more so because I'm not sure how much I'm going to enjoy hearing my girlfriend tell me to slow down, watch out for this or that, hear how hot it is etc. Although it will be handy having another pair of eyes for crazy drivers and cops. I'll try and post an update after I've had time using the intercom as well.
Pro's:
very easy to install
blocks out external noise when using the phone (and presumably the intercom)
sounds clear, can be adequate volume or load depending on the use of ear plugs
no boom mic (probably the best feature)
Con's
buttons can be hard to find (while large they have a small area that actually triggers a push)
could be louder when wearing ear plugs
a lot of button sequences for functions. The basic play, pause, skip track, volume up/down are easy. Switching to intercom from phone, triggering phone voice commands, etc. I haven't memorized yet.
*edited* also the main unit clips onto a piece you install on your helmet (either the clip or the permanent piece). This sometimes gets loose and starts to fall. It only happens when the helmet is upside down (when I carry it) and hasn't fell completely off....yet.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Olympia Horizon Rain Pants Designed to coordinate with the Olympia Horizon Rain Jacket , the Horizon pant offers a light weight waterproof / breathable rip stop nylon shell to ensure all day riding comfort. Generous leg openings with an adjustable velcro closure system makes standing boot entry a breeze. Extra velcro at the lower pant legs offer three inseam length options should an alteration be necessary. An elasticized waist plus side waist slide buckles help riders achieve a customized fit. This pant also offers a built in self storage compartment for small convenient self packing. Authentic Nomex heat shields at the inside lower legs help prevent damage from hot exhaust pipes. Features Outer shell constructed in sturdy light weight waterproof / breathable rip stop nylon EZ-Pack Storage System - pant can be stowed away in a self contained storage pocket located in the interior of the pant Intake velcro closure panels at lower legs for easy boot on entry and bottom leg opening adjustment Slide waist buckles plus stretch waist detail offer maximum adjustability Authentic Nomex heat shields located at inside lower legs Cool mesh airflow lining
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Sor far an excellent product
PostedApril 15, 2013
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danlicata1
From Bel Air
State:MD
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
To this point i haven't worn these pants in a heavy rain, but I feel like they would work terrific. I've worn them just about every morning just to block some wind since the mornings have been quite cool (around 50*) and they have worked very well. Also since I leave the house around 5am the birght yellow helps me be seen at night. In the limited misting/light rain the have worked great. The best thing about them though is the pack away pouch. It's built right inot the pants and couldn't make storing these after I get to work any easier. The bell bottom type legs work great for taking them on and off and the velcro has plenty of range to tighten them up to your ankles. The first pair I bought was a slightly to large (and I'm hoping to loose some weight) so I returned them for the next size down. Revzilla was extremely easy to work with and I had the new pair in no time. I would definitely buy these again and I will definitely be buying more from Revzilla.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Nolan N104 Helmet - Solid Colors Nolan N104 Helmets represent an evolutionary step for Nolan as they replace the much touted N103 Helmet. When compared the older N103, the Nolan N104 Helmet offers a helmet which is much lighter (7oz), features a lower profile through the use of multiple shell sizes, better aerodynamics, as well as a much larger viewport for increased visibility. The (patented) chin guard rotation movement with elliptical trajectory makes it possible to keep the total size of the helmet's front section to a minimum when the chin guard is open. The sail effect is consequently highly reduced, and riding comfort is still guaranteed, even when the chin guard is lifted. The new ultrawide eyeport is the largest of any Nolan helmet, both vertically and laterally, for maximum field of view. The AIRBOOSTER ventilation system is equipped with an air intake in the chin bar, another intake in the brow, and two rear extractors at the rear. The inner comfort lining includes removable cheekpads, inner liner, neckroll and chin curtain and is easily removable and washable as well as antifungal and antibacterial. New, redesigned comfort liner also accommodates eyeglasses much more easily than before. All Nolan N104 helmets are also N-COM B4 ready ( N-COM B4 is designed expressly for the N104 and is sold separately). Shell Features Injected polycarbonate GE Lexan shell 7oz lighter than the Nolan N103 Two Shell engineering allows Nolan N104 to offer sizes from 2XS to 3XL (2XS-LG and XL-3XL) Dimensionally correct sizing allows ample cubic volume in chin/nose area Faceshield Features Face shields are now sized to fit the two different shell sizes (2XS-LG and XL-3XL) Ultra wide eye port opening is the largest on any Nolan helmet for superior visibility Shield is changed by a simple push button mechanism Pinlock shield included with each helmet VPS (Vision Protection System) is new slider bar to lower, push button release for instant retraction VPS lens is scratch and fog resistant Chin Bar Features Centromatic chin guard opening mechanism requires dual action, simultaneous action to prevent accidental opening Dual action opening mechanism is positioned in the centre of the chin guard and allows for easy, one-handed opening Ventilation N104 has new AIRBOOSTER ventilation system, ensures optimal ventilation where is is most required Air intake in the chin guard draws air in and onto the inside of the faceshield 3 position top vent (closed, crown vent, crown/brow vent) 2 venturi exhaust ports at rear of helmet New plastic vent tube channels in EPS disperse cool air throughout the helmet interior Inner Liner Features removable cheek pads, inner liner, neck roll and wind protector The inner padding of the new N104 is easily removable and washable and antibacterial The shape of the inner comfort padding facilitates eyeglass wearing Reflective insert at the centre of the roll neck further improves the rider's visibility at night Neck roll can be removed easily, for more comfort in the warmer months Other Features N-Com Communication System compatible (sold separately) Features new Microlock2 quick-release retention system Microlock2 consists of a plastic ergonomic opening lever, and of a second aluminium toothed and holding lever Microlock2 minimizes the possibility of unintentional opening while still making it ergonomic and easy to use Meets or exceeds D.O.T. standards
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Helmet
PostedMarch 25, 2013
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danlicata1
From Bel Air
State:MD
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Slightly Heavy
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
I'm very happy with the Nolan helmet. Aside from the fact that it is a little large, you can't beat the view. It is very comfortable, quiet, and seems to be very well made. Once you put it on you can get a sense of the protection it offers without being confining. I used to wear a 3/4 helmet because the full face ones felt very restrictive. No sense of that in this one.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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