Ryanizzle
 
 
 
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    September 2, 2013
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    February 19, 2014
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Dainese Dean D-WP Boots Dean D-WP boots have been specifically designed for riders wanting a modern, casual look. These boots are comfortable and practical while either zipping through city traffic or going for a walk in the hills. Their waterproof, breathable D-WP membrane makes them ideal, even in adverse weather conditions. Features Lace closure Waterproof D-WP interior Rubber sole
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Solid casual cold weather boot
PostedFebruary 19, 2014
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Ryanizzle
From San Francisco
State:CA
Rider Type:Cafe Racer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I actually bought my pair at the local Dainese-D store, but I love how informative Revzilla is, so I always like putting in reviews for gear. The main reason I bought these boots were its style, comfort , and price. I also own a pair of Stylmartin Indian boots, and while it's a better boot in the realm of protection, the Deans are actually more comfortable on & off the bike and have a slimmer profile; not to mention, it's significantly less expensive.
One very important thing I want to mention- THESE BOOTS FIT 1 SIZE SMALL. For reference, I wear the Dainese Cafe boots in EU40, so I naturally tried the Deans in 40 and not only did they fit tight, but I sized up the soles of both shoes and (although they use the same exact style sole), the Deans came up significantly short compared to the Cafe. I bought the Deans in 41 and they fit perfectly, pretty much broke in the minute I was walking in them.
Two little nitpicks I have with this boot: 1)based on the condition of the suede shift pad after 300 miles worth of riding (260 freeway, 40 city), I have a feeling it'll wear out very fast. 2) Because it's a shorter boot, the laces hang a lot lower; all my moto boots so far are laced, but this is the only pair that have me checking my laces while on the road. So if you're paranoid about riding with laced boots, you might not want these.
The big, obvious drawback to this boot is there is no reinforced impact protection for the ankles nor heels & toes. But with the way it's priced, the way I see it is you're paying the same amount you'd pay for WP Timberlands, but with motorcycle shift pads. If you're looking for an entry-level WP boot or you're primarily an in-town commuter, these boots are worth a try.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Bonneville SE
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Dainese Anfibio Cafe Boots The challenges on the North Circular, trips down to the beach in Brighton, nights in the clubs where rockers hang out in their leather jackets, badges, and grease. This heavy-duty boot with the unmistakable style of the boots of the time is dedicated to the magic of the 60s and the Cafe Racer world and has been revised with modern technical solutions. Made in cowhide with split leather inserts, the Cafe Boot features nylon inserts over the ankle and a breathable double jersey mesh liner under a vintage look to satisfy even the most technical and demanding rockers. Protection Nylon ankle guard Polyurethane inserts on heel and toebox Ergonomics and Comfort Cowhide upper Split leather inserts with rubber finishing Closing with laces Temperature adjustment Double jersey airgap liner Other Non-slip rubber sole Gear shift guard
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Not perfect, but still a solid on-bike/off-bike boot
PostedJanuary 29, 2014
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Ryanizzle
From San Francisco
State:CA
Rider Type:Cafe Racer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
This is my first motorcycle-specific boot, purchased last summer. The main reason I chose this boot was its casual cafe style.
The boot fits very true to size. It gives a good amount of room at the toebox and still gives a sleek profile that can be worn over or under jeans. Initial break-in was somewhat uncomfortable, but broke in perfectly after a day of commuter use. The breathable liner does its job, and makes this boot a good choice for summer riding.
Three shortcomings compromise this boot- its sole, ease of entry/removal, and shift pad. The insole can leave the feet mildly sore after a full day of use- if you plan to wear these during a full work day, be aware that your comfort level may or may not tolerate it. I work 40 hours/week with a lot of standing & walking, but for its 6+ months of use, I'm still fine with wearing them. The outsole isn't all that great either- after a month of riding, the sole started melting and the lugs have significantly lost its shape- and unfortunately, the outsole isn't traditionally stitched on, so it's possible that they may not be resole-able. Also, taking the boots on & off can be a real chore, even after initial break-in;also, the laces are starting to wear out along the top eyelets. Lastly, the textile shift pad started wearing out within a few months. Shifting is still fine, but Dainese would've been wise to give it a leather shift pad instead.
Despite its cons, I'm still glad I bought the boots when I did. However, potential buyers may want to consider other choices. Rev'it is coming out with a similar boot called the Rodeo, and based on its video reviews, it appears to address the points the Cafe boots could've used improvement on. If time isn't an issue and you're willing to wait till early Spring, wait for the Rodeo in order to get a chance to compare the two.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Bonneville SE
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Stylmartin Indian Boots The Stylmartin Indian Boots are a great combination of comfort and protection with classic styling. Their waterproof and breathable lining combine with the anti-slip rubber sole makes this boot a great choice whether you are commuting or riding until the road ends. Uses a Vibram sole made in Italy that is comfortable and popular with the hiking / outdoor crowd for all-day comfort. Black boots include a set of black laces as well as a spare set of green laces. The Black version features a greased full grain leather. Brown boots include a set of brown laces as well as a spare set of red laces. The Brown version are made with natural tan full grain leather. The leather will lighten through brushing, with use, or bending it, gaining a unique coloring with a vintage effect, which enhance the classic dark brown color. Features Full grain leather upper Internal PU malleolus protection of both sides Fast lace system Anti-slip replaceable rubber sole Padded collar Antex breathable waterproof membrane Note Stylemartin Boots run about one whole size large.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Boots fit true to EURO size, buy towards your EURO size.
PostedJanuary 27, 2014
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Ryanizzle
From San Francisco
State:CA
Rider Type:Cafe Racer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The size chart used in Revzilla has a slight typo- what's listed as "US" sizes are actually UK sizes- which are a full size smaller. For confirmation, check any European vendor that sells these boots online- they list a size chart that provides the same numbers- but labeled as UK/Euro sizes.
I'm a Euro 40 in moto boots, and I ordered this pair in both 40 and the Revzilla-recommended 39 (via outside vendor since availability from Revzilla is very limited). The 39 was very uncomfortable- the toe box and ankle cups were causing significant discomfort throughout its 4 days of commuter use. The 40 broke in perfectly within 15-30 minutes of wear.
For reference, I also own a pair of Dainese Cafe boots in EU40; while the Indian is bulkier in profile (which makes sense on account that it's a WP boot), the sizing from heel to toe is exactly identical.
I really wanted to go in detail how great this boot is, but I felt compelled to write this review based on its size. Since I've worn the 39, it's ineligible for return and I'm forced to re-sell this pair on my own. My adivce- if Revzilla offers both your true EU size and the recommended size smaller, go for your EU size first and see how it breaks in before any all-out use; Revzilla offers one of the best return/exchange policies for online motogear so there should be no hesitation.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Bonneville SE
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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REV'IT! Melville Jacket What do you get when you mix the timeless design of a classic wax jacket with modern technology The Melville jacket. Don't let the outer shell fool you the Melville is fully equipped for riding. It is 100 waterproof, windproof, and warm. It is also versatile, featuring a thermal liner with thermo collar that can be easily removed for warmer days in the city. The back pocket can accommodate the KNOX Advance X back protector (available as an upgrade), whereas the CE level protectors at shoulders and elbows are made by KNOX Lite. PROTECTION FEATURES Outer Shell Wax coated cotton twill Insulation Detachable thermal liner Waterproofing Hydratex mesh G-liner (5000mm H2O) Breathability Hydratex mesh G-liner (5000g/m2/24hrs) Composition Outer shell 100 cotton Lining 100 polyester Thermal Liner 100 polyester (insulation 100 polyester) Protection Knox Lite CE protection at shoulders and elbows Back Protector (sold separately) Seesoft Back Protector -Type KN Type KN / Size 106 fits SM-2XL Visibility Reflection at collar ERGONOMIC FEATURES Fit City fit, regular Adjustability Adjustment tabs at collar and cuffs, waist belt, adjustment drawcord at hips Pockets Stash pockets, hand warmer pockets, inner pockets Please Note Jacket featured in video is a pre-production model and varies slightly from the Melville images and description, which are accurate.
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Felt like I was wearing a cheap costume
PostedJanuary 20, 2014
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Ryanizzle
From San Francisco
State:CA
Rider Type:Cafe Racer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Comfort 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
1 / 5
1 / 5
I don't own this jacket, but I did have the chance to try it on at a local moto shop that sells Rev'it gear last week. I was debating between buying this or the Opera- I'm glad I chose the Opera.
The "wax cotton" just made the jacket look and feel so tacky. The bulkiness of the jacket doesn't help; some people might be able to get away with it, but if you have a slim frame, you're gonna look ridiculous wearing this jacket. Also, the belt was really cheap and practically useless; Rev'it should have stayed with the prototype design that's used in Revzilla's video review.
Like i mentioned, I don't actually own the jacket so you can take my first impression of it with a grain of salt. If you're really into the whole Belstaff Trophy/Trialmaster style of the jacket, I would suggest either the Oxford (no wax cotton, but at least it'll feel like a real jacket) or the Concorde (with the detachable hood off, it somewhat resembles the Melville & it has a better fit & finish)- just be aware there are other jackets out there than this.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Bonneville SE
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Alpinestars Arctic Drystar Gloves Features Textile upper construction Goatskin palm construction with Clarino reinforcement Over-molded hard PU knuckle protection 4mm EVA foam padding on top of hand, fingers and wrist Accordion stretch inserts on top of hand and fingers High finger bridge Drystar membrane insert Thinsulate thermal insulation Insulated for warmth Micro-velcro wrist closure Hydrophobic knitted cuff Pre-curved finger construction
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
these are NOT winter gloves.
PostedJanuary 19, 2014
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Ryanizzle
From San Francisco
State:CA
Rider Type:Cafe Racer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
1 / 5
1 / 5
I originally bought these gloves because I thought it would be cool to have a mid-cuff glove for cold-weather riding. Unfortunately, these gloves don't do much to keep your hands warm at sub-40 temps. Also, putting on the glove was very awkward in the beginning because of the inner liner; it took a couple rides to get accustomed to it.
I love the looks of the glove; I also like how the wrist strap is under the hand rather than over- it's a cleaner look & more ergonomic. Luckily for me, I live in a city that's mostly in the 40-50s range all year so these gloves still have some use to me, but on chilly mornings and lengthy freeway rides, my hands are still cold & numb. I simply cannot recommend because if it only offers marginal insulation in California winter, I can only imagine how much worse these gloves would be anywhere else.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Bonneville SE
No, I do not recommend this product.
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 Spidi JK Leather Jacket (3XL Only)
Spidi JK Leather Jacket (3XL Only)
Spidi JK Leather Jacket A great fitting and light weight sheep hide jacket aimed at a wide range of bikers from naked/cafe bike riders to tourers through urban commuters. Removable lining, full kit of CE Multitech protectors, Clip Stop and Warrior back protector-ready back pocket make this jacket a truly universally appealing item described by the essential style of motorcycling. Features Can be fitted with the Spidi Compact Warrior back protector (available separately) Removable CE level 1 certified Multitech arm and shoulder protectors Removable 60g thermal lining included Clip Stop system to attach jacket to trousers 0.7-0.9mm Sheep leather Please Note Spidi logo on chest is white, not grey as pictured.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
This jacket is a testament of how underrated Spidi is compared to other brands
PostedJanuary 11, 2014
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Ryanizzle
From San Francisco
State:CA
Rider Type:Cafe Racer
Age:25-34
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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
I bought this jacket at Revzilla last summer as my first motorcycle jacket- the key points that sealed the deal were the lambskin leather, style and fit.
I felt the chemistry instantly when I tried this jacket on at a local shop-it's much more comfortable than all the Dainese leathers I've tried thanks to the lambskin leather. The fit was also perfect- I'm a US34 wearing size small; the jacket gives a subtle balance of a streamlined profile and a touch of bulk that's not too excessive, even with the thermal liner and pads.
Its only obvious flaw is its lack of ventilation. I live in a city with year-round moderate weather so it's not an issue for me, but it's not an ideal all-weather jacket by any means. I'd give this jacket a temperature rating at 40s-60s with the thermal liner, and 60s-low 80s without the liner. I have used this jacket in 30s and even triple digit weather, and while I live to tell the tale, I would not recommend it.
Overall, I'm very glad I bought this jacket; it will be my benchmark for all future try & buy jackets.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Bonneville SE
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Arai Defiant Helmet - Solid Colors Designed specifically for the aesthetics and needs of street fighter and naked bike rider in mind, the new Arai Defiant is equally aggressive and feature rich, as one would expect from a new Arai helmet. Based on the fit and comfort of the Quantum, the Arai Defiant was built for the upright riding position with its aggressive, integrated chin spoiler, which was designed specifically to guide wind around the neck and to improve the aerodynamic properties of the helmet. The Hyper Ridge Bumper circles the bottom of the shell both adding additional strength and also lowering the helmet's center of gravity, while flaring the helmet opening slightly to increase the ease of putting on, and taking off. The Arai Defiant utilizes Arai's latest faceshield design, the SAI Max Vision Pinlock Shield with Brow Vents and includes Pinlock insert lens. The SAI Max Vision shield has been widened by 5mm left and right and offers one of the widest eyeports available for excellent peripheral vision. Features Aggressive new styling Internals are redesigned with a focus on safety and comfort Organic shell shape for superb energy management New IC-4 Upper Intake vents seal more completely when closed New ACR-4 flow thru exhaust vent allows greater air flow when open and reduces drag when closed FCS R (Facial Contour Support) cheek pad design has 5mm peel away micro fit layer for greater personal fit Cheek pads feature contoured shape, multiple density foam layer supported by a patented spring New shell shape is easier to put on and take off New water repellent material along bottom edge Pull down spoiler works with new flared bottom to increase helmet stability SAI Max Vision Brow Vent Pinlock anti-fog lens insert included DOT and Snell 2010 certified
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Helmet
PostedDecember 2, 2013
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Ryanizzle
From San Francisco
State:CA
Rider Type:Cafe Racer
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
I waited a few months before reviewing this helmet to offer the most accurate feedback possible. I initially wanted an Arai helmet in favor of its subtle, organic shape. I chose the Defiant for its hyper-ridge feature for non-faired bikes & its overall looks.
Its airflow is one of its biggest strengths and quirks. It does a VERY good job of airflow- almost TOO good. It'll even bring in air when all vents are closed & chin curtain is down- something you might not want during very low temperatures. Another quirk is its noise level. Wind noise is very noticeable at freeway speeds, but not to the point where it's uncomfortable. Listening to music wouldn't be a problem, but I would imagine taking calls through a Bluetooth would be very difficult.
Overall I love the helmet, almost to the point that I take its features for granted, such as its Pinlock lens (included with the helmet!), wide-vision visor and plush interior lining. I'm pretty sure any subsequent helmet I end up buying will come up short on points that the Defiant can fill.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Bonneville SE
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Spidi RV Coupe Gloves Short and aggressive sport glove for summer use. Its design and performances come directly from racing experience and the Race Vent glove. Features Vented cowhide Vents Titanium fibre shields Keramide over palm area.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Solid summer gloves
PostedDecember 2, 2013
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Ryanizzle
From San Francisco
State:CA
Rider Type:Cafe Racer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I chose these gloves over others because of my familiarity with Spidi's gloves; matter of fact, The STR-1 gauntlets that I previously reviewed shares some similar high & low points with these gloves. The main thing I like about the RV Coupes is they are thicker than most summer shorties, but not to the point where it's bulky and hindering, and still provide solid breathability and airflow.
Fit during initial break-in was awkward, I'll admit. Also, I think Spidi could do a little better with the ergonomics of the knuckle panel. If the price were just a tad lower & the ergonomics were slightly improved, I'd give it a perfect 5. But overall, I was very satisfied with this glove and I look forward to using them again next summer.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Bonneville SE
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Spidi STR-1 Gloves A great leather glove for entry level riders who seek a user friendly product which is light, very comfortable and a great value for the money. Safety features include the Powertech knuckle shield, Keramide reinforced palm and extra side padding. Clarino microfiber guarantees great fitting and comfort. Features Keramide reinforced palm Palm, back of hand, and side of hand padding 0.6-0.8mm cowhide Perforated leather Keramide reinforcements Clarino special fibres Variable-density polyurethane shield Elasticated fabric
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Solid entry-level glove for the money
PostedSeptember 2, 2013
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Ryanizzle
From San Francisco
State:CA
Rider Type:Moto Newb
Age:18-24
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
The leather on STR-1 does its job well in comfort padding; it's noticeably thicker in areas exposed to bar & lever operation compared to other gloves, so you won't have sore hands after a typical commute ride. Although I've never been in a crash, I have a lot of confidence that they'll protect my hands just fine against abrasion.
I was reluctant to buy these gloves at first because I felt its style appeared too "modern-sport" for a retro-bike like my Bonneville, but I've noticed that vintage-styled gloves don't seem to offer the same balance of protection, durability & comfort like a leather sport glove.
While they are comfortable to a certain point, I feel that Spidi should improve on the ergonomics of their gloves; there's a noticeable amount of slack at the end of the thumbs. Other reviewers have noted this, and you can even see it in most video reviews of Spidi gloves on Revzilla. However, it's not a deal-breaker for me. The long thumbs don't bother me as much anymore; they don't hinder operation of buttons/switches that need to be thumb-operated.
The air flow isn't anything to praise about, but the STR-1s provide a solid middle ground; the glove's perforation allows ventilation for moderately warm weather, while at the same time, still keep your hands warm for cooler, night riding.
If you're inclined to gauntlets and you want something afforable that doesn't sacrifice quality in critical areas, I'd say consider these on your list and try 'em out.
Rides: 2012 Triumph Bonneville SE
Yes, I recommend this product.
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