Sam K.
 
 
 
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    February 24, 2010
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    March 16, 2015
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Forcefield NeT Flat Replacement Shoulder Armor The premium NeT Upgrade Armor is a highly flexible and breathable protector certified to the very latest CE testing standards PREN1621-1 (Level 2). Using a unique formulation allows the NeT armor to be both low profile (max thickness 9mm) and flexible for optimum comfort while still having RPT (Repeat Performance Technology) which allows the armor to withstand multiple impacts without a loss of performance or structural integrity for long term protection. Features Soft and comfortable Flat Form equals no pre-forming Length 246mm Width 151mm Sold as a pair
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
The best you can do in 'flexible' armor
PostedMarch 16, 2015
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Sam K.
From NORTH BRUNSWICK
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 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
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
There are a couple of flexible armors(closed cell foam technologies) that do a little better in the impact tests(and you can feel it), but they tend to get stiff in the cold and tend to be thicker in terms of bulk.
The NET armor is incredibly flexible no matter the temperature and thin enough to get a little extra room in the fit if you need it. Even though there are (and I have) some competitor armors that rate slightly better, the fit and comfort make the NET armor worth choosing for my daily commute.
Because the armor is so thin and flexible, it can change the drape of the garment - good if it was a little tight to start, bad if it was not.
Rides: 2008 Yamaha WR250X
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Firstgear Heated Jacket Liner Firstgear's no one left behind policy ensures that riders of any model motorcycle can take advantage of the warming effects of heated apparel by choosing between either the 65- or 90-watt versions. Good for low-amperage bikes or passengers not requiring as much heat as the rider, the 65-watt units minimizes the draw on the bike's charging system. The 65 watt version is black, while the 90 watt version is grey. Efficient warming is dependent upon close proximity to the body. Firstgear reduced the amount of sizes while ensuring a good fit by incorporating stretch panels into the liner's design. The long-sleeve liner cocoons its wearer in warmth by incorporating heating elements across the upper and lower back, down the sleeves, around the neck and, to combat the effects of windchill, the liner concentrates heat in the front of the jacket. Make sure to check out our Firstgear Heated Gear Buyers Guide
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Does what you expect it to
PostedJanuary 26, 2015
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Sam K.
From NORTH BRUNSWICK
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
I ride down to around 20F before it starts snowing like crazy, and the liner works as well as I could ask it to. I used to own a tourmaster synergy (1.0) before I switched to the Firstgear to be able to split up the glove/body controler.
The sizing is about a half size too large for what you would want for heated liner (ie close fitting over a thin shirt)
The liner has no insulation to speak of compared to my Synergy, which makes it easier to wear in warmer weathers, but a little worrying in some of the colder stuff as I start to notice hot spots on the higher settings.
Rides: 2008 Yamaha WR250X
Yes, I recommend this product.
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AFX FX-39 DS Faceshield Replacement face shield for FX-39 DS Helmet.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Works good, but eventually gets crunchy
PostedSeptember 10, 2014
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Sam K.
From NORTH BRUNSWICK
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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The visor is of overall good quality, but will frequently get crunchy - the visor detents molded on the shield will break off and the visor will have a hard time staying open. I've replaced a couple now, and they all end up the same way.
Rides: 2008 Yamaha WR250X
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Dainese Veleta X-Trafit Gore-Tex Gloves Dedicated to touring riders who crave adventure, who are in search of dirt roads and boundless spaces like the bends of mountain passes, and who are not afraid of changing weather conditions. Veleta offers an unparalleled feel on the handlebar through the use of X-TRAFIT technology with a waterproof breathable GORE-TEX membrane glued directly to the outside of the glove to prevent it from slipping in relation to the inside of the palm when the hand is rotated. With Techno inserts, metal mesh on the knuckles / fingers, and Distortion Control on the little finger, this glove offers a high level of protection even for the most demanding touring riders in terms of comfort. Protection Techno inserts on the knuckles and the joints of the fingers Distortion Control on little finger Certified as PPE to EN 13594 Standard cat. II level 1 Main Materials Elasticated fabric Palm in Amica Suede Digital Suede leather reinforcement on thumb, index and middle finger on right hand Reinforced palm Ergonomics and Comfort Pre-curved fingers Microelastic elasticated inserts Adjustable cuff strap Silicon print on the palm on left hand Breathable waterproof GORE-TEX membrane with X-TRAFIT product technology Other Features Soft inserts
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
A few steps short of great
PostedMay 13, 2014
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Sam K.
From NORTH BRUNSWICK
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 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
Slightly Large
Large
I'll have to echo the other review - the fingers are strangely long given the size - the stiffness of the materials to meet the provisional standard only exaggerate the length of the fingers, as it makes them very difficult to bend.
The wrist closure also doesn't seem to do great job of keeping the glove on your hand, which seems kind of ironic because of the effort made in certifying this as personal protective equipment (PPE).
Rides: 2008 Yamaha WR250X
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Alpinestars Valparaiso Drystar Gloves The DRYSTAR waterproof and breathable membrane in this versatile adventure touring glove, together with an insulating membrane, ensures excellent levels of performance whatever the weather. Protective features such as the knuckle protection and Alpinestars patented finger-bridge add to the Valparaisos robustness while a VELCRO brand closures wrist closure affords a highly customizable fit. Features Leather, suede and advanced poly-fabric textile construction incorporating the innovative MCFit material technology to offer optimized grip, waterproofing and breathability thanks to a DRYSTAR membrane MCFits sealed triple layer construction affords a highly reduced material construction to promote dexterity and sensitivity of bike controls Insulated membrane for excellent heat retention performance in colder climates Alpinestars patented third and fourth finger-bridge prevents contortion and separation of the fingers in the event of impact slide Over molded, advanced PU knuckle protection covered by leather for styling and durability Reflective detailing improves rider visibility at night or in poor conditions Flexible accordion poly-fabric panels on fingers, thumb and back of hand for increased maneuverability and fit Leather palm with suede reinforcements on palm, fingers, thumb and heel of hand Dual VELCRO brand closures wrist closure system ensures fully adjustable, weather-tight closure EVA foam padding on fingers, thumb and wrist Reflective detailing on fingers for improved visibility Convenient soft TPU visor wipe on left hand
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
"Budget" X-trafit
PostedMay 13, 2014
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Sam K.
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Gloves with membranes bonded to the outer a-la gore-tex xtra-fit are few and far between - the feel through this glove is right up there with the real thing.
For some reason, I missed the really tiny bullet point about the "insulated membrane". The glove doesn't feel incredibly insulated, but it definitely feels warmer than some of my summer weight waterproof gloves (at least sitting around my house).
I'd wager it's a late fall-early spring glove. Since i'm looking for more of summer glove, i'll be sending it back, but it's definitely on the short list to consider in the future
Rides: 2008 Yamaha WR250X
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Klim Latitude 840 Jacket Featuring a full-body Cordura GORE-TEX laminate construction, the Latitude delivers guaranteed waterproofness, excellent breathability and uncompromised protection and durability in a package of tremendous value. The GORE-TEX membrane is laminated directly to an 840 denier Cordura shell material. The result is a jacket ready for any adventure. Features Gore-Tex 2-layer performance shell Guaranteed to keep you dry CE-rated integrated armor system (D3O armor upgrades available for purchase separately) 840d Cordura laminate exterior High-mobility active fit patterning Max flow ventilation 5 ports 2 arm and 2 pit zips intakes 1 back exhaust 6 external pockets [2 long chest map pockets, 3 cargo pockets, 1 sleeve i.d. pocket 4 internal pockets [2 zippered, 2 open stash 1 secret internal pocket Mesh comfort liner Jacket-to-pant zipper integration system Zippered waist/hip expansion panel Adjustable waist cinch straps 2 sleeve adjustment straps Lined comfort collar VELCRO brand closures adjustable wrist closures Industrial grade 3m scotchlite Reflective panels and trim
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Doesn't really keep you dry if you don't have a fairing.
PostedOctober 29, 2012
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Sam K.
From NORTH BRUNSWICK
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
2 / 5
2 / 5
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Which is kind of odd since I personally associate KLIM with dual sporting and adventure riding.
I bought this jacket back at the end of August, and it leaked every time I was out in the rain, usually within the first 30 minutes. Yes, I made sure I closed those zippers. I sent it back to Klim for repair and after a little hiccup, got the jacket back to use two months later. Still leaked every time in the rain. From this point on, it was basically Klim's stance that the fabric was good, and the seam tape was good, and any water coming through the water resistant zippers was not a leak. I then contacted W.L. Gore, sent them my jacket under their guarantee, and got a refund for the purchase price.
As far as I could tell, the water resistant zippers on the two napoleon front pockets as well as the bicep vents weren't shielded sufficiently-water for the most part would just get channeled into these areas. The storm flap over the bicep would always billow while riding and drive water right at the zipper. The napoleon pockets are lined with fabric that isn't waterproof, so water that gets past that zipper just ends up on your gut (and basically anything that hits your chest gets a chance at that zipper).
I guess at the very least, you can be confident in the W.L. Gore's "Guarantee to Keep you Dry" if it doesn't work out for you. I seem to be in the minority in my experience.
Rides: 2008 Yamaha WR250X
No, I do not recommend this product.
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 REV'IT! Cayenne Pro Jacket
REV'IT! Cayenne Pro Jacket
REV'IT Cayenne Pro Jacket The Cayenne Pro is a four season beast of a jacket with enough versatility to keep you cool in the summer heat, dry in a downpour, and warm in frigid winter temperatures. See the reviews tab above for several extensive writeups on this jacket. PROTECTION FEATURES Outershell DuPont Cordura 500D, DuPont Cordura 1000D, Superfabric Insulation detachable Exkin lining Protection SAS TEC CE protection, Temperfoam backpadding Waterproofing detachable REV'IT! Hydratex 3-layermembrane Breathability detachable REV'IT! Hydratex 3-layer membrane Visibility laminated reflective panels Recommended Upgrade SAS-TEC SC-1/12 Back Protector (not included) Pocket fits SC-1/12 size back protector All Cayenne Pro Jackets have the same size back protector pocket ERGONOMIC FEATURES Fit pre-shaped fit Adjustability adjustable collar, adjustable waistbands, strapsat the upper and under arm, draw cord at the hem, Velcrocuff tabs, stretch panel at the back Ventilation ventilation panels on chest, ventilation zippers atthe back and under arm, ventilation pocket at the front Features long connection zipper and double short connectionzipper, stretch lips at the elbow Pockets 2 waterproof pockets, 2 mesh and 2 slit pockets atthe front, membrane storage pocket, document pocket, inner pockets The Cayenne Pro can be worn by both men and women.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Not everything it was cracked up to be.
PostedOctober 8, 2011
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Sam K.
From NORTH BRUNSWICK
State:NJ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:18-24
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
I've had a the Cayenne Pro Jacket for about two years now and it is just not as durable as I had hoped.
My first jacket had the superfabric peel off and had a few seams unravel after 9 months of ownership, commuting 3-5 days a week. The velcro on the cuffs and along the main zipper tended to catch the sleeves and cause a fuzzy mess. It was replaced under warranty and I got another 3 months of coverage for the new jacket.
The new jacket had a few improvements, but the once "waterproof" pockets were no longer marked as such. The superfabric didn't peel, but the velcro still causes a mess and one of the front lower pockets is unraveling at the seam because some seams just aren't overlocked. The hydratex liner for the first jacket was waterproof, but the liner for the second jacket leaked from the start.
So I owned the first jacket for 9 months and the second for 13, and they always required periodic maintenance to deal with these issues. For the retail price they are asking for, I would really hope it shows less wear after a year of use.
(On the positive side, it looks pretty good, is incredibly comfortable, and very warm)
Rides: 1995 Kawasaki EX250F Ninja 250R
No, I do not recommend this product.
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 Firstgear Hiprotec Comfort Armor
Firstgear Hiprotec Comfort Armor
Slimmest CE-approved armor available (6mm) Patented snap fastening system Large size for shoulders, elbows and knees Medium size for smaller men and women Can be used in apparel from any manufacturer Sold individually, ordering one of these units gets you one piece of armor
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Neat stuff
PostedFebruary 24, 2010
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Sam K.
From NORTH BRUNSWICK
Really amazing what this thin piece of rubber does. If you dig through the Hein Gericke literature, you'll find that a residual force of 24.5kN is transmitted when the pad is subject to the CE test. While by no means the best pads out there, they do a very good job at absorbing energy with very little bulk.
These are great for putting in a tight jacket to get a little more arm room, or behind the stock pads of a loose jacket to give a tighter fit.
Pros Comfortable, Protective
Yes, I recommend this product.
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