Nicholas C.
 
 
 
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    July 28, 2010
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    August 6, 2013
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Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
If your bike has Powerlet...
PostedAugust 6, 2013
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Nicholas C.
From DEDHAM
State:MA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Yes, Powerlet seems like such a scam - just to make you buy a new connector for all your gear that works perfectly fine with SAE or cigarette lighter plugs. But your bike has one anyway, so you could either drill it out and put in a cigarette lighter or you could go with this guy. Save yourself the hassle, go with this. Solid build quality, and it definitely doesn't go anywhere when you've plugged in your cell phone and you're cruising on the highway. Your cigarette lighter plug, on the other hand, might slip out... but that's because they're generally designed pretty poorly and don't actually grip well enough to stay in against vibrations. So just duct tape it to this guy, and you're all set.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Alpinestars Women's Stella SMX-3 Air Gloves Features Goat skin leather and mesh upper construction Suede micro-fiber palm with synthetic suede reinforcements EVA foam knuckle protection TPR reinforcement details on top of the hand and fingers for additional protection High absorption foam padding on landing zone Wrist flap closure with non-aggressive micro-velcro fastener
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
So-so glove
PostedJuly 23, 2013
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Nicholas C.
From DEDHAM
State:MA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Small
Large
Bought a pair of these for my girlfriend. After looking at the sizing chart, taking into account that people said they run a little small, etc - ended up buying a pair. They fit her hands nicely, except for the section between the thumb and the index finger, which was too tight; also the palm in the same area was tight enough to make it difficult to open her hand all the way. Trying to get a grip on the throttle or reaching for the control levers was just uncomfortable and restrictive. Would a size up solve that? Perhaps, but the rest of it fit well enough that she was worried the size up would be too large. Maybe an argument for trying them on in a store.
As far as the overall quality of the glove, I'm used to mid-to -high end gloves like the ones from Rev'It, so I found these to be lacking. I got the feeling that the palms didn't seem too rugged, and that the protection was really minimal. I've spent similar amount of money on better gloves, but after going with more expensive gloves I won't go back - you're not really saving money when the quality's not there. Other users who have put on some miles may talk to these points better, but I would probably look at other gloves.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Riders looking for adventure will appreciate the SAND glove. Lightweight and designed for both on- and off-road rides, the SAND is well-ventilated but highly protective. The palm features PU-injected leather for abrasion-resistance, while the back of the glove is a stretch material that affords a snug fit. Separated knuckles with PU-injected protection make the SAND stand out. PROTECTION ERGONOMIC Outer shell Automan stretch, air stretch mesh, goatskin, Albany cowhide (PU coated), PWRshell 500D stretch Protection PU injected knuckle, PU injected finger knuckles, EVA foam, PU injected backhand Lining tri-fleece liner Fit tour fit Adjustability adjustment tab Ventilation ventilation panels Features short cuff, Albany cowhide grip patches, elastic
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great product
PostedJuly 16, 2013
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Nicholas C.
From DEDHAM
State:MA
Rider Type:Adventurer
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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I have a number of Rev'it products, including the Phantom GTX gloves, and they're pretty universally excellent. These Sand gloves are no different: fit is perfect, look is great and they don't make you look like a squid. The protection is just average - while there is some light rubber armor on the knuckles and a skid pad on the heel of your palm, these are more about grip and air flow than protection.
I had been considering the Sand Pro gloves as well - but I'm glad I saved the ~$30 and stuck with these.
Rides: 2010 BMW F800GS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Airhawk Seat Pad The last mile feels like the first, thanks to AIRHAWK's exclusive Shape Fitting Technology. This patented system eliminates painful points and promotes consistent blood flow for a longer, more comfortable ride. Memory foam can't do it. Gel seat can't do it. Only a genuine AIRHAWK can do it. And it's fully customizable and portable - use it on any bike for any rider. The neoprene AIRHAWK's stretchy material has a much more substantial and luxurious feel, especially at the end of a long day in the saddle. Features The proof is in the ROHO DRY FLOATATION technology, which has effectiviely assisted in the healing and prevention of pressire sores in wheelchair and long-term care patients for over 30 years Inner bladder is made of neoprene The air-filled Airhawk cushio n custom fits your shape and redistributes pressure that causes numbness and discomfort when you ride In addition, your motorcycle cushion will reduce vibration and assist in absorbing shock 2-year manufacturer's warranty on cover Great for 200-1000 mile days Available in 3 sizes Small - 18 Deep x 12 Wide Sport Touring Dual Sport Standards Non-Touring-Harleys Medium - 14 Deep x 14 Wide Big Cruisers Sport Touring Standards Non-Touring-Harleys Harleys Large - 18 Deep x 14.5 Wide Big Cruisers Large Touring
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great way to improve your seat
PostedSeptember 4, 2012
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Nicholas C.
From DEDHAM
State:MA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
I'm on an F800GS. The stock seat is pretty terrible for long distances, so I've been looking for a solution for a while. There are several manufacturers who make replacement seats, but they're all in the $500 range and seem to be a compromise between off road performance or comfort. I don't mind the stock seat off road, so I figured the Airhawk would be a cheap way to get the long distance performance I'd like.
It does just what it says - it increases the distance you can ride in comfort. A weekend of riding used to result in some serious discomfort, but I've found that the Airhawk remedies that easily, and at a perfectly reasonable price.
However, I do find that while it spreads the pressure more evenly, it does so at a cost. This model does not have the voids in the middle (the "R" version does), so men might end up with some extra pressure on your prostate, etc. I found that this required occasional shifting while doing highway miles in order to avoid numbness in that area. It makes for an imperfect product, thus the 4-star rating. I'm considering swapping out to the R version to see if that eliminates this problem but retains the comfort, but I don't like the increase in width for my seat. A "small" size with the voids in he middle would be perfect.
Due to this I couldn't rate it as a 5-star product, but it definitely provides a lot of comfort at a fair price. I have some concerns about durability as I could see punctures might occur, but they conveniently include a number of patches.
Some have complained about the straps used to attach it to the bike, saying they're flimsy. I really haven't seen that as a problem. I made them snug and haven't had an issue with falling off or breaking straps, and I tend to hit my foot on the seat when I'm getting on/off of my bike when it's fully loaded.
Does it look a little weird? Yes. But I'll take a little weird, add a lot of comfort, and save the $400 for gas.
Rides: 2010 BMW F800GS
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Designed for the adventure touring and dual sport market, the Shoei Hornet DS Helmet can be used in three configurations with visor and shield, with just shield, or with just visor A wide, 3-dimensionally curved shield completely seals against the eyeport beading Lightweight, Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus (AIM+) shell Visor includes a front air intake to channel air into top of helmet Shutter behind nose cover directs air flow to clear shield fogging Fully removable 3-D interior, with 5-layer cheekpads that are channeled for eyeglasses Breath guard and chin curtain included DOT and Snell 2005 Approved Helmet Weight 3 lbs. 6-3/8 oz. (1549g) This weight is +/- 50g, different shell sizes may be heavier / lighter. ( View Motorcycle Helmet Weights ) Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Pretty great helmet, with some flaws
PostedMay 14, 2012
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Nicholas C.
From DEDHAM
State:MA
Rider Type:Adventurer
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
I do really like this helmet, it's a good weight and the padding really makes it feel secure. I do recommend it, but I have a couple items which I feel could be improved greatly.
The visor. It isn't really that useful. It's adjustable about half an inch, but it should really pull forward more, to act like the brim of a baseball hat to keep the sun out of your eyes. I find that it just barely peeks over the viewport, so it's not very effective. If it pulled forward another half inch, that would be perfect, and you could slide it back when you don't need it. As it is, I'm considering removing the visor as it doesn't really serve a purpose (other than to make me look more ADV).
The channel for glasses. I wear various glasses when riding, and find that the channel that they put in the padding to allow clearance for glasses isn't really correct. Right behind the ears it closes up in a way that hooks the end of glasses to make it so they don't sit down on your ears properly. I've tried a couple methods of sliding my glasses in there (with three different pairs of glasses) and it always ends up lifting up off my ear. Sort of annoying, though perhaps not a huge problem unless you're wearing the form-fitting type sunglasses I have where they keep out dust/dirt when they're up against your face. Pop them over your ear and it just doesn't work.
These issues aren't a big deal in a budget helmet, but at this price point I would expect these items to have been considered.
Rides: 2010 BMW F800GS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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REV'IT! Phantom GTX Gloves For maximum inclement weather protection, the full leather REVIT PHANTOM GTX gloves are equipped with the dual-comp palm slider, derived from the award winning Jerez glove, and a hard-shell knuckle, stylishly covered in leather. When the weather gets rough, youll be glad you have the GORE-TEX X-trafit membrane keeping you dry, connected, and en route to your destination. The REV'IT! Phantom GTX is our choice for spring, fall and summer riding when you are unsure what the weather will bring. REV'IT! PROTECTION FEATURES Outer shell goatskin with WR finish, suede leather with WR finish, sure grip, hypalon Lining GORE-TEX Push-Pull tri-fleece liner Waterproofing GORE-TEX X-trafit Breathability GORE-TEX X-trafit Composition outer shell 100 leather lining 78 polyester, 15 polyamide, 7 polyurethane membrane 100 Gore-Tex membrane (ePTFE) Protection leather hard-shell knuckle, PU injected finger knuckles, TPU hard-shell little finger protector, Dual-comp palm slider, EVA foam at little finger and thumb Visibility laminated reflection at backhand and cuff, reflection at fingers ERGONOMIC FEATURES Fit tour fit Adjustability adjustment strap at wrist, adjustment tab at cuff Features stretch lips at fingers and backhand, sure grip patches, elastic at wrist, visor wiper, regular cuff
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great Gloves
PostedApril 13, 2011
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Nicholas C.
From DEDHAM
State:MA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I really like these gloves. They fit really well, have a lot of good protection features, and look cool without making you feel like you've just come off the set of Mad Max. They keep your hands warm enough - tested in the 40s without my heated grips on (though with BarkBusters to deflect the wind) and they were fine at highway speeds. I have yet to see how they'll handle in the summer, but I wore them around in my car while driving with the heat cranked and they seemed to do about as well as expected for a full leather glove. I plan on keeping some mesh gloves around for the 85+ days in the sun.
There are compromises, however. The slider pad on the heel of the palms causes my wrists to cock just a bit, as it hits the grips. It's not too bad, but it's enough that I notice it. I'm coming from various pairs of gloves that never had this, though, so this might be typical for that type of protection.
Also, while the level of workmanship is really high, and they feel like excellent gloves, I still find it hard to believe I spent as much on my gloves as I did on my pants. But heck... if they stand up to some abuse (and they seem like they will), I guess it's a worthwhile trade off. I've generally tried to stay under $70 for gloves in the past, and I can tell you that they generally last two seasons, max. These fit much better, and feel nicer in general, but let's hope they last longer!
The only thing I can't comment on is the level of waterproofing. No rainy rides yet, but all the Gore Tex products I've used in the past have been excellent so there's no reason for me to doubt it.
Rides: 2010 BMW F800GS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Sidi Adventure Rain Boots The ultimate Adventure boot combines Sidis best touring and off road features into an effective adventure boot design Sole Soft lugged sole for maximum grip. Composite inner sole. Protection Rigid, shock resistant, anatomically shaped heel for maximum protection. Malleolus external guard to enhance protection of those tender small foot bones. Split grain leather inner anti-wear/heat panel. Fit Function Membrane equipped to add a water resistant yet breathable barrier between the elements and the rider's feet. Single Flex System upper. Exclusive cam-lock buckle system. Replaceable strap / buckle system. Removable arch support. Top grain leather and Lorica construction. Slim, cool non-bootie design. Cambrelle lining
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good Adventure Riding Boot
PostedMarch 21, 2011
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Nicholas C.
From DEDHAM
I've had these boots since last year, and I really like them. They're good whether you're just cruising around or standing on the pegs in the dirty stuff. I've gone down with them on, and they seemed to do a sufficient job of protecting my foot/leg from my 450lb bike. If you're doing more aggressive dirt (things that maybe you shouldn't be taking that GS on) you should really look at something like the Crossfire for more protection.
Pros Comfortable, Fashionable, Rugged
Cons Noisy
Yes, I recommend this product.
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REV'IT! Sand Jacket The Sand Jacket is an excellent option for all-weather riding, it is extremely versatile, helping riders deal with whatever comes their way. The Sand Jacket features a unique zipper on its removable waterproof membrane, which completely blocks out water. It also has increased numbers of ventilation zippers (including 2-way zippers for ventilation at the arms), a PU coating to prevent soaking, and a multitude of storage options. PROTECTION FEATURES Outer shell PWRshell 500D, PWRshell 750D, PWRwax 1200D, Lorica Insulation detachable thermal liner Waterproofing detachable hydratex 3L (5000mm H2O) Breathability detachable hydratex 3L (7000g/m2/24hrs) Composition outer shell 100 polyamide lining 100 polyester thermal liner 100 polyamide (insulation 100polyester) membrane 100 polyurethane (tricot 100 polyamide) Protection Prolife CE protection at shoulders and elbows, ERGONOMIC FEATURES Fit tour fit, regular Adjustability UTA tab at cuffs, flexisnap, double adjustment straps at waist, adjustment strap at upper arms, adjustment tab at under arms, adjustment drawcord at hips Ventilation VCS I zippers at back and under arms, VCS I panels at the chest Features collar hook, stretch lips at elbows, long connection zipper and double short connection zipper Pockets stash pockets,
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent Jacket
PostedJuly 28, 2010
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Nicholas C.
From DEDHAM
This is my first armored jacket (previously I just wore regular leather jackets), and I don't regret the decision to move to armor. It's not very noticeable, even with the SAS-TEC back protector (bought separate and cut to size). Seems like it will be pretty effective.
I think the sizing and quality is better than other jackets at this price point. I also tried on the Rainier (the arms were cut funny, so I had a hard time reaching the bars without effort) and XMoto (nice jacket, seems a little cheaply made and the armor worried me). I measure 41" chest, 36" waist, and I'm about 175lbs @ 5'11" - the large fits me well, though I have to cinch down all the sizing straps when I have the liners out.
Not as cool in the hot weather as I'd like, though I've worn it in 100 degree weather with a beating sun and I was fine as long as I kept moving. The vents work better than similar vents in my leather jackets, and I'd guess about as well as you're going to get without going full mesh. XMoto looks like it might have this jacket beat in that department, but don't be fooled - you're going to be hot just the same, so you might as well have the better protection RevIt has to offer.
Pros Great Value, Rugged, Fashionable, Comfortable
Yes, I recommend this product.
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REV'IT! Sand Pants The SAND Pants offer 4-season, year round comfort and protection from both pavement and the elements. The SAND Pants offer a double PWR/shell seat and PWR/wax coating on the inside of the legs, for a better grip on the bike. The legs are also versatile thin enough to wear inside the boot, but wide enough to wear over it. Watercatchers prevent water from creeping up into the leg, and a detachable thermal lining and removable 3-layer membrane round out the total comfort of the SAND trousers. The Sand Pants will zip with any current model men's REV'IT Jacket PROTECTION FEATURES Outer shell PWRshell 500D, PWRshell 750D, PWRwax 1200D Insulation detachable thermal liner Waterproofing detachable hydratex 3L (5000mm H2O) Breathability detachable hydratex 3L (7000g/m2/24hrs) Composition outer shell 100 polyamide lining 100 polyester thermal liner 100 polyamide (insulation 100 polyester) membrane 100 polyurethane (tricot 100 polyamide) Protection Prolife CE protection at knees, fully perforated EVA foam at hips, double textile seat Visibility laminated reflection at upper legs ERGONOMIC FEATURES Fit tour fit, regular Adjustability adjustment straps at waist, adjustment tab at ankles Ventilation VCS I zippers at upper legs Features stretch lips at back and knees, short and long connection zipper, adjustable protector pockets, calf zippers Pockets stash pockets, slit pockets
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Quite Functional
PostedJuly 28, 2010
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Nicholas C.
From DEDHAM
This is my first pair of motorcycle pants, so take this with a grain of salt...
Note that "true to size" means that I went by the sizing chart on the website. I measured a 36" waist, 37" hips, 28" inseam, and the size Large (short) pants fit pretty perfectly once the waist straps are tightened a bit.
These pants are a little warm for the summer, but riding in up to 90 degree temps with little humidity is not a problem as long as you're not stopped with the sun beating down on you. The venting works fine for the small size it is, but it's not doing you any amazing favors. I'm willing to suck it up and take a little sweating for the protection.
Pros Fits Well, Comfortable
Cons Not a Lot of Venting
Yes, I recommend this product.
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