Mitchell K.
 
 
 
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    January 31, 2011
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 Gaerne G Aktive Boots
Gaerne G Aktive Boots
Gaerne is sure you will enjoy this lightweight winner. Slip a pair on and you will see what they are about! Lightweight construction Short boot with ankle coverage Microfiber outer with a breathable inner lining for ventilation Double strap closure system keeps front of boot comfortable, yet flexible Ankle gel for protection
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
pretty good boot - gives enough ankle protection.
PostedApril 7, 2013
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Mitchell K.
From LOS ANGELES
State:CA
Rider Type:Moto Newb
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Footbed
Narrow
Average
Wide
i have worn this boot for over 1-2 years everyday and honestly i can't remember when i bought it. I live in Southern California so our riding season never ends. For a low cut boot it does offer quite a bit of protection. The boot fits like a glove and the buckle is quick to get in and out. When i first got the boot it was too snug. I replace the footbed with the thinner footbed from a pair of Alpine Star boots, same size and it was just that much thinner to allow my foot to sit lower in the Gaerne boots and hence give me a wider fit. My right foot is a half size larger than my left. So after a long day of riding getting off the bike and more riding your feet will swell. I do need to unbuckle the boots if i am just sitting somewhere for a prolonged period or shopping at costco. Not that the shoe i uncomfortable, just my feet are not perfect.
I have almost a XX wide foot so i would say the boot fits wide provided you change out the footbed. Once in a while the pin will slip a bit where the plastic piece with the tiny roller snaps onto the buckle. Just take a pair of pliers and gently push the pin over. haven't tried to put some loctite on one end but that might prevent the piece from sliding around.
The quality of the leather, stitching and workmanship is top notch. The buckles have held up since day one and the metal bit in the rear of the sole will keep the shoe from wearing down completely. I will need to see what the cost of a resole is since this shoe will not die. I figure i have 3 months left before i need to do something, but the sole is getting thin in spots, especially the tip of the boot. I have worn this boot in the Southern California winter and Mojave Summers.
I have worn this shoe on my Yamaha WR250R, Street Triple and now my Tiger 800 XC.
The boot is a low cut shoe so it will never give you the protection a motorcross style or a full length boot will give you. The durability is pretty good at least 4 star. Much better than the Icon boot that failed within the first year.
Rides: 2010 Yamaha WR250R
Yes, I recommend this product.
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AltRider Crash Bars for Triumph Tiger 800 / 800XC The AltRider Triumph Tiger 800cc triple is everything that an adventure bike needs with solid performance on the pavement and off-roads. This bike was featured tackling every terrain imaginable in Icons hit mini movie The Raiden Files- Portland to Dakar, making one realize what kind of crazy adventures can be done on this mean off-road machine. Without the right accessories, the rugged rides can quickly come to an end without the best protection. These one inch stainless steel AltRider Crash Bars for the Triumph Tiger 800 XC are cut on a 5 axis laser for strength and perfect fit. 100 made in the USA, these Tiger bars utilize the strongest mounting points the bike has to offer. Like all AltRider engineered crash bars, these will fit seamlessly without any grinding or bending on your part. Unlike other crash bars, AltRider doesn't use flanges or weak tabs and are not hung, theyre actually mounted. One specific feature of these bars is the hidden connector in the front to yield a seamless system. In the case of a hard impact on one side, the energy will be transferred from one side to the other. The impact will be distributed to not just the one or two mounts but all of the mounting points, even on the other side of the impact. Specifications Stainless construction fights corrosion and rust Constructed from 1 OD stainless steel tube Hand TIG welded crash bars are 1 inch diameter for additional strength Manufactured in America Refined satin peen finish
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
crash bar
PostedMarch 14, 2013
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Mitchell K.
From LOS ANGELES
State:CA
Rider Type:Moto Newb
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
The crash bar is very nice. fit and finish is superb! 5 star. The item is a little pricey, but there is quite a bit of material - and the bending (done on a cnc mandril bender - i am guessing) the cost of the stainless steel, hydro jetting, powder coating and welding all add to the price. The item definitely looks like it will protect the bike on a tip over. haven't tested it yet -knock on wood, but the lower side of the bike along the engine casing might not have enough protection. Was planning on getting the R-G engine case covers but i don't want to spend yet more money.
I bought the SW Motech engine guards and they weigh probably twice as much and are prone to vibration. I sent them back to Twisted Throtttle. These are vibration free and are strong yet will give so it wont wreck yoiur bike and will protect the $800 Radiator. I also had Touratech engine guard and sent those back, nominal protection and doesn't really do much. when the bike tips over the clutch shifter will bend in so it didn't protect that. and on the right side the bends weren't correct so i needed to shim out the Touratech guard with a 1/8" shim to get the correct fit. i had also gotten the Touratech fairing guard and sent that back, just didn't look like it would do sh*& on the triumph. figured they lifted the design from the 1200gs?
overall quite happy. If the 500lb Tiger800XC goes down it might protect my leg from being brocken. I can hoist the front of the bike up using the crash bars and i can grap the crash bars so i can lift up the bike when it tiips over
installation wasn't very easy without the right tools, i basically squeexed my hands into the frame between the radiator and then twisted my wrist backwards, it was easier with a swivel adapter and 12" 3/8" extension. on the right side the engine bolt isn't long enough and you don't get enough thread engagement. Typically 2-3 extra threads past the nut. I went to a local dealer on lincoln blvd. Santa Monica and went through a coffee can to find a used bolt that was a tad longer, don't remember the metric size. Called Altrider and they said that stock size was fine according to the engineer (jeromey?), but i argued that it was an engine bolt so doesn't make sense to take a chance. Also, when you buy from Altrider they throw in locktite to secure the lower stainless bolts that adjoins both sections. It says nothing in the directions. I did it just out of habit, since the torque setting is like 1.5ft/lb.
overall very good product and happy with the purchase. Install was a little cumbersome, but at least the directions weren't in German (touratech take note - i was calling for English translations)
Rides: 2010 Yamaha WR250R
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Givi E370 Monolock Topcase The E370 enriches and widens the Monolock range. The new top case, designed by GIVI offers a capacity of 37 liters, enough space to hold a helmet and additional luggage, therefore suitable for customers that do not have the big capacity requirements. Like the E470 this model has the advantage of a removeable cover on the top shell, an asthestic charcteristic that further increases its capacity to integrate with the scooter and that is typical of the GIVI top cases. Maximum load 6.6 lbs 39 liters in volume Dimensions 12.7 X 16.3 X 18.8 All monolock cases include universal plates
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Urban do all carry case
PostedNovember 9, 2011
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Mitchell K.
From LOS ANGELES
State:CA
Rider Type:Moto Newb
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I used this bag/case on my yamaha wr250r for a solid seveb months and six thousand miles . I basically used the box to run around town for small purchases. The box looks deceivingly smaller in stature than there larger 46 liter boxes but packs quite a bit. I can fit my aria xd3 helmet, (inside the helmet: Daniele pro carbon gloves, Olympia orange vest), and then wrap the Daniese Portland 2 with armor (size48) around the helmet and still latch the givi case; while shopping, at the beach or anywhere I don't want to schlep around my attire. I then would buy whatever I need and put the gear on and stick the purchases inside. For trips to Costco or the supermarket where I wasn't filling up the shopping cart; the givi case and a medium size backpack would handle the duty.
The case is large enough for around town or a 1-2 day trip, and small enough where you don't get buffeting or loose the streamlineness at speeds of 70-80 mph. Also when weighted down the case/bike didn't feel top heavy .
For installation I bought a ProMotobillet rack for around $130 that mounted onto the rear fender of the bike. There product was solid and with a bit of fanagaling and patience I installed the givi plate adaptor. The case snaps onto the adaptor easily and is secure once mounted. I really liked my Givi case. It made the bike super useful for those trips around town: Costco, home depot, bed bath, beach, restaurants, etc.
The case never got in the way of lane splitting at highway speeds, it took about a few days to get the feel of the case, but overall the case was indispensable, enough that it took the place of my F-150 for 80% of the tasks.
Update I have since taken off the adaptor plate and the case off the Yamaha WR250R since I now exclusively use the moto on the dirt. When hitting the dirt trails the large 2 foot bumps and jumps would cause me to hit my tailbone on the plate; so it became an issue.
I have since gotten a Triumph street triple 675 and will probably get the custom rack to fit the case for two up riding. I have a tail bag for the Triumph but in instances where I am gone overnight or need to carry a second person the tail bag sits on the seat- so it is a no go.
Lastly, I was going to make some LEDs for the large wrap around lenses, but never had the time to futz with it. I was also thinking about using some silver foil HVAC tape to line the inside of the plastic under the red side reflector to help refract the light from headlights back for better visibilty but never did it. Thanks for reading my novel. ;-)
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Dainese New Drake Air Textile Pants Drake pants will surely interest anyone who loves to ride his or her bike especially in the warmer months without wearing a suit or leather pants in order to obtain the protection required. These previously contrasting needs have now been perfectly reconciled by Drake fabric pants. Ample air vents in fretted fabric with closing on the thighs permit fresh air to enter during riding for cooling relief on even the hottest days. When temperatures begin to drop, the air vents can be closed. Safety is guaranteed by removable composite protections in the knee and shins, while extra-strength Cordura 750 fabric offers protection in case of fall. The elastic inserts in the knee optimize the wearability of the article, which is equally suited to metropolitan motorcycle use. Features Removable composite protectors. Cordura fabric 750. Suretta fabric. Perforated fabric. Insert in elasticated fabric. Soft inserts. Calf zip. Jacket-trousers fastening system. Adjustable waist. Sanitized lining.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Pants! Dianese Quality!
PostedAugust 24, 2011
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Mitchell K.
From LOS ANGELES
State:CA
Rider Type:Moto Newb
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
supper protective, zips to my portland II jacket with a full circumference zip. very comfortable in the crotch area. If I were to go down at speed I would want these pants or some leathers. For the price these are a good alternative to leathers. Would like to have some reflective tape (piping) or a different color that black in some other areas or throughout , but I do wear a neon orange Olympia safety vest at night, so I am more visible. The black pants kept me from buying the pants initially, but I now feel more confident in my skills after 6 months. Riding in Los Angeles is crazy and so it lane splitting when the cars are stationary or at speeds of 70 mph. I appreciate the protection and durability of the pants....
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Icon Field Armor Boots
Icon Field Armor Boots
The Icon Field Armor Boot features action leather chassis, providing support and protection Injection molded plastic toe, heel and shin armor Zippered inside panel for easy on/off Breathable mesh inserts Rubber shifter interface panel 3 buckle design for an ultra secure fit Street riding specific sole
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
First Boot - WR250R
PostedAugust 24, 2011
Customer avatar
Mitchell K.
From LOS ANGELES
State:CA
Rider Type:Moto Newb
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Footbed
Narrow
Wide
Wide
i bought these as a first boot. I set up my WR250 to ride on the street. Overall the boots were stiff at first and broke in over time about one or two weeks and were very comfortable. I have worn them for around 7,500 miles in the last six months. I have hit orange safety cones, slammed my foot on the ground to keep from falling over, hit the parking apron while drag gin my foot at 10 mph. Dragged the foot to slow down to keep from getting hit. Hit a car, splitting lanes, low speed in city traffic (landed on top of the hood of the car - sorry dude) still on the bike. And ridden on dirt roads (35mph) in Lancaster, CA and fire roads in Tehachapi, CA and the boots have not failed me yet. I have been quite happy with the boots, as a first time boot owner and the buckles allow you to really ratchet down the boot for a tight fit with a lot of ankle support. The shank i believe runs the full length and since i am on my tip toes on the WR250R, I am only 5'8" i like to have the stability in the toe box to keep me perched upright at a stop (light). The weak link in the boot is the zipper, the use a fairly did zipper so with buckles in place you need to draw the boot closed, if you have the buckles tight it will put undue stress on the zipper, which caused the zipper to bend a little and eventually loose a tooth, which caused the boot to pop open at the zipper seam or XYZ. Two points first I think given the weak link of the boot (zipper) you should zip then buckle. The boots are very easy to pop on and off; I was just super lazy, so i would only go so far to zip boots and do nothing else. the back of the boot has a nice large bumper, which makes kicking off the boots easy. Secondly, Icon gives a one year warranty on their products, barring abuse, intentional damage along with crashes - you do need to save the box (?) or at the very least have a copy of the receipt. I did not buy the boots from the big R. I would also recommend rubbing some lip balm on the inside and outside of the zipper to help lubricate the zipper, it takes a lot of abuse and since it is rubbing up against the frame of the bike in my case, might have caused the zipper to fail prematurely. I am also fairly hard on my equipment, so I tend to torture test things under normal riding conditions rather than just wear the boots. If something is going to fail I can usually break it, it is one of my gifts. The fit was good on the shifter and brakes on the WR250R, no need to make any adjustments. If the could just upgrade the zipper, they would have a very good, albeit somewhat clunky boot (good stability and protection). The soles wore exceptionally well, I was quite surprised and if Icon was willing to send me a new zipper I would have had the cobbler sew on a new zipper. However, safety items they do not fix (liability issue?) so they just replace the boot. Hopefully, Icon will make good and approve the credit and give the retailer a replacement Field Armor. That said I went ahead after a lengthy review of just about every boot and several conversations with various manufacturers and bought the Icon Tarmacs. A little less protection overall, but still a quality boot at a good price and after six months of riding I am a bit more competent. The other boot that I think I might get is the Alpine Star SMX-5 as a longer range sport touring boot (for my next bike SV650 or the like? ) and keep the Tarmacs as a short commute, city boot for more casual rides. Lastly, the boots stayed warm in the SoCal winters and didn't get too hot during those hotter San Gabriel summer days. I would also wear the boots nearly all day and I would unzip the boots if I was sitting down at a restaurant or at the Rock Store.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Olympia Nova Hi Vis Mesh Tech Safety Vest
Olympia Nova Hi Vis Mesh Tech Safety Vest
Nova takes the classification of hi-vis safetyvest to a whole new level by combining enhanced visibility with riderspecific function and fit. Cut in authentic DuPont Cordura withballistic airflow mesh panels, Nova offers maximum cooling with major abrasion resistance. Engineered to be worn over any motorcycle jacket,a custom fit can be achieved by utilizing adjuster straps located atthe side body and waist panels. Safely stowing extra gear is no problemas Nova also offers four zippered front pockets, a see through chest pocket for an ID or toll pass and a zippered waterproof back pocket.Five oversized 3M Scotchlite panels qualify this vest for use by US military personnel. Outer shell constructed in 500 denier Dupont Cordura with ballistic airflow mesh panels Designed to military specifications with authentic 3M Scotchlite reflective panels Four zippered front storage pockets Zippered waterproof back storage pocket See through vinyl ID chest pocket Custom fit side body and waist straps Comfort micro fiber lined collar Cool mesh airflow lining Drop back detailing
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Vis Orange safety vest
PostedApril 12, 2011
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Mitchell K.
From LOS ANGELES
State:CA
Rider Type:Moto Newb
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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
I like the striping on the back and the orange is very bright with being too obnoxious. I ride a small Yamaha 250 on the highway in Los Angeles (for the time being- newbie) and this probably keeps me from being road kill. I notice that people tend to stay away from me with the vest, and it helps to be seen while splitting lanes in heavy downtown traffic. I had previously gotten the Icon military spec vest and the olympia vest is hands down nicer in ever respect - fit, finish, design, comfort, visibility and color. When I took it out of the box my first reaction was wow this looks nice and then I noticed the workmanship (very good) and the styling (nice); it is a safety vest though - form follows function. It was obvious whoever designed this rode themselves. The only downside is when you put the vest on and it is warm; above 80 degs. the extra layer restricts the air flow through the Dainese Portland Jacket. That being said in the evenings when the temps are 50-60degs F. it keeps my core warm, thats the plus. The other downside is when I zip the vest up, it gets confusing which pockets has what; the Dainese riding jacket or the Olympia vest, so i put the cell phone in the front side vest pocket. Also, when i get to my destination I take off the vest and i am able to roll it up and stick it in the helmet along with my riding gloves. The back water pouch is large enough to roll up my REI Flash 18 (i love the knapsack) and shove it in there. I also have had two people walk over to me and say they saw me riding the other day. One guy said he liked the idea of the vest, but had been riding for 20-30 years and couldn't seem fit to put one on, but did think it was a smart idea. I was sold on the safety vest while driving my truck going over Sepulveda pass seeing a motorcyclist with a fireman's jacket and the reflective tape glowing in the night, he was very visibility. I like the idea of riding the following day and Los Angeles is pretty dicey, too many cars, cell phones, text messages, angry and incompetent drivers, so anything I do to make it safer for myself is reasonable. The only other downside i see is you are noticeable to the cops, but I feel my personal safety is more important than a traffic citation.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Dainese New Yamato Cotton Pants
Dainese New Yamato Cotton Pants
Dainese New Yamato Cotton Pants Abrasion and tear resistance Piece-dyed cotton Waist adjustment Temperature adjustment 2 air inlets on thigh with zipper Soft removable thermoformed inserts on the knee Soft inserts on the sides 4 outer pockets on the front Outside pocket on the back
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
nice pants for in town
PostedMarch 28, 2011
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Mitchell K.
From LOS ANGELES
I wear a size 48 jacket in Dianese. It actually fits a little big, but with the layer underneath it fits better. I matched the pants to the jacket - size 48. Without the armor the pants fit nice, i do have a size 30" inseam which makes the armor fall slightly underneath the kneecap. However once the boots go on and I am in a sitting position the armor is in the right position. Once you put the side hip armor on and the kneecaps. the fit gets snug. I was told you want a snug fit, so in case you go down the pants are not sliding around. It is especially snug in the crotch once in a seated position, so what i did was loosen the velcro on the side waistband so the pants slide down lower which seemed to help when in a seated position, giving me more room. I was told all good riding pants should fit snug, and tight around the family crown jewels, so these pants are true to fit. The pants are cut low in the waist which is nice when you are seated and they will ride up a tad, but nothing uncomfortable. Having loosened the velcro waistband. I did notice the comfort factor increasing, otherwise i would have sent it back. You can of course leave the armor out and in that case you have regular pants. Also, I went to Blah-Blah Mega Mall and saw the same pants - there seemed to be a difference in colors within the green and tan - differences in the dye lot? Anyhow the pants look very nice with the Portland II white, grey, red black jacket.
Pros Comfortable, Fashionable, Great Value
Cons Cramped
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Dainese Portland 2 Textile Jacket
Dainese Portland 2 Textile Jacket
Sports design and safety matched with elevated comfort levels are the concepts at the heart of the new Portland 2 jacket developed for use in the warmer months thanks to the air inlets in Boomerang mesh and the built-in Shield Air G2 back protector, which together with the removable composite protectors ensures safety in case of fall. The ergonomic design is the result of construction in stretch Mugello fabric that guarantees a constantly tight fit and the possibility to fasten the jacket to the pants by zipper. The liner has been provided with silver ion treatment to keep hygiene levels constantly high. Protection From Shock Removable composite protectors certified to EN 1621.1/97 Standard. Includes Shield Air G2 back protector certified to EN 1621.2/2003 Standard(Lev. 1). Abrasion And Tear Resistance Mugello fabric. Boomerang mesh inserts. Ergonomics Adjustment strap on neck. Wrist adjustement. Waist adjustment. Jacket-trousers fastening system. Temperature Regulation Nanofeel liner with Silver ion treatment. Air vents. External fabric with water resistance treatment. Other Features Reflective inserts. 2 outside pockets. Internal pocket. NOTE Dainese made a change in production the zippers / buttons as pictured are red anodized. However, when the jacket went into production it was produced with black zippers / button pulls, so the pictures / video are inaccurate in this respect.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
like the jacket
PostedJanuary 31, 2011
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Mitchell K.
From LOS ANGELES
i looked around for a good jacket and decided to purchase the grey/red portland 2. The jacket is very well made. I was kind of in between sizes so I went with the larger size. The 46 fit like a glove, and would have been to snug while riding, while the 48 allows me to wear a tshirt and thermal under the jacket and still have room to move and it fits just about right. I live in Los Angeles and have been wearing it in January with 60-70 degree weather. When it is in the low 60s during night the jacket is a bit breezy but the thermal long sleeve shirt helps, when you get up to speed 50+. I feel very protected in the jacket. The jacket is a summer jacket, but i think you can just about wear it year round in SoCal. Someone suggested slipping underneath a nylon golf pullover to shield it from the wind in the mesh panels. I haven't tried that, but i am sure it would work. I looked around to purchase the jacket and Dainese store didn't have the size and color in the Portland II, nor did Extreme Supply or Cycle Gear. I did try the black jacket on at the Costa Mesa Dainese factory outlet so I knew the size. The jacket is expensive and a bit pricey, but it is a great looking jacket, with high quality armor and I am glad i bought it. I see other riders with lower quality jackets, that just doesn't have the same quality, style or safety features (back plate - removable). I just need a leather jacket to fill in the void for those cold days. Incidentally, I am 5'8" and about 150 lbs and athletic build, with a 30" inseam (pants). Just to give you a sense of fit. Almost all the other manufacuters, their jackets didn't fit since they size, xs, s, m, l, xl, and xxl, but with the euro number sizing i think things fit more tailored.
Pros Rugged, Fashionable, Comfortable
Yes, I recommend this product.
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