JMTHartland
 
 
 
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    May 20, 2013
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    October 28, 2013
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Schuberth C3 Hi-Viz Yellow Helmet The Schuberth C3 is the helmet of choice for the ultimate sporting adventure. Thanks to its compact dimensions, this new premium flip-up helmet from Schuberth has no serious rivals on the market. With its unique synthesis of sportiness and comfort, its previously unheard-of noise level of 84 dB(A) at 65 mph sets new benchmarks for the industry as a whole. The helmet is made of S.T.R.O.N.G fiber, a special glass-fiber reinforced Duroplast matrix and is available in two helmet shell sizes The Schuberth C3 Helmet in the High Visibility color scheme is a great choice for those where safety is the number one concern. High Performance Aerodynamics The C3 is the new generation of flip-up helmets. It stands out from the crowd at all times through its advanced aerodynamics and agreeable riding characteristics. The integrated features make it ahead of its time. C3 - New generation flip-up technology from the SCHUBERTH wind tunnel makes your next touring journey a sheer riding pleasure. Aerodynamic shape Directionally stable No oscillatory tendency No buffeting Aeroacoustics of the Schuberth C3 Helmet All SCHUBERTH motorcycle and racing helmets are developed and optimized under scientific conditions in the SCHUBERTH wind tunnel. Owing to its outstanding aeroacoustic characteristics, the Schuberth C3 is the ideal helmet for your touring journeys. Extremely quiet (due to integrated acoustic collar and anti-noise pad) 84 dB(A) at 100 km per hour (with closed machines) Safety principle the reduced noise level assists the rider's concentration and attentiveness Pinlock Visor Guaranteed condensation-free thanks to its double glazing technology Selectable city position Ventilation system The C3 has an innovative ventilation system to keep your head cool and comfortable A.R.O.S (Anti-Roll-Off-System) The Anti-Roll-Off-System especially developed by SCHUBERTH is provided as a safety feature in every SCHUBERTH motorcycle helmet. It ensures that provided the chinstrap is closed and correctly adjusted the helmet cannot pivot off the head from behind the risk of contact between the chin section of the helmet and the chin or neck of the rider is minimized due to small angle of tilt the consequences of the helmet coming into contact with the chest as the result of an accident are reduced. the helmet is fastened by a micro-lock ratchet lock Outer shell The outer shell of the Schuberth C3 Helmet combines an aerodynamically optimal shape suitable for racing with excellent protection. Material S.T.R.O.N.G.-Fibre New helmet shell technology from SCHUBERTH permits low weight Glass fiber with a special resin added is compressed in a vacuum at a pressure of 6 bar to form a helmet shell which is exceptionally sturdy. Inner Lining The innovative interior lining of the C3 is outstanding due to its excellent fit and the optimized ventilation system. COOLMAX pad system, removable and washable Optimized fit thanks to MaxFit concept fitting Skin friendly, warm and breathable Techskin material Variable pad system ensures effective ventilation (see ventilation summer/winter) Allergen-free Antibacterial Hand washable at 30 C Removable cheek pads Chin guard The C3 is characterized by its extremely robust chin guard locking system. Other Features Sun Visor is tinted with anti-fog coating SRC-System (Schuberth-Rider-Communication-System) option available US DOT and ECE 22.05 certified Weight 1,570g including sun visor and acoustic collar (may vary depending on shell size) Made in Germany
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good, could have been great!
PostedOctober 28, 2013
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JMTHartland
From Hartland
State:WI
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
Very nice helmet, which it darn well should be for the price. It will break in a bit size-wise - I *almost* returned mine because it fight tight the first day, but over about a week of riding it broke in and now fits properly. My suggestion in sizing would be to follow what Revzilla recommends exactly.
Feature wise, it's a nice helmet. The pin lock visor is included and works well, the face plate locks in place well, the sun visor works well, etc. It's relatively quiet on the road - definitely quieter than the HJC helmet it replaced. No real complaints about the functionality or style overall.
Only two things bug me about this helmet. First, the gosh darn chin strap almost ruins a good helmet. It seems to be situated further back toward your adams apple, and I find myself tinkering with it more often than any other helmet I have tried. This is really a bummer in cold weather if you have a snug collar or neck warmer in place - those things tight to your neck in combination with this chin strap can make for uncomfortable pressure on your adams apple.
And second gripe is that this is a fairly TALL helmet, due to that wind scoop at the top of the helmet. I have an XL helmet and it is too tall to fit in the side case of my BMW F800GT because of that wind scoop. It's nitpicking, but I wish I could keep my nice $600 helmet inside my locking side case when I stop...
That's it - two complaints, but overall a nice helmet!
Rides: 2013 BMW F800GT
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Dainese Tomsk D-Dry Pants Focus Ergonomics and functionality under every weather condition during long-distance touring, refined finishing, and elevated quality are all offered by these pants in breathable, waterproof D-Dry membrane that offer the highest comfort and ergonomics when combined with a removable thermal lining, construction in elasticated Cordura Comfort fabric, the elasticated fabric on the knee, the adjustment possibilities at the sides, and a jacket-pants fastening zip. Active and passive safety is ensured by the homologated composite protectors on the knees, the soft inserts at the sides, and reflective inserts. Features Removable composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1/97 Standard Cordura Comfort fabric Inserts in elasticated fabric Jacket-trousers fastening system Waist adjustment Zipper at calf Breathable waterproof D-Dry membrane External fabric with water-resistance treatment Water outflow system at ankle Closable air vents with zips on thighs Removable thermal liner Soft inserts on the sides Reflective inserts 2 outside pockets
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
LOVE these pants (for spring and fall!)
PostedOctober 14, 2013
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JMTHartland
From Hartland
State:WI
Rider Type:Commuter
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 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Most of the gear I have purchased I like for the most part, except for a few niggling things here & there. These Dainese Tomsk D-Dry pants are the closest thing yet I have found to a perfect piece of motorcycle gear.
They are warm - I can ride with them down to about 50 degrees out without being cold. With some long underwear on they are good down to about 40 degrees out. On the warm side - with the liner removed they are good up to about 70 degrees - any warmer and the lack of venting starts to be a problem.
The fit is great - the knee armor lines up well with my knees when on the bike, which is better than the BMW 'Summer' pants I had previously, and better than the Rev-It pants I use in the middle of the summer. The zippers on the side of the legs make it easy to get boots on and off, and are more robust than the velcro on some of the other pants.
Overall, they are great. I only have two MINOR complaints.
1. The liner doesn't do much - it extends down to mid-calf length, and doesn't seem to make much of a difference whether it is in or not. I would prefer to see it made warmer, or just kept the way it is and built into the pants - as it is there isn't a lot of reason to remove it.
2. The waist velcro is a bit thin. I would prefer a belt solution like the BMW 'Summer' pants, or something more secure at least - each side of these pants has the size adjusted by a piece of velcro about 3/4" wide - not sure how long that will hold out.
But, even with those two concerns, these are the best riding pants I have by far. Too warm for the summer - otherwise I would use them all the time!
Rides: 2013 BMW F800GT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Alpinestars Andes Drystar Jacket Designed using Alpinestars exclusive DRYSTAR textile, the Alpinestars Andes Drystar Jacket is versatile with 100 waterproofing and great levels of breathability, even in difficult riding conditions. The technically advanced construction of this jacket offers protection and abrasion resistance and is adaptable to all weather conditions. Construction Features Advanced reinforced poly-fabric textile and Alpinestars exclusive DRYSTAR waterproof and breathable construction for excellent all-weather performance Zippered shoulder air intakes and back exhaust vents Safety Features Impact protection provided by removable CE-certified Bio-Armor elbow and shoulder protectors Chest and back pad compartments with poly-foam padding (CE-certified Bio-Armor back protector insert available as accessory) Reinforced polymer-printed texturing in critical elbow and lower arm areas Integrated reflective graphic details and logos Comfort Features Upper chest zippered hand pockets and large front waterproof cargo pockets Large, external, utility pocket on lower back of jacket plus waterproof internal pockets and insert wallet pocket Integrated soft edge collar Premium YKK zipper with double sliders for main front closure Non-aggressive micro-Velcro used throughout the garment Removable long-sleeve thermal liner Pre-contoured sleeves with stretch panels on elbows Upper sleeve volume adjustment and waist adjustment belt Optimized for use with the Andes DRYSTAR Pants with internal waist connection zipper
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
So close to being a great jacket...
PostedOctober 14, 2013
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JMTHartland
From Hartland
State:WI
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
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 Small
Large
Overall this isn't a bad jacket. I got the high visibility version and it is bright, and seems engineered well. There are just some minor things that bug me about it...
1. The collar is goofy - if you fold it back so the collar is open, then it works ok, but allows wind to flow down your neckline. If you close it up, then it feels tight - there doesn't seem to be enough velcro length to have it closed up, but loose-ish. Pair this with the Schuberth C3 helmet which has a chip strap near the adams apple, and it makes for a weird feeling. Wish they would have designed the collar a bit different.
2. The vents do nothing good. If you vent the jacket in front with the two zippers, with the liner in, they don't do anything at all. And if you vent with those two zippers when the liner is out, then the jacket billows out like a marshmallow. Best to just not consider this a 'vented' jacket at all.
3. The built-in back armor is junk. It's a thin piece of foam. When I buy motorcycle gear with built in armor, I expect that armor to be made of something other than Nerf material!
Those are the nitpicks. Overall it's a nice jacket. The 'Large' is a bit snug on me with a 38"-ish waist. The color is good, the zippers are good, the liner is fairly easy to put in and take out - overall I do recommend the jacket.
Rides: 2013 BMW F800GT
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 Alpinestars Bio Armor Back Protector
Alpinestars Bio Armor Back Protector
Alpinestars Bio Armor Back Protector Features Direct replacement for Alpinestars RC Back Protector which has been discontinued Optimized for insertion into the latest Alpinestars technical jackets. Slimline profile. Conformable impact absorbing compound mold easily to the body. Perforated to improve the breathability. CE certified level 1 to latest prEN1621-22010. Please see below chart for protector measurements Size Measurements Small 14.5 Height 9.75 Widest Point 6.5 Narrowest Point Medium 16.25 Height 9.5 Widest Point 6.75 Narrowest Point Large 18.5 Height 10 Widest Point 6.75 Narrowest Point (function() var cycle true ('table.sizechart tbody tr').each(function(row) classname (cycle !cycle) 'light' 'dark' row.addClassName(classname) ) )()
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fine - it's a flat chunk of foamish-plastic...
PostedOctober 14, 2013
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JMTHartland
From Hartland
State:WI
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
The item is exactly what is pictured - a flat chunk of hard foam-ish plastic. It is much more robust than the back protector that came in my jacket (Alpinestars Andes Drystar). It's also much stiffer, which can be annoying - it can feel like you are riding around with a board on your back. But, that's to be expected.
My only real gripe is that the instructions are poor - it's not clear which is the 'inside' of the back protector, and also whether you should leave the existing foam in place or remove it when adding this protector. It would have taken Alpinestars about 3 minutes to write some proper instructions - they would have been appreciated.
Rides: 2013 BMW F800GT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Alpinestars Neck Warmer Features Super soft 4 way stretch reversed micro-fleece Inner open mesh Seam free collar edge Embroidery logo
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Works well!
PostedSeptember 23, 2013
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JMTHartland
From Hartland
State:WI
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I have only used this 3 times so far in 40 to 50 degree weather, and it has worked very well. Make sure your jacket has a high enough collar to come up to the bottom of this neck warmer - otherwise you will have a gap that still gets cold. And just be aware that this isn't all that 'stretchy' - I have a large head and wear a 17" neck dress shirt, and this fits fairly snug. In other words I mess up my hair a whole lot trying to put it on or take it off. But on it stays in place very well, it's thin enough that it doesn't mess with the chin strap on my helmet too much, and it is warm enough to be very useful! Not sure how cold it will be useful to, but at least in the 40 to 50 degree range it is doing the job nicely.
Rides: 2013 BMW F800GT
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Givi E21 Monokey Sidecases The E21 cases are designed as side cases only and are ideal for use in the city. They are narrow in width and offer a top opening feature. Sold only as a pair, they have been designed asymmetrically to give the right and left case a unique appearance. They come in a variety of finishes, which make them good all round cases, suiting any style of motorcycle. Features External Dimensions 16.5L x 7.5W x 13.5D (420 x 196 x 348 mm) each Capacity 21 liters. Max. load 11 lbs/case
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Pretty good
PostedJune 21, 2013
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JMTHartland
From Hartland
State:WI
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I have these on a CBR250R with Givi mounts imported from outside the country, and overall the setup works fairly well. The locks are a bit finicky - not as smooth as they could be. And the overall construction is fine, but not stellar.
Bang for the buck is weak - it's $3 worth of plastic that you will pay $150 for. There is no way that's a good deal. But there aren't many alternatives either.
My main gripe is that these are just BARELY too small to fit a 15" Macbook Pro in (in a padded sleeve). If they had just squared the corners a bit more, or made them 1/2" wider, then they would be ideal in terms of size!
Yes, I recommend this product.
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REV'IT! Airwave Pants The perfect match for the REV'IT! Airwave jacket, these trousers are also great over-pants to wear on top of your jeans during summer commutes. The large air mesh panels allow for maximum cooling, but that's not all they're on and off in seconds, thanks to the long inside zippers. Reflective panels at the lower legs ensure great visibility at all times. Even more, the Knox Flexiform CE-approved armor is located in height adjustable pockets, allowing you to position the armour just the way you like it. Available in classic black or fresh silver. PROTECTION FEATURES Outer shell polyester 600D , PWRshell 500D stretch, PWRshell mesh, polyester rib Visibility laminated reflection at calf Protection Knox Flexiform CE protection at knees, prepared for TRYONIC Seesoft CE-level 1 type B hip protector insert - version RV01 ( sold separately ) ERGONOMIC FEATURES Fit tour fit , regular Adjustability adjustment straps at waist, adjustment tab at ankles Ventilation ventilation panels at legs Features easy entrance zipper at calf, adjustable protector pockets, short connection zipper, elastic at waistband Pockets slit pockets
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Pretty darn good
PostedJune 21, 2013
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JMTHartland
From Hartland
State:WI
Rider Type:Commuter
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I got these pants to replace some BMW Summer 3 pants that I wasn't too happy with. Compare to those pants, these are much, much better.
They flow air very well - to the point where riding on a sub 60-degree day can be chilly!
Build wise, they are good - the construction seems to be as solid as the BMW pants, and the armor about as good. I wish the velcro on the bottom of the pants legs was done slightly different - I just don't feel like I can cinch it down very tight, but that is a fairly minor complaint.
Fit/styles wise - others have covered it, but I will rehash it. First, they fit fairly tight in the mid-section. They fit tight enough that I don't like using the pockets - things like a phone or wallet are held tight enough against you that it is uncomfortable. They aren't 'skinny jean' tight, but they sure as heck aren't baggy either - they are MUCH less baggy than the BMW pants were. I do wish they had a belt though - they work fine but I'm not a fan of the elastic side adjustments for the waist.
For sizing, all I can say is be sure to measure your waist at the belly button, as they show. I tend to wear a 36" waist jean, but that goes under my gut. These pants ride higher for protection, and this means I wind up wearing a 40"-ish waist, going over the gut. I wound up swapping sizes because I didn't pay attention on my measurements the first time. So measure your waist at the belly button as they tell you! Length is about dead on with the measurements they provide. I like that the knee protectors line up fairly well too - much better than the BMW pants where the knees, even in their highest position were down on my shin...
Overall, I am quite happy with the pants once I got the sizing down. Do your measurements properly and these will be good riding pants for you on warm days!
I only give 4 stars because they fit tight enough that the pockets aren't comfortable to use, because the velcro at the bottom of the legs is a bit weak and small, and because the waist should have a belt instead of the elastic. All minor issues, but all together bump it off of a 5-star product in my mind. Still very good though!
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Tour Master Select Saddle Bags Heavy duty, 600 denier Carbolex and 1680 denier ballistic nylon construction Adjustable mounting yoke can be permanently mounted under the seat of some motorcycles Bags have removable neoprene layers to help protect the motorcycle Hinged lid provides easy access to the main compartment and offers additional storage space Phoslite dark colored reflective piping provides nighttime visibility Convenient carrying handles Internal support panels hold the shape of the bag when empty or full Rain / dust cover is included and easily stores in the lid mesh pockets External side pockets offer additional, easy-access storage space Integrates with Tour Master Select Tail Bag 15 L x 5.5 W x 11 H (12 liters each bag)
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ok...
PostedMay 20, 2013
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JMTHartland
From Hartland
State:WI
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I got these bags to use on a CBR250R, which doesn't have many other options. The bags themselves are fine, but they just don't mount in a way that is great on my bike. There isn't any inner support on the bottom of the bags, so they tend to pull in - together toward each other, at the bottom of the bags...
This might not be the fault of the bags, but they aren't engineered in a way to help it. A stiffer backing on the bags, or an interior bracket, or a side to side brace, or SOMETHING could be done to help...
So, if you have a bike where you will be able to secure the bags downward with the straps, then these should work well. If your bracing straps are inward, then be prepared for disappointment...
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good. Not great, but good.
PostedMay 20, 2013
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JMTHartland
From Hartland
State:WI
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 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
Slightly Large
Large
I bought a large high visibility yellow version of this jacket to use for summer riding. Key to me was to be SEEN, and to flow lots of air, and this jacket does both.
Overall, it's very good. With the two inner liners removed, it flows a TON of air - it's almost like not having a jacket on when you are moving. I was chilly in 50 degree morning air. At 80 it's fine - I don't feel hot at all.
I like the snaps on the sleeves to tighten them up. The elbows fit well, and the jacket overall just fits very well with the liners removed. I am 6' tall, 190 pounds, and the large fits me fairly well. it's a bit on the big side when just using the outer mesh shell, but it would probably fit about perfectly with the inner liners - so I'm glad I didn't order smaller.
My only real gripes are:
1. The liners are over-engineered, and way too complicated. Each liner has a zipper on each side, plus several snaps on the main body of the jacket, plus two elastic snap thingeys in each sleeve. This means it's a royal pain in the butt to put the liner back in. Personally, I removed both liners and I will just wear a sweatshirt underneath it when I'm cold. The liners are far too complicated!
2. This is minor, but the velcro at the end of the sleeves isn't as large a patch as I would like - it's maybe 1/2" thick and 2" long - not really a large patch that would allow you to really cinch the sleeve down around your gloves. I just wish it was a better setup there to tighten them up against the gloves.
That's it though. The yellow glows in a way that makes your eyes hurt (which is good!), it's very cool in the summer, and it looks like it'll be safe as well...
Hope that helps!
Yes, I recommend this product.
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