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    June 1, 2011
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Alpinestars Apex Drystar Gloves A mix of leather and textile provides a comfortable feel for the city commuter or easy touring rider. The Apex glove features an extra warm and cozy thermal velour liner combined with Alpinestars 100 waterproof and breathable Drystar membrane to keep cold and wet weather away from hands. Features Goatskin glove chassis with padded textile palm reinforcements Molded PU knuckle and foam padding on fingers Ultra-Flexible accordion textile on top of the hand and around the thumb Full-length wrist gauntlet with dual wrist adjustment and accordion panel on long wrist closure tab Soft, insulated velour lining Heat-molded, foam-injected Astars logo and Astar rivet on wrist strap Embroidered Astar logo on forefinger
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
not completely waterproof coolish weather glove.
PostedMay 12, 2014
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orangebanana
State:MD
Rider Type:Commuter
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 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
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Slightly Small
Large
Used these gloves on a 9 day motorcycle trip through Ireland. Temps were between 50-70 with the majority of the time in the low 50s. On two days it rained a lot, misted/light rain one other day, no rain the rest. The rides during the rain were between 35 - 70 mph for 3-5 hours of continual moderate rain. The gloves did not keep my hands dry during the two days it rained. My hands were not soaking wet, but definitely damp inside and as such, my fingers and backs of my hands got achingly cold. Taking the gloves off and putting them back on was hard when they got damp. If it weren't for the heated hand grips, I could not have ridden more than an hour before my hands could not have taken it any more. Quite disappointed in my first "waterproof" glove. If the trips were 30-60 minutes, they might keep hands dry in a downpour, but not much longer than that. As far as the cold goes, they were fine in the 50-70 degree temperature, as long as it wasn't raining. They might be fine down to 40 but not for long, maybe 30 minutes, but that isn't much different from any non-heated glove. I would say they are late fall, early spring gloves, not dead of winter gloves. The fit in the palm is small, but the fingers long. I had to go with a small because the fingers on a medium were way too long for me, even though the palm area fit better. The small fingers are still a bit long, but manageable, and the palm area is a bit tight, but I am still hoping it stretches some.
Rides: 1998 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast
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Olympia Ranger 3 Over Pants Designed to coordinate with the AST jacket, th Olympia Ranger 3 Pant can be worn as a stand alone riding pant or as a full over pant. Foul weather rides are never a problem as double waterproof protection is offered through Rangers coated Cordura shell and waterproof/breathable seam sealed membrane. Zippered front pockets and two oversized waterproof cargo pockets offer plenty of extra storage for personal items. Adjustable knee armor positions and EZ hem bottoms help riders achieve a customized fit. As temperatures drop, youll stay toasty by adding Rangers Thermolite insulated liner pant that double as great looking, stand alone sportswear. Features Outer shell constructed in coated 500 and 2000 denier Cordura fabric Waterproof/breathable membrane adds double waterproof protection Removable Insulated liner pant Sturdy wind and water resistant rip stop nylon shell, Thermolite insulation, belt loop waist, full side leg zippers and four storage pockets. Full side leg zippers Storm placket front fly detail Removable and adjustable height CE Motion Flex armor at knees Cool mesh airflow lining Removable EVA compression foam at hips Custom Fit detailing at waist and bottom hem 3M Scotchlite reflective piping side leg detail Relaxed tailored fit 6 storage pockets 8 connecting zipper for jackets
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Keeps the water out
PostedMay 12, 2014
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orangebanana
State:MD
Rider Type:Commuter
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Recently did a 9 day tour of Ireland riding a motorcycle with no fairing every day. Two days it rained for a few hours, a couple other days it misted a little. It was also between 50-70 most days, with the majority being in the mid to low 50s. These pants worked great! No water got in at all, they kept my legs warm, they weren't too bulky, yet felt sturdy and got the job done. I would recommend these pants for any potential wet weather and for colder riding temps. I wouldn't recommend them for anything much above 80 though, they have no air flow, but they work grand down to 40s, haven't tried them below that. They are an over-pant and fit great. I typically wear a 31-32, bought these at 32 and they worked great over a pair of jeans. They might have been a bit tight if I had worn a belt with the jeans, but without a belt, they fit nicely. They only small complaint I have is that the left knee armor just never sat comfortably for me, it irritated my knee the entire time. However, I will take that small negative for all the other positives.
Rides: 1998 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast
Yes, I recommend this product.
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TCX Air Tech Gore-Tex Boot European inspired styling with a Gore-Tex membrane make this the most breathable, waterproof boot on the market. This boot is not for the cold blooded due to its extreme venting. Side impact and malleolus protection makes this a perfect pick for spring, summer and early fall riders. Upper Leather and breathable AIR TECH material with micro injected inserts Lining Gore-Tex membrane with XCR product technology for increased breathability Protections Anti Impact malleolus protection, micro injected shift pad, shin plate, reinforced heel counter Foot Bed Anatomic, Replacable Touring sole with specific grip area, oil and petroleum resistant
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
very good hot weather boot
PostedJuly 5, 2011
Customer avatar
orangebanana
State:MD
Rider Type:Commuter
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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Fits true to size. I wear a 10-10.5 normally, bought the 44 and it is just right. Is not tight, yet not excessively loose. There is a little bit of play, but I think that helps with the ventilation and I think it will work well with a thicker sock in colder temperatures. It feels slightly wider in the toe box which works well for my foot. The zipper and velcro do a good job of keeping the boot snug to the leg, tho it is a little loose at the top around my calf. I could probably snug it up more with the velcro, but I like it slightly loose to help with the air flow.
It is a nice subdued external design. Its not overly flashy, decent enough that you can walk around with it under your pant legs and not have people staring at your feet.
It is a boot and the toe box is a bit larger than a shoe so it does take a bit extra flex of the foot to get under the shifter, but its not uncomfortably bad. The shift pad is plenty big to cover where it needs to be covered. No you are not going to feel the shifter like you would in a pair of tennis shoes, but Ill take the slightly less feel for the vastly improved protection.
The boot is very comfortable both on and off the bike. I walked around in it at the office and it was comfortable enough. If I am going to be walking around for a few hours, I would not keep them on, but they work well enough around the office or around town while riding. The sole has great traction, I have not yet put my foot down and felt anything other than a solid grip both on dry and wet pavement.
I have gotten caught in the rain a few times and feet stayed perfectly dry. The exterior mesh isn't such that you get a significant breeze on your foot, but it does allow enough air movement to keep your foot decently cool when its in the 90s yet the goretex is quite able to keep you dry during rain showers. I was expecting more air flow, but what it has works surprisingly well. My feet have not yet felt hot nor come out wet/sweaty. Unless of course I am stuck in a bad traffic jam, then there just isnt much to be done about that, but its not for lack of trying on the boots part.
My only complaint about the boot was the fact that there was a large gumball sized blob of some kind of opaque yellowish plasticy-rubbery compound stuck in the mash on the upper inside of the calf one of the boots. Had to take scissors and an xacto to get it off, and there is still some on the mesh that I cant remove without cutting the mesh. Not sure what it was or where it was from, and I can still feel it rubbing and scratching my calf now and then, but it wasn't enough for me to want to deal with sending it back. Pic of it included.
Over-all great hot weather water proof boot, definitely recommend. Will post more comments when I see how it does in cold weather, but that will not be for a few months.
Rides: 1998 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Olympia Airglide 3 Pants Designed to coordinate with the Olympia Airglide, Viper, Bonneville, and Bushwhacker jackets, this style can be worn as a stand alone riding pant or as full over pant. Constructed in authentic Dupont Cordura with ballistic nylon mesh panels, this pant offers maximum airflow with superior abrasion resistance. Two front zipper pockets and two rear snap pockets offer extra storage for personal items. Foul weather rides are never a problem as these pants are also equipped with a wind and waterproof liner that can be worn as a stand alone pant. Adjustable knee armor positions, stretch waist panels and EZ hem bottoms help riders achieve a customized fit Outer shell constructed in 500denier Dupont Cordura with ballistic airflow mesh panels. Waterproof liner pant Full side leg zippers Removable and height-adjustable CE approved MotionFlex armor at knees Cool mesh airflow lining Removable EVA compressionfoam at hips Custom Fit detailing at waistand bottom hem 3M Scotchlite reflective piping from waist to hem Relaxed tailored fit Four storage pockets 8 connecting zipper forjackets
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
good product
PostedJune 20, 2011
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orangebanana
State:MD
Rider Type:Commuter
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
Have had these pants for a few weeks now, used them almost every day. Here are my thoughts:
Fit - I like the fit. I usually wear 31 waist and 30 inseam. Bought the 32 waist pants and both the waist and length are perfect for me, no length hemming necessary. They are not excessively baggy, fist just right. I wear them as over pants and there is plenty of room, to move, yet they are snug enough not to flap all over the place
Air Flow - good. I am behind a fairing, but I can still feel a good amount of air flow on my lower legs and a little on my upper legs. You would probably get more if you didnt have a full fairing. I do wish there was a bit more in the knee area, but it works. Have ridden from 65 to 100 (105 with heat index and killer humidity) and as long as I was moving, it was acceptable.
Comfort - quite comfortable. Only really notice the pants when you walk and you hear the swish and when you are sitting and you feel the knee pads, but neither is bad, its just a reminder.
Protection and Durability: They appear to be pretty sturdy and quite durable. I hope to not have to find out, but they look as tho they would do well in protecting your skin from the road. The knee pad does seem to have a tendency to go to the inside of the knee when walking, but pressing my knees against the bike when I mount gets them back where I think they should be and its all good. The thigh cushions are decent as well.
Overall a good looking pair of protective pants that work well in warm to hot weather. I have not bothered with the rainproof insert, been out in light-moderate rains and been just fine without them, but again, Im behind a fairing. If you need some vented pants for summer riding, these fit the bill.
Rides: 1998 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Olympia GT Air Transition Jacket (Size SM)
Olympia GT Air Transition Jacket (Size SM)
Olympia GT Air Transition Jacket The concept of a solid body jacket that transforms to an air mesh jacket makes sense if the transition is quick and hassle free. The problem of storing or losing removable panels must also be addressed. Our all seasons GT jacket tackles these issues by offering a roll down, hide away, Mega Vent Panel System that transitions from solid body, to adjustable airflow construction in seconds. The GT is also equipped with a sporty, waterproof, two stage, Thermolite lined, inner jacket giving it multi season, all weather versatility. An authentic Cordura shell with 2000 denier Cordura reinforcement insures maximum abrasion resistance. Outer shell constructed in 500 and 2000 denier Dupont Cordura MVS Mega Vent Panel System at front and back Extended length 12 arm vents Waterproof, Thermolite insulated two stage liner jacket Removable CE approved Motion Flex armor at elbows and shoulders Removable CE approved Motion Flex articulated back protector Cool mesh airflow lining Custom Fit detailing at collar, cuffs, elbows and waist. Comfort neoprene collar insert 3M Scotchlite reflective piping at front, sides and back. 8 connecting zipper for pants Seven storage pockets Two Stage Waterproof Liner Jacket - Sturdy wind and water proof rip stop nylon shell with removable Dupont Thermolite insulation, rib collar, two water proof pockets and interior cell phone pocket.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good breathable jacket
PostedJune 1, 2011
Customer avatar
orangebanana
State:MD
Rider Type:Commuter
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
After a month of wear, this is what I have come up with:
Breathability: Not quite as good as a full mesh, but very decent. Back doesn't quite get the flow I would like, but it does get a little. I do have to say I am behind a fairing so my experience my differ from a bike without a fairing. Definitely feel the air soon as you start going after sitting at a light and sweating a little bit. I do wish it had a bit more mesh on the arms and maybe something on the shoulders to vent more air to the back, but it does a decent job considering it isn't an all mesh jacket. Riding in mid-90's in humid DC is bearable in this jacket. Still have some dampness on my back when done riding, but that probably has more to do with the traffic lights than the jacket.
Style and fit: Good looking jacket, nothing over the top, just right for me. I bought the red color and am happy with it. The medium fits me well and I usually wear shirts that have a 15.5 inch collar with 33 inch sleeves and a 31 inch pant waist. The adjustable waist on the bottom is great.
Durability: Looks like it will take a beating, but that has yet to be seen. Seems to be a very well constructed jacket. Zippers work well, nothing binds, velcro appears to be sturdy, and the adjustable parts look like they will do their job for quite some time.
I wish it had a bit more mesh, but again, I am behind a windshield so it is probably great for riders without a windshield.
I do have one complaint so far. There is something, not sure what, but something in the inner elbow part of the jacket that pokes the inside of my elbow. I have tried to figure out what it is, but no luck yet. Sometimes it will be ok, but other times I feel it poking me and when I take of the jacket, the inside of my elbow has red irritated marks. Its almost like there is a piece of sharp plastic poking me, but I have not found it yet. Happens on both arms occasionally.
Other than that minor annoyance, I am quite happy with this jacket and would recommend it to others.
Rides: 1998 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Scorpion EXO-900 Transformer Helmet The EXO-900 Transformer Helmet gives you the freedom to choose between Full- and Open-Face configurations with the added benefits of detachable peak visor and dropdown sun visor. This makes the Scorpion EXO-900 truly unique and gives you options that no other modular helmet can offer. In seconds and with no tools, you can convert your full-face helmet to an open-face version to meet the changing riding conditions or style preference if you ride different motorcycles or scooters. Features AirFit helmet pump air inflation system for a custom fit Cheek pad and neck roll adjustment system for improved fit and wind noise reduction EverClear no-fog shield system KwikWick washable wicking liner Retractable SpeedView no-fog internal sun visor Toggle Aero-tuned vent system Polycarbonate composite shell Open face peak visor sold separately DOT / ECE approved
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
good overall
PostedJune 1, 2011
Customer avatar
orangebanana
State:MD
Rider Type:Commuter
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
Noise Level
Quiet
Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Slightly Heavy
Heavy
Vision
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First convertible helmet, so not sure how it compares in that respect, but here are my conclusions after a month of wearing it.
Noise: It is loud. I am behind a fairing and if I duck my head down, noise level is great. If I start raising my head up to a comfortable level where the helmet is mostly above the windshield, the wind noise level gets uncomfortable. It is louder on the left side than the right, possibly due to the sun visor mechanism. It is louder than if I was to ride without a helmet (not that I would). Full faced helmets I have had in the past were nowhere near this loud but they were not convertible either. I am going to have to get ear plugs because the wind noise is just too much for my ears.
Fit: At first, it felt like it was squeezing my jaw together and really didnt feel good, but now it has eased off a bit and fits very well. Snug, comfortable, doesn't move around, and feels secure. The only problem I have is that I cannot put it on nor take it off without opening the convertible face. My head simply will not fit, guess my head is weird.
Air Flow: I don't really feel much airflow, but I imagine it must be doing something. Again, I am behind a fairing, but during normal riding, my helmet is mostly above the top of the windshield. I have tried turning the helmet all sorts of ways, but never really feel any airflow. If I am going slower than highway speeds, I have to open the front visor to keep my head cool. At highway speeds, it seems to do ok. I haven't tried it on a bike without a windshield so I dont know if that is making a big difference.
Style: It looks decent and has the high-vis yellow, no complaints on this front.
Functionality: Loads of it.
It is a decent helmet overall. I would just say that the wind noise seems excessively loud and the venting could be better. That being said, it fits well and there is no missing the hi-vis yellow color
Rides: 1998 Honda PC800 Pacific Coast
Yes, I recommend this product.
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