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Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet Evolving on previous designs, Shoei has revamped its modular helmet style with a streamlined and attractively sculpted shape that conveys the feel of freely moving through the outdoors in the Neotec Modular Helmet. Overall shell size is kept compact by incorporating the internal sun visors open/close mechanism inside all ventilation mechanisms are shaped and positioned in such a way as to reduce any possible drag. A redesigned aerodynamic spoiler also helps to cut lift, reducing neck strain on long, cross country rides. In the Shoei Neotec all these features combine to create a premium helmet that excels in appearance, protection, comfort and performance. The Shoei Neotec Helmet's chin bar is connected to the same axis point and mechanism as its shield, minimizing extra parts. This also enables simultaneous closing of the shield with the chin bar, which is then held in place with an easy-open lock release button. The shield lock system offers secure closure or the ability to keep the shield slightly open to allow for increased airflow. With the Shoei Neotec Helmet, Shoei now includes a built-in sun shield, the QSV-1. The visor tucks neatly away beneath a non-intrusive shell built into the helmets liner, and can be lowered with the easy control of a sliding button. Shoei Neotec Helmet Features Face Shield Features Easily operable lever mechanism Anti-fog, anti-scratch, 99 UV blocking New Pinlock-ready CNS-1 faceshield Wider and taller than the CX-1V that it replaces Includes Pinlock insert 3D injection molding process ensures a distortion-free view Improved Ventilation and Aerodynamics Newly designed vortex generators pull air through helmet 276 more airflow than Multitec Added inlets and outlets Vents are flush against helmet to maintain aerodynamics 5-Ply Shock-Absorbing Fiber Shell 3 shell sizes AIM Multi-Composite construction Lightweight yet strong Shell-integrated spoiler reduces lift and drag during high-speed riding Dual EPS Liner Multi-density EPS for optimal protection Two vents funnel fresh air through the EPS liner Dual liner channels route and disperse air evenly throughout the helmet EPS liner in chin bar All new interior Fully removable 3D interior liner Top center pad is removable and washable Improved cheekpad design allows better fit with eyeglasses Included chin curtain can be inserted into the chin bar to reduce turbulence and noise All Neotec Helmets sold in the US have a double D-ring closure Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A revelation
PostedSeptember 19, 2014
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 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
Very Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Slightly Heavy
Heavy
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
Talk about happy accidents...I had no intention of trying a Neotec. I had a Lazer Monaco that I was perfectly happy with. I dropped it after a year and a half and dented the crown. I ordered another one. After a week, one of the pins for the pinlock popped out of the face shield, creating a constant stream of air onto my eyeball and an irritating whistle. Then, an inch long piece of the weather seal literally fell off. Revzilla, being completely awesome, took the helmet back under warranty. Well, I needed another helmet immediately so I went to my local dealer and test-rode some helmets. Truth be told, I had very tempered expectations for the Neotec. I somewhat expected to go with a GT-Air. Well, to make sure I had no buyer's remorse I rode with each, and fell in love with Neotec. To keep this brief, it's got the legendary Shoei plushness and comfort. The sun visor is utterly distortion free, and can be parked anywhere throughout it's travel that you like. I found this to be handy when the sun is hitting you in the face at that odd angle where you can see the road through the sun visor, but not the gauges. I raise it up a little and the problem is solved. The airflow is beyond description. I ride a GS with a windscreen which usually blocks airflow through a lower vent. Somehow, that doesn't happen with Neotec. I actually have a wall of air flowing over my face with both the top and bottom vents open. Honestly, in all my years, this is the first helmet that has ever done that. The helmet isn't light, but it carries very well. I just wore it on a 1500+ mile trip with riding days of up to 12 hours and my neck never got tired. There is no wind resistance when doing lane checks. It's the quietest helmet I own, modular or full face (and I have owned a LOT of helmets). It's a bit expensive, but it's also the last helmet I'll buy for the next five years and hey, I only have one head..might as well protect it. I absolutely, without reservation recommend this helmet.
Rides: 2013 BMW R1200GS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Dainese Jerico EVO Gore-Tex Gloves Specially designed for touring in extreme weather conditions, the Jerico Evo Gore-Tex gloves feature Techno inserts on the knuckles and joints as well as goatskin reinforcements and numerous other clever touches which were developed to provide a very high degree of protection. The GORE-TEX membrane and thermal Primaloft lining along with double waterproof cuffs guarantee protection from cold, wet weather. There are numerous elasticized inserts, zips on the cuffs, pre-curved fingers and soft inserts which make the gloves both extremely comfortable and ergonomic, even on long journeys. Protection Techno inserts on the knuckles and the joints of the fingers Gloves certified to CE Category II - Pr-EN 13594/2010 Standard lev. 1 Main Materials Elasticated fabric Palm reinforcement in goatskin Ergonomics and Comfort Tightening strap Zipped cuff Pre-curved fingers Breathable waterproof GORE-TEX membrane Thermal Primaloft padding Waterproof double cuff Soft inserts Denoted as Dainese Jerico Evo Gore-Tex in Dainese catalog
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Does the trick
PostedSeptember 19, 2014
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
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 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
I've owned these gloves for a year, so have put them through the ringer before reviewing them. I believe that, generally speaking, I'm happy with products that perform their intended purpose. In the case of these gloves, that would be to keep my hands warm and dry. Check, and check. I've even worn them while running my snow blower for an hour and a half and my hands were bone dry and plenty warm. Just got back from a 1500+ mile ride through the mountains of WV and VA. Had solid rain for about 6 hours one day with temps in the mid to high 50s. My hands were absolutely bone dry at the end of the day. I did appreciate having heated grips, but 6 hours in the rain is a pretty serious test for any glove. My only knock is that the index and second fingers are pretty long on mine, so trying to manipulate the duel cuffs and zipper can be a bit of a challenge, as can trying to pick things up. Of course, we are all built differently and gloves vary widely as far as finger length goes. It doesn't interfere at all with using my GS's controls, so it's a minor gripe. No garish logos, satisfactory protection, a warm, soft lining and gore-tex lining make these worth the price in my book.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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LaZer Monaco Window Pure Carbon Fiber Helmet The LaZer Monaco Carbon is approximately 1,500 grams of pure lightness in carbon fiber, making this one of the lightest modular helmets in the world. Monaco Helmets include the breakthrough Pinlock equipped Lumino Photochromic face shield, this helmet sets the new standard for rider comfort. Shell Pure carbon fiber shell construction Weighs approximately 1515 grams in size Large Safety Double homologation, full-face and open face Micrometric buckle 3 reflective zones (3M Scotchlite) Rear reflector (3M Scotchlite) EPS - optimized upper insert protection Interior Interior is 100 removable and washable Morpho System Plus (cheeks and head pads available in multiple sizes) Dri-Lex interior - Aegis with antimicrobial treatment Flexible removable nose deflector Flexible removable chin curtain Removable noise reduction pads Acoustic collar for noise reduction Other Features Lumino photochromic Pinlock faceshield pinlock lens included Quarter-turn faceshield screw attachment Multi compressible tubular visor seal Ventilation Full Air System (FAS) Chin bar features easy one-hand opening system Specific helmet bag 5 year warranty (2 years by default + 3 years after registration) Note Helmet ships with Lumino photochromatic face shield.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Excellent helmet
PostedAugust 4, 2014
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Very Light
Heavy
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
To begin, this is the second Monaco I have owned. I have a lot of time/miles with this bucket on my melon, and therefore believe there isn't much about this helmet I'm not intimately familiar with. Why my second Monaco, you ask? My bad...I dropped the first one and compromised the crown. The first one was the Pure Glass version, while this time I went with the Pure Carbon. The fact that I bought the same helmet as a replacement speaks volumes. Fact is, I ordered a different helmet (RPHA Max) just to try something new. I tried it on and played around with the various features, sent it back because the shape was wrong for me and the sun visor was distorted, and ordered another Monaco.
Surprisingly, there isn't a largely noticible difference in the weight between the Glass and Carbon versions. Sure, the carbon looks great but I don't really notice the weight difference while I'm riding. Only you can decide if the difference in appearance justifies the difference in cost. In point of fact, my Pure Glass version was the ECE rated model, not the DOT and on the scale, the ECE Glass was about forty grams lighter than the DOT Carbon. You read that right; lighter, not heavier. I realize that's not an apples to apples comparison, but it sure makes me wonder just what the difference is between the ECE and DOT versions.
Anyway...as many reviewers note, the fit is tight at the bottom of the helmet. My advice is, don't send it back if it's a bit tight. I can tell you from experience, the shell eventually conforms to your head. Initially i had to pull out on the chin straps to open the bottom of the helmet while putting it on. The more you wear it, the more it opens up. By the time I replaced my old one, I hardly had to pull the straps outward at all. Ride with a fish face for a few weeks, then enjoy a helmet that fits you like it is supposed to. Remember, folks, a helmet is supposed to be a little tight in order to do its job correctly. A loose helmet is an almost useless helmet.
The upper vent moves more air than any other helmet on the market that I'm aware of (I haven't ridden in the Shoei GT-Air; maybe it's better, but I doubt it.) I can seriously feel my hair move when riding with the upper vent all the way open. As with just about every helmet, the lower vent is only effective if you're riding a naked bike. Put any kind of wind screen in front of you and it takes the airflow off the bottom half (at least) of your helmet. Put this helmet in open air, though, and the bottom vent moves air up the front of the face shield very nicely. Overall, excellent ventilation.
Speaking of that face shield..in my opinion, it is the face shield perfected. It is optically 100% correct. Zero, and I very seriously mean zero distortion. This is one of my biggest sticking points with some manufacturers. I hate, detest, abhor, and otherwise strongly dislike distorted face shields. This one is not only crystal clear, it transitions from clear to dark in seconds. The darkness of the shield depends on the amount of UV hitting it. In my opinion, it is plenty dark and, for my vision, adjusts perfectly to the right degree of darkness. I never wear sunglasses with this helmet, I don't have to flip down a sun shield that adds weight and bulk to my helmet, and I no longer have to carry an extra face shield on my bike to change out when the sun goes down.
The interior of the helmet is plenty comfortable. Not as plush as a Shoei or Schuberth, but certainly not sparse or rough, either. On a scale of bad to excellent, I'd give it a very good. It has pockets for speakers, but what I really like is that it comes with velcro padded inserts that fill the speaker pockets and provide an extra level of sound insulation. I use a Sena SMH-10 bluetooth communicator with ear buds. Very comfortable with the speaker pocket inserts installed.
As far as helmet noise, this is a pretty quiet helmet, particularly for a modular. It isn't as quiet as a C3, but it will more than hold its own with any other modular. Its very quiet up to about 50 MPH, then some sound builds. It's as quiet as any of my full face helmets with the exception of my Shoei Qwest.
The fit and finish are all excellent. The flip up face latches with authority to metal (not plastic) pins. The paint on my Pure Carbon Window is stunning. The chin strap is a latching type, not a D ring. The padding could extend a little further, but I find that true of many helmets. There is no snap or magnet for holding the loose end of the strap, but it will tuck up into a pocket where the chin strap meets the helmet.
All told, I really like this helmet. It is well made (I haven't experienced any kind of breakage or malfunction), but should you ever need to replace a part Revzilla carries most of the helmet parts in stock. Personally, I'm a big fan of the minimalist approach of this helmet. Exhaust vents are always open (no switches or sliders to mess with or break), no fighter pilot-style flip down sun visor to add weight and bulk (and distortion), both upper and lower vents are super easy to find and manipulate with gloved hands. It comes with a pinlock shield, which seems to now be industry standard. I docked it one star because it is pre-wired for a proprietary bluetooth system than every review I've read said is basically junk. That's added, unnecessary weight as far as I'm concerned. Also, for five full stars it would need to rival Shoei and Schuberth for interior plushness, and it would need some sort of retention for the loose end of the chin strap. Otherwise, I don't have a bad thing to say about the Monaco and I sure wouldn't have bought a second one if I wasn't truly happy and impressed with it.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Icon D30 Replacement Elbow Pads An advanced, patented polymer, CE-rated D3O impact protectors are the latest advancement in protective armor. D3O impact protectors utilize intelligent molecules that lock together on impact. Because of this, the impact protector can be made thinner and lighter, making a jacket more comfortable and easier to wear. However, this decreased size does not come at the expense of impact protection. Will fit any ICON Jacket that was originally equipped with ICON Field Armor Elbow Pads. Sold as a pair. Dimensions 130mm X 222mm (approx. 5.1 X 8.7) 96 grams each (3.4 oz) 10mm thick
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Love this armor!
PostedJuly 17, 2014
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I originally ordered this armor to replace the utterly awful armor in a Jaunt T2 (my opinion; yours may be different). It made a huge difference. Well, long story short, I ended up parting with the Jaunt altogether and put the D3O armor in my Rev'It Airwave jacket. In all fairness the armor in the Airwave was excellent to begin with, but the combination of the jacket and the D3O armor makes it the most comfortable jacket I own. The D3O armor is unobtrusive, light, and all around comfortable. I hope to never need it, but believe it will do its job if ever called upon.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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HJC RPHA Max Align Helmet The RPHA-Max helmet is the first modular helmet with the styling and look of a full face sport bike helmet. Designed for superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology, the new HJC MAX modular helmet is constructed from Advanced P.I.M. (Premium Integrated Matrix) a composite of Carbon fiber, Fiberglass epoxy, Aramid epoxy, and Organic fibers resulting in a remarkably strong and extremely lightweight helmet. Features Single-Button one handed chin bar/face shield release HJCs lightest modular helmet ever designed! Size small weighs in at approximately 1565 grams ( 45g) One-touch Integrated Sunshield Three position adjustable smoke tinted sunshield Extremely quiet helmet at even high speeds Superior Fog Resistant Clear Pinlock Max Vision HJ-25 shield with included Clear Pinlock Insert RapidFire II shield replacement system Simple and secure shield ratchet system provides ultra-quick, tool less removal and installation for efficient operation 2-Stage shield closure mechanism Compresses shield into eye port gasket providing an extremely secure seal Center Shield Lock Glove-friendly center shield lock that greatly reduces shield flex ACS Advanced channeling ventilation system features full front to back airflow that flushes heat and humidity up and out Cool4ever interior lightweight, moisture wicking, odor free and antibacterial, premium soft feel with ginkgo extract. innovative new fabric offers self-cooling properties, cooling faster then other major fabrics Includes removable chin curtain, chin curtain extender and breath guard 3 shell sizes 5 year limited Warranty Meets or exceeds D.O.T. standards
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Didn't love it.
PostedJuly 17, 2014
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Narrow
Wide
I am an admitted gear head, and own no fewer than five helmets. The RPHA Max, while well built and attractive, just didn't do it for me. The biggest deal breaker was the shape. I have a "Shoei head," and the RPHA Max in my size (62cm, so XXL) had ample space at the sides was but pressing on my forehead. First, though, some positives. What a great looking helmet! The paint was flawless, and in the sun literally sparkled. The shell is pretty small, so you don't look like an Apollo astronaut with it on. The liner was comfortable as were the pads, though I wouldn't put them in the same category as Shoei for sheer plushness (but then again, nobody else is). All the controls were very easy to operate even with gloves on, and seemed sturdy. The top vent has huge channels and nothing to block the air flow, so should work well. Now, my negatives. While the face shield was perfectly clear and free from defects, the sun visor was distorted. That should never, ever happen on a helmet in this price range. I also thought the stock sun visor was nowhere near dark enough, but maybe that's personal preference. It was a "light smoke" at best. The face shield latch is positioned dead center, and while it is easy to manipulate and positively latches, I found it to be distracting in my field of view, especially if the shield is open even a small amount for venting. Also, while offering a great field of view from side to side, I found the FOV to be quite narrow top to bottom. Now, admittedly, all of these (except the distorted sun visor) are subjective. I ordered this because I dropped my Lazer Monaco and did some structural damage to it. Thought I'd try something different and ordered the RPHA Max. Maybe, MAYBE, if the shape had suited my melon I'd have gotten used to the rest (except the distorted visor, which I detested), I found nothing about the helmet so negative as to prevent me from recommending it (except the..well, you know...) but it just wasn't for me. So, in the vein of trying something different I ordered...another Monaco. But this one is carbon fiber, and a different color than my old one ;-)
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LaZer Monaco Lumino Transitions Face Shield Pinlock-ready, Transitions photochromatic faceshield for LaZer Monaco helmets. The Lumino visor represents a break through in sun glare protection it is the only shield that darkens from a clear state of 90 light transmission to a dark state of 20 light transmission, in about 15 seconds. This effectively means that the Lumino is a complete visor, all-in-one, always giving you optimal eye relief. Pinlock Inserts sold separately. Manufactured by Transitions , the leading manufacturer of photochromatic lenses world-wide Resources How Transitions Photochromic Technology Works (video) Motorcycle Visor Simulation
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Outstanding face shield
PostedJune 9, 2014
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I bought a Lazer Monaco helmet prior to a 10 day motorcycle vacation in Ireland. I wanted a flip-up helmet so that I could quickly take pictures without having to remove my helmet, as well as the convenience of being able to take a drink, etc. I specifically chose the Monaco because of the face shield. I really don't like wearing sun glasses inside my helmet, and I knew a dark tinted shield wouldn't always be suitable. The Lumino shield baited me into buying the Monaco...
...and then hooked me. Firstly, the optical quality is nothing shy of outstanding. Unlike a previous reviewer, I've had no issues at all with the transition from clear to dark. It gets as dark as the dark smoke shield I have on my Shoei helmet, and the darkness of the tint always seems appropriate to the light conditions. In fact, this visor is so good it has literally kept me wearing the Monaco over other helmets I own. Nothing against the Monaco, but my Shoei Qwest is more comfortable and far quieter, yet I keep wearing the Monaco because of the outstanding visor. Finally, Revzilla now has a Transitions visor from Shoei available for preorder and I've ordered one based on my experience (over a year now) with the Lumino visor on my Monaco. Personally, I don't find the Monaco visors difficult to change, but I love the fact that I don't need to change them! One visor has been all I've needed. Outstanding product, and one I highly recommend.
Rides: 2013 BMW R1200GS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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REVIT Sand 2 Jacket Those looking for a jacket to wear on an around-the-world trip need look no further than the REVIT Sand 2. The already popular Sand jacket has been improved with a bevy of innovative new features. The jacket features adjustable VCS zippers that increase ventilation by 200 percent over the originalplus, it has a wind-catcher feature integrated into the zipper for even greater airflow. The jacket is compatible with both Leatt and MOVEO neck brace systems, the latter of which conveniently stays attached when taking the jacket on and off. The Sand 2 also comes with a connection zipper. This makes it easy to connect the jacket with compatible REVIT! trousers and eliminates any gap that would allow water to creep in. With the inner membrane removed, the outer shell can be upgraded with a Challenger cooling vest insert. The Sand 2 comes with CE shoulder and elbow protection and integrated reflective panels for nighttime visibility. PROTECTION FEATURES Outer shell PWRshell 500D, polyester rib, polyester 600D, PWRwax 1200D, Lorica Insulation detachable thermal liner Waterproofing detachable hydratex 3L (5000mm H2O) Breathability detachable hydratex 3L (7000g/m2/24hrs) Composition Outer shell 52 polyester, 48 polyamide (colour 1500 64 Polyamide, 36 Polyester) Lining 67 polyester, 33 polyamide Thermal liner 99 polyamide, 1 polyester (insulation 100 polyester) Membrane 100 polyurethane (tricot 100 polyamide) Protection ProLife CE protection at shoulders and elbows Back Protector (sold separately) Seesoft Back Protector -Type RV Type RV / Size 04 fits SM-MD Type RV / Size 05 fits LG-2XL Type RV / Size 06 fits 3XL-4XL Visibility laminated reflection at chest, upper arms and back, laminated reflective logo at back, reflective logo at upper arms ERGONOMIC FEATURES Fit Tour fit, regular Adjustability UTA tab at cuffs, flexisnap, double adjustment straps at waist, adjustment strap at under arm, adjustment tab at upper arm, adjustment drawcord at hips Ventilation VCS I zippers at front, chest, back and under arms Features prepared for Challenger Cooling vest insert, prepared for Leatt and Moveo neck brace, prepared for Vest Connector HV, hydra bag prepared, long and double short connection zipper Pockets stash pockets, membrane storage pocket, hand warmer pockets, inner pockets
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A couple small features shy of perfect.
PostedJuly 10, 2013
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Small
Large
I believe a review is really only valid if you know the reviewer's expectations. For instance, I rated this jacket as overall "excellent," despite it having average air flow and a small missing feature or two. How can it be excellent, then? Well, I don't expect a solid, touring-style jacket to have excellent air flow. I expect a mesh jacket to have excellent air flow. I will say that it has sufficient air flow, and is exactly what I expect for this type of jacket. Further, I don't expect any motorcycle jacket to be truly 100% waterproof regardless of manufacturer or price. From a $180 Firstgear Jaunt T2 to a $900 Klim Badlands, I simply don't trust them to keep all the water out. Invest a c-note in a decent rain suit and keep it with the bike at all times. It works much, much better on the bike and also gives you a windbreaker/rain jacket to wear off the bike. So, if you would only rate this jacket "excellent" if it held up to a typhoon and kept you bone dry, your expectations are different than mine.
On with the review, then. Rev'It puts nothing but quality materials into their products, and the Sand 2 is a shining example of this. Let's have a show of hands...how many of you have a Tourmaster jacket with a broken zipper pull? Me too. Read enough reviews and forums and you'll find it's a very, very common complaint. Ain't gonna happen with the Rev'It jacket. All zippers, inside and out, are YKK. All snaps are spring-type snaps, so they won't wear out and get loose. Fabrics are rugged, yet not overly stiff. Stitching is flawless. Collars, both in the jacket and liners, are microfleece and very soft. The elbow and shoulder armor are both sturdy and very comfortable. The back pad is nothing special, but can be replaced easily. The sizes run small for most Americans. At 6'0", 225lbs with a 46" chest and 36" waist, the XXL is a great fit. There is an abundance of adjustability to create an almost custom fit. So, the jacket fits great, feels great, and looks great. It easily meets my expectations for quality, comfort and protection in a $489 jacket.
So what would I do differently? Just a couple of minor things. I'm a huge fan of the sleeve pocket found on the Tourmaster Transition and other jackets. It's a super-conventient place to keep a license, insurance card and toll money, as well as medical information. The Sand 2 doesn't have that pocket, nor does it have the chest pocket found just under the storm flap on many touring jackets. What it does have that surprisingly many other jackets don't is handwarmer pockets. The Sand 2 does not have a means of securing the neck open. That should be standard on every jacket. Finally, though the jacket has a pouch for a hydration bladder, there is no loop to secure the hose on the shoulder.
In conclusion, I have three touring jackets. A Tourmaster Transition, a Firstgear Jaunt T2, and the Rev'It Sand 2. Is the Sand 2 worth more than twice as much as either of the other two? Well...let me just say that since getting the Sand 2, I haven't even thought of wearing either of the others. Anyone in the market for a gently-used jacket or two?
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Firstgear Jaunt T2 Jacket Firstgear fit Firstgear function Firstgear value. Features Generous fit A larger, boxier, universal fit Hypertex waterproof and breathable, high-density 600 denier polyester outer shell CE-rated armor in the shoulders and elbows plus an EVA foam back pad with reinforced shoulders and elbows Inside the storm flap is a security pocket with a red slider for visibility Two front 8 intake plus two 10 back exhaust vents Detachable, insulated, fully-sleeved liner Four generous patch pockets with envelope fold, hook-and-loop and snap closures Adjustable straps on the collar, arms, sleeve cuffs and waist Reflective panels on the front, side, arms and back Phone pocket on the left side and a map/cargo pocket on the right side in both the liner and the jacket 1-year manufacturers limited warranty
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good jacket at any price, excellent at this price.
PostedMay 9, 2013
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
I own both the Jaunt T2 and what I would consider its closest competitor, the TourMaster Transition. So, I have a good basis for comparison between somewhat similarly priced jackets.
The Jaunt T2's overall construction is quite good. Stitching seems secure, nothing noticeably sloppy or "cheap" looking. Materials are top quality.
The comfort of this jacket is somewhere between awful and excellent. I know...what??? How can it be both? Well, overall, the jacket wears well. The neck and cuffs are soft and feel great next to the skin. The material isn't overly stiff, and moves well. My complaints, and they are major, are with the armor. First, the way Firstgear installs the armor is to put it inside nylon pounches that are held in with velcro on the inside of the elbows and shoulders. So, if you have the quilted liner removed and are wearing short sleeves, your elbows are rubbing against this pouch (which, itself, closes with velcro so your elbows are rubbing against the velcro stitching on the outside of the pouch). The Transition, by comparison, holds the armor inside the lining of the jacket...nothing irritating against your skin at all. That, though, isn't the worst complaint I have with the armor. The elbow armor is, BY FAR, the stiffest, most irritating armor I've ever suffered with in a jacket. The armor is moulded with a very deep elbow pocket. Comfy in the riding position, but once you straighten your arms it is stiff and just awful. I replaced it with Icon D3O armor, which fits perfectly and is way more comfortable.
The zippers seem to be of good quality and all work well, provided you have both hands available. The vents can be fairly easily openeed with one hand, but I've had no luck closing them with one gloved hand.
The jacket has plenty of pockets, and I greatly appreciate the chest pocket just inside the storm flap, but it is lacking my favorite pocket of all...the pocket on the bottom of the left sleeve. The Transition has the sleeve pocket (as well as one just inside the storm flap). It's a minor thing, I admit, but I love the sleeve pocket. I keep my license, insurance card, and road/bridge toll money in that pocket. Super easy to access without having to open any velcro or zippers to get at the chest pocket.
The collar...well, good and bad. As mentioned before, it's very soft and is high enough to block most of the wind on cool days. Two complaints, though; the adjuster won't hold its position if you have the collar adjusted at all snug. Second, there is no snap or velcro to hold the collar open if you want a little air.
As for size, READ THE SIZE CHART! If you order your normal size, the jacket will almost assuredly be too big. I'm 6'0", 225lb with a 45 inch chest and the size Large fits me well. I'm an XL in most brands, and a XXL in Rev'It. I originally ordered the XL in this jacket and was swimming in it. I had the waist straps cinched down all the way, and it was still loose on me.
You'll note I haven't commented on the "waterproof" nature of the jacket. That's because I never, ever count on a bike jacket to be waterproof, whether it be this $180 Jaunt or a $900 Klim Badlands. There is always a rain suit in my pannier. That said, it'll certainly keep you dry in a light rain or at least long enough to pull over and put your rain gear on.
So, finally, a summary. Good looking jacket, well made, and mostly comfortable. I think this would be plenty of jacket for the vast majority of people most of the time. I'll still wear a mesh jacket in the summer, and you'll want more layers under this in the winter, but it's a very good 3 season jacket.
Personally, I have to admit in all honesty that I prefer the Transition to the Jaunt T2. The armor is light years more comfortable, I prefer the armor retention method, I'm a big fan of the sleeve pocket, it has a snap to secure the collar open, the sizing runs true. I would point out that the Transition is around $45 more expensive, but in my case I spent the savings on more comfortable armor, so I have the same amount invested in both jackets. Bottom line, though, is that the vast majority of people would likely be happy with either of these jackets, and I'm not at all sorry I bought the Jaunt T2.
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
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Yes, I recommend this product.
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PostedFebruary 11, 2013
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02Klausrider
From Fredericksburg
State:VA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:45-54
Gender:male
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5 / 5
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Yes, I recommend this product.
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