Preeminence
 
 
 
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    April 15, 2013
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    December 10, 2013
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Alpinestars Apex Drystar Gloves A mix of leather and textile provides a comfortable feel for the city commuter or easy touring rider. The Apex glove features an extra warm and cozy thermal velour liner combined with Alpinestars 100 waterproof and breathable Drystar membrane to keep cold and wet weather away from hands. Features Goatskin glove chassis with padded textile palm reinforcements Molded PU knuckle and foam padding on fingers Ultra-Flexible accordion textile on top of the hand and around the thumb Full-length wrist gauntlet with dual wrist adjustment and accordion panel on long wrist closure tab Soft, insulated velour lining Heat-molded, foam-injected Astars logo and Astar rivet on wrist strap Embroidered Astar logo on forefinger
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fantastic bang for the buck
PostedDecember 10, 2013
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Preeminence
State:TX
Rider Type:Road Warrior
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
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
We've had some really awful weather in TX the last week or so, so I took the opportunity to go test some of my new "all-weather" gear. I went out on about a 60 minute round-trip ride, mostly on highway speeds. Temperatures were in the mid-30s, and precipitation varied from a light mist to moderate rain to a snow flurry here and there. The gloves performed as well I could expect them to.
I won't lie and say that my hands were kept warm. My fingers got pretty cold, but not so cold that they hurt and not so cold that I couldn't still feel the levers. Also, while the glove stayed waterproof, I could definitely *feel* the water on the outside of my knuckles. The glove has patches there where the leather is open, and all you've got is the drystar membrane. It wasn't awful, but it's certainly not desirable.
In spite of these flaws, I give the gloves 5 stars because they're a great price and very, very comfortable. I'm tempted to wear these off the bike! The fleece lining is soft without feeling squishy, and the wrist adjuster doesn't create a tight spot on your wrist (I've gotten that with Dainese gloves before). I will note that the fit is rather generous. An A-star XL race glove fits nice and snug on me, but this glove was a little roomier. I'm fine with that, though, as a little extra air can help keep you warm, and I don't exactly need the feel I get with a race glove.
While there are better, Gore-Tex, true "winter" gloves out there, you need to spend quite a bit more to outperform these gloves. And for those of us who rarely see sub-freezing temps, these gloves will do just fine.
Rides: 2006 Yamaha FZS1000 FZ1
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Three quarter length, Armor-Link mesh material and 600 denier Carbolex combine with 1680 denier ballistic polyester in the impact areas Comfortable, mandarin style collar 360 Phoslite reflective piping and Tour Masters signature reflective rear triangle increase nighttime visibility The microfiber lined collar and cuffs are soft yet durable Adjustable, elastic and snap sleeve take-up straps at the forearm and bicep help secure elbow armor and material Removable, CE approved armor at the elbow and shoulder with an articulated triple density back protector Aqua-Therm two-stage waterproof and insulated liner can be configured or removed to best match comfort needs Zippered chest map pockets, hand warmer pockets, internal pouch pocket and mobile media pocket Adjustable waist belts, with TPR pulls, fine tune the fit Includes a jacket/pant zipper attachment with the pant side included
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Great fit and quality, disappointing features
PostedJuly 2, 2013
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Preeminence
From austin
State:TX
Rider Type:Road Warrior
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
I'll start with the good because I actually do like this jacket. But there's plenty of bad. First, though:
+The fit is spectacular. There is a lot of adjustability, too. I am 6'3", 190lbs and the medium fits me wonderfully. I originally got the medium tall, but it was too big. When ordering, I would honestly say probably order a size smaller than you think you should get.
+The venting is great. I used to have an older version of the A* Viper Air, and this jacket vents MUCH better. The ability to cinch down the fit means that air will flow easily in and out rather than just cause your sleeves to flap all over the place.
+As a corollary to the above two points, the jacket is very comfortable. The cuffs are soft, the mesh is smooth, and you will still have a good range of motion in your arms.
+I got the high viz version, and it's very visible. The reflective patches are large and in good spots.
Now, the bad: most of the features of this jacket are just poorly thought out. My top gripes:
-The collar is not very snug and does not feature a fastener. It flaps around a lot at high speed. If you're wearing a collared shirt under your jacket, that will flap too.
-The handwarmer pockets are very small. I can't even fit my whole hand in unless I make a fist. To counter this, the breast pockets are so large that they're virtually unusable.
-The cuffs have only a bulky velcro adjustment. They're big enough that it's hard to get glove gauntlets around them. I would have liked a combination velcro+zipper that many higher-end jackets have.
-The waterproof zip-in liner is too small. There is over an inch between the collar of the mesh jacket and the collar of the liner. That part of you will get wet, and then that water will seep down.
Overall, this is not very good as a true "touring" jacket. Obvious features like a collar fastener and good waterproofing are just not there, so if you're looking to get this jacket for your cross-country adventure, don't. But I use the jacket as a commuter, and for that it's great. I wanted a visible jacket that fit well, vented well and could withstand hot/cold/rain for the 20 minutes that I'm in it, and I got it. As a result, I'm satisfied with the jacket. But you may not be.
Rides: 2007 Yamaha FZS1000 FZ1
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Cortech GX Air 3 Glove Comfortable, abrasion-resistant mesh and perforated goatskin backhand and fingers with soft, Clarino forchettes Durable, reinforced goatskin and perforated goatskin palm with foam padding to reduce shock and vibration Armor-Link III mesh and perforated goatskin cuff with a secure hook and loop wrist closure Protective TPR knuckle and finger armor Articulated EVA foam knuckle padding Pre-curved fingers and palm improves comfort, dexterity and helps to reduce hand fatigue
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great protection for the weight
PostedMay 3, 2013
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Preeminence
From austin
State:TX
Rider Type:Road Warrior
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
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
I'm on my 3rd pair of these gloves. What can I say - I crash a lot. Yes, these gloves are lightweight. But they provide surprisingly good protection in the areas that you need it. Both times I went down were lowsides at around 50mph. In one, I was able to put my hand down, in the other, I wasn't. In both instances, I came away with nothing more than a bruise on the heel of my hand. The leather was in bad shape, so these are definitely a one-crash glove, but at this price, who cares?
They're also very comfortable and, since they're thin, break in very well. And as a Texan who rides all summer, they'll keep your hands as cool as can be reasonably expected.
Rides: 2007 Yamaha FZS1000 FZ1
Yes, I recommend this product.
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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
Fantastic value
PostedApril 15, 2013
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Preeminence
From austin
State:TX
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Average
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Intermediate Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
I was very impressed by this helmet. The polarized visor lets you ride easily during the day with the clear visor - great for me, as the sun is often down when I come home from work, so I don't need to worry about switching visors. I will say that both the polarized visor and main visor do fog rather easily, though. The pinlock for the main visor alleviates most of this, but at low speeds, the polarized visor will fog up QUICK.
This helmet fits me quite well, I just wish the cheekpads were a little beefier. For reference, a medium Shoei GT Air fits me like a glove (but I don't have $600). The ratchet locking system could be a concern if you've got a lot of chin, as the padding does not cover the whole thing. The noise seems average, but I generally ride with earplugs.
My favorite aspect is the aerodynamics. The integrated spoiler and very low-profile vents mean that you can ride at highway speeds with virtually no resistance. I've honestly caught myself going 40+ in a 20 just because it felt like I wasn't moving.
Overall, this helmet is great if you don't have a large chin and don't live in a climate where fogging would be a concern.
Rides: 2007 Yamaha FZS1000 FZ1
Yes, I recommend this product.
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