Maxwell
 
 
 
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    May 30, 2011
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    October 24, 2011
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 Klim D30 Pro Knee Pads
Klim D30 Pro Knee Pads
Replacement D3O knee armor for Klim Pants Sold as set of 2.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The magical visco-elastic mystery tour
PostedOctober 24, 2011
Customer avatar
Maxwell
State:MA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
I am 100% taken with the visco-elastic experience. KLIM is the only company (Brits) who seem to be willing to sell everything piece by piece rather than have contracts with clothing manufacturers. SaS-Tec does the back pad and hip pads (good stuff too) but hordes their other pads for jacket makers. Anyway, appreciate KLIM making ALL pads available. All of the d3o pad dimensions and thicknesses can be found at the d3o website- google d3o...NOT 3do like I did originally- which is a video game console from 1993....
Very lightweight, VERY flexible, 8mm thick CE (EN1621. blah blah 1) which means you get equal or better protection from 8mm of this orange stuff than you do from those fatty black TP foam jobs, the thinnest of which (CE 1 rated) runs just under 15mm (got me some of them too). There is quite a bit of difference between "just passing" the CE1 upper mark and the lower mark. Of course, they haven't come up with a standard for protection against CELL PHONES. Oh, that's another discussion...anyway, they really do "disappear" with body heat. The knee, elbow and shoulder pads are ALL 8mm thick at the center, tapering slightly at the edges.
Two things not so good- they are slippery, so a close fitting pocket and clothes is sort of necessary, unless you want to assume it won't slide out of the way in a dirt nap. I sew a loop of thread through the vent holes directly to the liner of my jackets so they don't shift. Also, perhaps a bit larger size, with a more molded shape would be nice, for more coverage in case of the situation I mentioned above. This is true for all the KLIM pads, except the Viper Pro back pad.
Air flow...bwahahaha....I hear the best airflow is achieved by wearing a t-shirt. I haven't tried it, but it sounds really, really badass cool. While I'm here- KLIM makes fantastic clothing too. And, of course, Revzilla, seriously, why go elsewhere?
Yes, I recommend this product.
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SparX S07 Face Shield Fits all Full Face SparX Helmets. Note Replacement faceshields feature brow vents.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Perfect middle ground
PostedOctober 22, 2011
Customer avatar
Maxwell
State:MA
Rider Type:Commuter
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
Great for bright overcast or variable cloudy days. Takes glare out, but is lighter than the smoke. I have two Sparx, one with the smoke, one with the clear- now I gotta get another helmet for this shield. It's really easy to change the shield, I'm just that lazy (when I gotta ride, I gotta ride NOW...) and the helmets are too inexpensive not to have one for each shield. Time- that's expensive.
Great fit, no whistling, easy to change, very little twist when opening- pop to first click, push from middle, bingo. I've had excellent results from a wipedown of All Kleer, inside and out, for anti-fog.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 SparX S07 Helmet - Solid
SparX S07 Helmet - Solid
5 Year limited warranty against manufacturer defects Crashed helmet program Meets or exceeds both DOT and ECE2205 standards Features Lightweight thermocomposite shell construction In-visor Anti-fog ventilation system Form fitted contour cheek pads True ventilation channels for optimum circulation around face Quick release tool-less ratchet system for easy shield removal Helmet Weight 3 lbs. 7-3/8 oz. (1569g) This weight is +/- 50g, different shell sizes may be heavier / lighter. ( View Motorcycle Helmet Weights ) Note Helmet shown with optional tinted shield. Clear shield included.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
8000 miles later...
PostedOctober 17, 2011
Customer avatar
Maxwell
State:MA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Long Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
I reviewed the same model, the Retro Corsa style, in detail earlier this year. Bought this one because I still don't have a good reason to buy a more expensive one. I didn't need it, if I'd smacked it, Sparx would replace it for free- I just like the helmet and the matte black with the smoke visor looks pretty good with a black Interceptor.
I haven't had any fog problems and it's very humid where I live- in worst case (rarely happens), just crack the visor one notch until you get up to speed, then the shield vents wash the inside of the plexi- especially if you nod down for a second. Maybe I'm just lucky, or a vampire. Got the black for winter as well- theorizing (yeah, I know, we all have our crackpot hobbies....) it will be warmer in the sun.
It's DOT and ECE certified, to quote webbikeworld: "Helmets certified to the ECE 22.05 standard are approved for competition events by AMA, CCS, FIM, Formula-USA and WERA and are chosen by nearly every professional motorcycle racers competing in world championship road racing, motocross and off road events, including the ultimate sport of Moto GP. Helmets that are certified to both DOT and ECE 22.05 offer the highest level of realistic protection with the added benefit of light weight for day-long comfort and rider performance." For what it's worth.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector Replacement CE Level 2 D30 Back Pad for Klim Jackets. D3O's Viper back protector benefits from Airwave Technology and is extremely flexible, low profile and lightweight, whilst offering incredible protection. Measures 17 Tall by 11 at widest point.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best CE level 2 back protector for summer
PostedOctober 5, 2011
Customer avatar
Maxwell
State:MA
Rider Type:Commuter
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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Klim weighs 1lb/2oz (509g) (exact dimensions at d3o site)
Sas-Tec weighs 12oz (342g)
Can of coke weighs 13oz (368g) (NOT level 2 protection...)
The Klim has a clever channel design that actually works. The 1cm deep channels are against your back, and the holes let the hot out (I don't think there is a level 2 back protector that could have a 5/5 rating and still work, so 4 is top until NASA comes up with some miracle space thing). It works better than anything I've tried (level 2). It is heavier, but visco-elastic and conforms with body heat so you will hardly notice it. It is thinner than the Sas-Tec. I have both and either one gives me confidence it would help in a meaningful way during a getoff. However, the channels system on this one is very clever. I had to clear out the vent holes with a dremel as some of them weren't punched all the way through. Big whoop. It is extremely flexible (see pics) and you can trim it to fit if it's too big. This is the 18mm thick Viper, not the 11mm one. I have a leather jacket (1.3-1.5mm) outfitted with all Klim, and it feels like an extra sturdy jacket, not a suit of armor. The Klim just warms up and disappears.
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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 Tour Master TB-12 Tank Bag
Tour Master TB-12 Tank Bag
Heavyduty nylon construction Available in magnetic and strap mount versions ClearVu snap map pocket Internal support panels hold bag shape Zippered main compartment Rubberized carry handle Reflective TourMaster logos TPR zipper pulls Weather resistant Rain cover included Mesh rear pocket 13L x 9.5W x 69.5H (12 Liter Capacity)
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great bag especially for a narrow tank
PostedSeptember 26, 2011
Customer avatar
Maxwell
State:MA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I was pleasantly surprised at the price (happens often at Revzilla, doesn't it?) for this nice a bag. I use it on a '76 CB400F - my other bags are too big for this bike. You can fit about three regular sized boxes of Ritz crackers stacked up flat. I don't eat that many crackers, but maybe gives you an idea how much volume it has. The map sleeve comes off (velcro, pockets on the back) and there is a velcro flap that folds over the main compartment zippers so they don't whip around. Excellent magnets and a very soft neoprene/microfelt(?) base which will NEVER abrade the tank. Bonus, the magnetic flaps at the sides flip inward when you take the bag off the bike and stick to the ones underneath, like folding their arms in so they don't flap around when you're carrying the bag. Nice design. Lots of useful pockets. Could use some elastic ones around the sides on the inside maybe. Net-pocket on outside for cellphone. Has shoulder strap, tie-down strap and rain cover. Unless it explodes in the next year, the bang for buck should be 7.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 SparX Corsa S07 Retro Helmet
SparX Corsa S07 Retro Helmet
5 Year limited warranty against manufacturer defects Crashed helmet program Meets or exceeds both DOT and ECE2205 standards Integrated ear plug storage devices Features Lightweight thermocomposite shell construction In-visor Anti-fog ventilation system Form fitted contour cheek pads True ventilation channels for optimum circulation around face Quick relase tool-less ratchet system Note Helmet shown with optional tinted shield. Clear shield included.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Very satisfied Newbie-may not apply to experienced riders
PostedMay 30, 2011
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Maxwell
State:MA
Rider Type:Moto Newb
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Weight
Light
Average
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Long Oval
Round
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Incredible deal. NO disappointment here. My bicycle helmet cost 3 times as much as this helmet (I cycle a lot...). My hat size is 7 3/8th's (23 1/4"-holding tape just above the eyebrows) and a Large fits perfectly on my noggin which is slightly longer than round. It is snug and secure. I don't know about weight as this is my first helmet, but it is not distractingly heavy or anything (3.56 lbs- a few ounces more than 4 cans of soda), and my bicycle helmet weighs 190 grams, so I would notice if it felt like a concrete block I imagine. If you decide to strap 4 cans of soda to your head to get the feel of the weight, I would recommend an ace bandage rather than duct tape, for obvious reasons. Unless you are of smooth dome, in which case, have at it.
Noise level: again, this is my first- I was not aware that it was very loud, but I'm comparing it to the air rushing sound of 50mph decents on a bicycle...In other words, when I forgot to put the INCLUDED ear plugs in, I did not damage my hearing, it was just "buffet-y loud"-not the food table at a casino- as in, quieter than sticking your head out a car window at 25 mph (I tried this for comparison). No whistling that I noticed when the shield was down, and only minor effects when it was clicked up one notch for ventilation.
Ventilation: soft rubber nose bridge directs breath down. Odd effect however- at low speed (5ish mph) airflow into chin vents pushes air up onto shield. I solved this by not going 5 mph very often, or cracking the shield one click, which solved the minor fog instantly.
Vision: excellent. I am 46 years old and have become aware that I am not invincible, so being able to see the insane stunts the cell-phone operators in their cages are up to is VERY important to me. Have no fear with this helmet. Riding a bicycle with NO mirrors necessitates physically turning and looking behind so I am very aware of peripheral stuff- this helmet did not make me feel like I had "tunnel vision" at all. Very reassuring.
The style is...well, a personal deal. I got the retro CORSA because although a matte black helmet looks, perhaps, extra Mad Maxian, it is also hard to see. Also, I am not a bad a**. Also, I happen to think the skunk stripe is very cool. It gets driver's attention, being, uh, unusual looking- and anything that gets their attention is fine with me.
DOT and ECE 22-05 certifications are preferable to some other certifications... IMHO. You've probably already mulled all this over, so I won't rehash it all. Suffice it to say, don't let the lack of a certain certification disuade you from this helmet- it was actually a PLUS for me, as it somewhat difficult to find a great helmet without a "certain" certification. If you have the time, search "motorcycle helmet too hard?" online.
I do not think the shield is difficult to raise and lower. The detents are positive and secure but not sticky. The dark shield is a good shade of dark. It is "newbie-easy" to get one shield off and the other on. The material inside is fake suede and micro-fleece, with a padded strap and snap to hold the tail of the d-ring strap. It Does smell like "sweet-plastic" but is, to me, like the new-car smell, it's there, it's strong but it's also new, and not harsh or off-putting. The pads are velcro'd in, so you could give them a gentle scrub in your favorite shampoo if you like. Comes with handy protective bag. Mine was black and orange- good for the kids at halloween.
And DO NOT worry about the price- the quality is there. Long review, yes. I have been impressed by equipment before, but not by something that costs as little as this helmet. It deserves the write up. Maybe the expensive brands give you a neck massage or something, what do I know? Cheers.
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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