KHolmes
 
 
 
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    September 19, 2011
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    May 23, 2013
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Sidi Vortice Boots It was thought that the award winning Sidi Vertigo Corsa boot was the pinnacle of sport boot technology. Until today that is as Sidi is proud to introduce the next step in the evolutionary chain The Vortice. The latest in technology combined with the great skill and workmanship of Sidis Italian based factory technicians blend in a whirl of fresh solutions to satisfy a riders desire for safety and comfort. Constructed of Lorica and is lined with Teflon vented mesh. Only Sidi goes to trouble and expense of creating a multiple liner boot system in its racing boots. Lorica is a composite micro fiber material created from strands that are so fine, each one is less than one thousandth the thickness of silk. When injected with special resins, these fibers act like natural leather skin, but with the addition of better strength, softer texture, lighter weight and better moisture protection. Sidi has added a small elastic panel to aid in a smooth zipper operation as it allows a bit of movement via the elastic as the zipper passes over the riders ankle ball. The rear upper part of the boot is made up of the following mechanisms A) The TECNO CALF TENSIONER mechanism adjusts the leg circumference. Placed in the back of the boots upper, it works through a nylon wire that hooks directly to the shin plate. B) The TECNO SHIN TENSIONER mechanism helps the TECNO CALF TENSIONER close the leg upper on the front part of the boot. The two lateral nylon braces join the ankle joint with two screws that are protected by nylon caps. This system is reinforced with fiberglass, supports the ankle and is easy to replace. This system allows excellent flex movement front-to-back while being firm side-to-side. Tecno Instep Tensioner, a fastening system on the front part of the foot, on the instep. Shock Absorbing Heel Cup Non-vented Shin Plate Gear Change Pad Vortice Slider toe slider is made in nylon reinforced with fiberglass. It is fitted with a new air intake and an innovative alloy insert. Racing SRS Sole all new sole is constructed of a polyurethane and rubber blend.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
My favorites
PostedMay 23, 2013
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KHolmes
From Upstate
State:NY
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 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
Fit
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Footbed
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I've tried Gaernes, Astars and the Sidi ST (most recent) and while the Gaerne Balance Oiled is great offroad on my 250 with a set of heated socks.. they don't offer any real rigidity or protection beyond just some shin guards. I wanted something with some serious protection and a very high level of comfort.
After trying on other friend's boots and looking around, I ordered the Sidi ST. They were OK but honestly how great is a boot going to fit if the only thing you can adjust is the calf size? That's like buying a shoe with no laces. Blah! They were well made boots, but the fit isn't confidence inspiring. My foot was loose in some areas and too tight in others.
I sent them back and got the Vortice. Sooo glad I paid a little more. Save up the difference and just get these. I know they're billed as 'race' boots that take a while to get on.. but they're not that bad, seriously. It's like an extra 60 seconds or maybe even less than the ST or my brother's Astars boots. The best part is the FIT! I like taking my time to get ready anyway, hah.
It's so good. Clip the lil guys in and twist. Cinch up the boot, shift your foot around inside, then work down to the toe with the adjusters once more. You're set to go and it feels like you have custom made race boots on. At this point you'll realize how smart you are for picking this boot over any other.
No more slop in your boots. Which is important when you're going a hundred miles an hour and value your life.
Rides: 2007 Yamaha FZ6
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Dainese Razon Perforated Leather Jacket The road flashing beneath your bike, the wide open spaces of the prairie, the pulsing of the pistons you can feel in your arms and everywhere else as sunlight glints off the engine chrome, and choppers riding in formation roar down the road. Constructed in leather that is both thick and soft at the same time, the Razon jacket combines innovative technical solutions like patented Microelastic inserts with the essential style and unique character of the riders who wear it. Equipped with removable composite protectors, ventilation, and removable thermal lining, this jacket is also available in a Women's version. Protection Composite protectors certified to Standard EN1621.1/97 Ergonomics and Comfort Microelastic elasticated inserts Inserts in elasticated fabric Neck adjustment Waist adjustment Jacket-trousers fastening system Air inlets on the chest Localized perforation Removable thermal liner Sanitized lining Other Pocket for G1 and G2 back protector Pocket on removable liner 2 outside pockets Internal pocket
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Handsome jacket with very subtle branding
PostedApril 22, 2013
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KHolmes
From Upstate
State:NY
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I wanted a jacket that had a great cut, and subtle to almost no branding on it. I needed something I could wear around town more casually than my New Delmar jacket.
The style is great. The leather is supple, however it feels stiffer (esp in the neck area) and thinner than my New Delmar.
There is one QA problem and it's very small, so small most would likely not notice. On the right arm, there is slightly too much stretch fabric in the panel. This causes it to bunch up. A minor thing, but it shouldn't be there in such an expensive jacket.
I can't imagine this working so great in a super sport riding position. Those "stretch panels" provide very minimal articulation vs an accordion style. I can comfortably ride on my CRF250L and 1978 CB125 around town.
The liner that came with mine isn't a vest as is mentioned in one review, it's a full jacket. It's decently warm enough for a sunny 50 degree day riding around town or fifteen minutes on the highway. The perforation is substantial and I'm sure it will be great in the warmer months.
Rides: 2007 Yamaha FZ6
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Gerbing 12V T-5 Hybrid Heated Gloves Gerbing's new line of 12V T-5 Hybrid Products utilize Gerbing's Hybrid Heating System. This system allows you the option of powering from your vehicle's 12 V electrical system, or from Gerbing's 12 volt Hybrid lithium-ion battery pack (sold separately) with its built-in microprocessor temp controller. Features coreheat12 Technology Made with premium, supple, drum-dyed leather Soft tricot fleece lining with 100g of Thinsulate lining Incorporates Gerbing's Microwire heating technology that uses micro-sized heating fibers to surround the hand with warmth Internal waterproof/breathable membrane Includes vehicle battery harness and Y-harness Two 12 V batteries and a charger are optional (sold separately) Max Heat 135F 27 Watts Power 12V DC 2.2 Amp 1 year warranty Run Time Power Level Run Time High 1 Hour Medium 2.5 Hours Low 4 Hours Connected to Vehicle Battery Unlimited Gerbing and RevZilla STRONGLY recommend the use of a temperature controller with this product, failure to do so may cause burns.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Very pleased so far
PostedMarch 24, 2013
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KHolmes
From Upstate
State:NY
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I'd been using the Gerbing's liners in a winter glove, but that was very cumbersome. After a liner died I decided to try something different. These are extremely comfortable, give good tactile feedback and the heating is very even compared to the Gerbing glove liners. My hands stay comfortable, with no part getting too cold or hot, everything is just right.
As far as durability goes, I'd be surprised if I get a solid 12 months of year-round riding out of them. They should start making these in the USA like the rest of their garments. The quality difference is apparent vs. the USA made jacket.
Rides: 2007 Yamaha FZ6
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Klim Latitude Misano Pants Updated for Fall 2012! The updated Latitude Misano Pants enter the KLIM family with adventurous, comfortable riding in mind. Delivering increased mobility and lighter-weight while still providing KLIM-worthy durability, the Latitude Misano series is set to perform. For riders ready to ride in a broken-in jacket and pant from the get-go, the Latitude Misano offers the easiest fit. The GORE-TEX Performance Shell and Misano Cordura fabric laminate in the main body of each piece adds flexibility while KLIMs 840D Cordura and GORE-TEX Laminate take on the toughest duties in the highest abrasion zones. Features GORE-TEX 2-Layer Performance Shell Guaranteed to keep you dry CE-Rated integrated armor system Misano Cordura laminate exterior in main body 840D Cordura laminate exterior in high abrasion zones High-Mobility active fit patterning Pre-Curved leg geometry Max flow ventilation 4 ports 2 thigh intakes and 2 rear leg exhaust vents Comfort-Fit stretch panel in seat Raised waist back with elastic fit Side waist adjustment straps Adjustable boot cuff with zippered expansion and snap closure Jacket-to-Pant zippered integration system rubber coated buttons Rubber coated buttons Reinforced knees and high-abrasion zones Leather inner knee and lower leg 1 external thigh pocket Mesh comfort liner Industrial grade 3M Scotchlite reflective panels and trim
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Very high quality pants
PostedFebruary 25, 2013
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KHolmes
From Albany
State:NY
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
These are really nice. The rear is tailored so it's puffy when walking around or standing up. As soon as you sit down they feel custom made. So comfortable.
I wear one or two thin base layers underneath these into the 20s and my legs are always warm. No leaks. They look as though they'd hold up well in a crash, even for textile. No loose threads or anything suspicious to say they will wear out soon.
These are seriously high quality. I'm a very big fan, they should last for many years.
Rides: 2007 Yamaha FZ6
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Klim Suspenders Attaches to Klim pants with integrated loop system.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A great piece of kit
PostedFebruary 25, 2013
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KHolmes
From Albany
State:NY
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I've been known to wear suspenders from time to time. These are some of the nicest I've ever owned.
They do a great job, and keep my Misano pants up even after many standup / sitdown / foot downs. I have a small waist / rear and my hips don't exist, so usually there's nothing to really keep them up. Very thick and high quality elastic bands. Highly recommended if you think you need them.
Rides: 2007 Yamaha FZ6
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Gerbing 12V Heated Socks Motorcycling and cold feet dont mix. Your feet control braking, shifting and provide stability when you stop. Thats why Gerbings developed their coreheat12 Microwire Sock Liners to wrap snugly around each foot, and deliver even heat to the tops as well as the bottoms. And the socks are cut specifically for left/right feet for a perfect fit and better warmth. Made from a lightweight, wicking, four-way stretch material, the Sock Liners feature Gerbings patented Microwire Heat Technology for the kind of smooth, soothing heat only Gerbings can deliver. And these new Sock Liners sport a special long cut that pulls up over your calf, making them ideal regardless how tall your boots are. Gerbings Heated Sock Liners. Theyll help your feet defeat the cold. Gerbing's socks are made from a lightweight, wicking, four-way stretch material The socks are heated on the bottom and top of the sock concentrating heat toward the toes which adds extra heat where it is needed most Extended height to cover the calf Wide elastic band for extra comfort Sock design is specific to left and right for a better fit AWM round power cable maximizes comfort Hand-washable anti-bacterial-treated material Patented Microwire heating technology 1 year warranty on the sock liners' Microwire heating technology Specifications Heat Microwire heat technology Source 12-volts DC Current 1.4amps/pair Watts 17 Watts Surface Temp 135F 5 at 32F Gerbing's and RevZilla STRONGLY recommend the use of a temperature controller with this product, failure to do so may cause burns.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
So great
PostedFebruary 25, 2013
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KHolmes
From Albany
State:NY
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I can now ride in any weather. I was bummed out the upper area wasn't heated, but that's not necessary.
My feet and hands are always cold. These fix that. I've ridden in the low 20s F and they maintain a great temp at 1/2 setting on the temp controller.
Rides: 2007 Yamaha FZ6
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Rukka Lobster Gore-Tex Gloves The fleece-lined Rukka Lobster gloves offer extreme warmth and waterproofing, without sacrificing protection. Features Textile gloves with leather palm Fully waterproof, windproof and breathable Gore-Tex gloves Extra warmth for colder riding conditions Fleece lining Scaphoid protection with molded PVC/carbon fiber mix Visor wiper on left hand Velcro cuff closure and drawstring opening to seal out the elements
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I like em
PostedFebruary 25, 2013
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KHolmes
From NY
State:NY
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
My hands are always cold, but I love riding. So I bought these in conjunction with some Gerbings heated glove liners.
I can now ride at highway speeds in 20 degree F weather, and the temp controller is set to about 3/4 or lower once I'm up to temp.
Nice leather on the inside of the hand, TPU palm slider with memory foam is a great touch. Comfortable and waterproof. Used for about 6 hours during a steady rain / mist and no leaks. No wet spots riding for about an hour the other day during the latest snow storm here in NY.
One important thing to note, is that while there are dual finger compartments on the outside, on the inside there is a liner that still separates you into single fingers.
As far as sizing goes, I bought one size up from their chart's recommendation. The liners fit tightly but have broken in nicely.
Rides: 2007 Yamaha FZ6
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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 Dainese New Delmar Leather Jacket
Dainese New Delmar Leather Jacket
Dainese New Delmar Leather Jacket (Perforated) Dedicated to the most competitive sport riders with a design essential and aggressive at the same time, the New Delmar jacket offers the technical excellence and high performance of Dainese racing apparel. Special D-Skin leather, thermoformed shoulders, titanium inserts, fixed composite protectors, and the pocket for the G-type back protector all contribute to providing top level protection. Correct temperature control is ensured by the air inlets in the chest and back, the 3D bubble liner, and localized perforation. Freedom of movement and elevated comfort are guaranteed by the Neck 5 support, elasticated inserts, and inserts in S1 stretch fabric on the sleeves and back. Protection Composite protectors certified to EN 1621.197. Co-injected shoulder with titanium insert. Pocket for Dainese Wave G Back Protector Abrasion and Tear Resistance D-Skin leather. S1 fabric. Comfort Ergonomics Neck 5 neck support. Jacket-trousers fastening system. Adjustment strap on neck. Waist adjustment Inserts in elasticated fabric. Elasticated inserts. Collar with elasticated inserts. Temperature Regulation 3d bubble fixed liner with air space. Air inlets on the chest and sides. Sanitized lining. Other Aerodynamic spoiler. Reflective inserts. Internal pocket. 2 outside pockets. Denoted as Dainese New Delmar Pelle Estivo in Dainese catalog A non-perforated version of this jacket is also available.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fantastic quality
PostedFebruary 4, 2013
Customer avatar
KHolmes
From NY
State:NY
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 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
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
This jacket is for you if: you know and appreciate excellent craftsmanship, want to wear something that will provide great protection, and look incredible.
I occasionally put this jacket on just to feel how nice it is. Nothing I own compares (and yes, I have bought other high end jackets.)
I wouldn't have purchased this unless it was a closeout item. I am very glad I did. Any future leather gear will likely be Dainese. In comparison to my older A* suit, this is better. Protection is equally good, however the Dainese leather is very buttery and the hefty weigh of the jacket disappears when you put it on. It's magic!
Cannot wait for warmer weather. This thing is going to be on my back in a heartbeat.
Rides: 2007 Yamaha FZ6
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Dainese Scout Gore-Tex Gloves
Dainese Scout Gore-Tex Gloves
Dainese Scout Gore-Tex Gloves FEATURES Techno inserts on the knuckles and the joints of the fingers Distortion Control on little finger Abrasion and Tear Resistance Goatskin Stone PU Reinforced palm COMFORT / ERGONOMICS Elasticated fabric Elasticated inserts Tightening strap Adjustable cuff strap Pre-curved finger Temperature Regulation Breathable waterproof Gore-Tex membrane Thermal Dexfil padding OTHER FEATURES Soft inserts Reflective inserts
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
A good glove, bunches on the grip
PostedJanuary 26, 2013
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KHolmes
From NY
State:NY
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 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
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
I've used these to ride in 20 to 65 degree weather this fall and winter. Stayed dry in the rain.
I can go at highway speeds in 40 degree weather for about an hour before my hands hurt. That's on a bike with no hand wind protection or heated grips. Oh and I frequently have cold hands no matter what I do in the winter. So YMMV.
These are going to be great for the spring and summer between 50-70 degrees, especially with a wet spring. Keeping these in my rotation for sure.
Gauntlets fit over Klim Misano, and Dainese New Delmar jackets just fine. Lots of elastic there so you get a nice fit even with a ton of layers on underneath.
The fit is tight and proper, however the palms like to bunch and that gets uncomfortable after a while. Gives me a slippery feeling that took some getting used to. Not a fan, but it's probably unavoidable with any insulated multi-layer glove.
If these disappeared and I had to buy a new set, I'd probably spend a little more for a full leather gore-tex glove with minimal or no insulation, and use a heated liner. Or just have elective surgery for cyborg hands, which of course - do not freeze and require no gloves (only if you spring for the titanium ones though.)
Rides: 2007 Yamaha FZ6
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Joe Rocket Sonic Gloves
Joe Rocket Sonic Gloves
Joe Rocket Sonic Gloves Protection meets comfort thanks to the combination of a supple drum dyed leather chassis reinforced with injection molded knuckle armor and gel padding. Double leather wrap around palm and high density padding on the fingers, cuff, and wrist complete this high performance package. Features Drum dyed leather top Molded knuckle protector with gel padding High density padding on fingers, cuff, and wrist Double leather wrap around palm Reflective stripe Double cuff closure
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Decent, lost cost gloves
PostedJanuary 25, 2013
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KHolmes
From NY
State:NY
Rider Type:Moto Enthusiast
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
These were my first set of full leather, gauntlet style gloves.
They will provide decent abrasion resistance. I had a 20mph low side on a track and they held up. After that crash though, I realized I needed better hand protection. There is barely any padding, and the gauntlets are flimsy. If you can only afford the most basic protection - these will work. Otherwise spend a bit more and save those paws.
Rides: 2007 Yamaha FZ6
Yes, I recommend this product.
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