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Icon PDX Rain Jacket Following Icons mission to create real riding gear that doesnt suck, Icon gives you the PDX line. Birthed in the rain soaked laboratories of Portland, Oregon the PDX is Icons answer to Mother Natures fury. The pattern of the ripstop waterproof shell is cut full to fit over your normal riding gear. The unique roll-up hood seals against the neck during your ride, then unfurls to cover your helmet hair when you arrive at your destination. A couple of well placed pockets, complete seam sealing, reflective graphics and wind flap elimination straps complete the program. The PDX, keeps you dry while keeping you fresh. Heavy duty nylon waterproof shell Premium waterproof zippers Roll and tuck away hood Reflective graphics Comfort mesh liner Water resistant front pockets Imported
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Pretty good jacket, good value
PostedSeptember 22, 2013
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swooshdave
From Portland
State:OR
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
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 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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I've been waiting to review this jacket until I could give it a good testing. It's been very dry this summer in the PNW but now we're getting some rainy weather. As a comparison I have a one piece rain suit from a certain German motorcycle company which I have been very impressed with (considering you can get one for about the same price as the Icon jacket). I've been using the Icon jacket in the mornings even when it wasn't raining to help cut the wind over my textile jacket. For this it works great. I also appreciate the hi vis yellow.
Yesterday I went on a ride in some pretty serious rain. Just about everyone else was some form of dampness and I remained nice and pretty dry. The only real dampness came from when I got wet prior to stoping and getting the rain jacket on.
A couple areas of concern with this jacket, by no means stoppers.
I get a little rain dripping of the back of my helmet and into the hood area. The way they have you roll the hood closed isn't intuitive (I actually had to read the instructions!) but seems to work.
If you wear gauntlet gloves (I have some Icon ones) you may get water rolling down your sleeves into the gauntlets. As a comparison the one piece suit has double sleeves, so the glove goes over the inside sleeve and the the outer sleeve goes over the glove.
The double flap on the front zipper is a nice touch. There's even a lip on the inner flap to stop even more water.
The front zipper comes up very high and makes the colar stand up in the front. This blocks the area under you chin very nicely.
I got a Large. I watched the video and I believe the model was in a Medium and he seemed bigger than me but it looked a little snug on him. I wanted to insure I had enough flexibility so I got the Large. I haven't noticed any billowing so I think it's ok. I may have been able to get away with a Medium.
As with most rain gear you probably want to save it for when it's raining as they aren't typically designed to breathe (which is good), so having a shell you can slip over your riding jacket is nice. I'm not sure if earlier versions didn't have it but the mesh liner is nice.
I don't expect anything to stay perfectly dry in the driving rains but as long as I'm dry at the core I'm happy. If the Icon jacket stops 95% of the moisture and my riding jacket gets the rest I'm happy. If after a couple years the jacket doesn't hold up I'll hit it with some Nikwax and see if that helps.
Rides: 1972 Norton Commando 750 MK1
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Kriega US-30 Drypack The Kriega US-30 is 30-litre capacity 100 waterproof motorcycle tailpack. Unique design solution enables fitment can fit directly to the bike's subframe or solid mounting under the seat. The US-30 also comes equipped with removable shoulder and waist straps, so it can be carried courier style, on or off the bike. Base anti-slip mesh also doubles as a pocket to store the shoulder and waist straps when the US-30 is attached to the bike. The shoulder strap connects to the large D-rings at each end of the pack and the waist strap connects to 2 fold away buckles at the corners of the mesh-pocket. The Kriega US-30 motorcycle tailpack is designed to work perfectly with pretty much any motorcycle, via a super secure attachment to the sub-frame. The pack is easily attached/removed by 4 x quick-release buckles, and no extra bungees or rain covers are required. The Kriega US-30 tail pack utilizes the latest generation of fitting straps US Alloy Hook Straps allow tailpack combinations of up to 90-liters to be carried with confidence and convenience. Easy on/off with no loose straps remaining. Custom CNC milled, aircraft grade, 6061-T6 alloy hooks attach to the four discreet web loops located on the sub-frame of the bike. Fitting method is particularly suitable for traditional one-piece motorcycle seats and bolt-on seat pads/racks, as well as standard seats. US packs can be mounted inline or across the seat. See US Alloy Hook Strap page for full fitting instructions. For use as a tankbag, Kriega US Tank Adaptor must be purchased. Features 1000D Dupont Cordura (100 waterproof main body) RHINOTEK abrasion resistant fabric HYPALON abrasion resistant re-enforcement DRYPACK removable tape-seamed liner (white) 420D nylon ripstop - lightweight yet extremely strong Acetal ITW Airloc buckles YKK water-resistant zips 6061-T6 alloy fitting hooks Side access zip pocket (water-resistant) Coated-mesh pocket Shoulder waist straps 1 x set US Alloy Hook Straps included 10-year guarantee 30-litre capacity 445mm(H) x 295mm(W) x 225mm(D) Note The US-30 subframe loops are reflective, not black as shown. This will help to ensure a secure connection to the frame of your motorcycle, and to differentiate between the subframe loops and the connection straps.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Motorcycle Trunk
PostedJuly 1, 2013
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swooshdave
From Portland
State:OR
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I had been using a backpack to carry a laptop, rain gear, extra gloves, etc. to work and back. I estimate it was around 20lbs. What I really needed was a trunk for my bike. I needed something that could hold a decent amount of stuff and be completely waterproof. The one brand that always came up was Kregia. Knowing that I want to take trips at some point helped me decide to get the biggest bag possible, the 30 liter. You can always put less stuff in than the bag can hold but it's really tough to put more in than it can hold. Having the future option of adding more bags is also tremendous.
I easily installed the four attachment points to my rear frame (2009 Triumph Bonneville) and then just place the bag on the back of the seat. Using the metal hooks I attached each hook to the attachment strap and tighten. It just takes a minute or so. Once secure the bag will not move. At all. The 30 liter hangs over the back of the seat a little bit, depending on how full it is.
When I get to work I loosen the four straps, unhook from the bike and hook the hooks to the provided loops on the bag. This keeps the straps from dangling. Very nice. I then attach the shoulder strap and off I go.
One of the first things I noticed using the bag was the huge difference not having a backpack on was. There was now no strain on my back and I had increased freedom to move around on the seat. This one thing was worth moving the weight from my back to the seat.
The quality of the bag looks superb. I have not rain tested it yet (bowels of summer right now) but I have no doubt that it won't be any problem.
I hope to take a short trip and I should have no problem carrying everything that I need in the bag.
Rides: 1972 Norton Commando 750 MK1
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Icon Patrol Waterproof Gloves Eighty percent of the controls on a motorcycle are operated with your hands. The Patrol waterproof gloves were designed to keep you in control when the weather turns foul. The fully insulated and waterproof design provides maximum comfort and protection. The chassis is not only waterproof but features a mild precurve design to reduce hand fatigue. The palm is constructed of Battlehide goatskin for optimum feedback yet maintaining durability. Reinforced rubber knuckle armor covers the backhand along with a reflective graphics package. Finally, an integrated goggle wipe built into the thumb helps keep your shield clear. Waterproof textile chassis Abrasion resistant premium grade Battlehide goatskin palm Reinforced rubber knuckle armor Reflective graphics Goggle wipe on thumb Precurved palm and finger design
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Waterproof test
PostedJune 13, 2013
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swooshdave
From Portland
State:OR
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I just got the gloves. The first thing I did after trying them on was to test them. The plan was to water test them and if they failed, send them back for another pair. Here in Oregon waterproof gloves are mandatory. Leaks are not acceptable. I first put on the gloves and held them under the kitchen faucet for about 5 minutes. No problems here. Next up was the dunk test. Following a test I read on webbikeworld I filled a sink with water and submerged the gloves for another 5 minutes. Again, the gloves passed. Ironically it has rained for the last couple days but will be sunny for the weekend. If the gloves don't pass the riding test they will go back, but I'm pretty confident the static test were pretty comprehensive. We'll see. So far, so good.
I have some Triumph branded gloves in Medium and the Icons fit about the same, maybe a smidge snugger. The Triumph gloves are leather and have stretched a little. I also had tried on some small Icon gloves and they were too small. Not a lot of places stock Icons locally.
Overall pleased so far
Yes, I recommend this product.
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