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Schuberth C3 Pro Hi Vis Helmet The new Schuberth C3 Pro has been redesigned to improve on the original C3, which was already one of the quietest and most technologically advanced helmets ever produced. The rear spoiler, which has been further optimized in extensive wind tunnel testing, turns the C3 Pro into a real sport helmet which also demonstrates outstanding aerodynamic properties at high speeds in excess of 100 mph. With its enhanced aeroacoustics of 82 dB(A) at 100 km/h the C3 Pro is one of the quietest helmets in the world. The C3 Pro also incorporates two integrated antennas for increased ranges and better FM radio reception prepared for the fully integrated communication unit SRC-System. The inner lining, made of carefully selected materials such as COOLMAX, Interpower and Thermocool, has been extensively re-shaped and redesigned and sets new benchmarks with respect to comfort. New or Updated Features Redesigned shell is more aerodynamic and provided more downforce at higher speeds with little buffeting Interior helmet sound levels have been reduced to 82 dB(A) at 60 mph C3 84 dB(A) Interior liner has been completely redesigned with fewer seams and a more universal, interior fit Improved EPS with integrated antenna for SRC-System which improves radio and Bluetooth range New micro-lock ratchet chin strap Larger reflective panels on neckroll Improved faceshield ratcheting Integrated sun visor has a new look and improved quality Acoustics A quiet helmet means active safety for the motorcyclist. This permits the rider to concentrate on riding particularly at higher speeds. Many hours in the Schuberth acoustics wind tunnel have ensured that the C3 Pro is quiet. The comprehensive acoustics package with optimized helmet shell, wind deflector and ergonomic shape of the neck padding make the C3 Pro at 82 dBA one of the quietest helmets of all. Acoustics package makes helmet quiet Installation of a wind deflector enables the aeroacoustics and consequently the noise level to be improved still further. Only 82dB(A) at 100 km per hour (with naked bikes) Outer Shell The outer shell of the C3 Pro is offered in two helmet shell sizes and combines an aerodynamically optimal shape with excellent protection. It is manufactured using Schuberth's typical compression molding process and thus permits great stability and a low weight. Shell material S.T.R.O.N.G. fiber Helmet shell technology from SCHUBERTH permits low weight Glass fiber with a special resin added is compressed in a vacuum at high pressure to form a helmet shell which is exceptionally sturdy Perfected aerodynamics for higher speeds Upward lift 0! Directionally stable No oscillatory tendency No buffeting Spoiler integrated into the helmet shell SRC-System Ready The C3 Pro is by default equipped to accommodate the SCHUBERTH SRC-System C3 Pro (sold separately). To guarantee ideal radio reception for you, the C3 Pro is already equipped with two integrated antennas to boost reception and a Bluetooth connection. Optimum reception at all times Bluetooth antenna for wireless mobile, GPS and intercom connections to other SRC-System owners FM and Bluetooth antennas integrated into the helmet for optimum reception EPS The helmet shell of special EPS foam is modular in design to ensure optimal shock absorption. This complex segmentation guarantees enhanced force absorption and distribution and maximum safety. Made of specially optimized EPS foam Complex multizone foaming allows optimal shock absorption Inner Lining A special inner lining of the C3 Pro which was developed according to the innovative Comfort Fit concept ensures that the helmet fits comfortably and securely in all situations. The combination of carefully selected COOLMAX and Thermocool materials and the additional use of Interpower coatings also make the inner lining a highly-effective moisture removal and cooling system. COOLMAX pad system, completely removable and washable (hand wash, 30C) Optimized fit Variable for effective ventilation Adjustable for summer/winter Allergen-free Antibacterial Removable comfort cheek pads and head band pads Ventilation The C3 Pro is equipped with a further development of the proven C3 ventilation system. Thanks to the new design of the ventilation elements, the supply of fresh air is increased by up to 60. The combination of multipath channels in the EPS foam shell and the head/chin/mouth ventilation ensure that fresh air is distributed effectively over the entire head area. A.R.O.S. and Neck Strap The Anti-Roll-Off System (A.R.O.S.) especially developed by SCHUBERTH is provided as a safety feature in every SCHUBERTH motorcycle helmet. It ensures that the chinstrap is closed and correctly adjusted The helmet cannot pivot off the head from behind The risk of contact between the chin section of the helmet and the chin or throat of the rider is minimized due to the small angle of tilt The consequences of the helmet coming into contact with the chest as the result of an accident are reduced Precise setting of the chinstrap length through adjustment on both sides Micro-lock ratchet lock Faceshield The EasyChange visor mechanism makes changing visors extremely quick and simple without use of tools. City position offers maximum ventilation while traveling at slower speeds Pinlock visor prevents shield from fogging DOT and ECE certified.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Wicked expensive, but I'm loving it!
PostedJuly 29, 2013
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MilesPrower
From New England
State:MA
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
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FIT
I knew from my experience with my old Schuberth R1, that out-of-the-box, the C3 Pro probably would NOT fit me well. That's why I ordered one size up (like I did with the R1) and bought thinner cheekpads (to give my square jawbones more room). I also figured I'd have to modify the cheekpads anyway (which I've done for every helmet I've purchased).
See my separate review of the C3 (non-Pro) cheekpads (see product link below). In it, I describe how I pulled out and cut off a small section of the foam to make room for the temple arms of my eyeglasses. I also mention in that review that the stock cheekpads that came inside my C3 Pro had broken zippers. These zippers really are junk. The standard C3 (non-Pro) cheekpads fortunately do not utilize zippers.
The C3 Pro, like other Schuberth helmets, puts pressure on my forehead. The liner is strangely bulky in the forehead area. I feel like I'm wearing a tight sweatband. This was bothersome at first, but I got used to it.
Having tried on other helmets with a micro-adjust "Euro" latch on the chin-straps, I was wary of the C3 Pro's. When I first donned the C3 Pro, the latch was jamming into my neck. While replacing the cheekpads (which required undoing and then redoing the anti-roll-off straps), I adjusted the chin-straps so that the latch is no longer centered on my neck, but is instead off to one side. This made all the difference in the world. The latch and straps are super-comfy now -- more comfy than the D-ring straps on any of the helmets I've owned. I love the Euro latch now!!!! Plus, it works one-handed, even with gloves on.
FLIP-UP DESIGN
I love love love love the flip-up aspect. It's so dang useful whenever I'm off the motorbike -- whether gassing up or just suiting up. Schuberth got their flip-up design right. It works one handed, but it latches down securely. And if you look at the SHARP (UK govt) helmet testing scores, the C3's flip-up faceguard stayed fully locked in 97% of impacts. That's the highest of any flip-up helmet.
Unfortunately, the flip-up design makes the C3 Pro difficult to hold when flipped-up. I'm scared I'm going to drop the helmet. I dropped my Schuberth R1 once -- breaking the visor mechanism beyond repair. I'd hate to break the expensive-as-butt C3 Pro in a similar fashion.
VENTING
The top vents REALLY WORK. The top vents on my Shark and Arai helmets barely move air compared to the vents on the C3 Pro. Having wind in my hair is awesome. So much heat gets pulled off the top of my head!!!!
By the way, the liner has small "bat ears" that you fold away to increase airflow up top. You can pull these bat ears back out if you want to reblock the vents.
Also, I have so far had no problems whatsoever with the visor or my glasses fogging. Unlike my fog-prone Arai helmets, which have chin vents that open directly to the mouth area, the chin vent on the C3 Pro (like the chin vent on my Schuberth R1) vectors air up along the backside of the shield as well as across the lenses of my glasses, preventing any fogging. I can understand how this could bother contact-lens wearers; all that air might dry out your contacts.
I don't have my own concrete evidence yet that the C3 Pro will be fogless in the rain or in the winter, but my old R1, with its similar venting scheme, remained fogless regardless of the weather. I'm looking forward to wearing the C3 Pro in the rain as well as in the coming winter and finding out if it does indeed remain fogless. Oh -- and the Pinlock lens is still in its packaging. I've had no need for it yet.
INTERNAL SUN VISOR
I hate how the internal sun visor has a nose cutout. The nose cutout is visually distracting. I often ride with the sun visor partially down, blocking the bright sky above the treeline when I'm riding tight, rural roads. In this kind of situation, the nose cutout is exactly where you don't want it to be, because it ends up letting through too much bright sunlight from in-between the trees.
Also, even with the sun visor all the way down, you've got a distracting area of bright sunlight just between your eyes.
My old R1's sun visor could be popped out and reinserted upside down, so that the nose cutout would be hidden, and the bottom-edge of the sun visor would then be flat across. Unfortunately, you can't do this with the C3 Pro's sun visor, and you're forced to make do with an unneeded nose cutout. My nose is big -- and it doesn't come anywhere near hitting the sun visor.
HI-VIS COLOR
If I had to do it again, I'd buy solid white or a B/W stripe (if Schuberth ends up offering a striped scheme in the US). The hi-vis color of my C3 Pro is so bright, it reflects off my GPS, gauges, and satellite communicator like crazy!!!! I need to re-angle my GPS and satellite comm to prevent mirroring of the helmet. Also, plenty of drivers still ignore me, and I still have to make the usual number of defensive moves to avoid getting hit. In other words, a hi-vis helmet does nothing to pull the eyes of distracted drivers off their iPhones. Interestingly, I now receive waves from bicyclists and runners who are wearing the same hi-vis color. I guess there's a secret "brotherhood" of hi-vis wearers, and now I'm a member!!!!
Rides: 2009 KTM 690 Duke
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Schuberth C3 Cheekpads Replacement Cheek Pads for Schuberth C3 Helmets. Cheekpads may only be swapped within the same shell size. Shell sizes breakdown 2XS-SM MD-LG XL-2XL 3XL In other words, a size SM helmet can take the cheekpads from a 2XS helmet, but not from an XL. 2XS - 30mm XS - 20mm SM - 15mm MD - 20mm LG - 15mm XL - 20mm 2XL - 15mm 3XL - 15mm
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Allowed me to customize the fit of my C3 Pro
PostedJuly 18, 2013
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MilesPrower
From New England
State:MA
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I purchased a C3 Pro in size XL recently. Having wide cheekbones and a wide chin, I also purchased 2XL cheekpads. Yes, these older-design cheekpads are slightly different than the newer ones that come fitted in the helmet of the "Pro" update. But I actually like these better!
The newer cheekpad design in the C3 Pro incorporates a zipper that opens up the channel through which the patented Anti-Roll-Off straps pass, making it easier to mount/dismount the cheekpads. Unfortunately, this zipper is junk. My C3 Pro (which I purchased here on Revzilla) came with one zipper already broken. The other zipper broke immediately as soon as I unzipped it -- zipper teeth came flying off.
Well, no worries -- since I was replacing these pads anyway.
To get the Anti-Roll-Off straps into the zipper-less channels of the older-design cheekpads, I used a chopstick to push the straps through to the other side -- easy as pie. And being zipperless, that's one less thing to break.
Both the old and new style cheekpads don't leave enough room for the temple arms of my eyeglasses to fit comfortably with my helmet donned. This problem was easy enough to fix. Each cheekpad has a "buttonhole" through which the main neckstraps pass. By reaching into the "buttonhole," I was able to pull the soft foam at the temple area out of the cheekpad just enough to cut a 1/2'' off the tip of the foam before inserting the foam back into the cheekpad. Now the temple arms of my glasses slide right in. (The arms of my riding glasses, by the way, are straight -- not hooked.)
Rides: 2009 KTM 690 Duke
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Held Pezzo Gore-Tex Pants Light-weight touring pants Outer shell 500D Ripstop DU PONT Cordura (100 Polyamid) 500D perforated DU PONT Cordura (100 Polyamid) Lining COOLMAX breathable mesh inner lining (100 polyester) Membrane GORE-TEX PACLITE membrane Features 3 external pockets Hip adjustment Cool mesh material on upper legs, shins and calves PITTARDS leather anti-slip seat patch Stretch panels at waist, leg and calves for perfect fit Button fixtures for optional braces Perforated Cordura panels on thigh and lower leg Includes GORE-TEX Paclite pants (Art. 6167) lightweight, waterproof and breathable Protection Exclusive EN 1621-1 CE-approved Held cloverleaf SAS-Tec knee protectors Removable TEMPERFOAM hip padding Optional hip protectors Pocket for optional coccyx protector Superfabric (32 polyester, 68 epoxy resin) protection at crash zones Special Ripstop material reinforcement on crash zones Connecting zipper 3M SCOTCHLITE reflectors
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Perfect match to the Amarillo jacket, great rain protection, but expensive and hot
PostedJuly 18, 2013
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MilesPrower
From New England
State:MA
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
In early summer 2012, I purchased the Held Amarillo jacket and matching Pezzo pants in size SMALL, and since then, I've completed many 1000s of miles summer touring while wearing this suit.
I had to order the suit from Germany because Held USA (and therefore Revzilla) does not stock anything smaller than a Size M for this jacket/pant combo. (As of my last visit to the doctor's office, I weighed 142 lbs, and I'm 5' 9.5'' tall.)
The Gore-Tex "liner" is more like its own rainsuit. You can wear it separately, or *over* anything else. I've ridden with the Gore-Tex suit over the main suit during torrential rainstorms (and even a hailstorm last summer) and stayed dry (except for my own sweat, of course). Donning the Gore-Tex suit *over* the main suit is much faster than trying to attach it inside. (The internal attachment points, by the way, are color-coded -- a thoughtful touch -- if you do want to put the liner inside the main suit.) I've also worn the Gore-Tex jacket *over* the main suit to keep me warm in temps below 70 deg F.
If you do get the main suit wet, it dries quickly. I usually soak the suit in my tub with soap when I get home from (or when I'm in the middle of) a hot-and-sweaty tour, then hang it up over the tub to drip. The suit goes from soaking-wet to bone-dry overnight, without any wringing or wrapping with a towel.
The front pockets in the Pezzo pants are nearly useless -- too small to get anything in them except maybe a single credit card. I *can* get my wallet into the thigh pocket, but it's difficult to pull out the wallet afterward.
The Held SaS-Tec hip armor for the Pezzo pants is shaped in a goofy hexagonal grid that eventually tears into separate hexagonal pieces. Do not buy this armor.
The Held SaS-Tec knee armor is better, and it Velcros into the internal knee pockets, but due to the pants lacking any velcro straps around the legs, the armor probably won't stay in place during a crash. (The jacket, on the other hand, does have Velcro straps to keep the elbow armor in place.)
The Pezzo pant's cuff zippers are on the inside of the ankles, and the zippers eventually pull up a little bit after rubbing against parts of the bike during shifting and braking. There's a flap of material behind the zipper, so it's no big deal, but you do end up with "bell bottoms" when you step off your bike.
The perforations of the suit *do* let air pass through, but nowhere near as much air as my Alpinestars mesh pants. In anything above 85 degrees, I sweat in the Held suit, even at speed.
Rides: 2009 KTM 690 Duke
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Held Amarillo Gore-Tex Jacket Lightweight ventilated motorcycle jacket Outer shell 500D Ripstop DU PONT Cordura (100 Polyamid) 500D perforated DU PONT Cordura (100 Polyamid) Lining COOLMAX breathable mesh inner lining (100 polyester) 3D air mesh panels (100 polyester) in back to promote air circulation Membrane GORE-TEX PACLITE membrane Features 3 external pockets 3 inner pockets Internal cellphone pocket Dual arm adjustment Soft collar Perforated Cordura panels on front, back and arms Integrated kidney belt Included GORE-TEX Paclite jacket (Art. 6151) lightweight, waterproof, windproof and breathable Protection Exclusive EN 1621-1 CE-approved Held cloverleaf SAS-Tec shoulder and elbow protectors 3-part back protector system TEMPERFOAM back pad Optional EN 1621-2 back protector Removable Temperfoam padding at neck and tailbone can be upgraded to Held cloverleaf SAS-Tec CE-approved protectors Superfabric (32 polyester, 68 epoxy resin) reinforcement on elbows Special Ripstop material reinforcement on crash zones Connecting zip 3M SCOTCHLITE reflectors
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Some nice features, great rain protection, but expensive and hot
PostedJuly 18, 2013
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MilesPrower
From New England
State:MA
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
In early summer 2012, I purchased the Held Amarillo jacket and matching Pezzo pants in size SMALL, and since then, I've completed many 1000s of miles summer touring while wearing this suit.
I had to order the suit from Germany because Held USA (and therefore Revzilla) does not stock anything smaller than a Size M for this jacket/pant combo. (As of my last visit to the doctor's office, I weighed 142 lbs, and I'm 5' 9.5'' tall.)
The Gore-Tex "liner" is more like its own rainsuit. You can wear it separately, or *over* anything else. I've ridden with the Gore-Tex suit over the main suit during torrential rainstorms (and even a hailstorm last summer) and stayed dry (except for my own sweat, of course). Donning the Gore-Tex suit *over* the main suit is much faster than trying to attach it inside. (The internal attachment points, by the way, are color-coded -- a thoughtful touch -- if you do want to put the liner inside the main suit.) I've also worn the Gore-Tex jacket *over* the main suit to keep me warm in temps below 70 deg F.
If you do get the main suit wet, it dries quickly. I usually soak the suit in my tub with soap when I get home from (or when I'm in the middle of) a hot-and-sweaty tour, then hang it up over the tub to drip. The suit goes from soaking-wet to bone-dry overnight, without any wringing or wrapping with a towel.
The jacket has an internal cummerbund so that the back protectors will stay in place during a crash. Note that I pluralized "protectors." The Amarillo has three separate compartments for three different pieces of back armor -- behind your neck, main back/spine, and lower-back right above your plumber's butt. Lots of protection without losing flexibility!
Unfortunately, the ventilation panel on the rear of the jacket is 100% blocked by the back protectors. Therefore, to get any real venting through the jacket, you need to wear a totally separate back protector instead of inserting protector pads in the jacket's pockets. The recommended Held SaS-Tec back protector inserts (which cost extra) aren't "holey" enough, so I repurposed the Held armor for a leather jacket, and cut a Klim D3O Viper to fit into the separate compartments of the Amarillo. I also enlarged the holes in the Klim.
I like how the jacket has Velcro arm straps to prevent the sleeves from flapping and to keep the elbow armor in place.
The fit of the size S is *very* beer-gut friendly. Although the suit fits me well elsewhere, I could probably carry 3 or 4 softballs in front of my stomach. A woman 6 months into pregnancy would probably fit into this suit.
Unlike competing suits, this suit does NOT have a rear pocket for the Gore-Tex liner. Therefore, you will have to pack the liner in a bag or case.
The jacket's internal cellphone pocket is for a cellphone circa 2000 -- a small flip-phone, for example. It will NOT fit any modern smartphone in it. But then again, do you really want to keep your phone against your chest? Even though the pocket is made of neoprene, I'd be wary of having a phone against my ribs during a crash.
The perforations of the suit *do* let air pass through (but again, only if your back protector is vented), but nowhere near as much air as my Alpinestars mesh jacket. In anything above 85 degrees, I sweat in the Held suit, even at speed.
Rides: 2009 KTM 690 Duke
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Shark Vision-R Syntic Helmet SHARK RD engineers have created a helmet that offers the panoramic eyeport of an open-face helmet, for one of the widest view angles currently on the market, combined with the safety of the latest generation of full-face fiber-composite shells. The SHARK patented faceshield mechanism ensures a perfect seal which equates to better soundproofing, less draft and an improved water-tight seal. The Rapid Anti-Fog System slightly opens the shield in anti-mist position. This has been designed to operate smoothly with the use of gloves. Features Integrated drop-down sun visor Two composite-fiber shell sizes Shark Easy Fit glasses system offers wearers a comfort lining which has a pre-tted system to accommodate all types of glasses New Anti-Scratch/Anti-Fog coating Removable and interchangeable 3 piece liner Neckroll is PVC free and features reective material at rear Included chin curtain Two upper vents and 1 lower vents with optimized venturi effect Double D ring strap closure Sharktooth-ready ECE 2205 and DOT Certified Approximate Weight from 1725 g + / 50 g in size Large
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great features, great price, some minuses
PostedJune 21, 2012
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MilesPrower
From New England
State:MA
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Shape
Narrow
Round
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
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Feature-wise, this helmet has a lot to offer -- at least on paper.
Great eyeport visibility; a tab "lock" for keeping the main visor cracked for increased ventilation; easy to operate chin and top vents; an integrated sun visor with a glove-friendly lever; removable neckroll and liners; adjustable chin curtain; temple padding that can be removed to make slots for eyeglasses; etc.
Venting wise, I would rate the Vision R poor. As I already mentioned, the vents are easy to operate. Unfortunately, very little air goes through the helmet top or bottom. The chin vent, in particular, doesn't ventilate the chin/mouth area. Instead, it pushes air up underneath the main visor. I'm sure this will help prevent fogging in the winter, but in the summer, the lack of real chin ventilation makes the helmet somewhat stifling. This problem is compounded by the two chin curtains. The adjustable chin curtain, even with its drawstring pulled tight, blocks too much air; I removed it during my first ride. The remaining chin curtain is part of the neck roll -- so it can't be removed separately.
The sun visor is another feature that seems great on paper, but after real-world use, I'm not yet sold on it. For years, I've been riding with a Schuberth R1 helmet. The R1's sun visor is significantly darker than the Vision R's. I actually turned the R1's sun visor upside-down (Schuberth intentionally designed it that way) so that the flat edge is what comes down from the brow of the helmet. On country roads, I like to ride with the R1's visor part-way down, so it functions like the peak on an off-road or dual-sport helmet, blocking out the brightness of the sky while allowing me to see the road ahead unimpeded. The Vision R's sun visor, on the other hand, mounts only one way -- so the nose cutout is always in your field of vision, and its tinting is not dark enough to block out the sky. More importantly, it's not dark enough to significantly reduce glare coming off the highway under mid-day sun. Therefore, for anyone who's used to wearing sunglasses, the Vision R's sun visor will be a poor substitute.
Noise-wise, the Vision R is much louder than my Schuberth R1 -- but that's not a fair comparison considering the R1 is one of the quietest helmets ever sold. But the Vision R is also louder than my Arai helmets, even though the Vision R's neckroll is more substantial. I get a loud (but fairly constant) "swooshing" while riding my KTM 690 Duke, and on my Multistrada 1200, both "swooshing" and "booming" -- more so than I've experienced with my other helmets. I always wear earplugs when I ride, so the increased noise isn't a dealbreaker.
My roundish, size 59-60 head fits perfectly inside the size L Vision R, but the bottom of the helmet is tighter than other helmets I own, so getting my big round head into the Vision R is more difficult -- not a dealbreaker. But what would have been a dealbreaker is how tightly the helmet squeezes my jawbone. Specifically, the neck-straps, which are jacketed by very stiff, very uncomfortable "padding", were pushing into the lower corners of my jaw -- painful! I've had other helmets do this to my jaw too, but only after hours of wearing. With the Vision R, the discomfort was immediate.
15 minutes of cheek-pad surgery solved the problem. Using a sharp knife, I cut a small slot out of the plastic backing of each cheek-pad, then pulled and cut foam out through the slot. Photo attached. This created a neck-strap "channel" in each cheek-pad so that the cheek-pad is no longer pushing the stiff neck-strap into my jawbone. No more jaw pain -- now the Vision R is very comfortable fit-wise. (I take no responsibility for any damage you do to your helmet, to yourself, or to anyone else for that matter, if you attempt the same modification. I am only describing this modification so that readers will better understand my statements about my jawbone discomfort written here.)
After re-reading everything that I've written here, it seems my review is negative. Perhaps I haven't said enough about the Vision R's positive traits. I'll let others do that -- because I'm sure there will be many buyers who want to rave about the features that do make sense to them and the high quality of engineering and manufacturing evident in this helmet.
For now, I'll end by saying that I'm mostly happy with this helmet (especially after the check-pad mod), but it's not the perfect summer helmet. Price-wise, it's a steal considering the package as a whole.
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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Tall footbed, breathes well -- but minimal protection
PostedMay 12, 2012
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MilesPrower
From New England
State:MA
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 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
True to Size
Large
Footbed
Narrow
Average
Wide
As others have mentioned, there's a lot of "height" inside this boot, leaving a fair amount of airspace between the top of my foot and where the "tongue" would be if this were a shoe -- advantage being good ventilation and great comfort. But I do worry that in a crash, all this extra room -- coupled with the boot's extreme flexibility -- would allow my foot to twist and break.
There is no arch support, so factor in the cost of aftermarket insoles if your feet aren't extremely flat.
And all that extra height in the foot area means that you might have to adjust your shifter position to get the boot under your shifter.
Plus, there is near-zero ankle protection. Perhaps in a low-speed slide, the mesh and rubber accents would keep the skin on your bones. But if any part of the bike impacts the boot in a low-side, the probability of shattered bones seems high.
Moreover, I disagree with the reviewers who say the boot fits wide. I have three pairs of SIDI boots (42 and 43), and the Air Tech (43) is definitely more restricted in width in the mid-foot region directly behind the toes. The Air Tech is also much pointier at the toe, and therefore significantly longer than any of my SIDIs.
With all that said, these boots are indeed very comfortable, and I can wear them hours at a time -- even off-bike -- without any hot spots or discomfort.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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SAS-TEC SC-1/07 Hip Protectors SaS Tec armor is made of a polyurethane foam material, without a hard shell or edges, which surpasses the required CE values by 50. The closed air cells function by means of progressive absorption the material is soft and flexible in its normal state but a sudden impact will cause the protectors to harden and absorb the impact without transmitting the force to the body. Sold as a pair
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Hip armor employed as chest armor in my Alpinestars jacket
PostedDecember 13, 2011
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MilesPrower
From New England
State:MA
Rider Type:Gear Geek
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 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Alpinestar's one-size-fits-all Bionic chest pads did not fit into their size-small Frontier Jacket. Apparently the Bionic chest pads are one-size-doesn't-fit-small.
I ordered the SAS-TEC hip armor after watching Anthony's armor video and checking out sizing on SAS-TEC's website. The SAS-TEC hip armor is very close in size and shape to the useless foam inserts that come standard in the Frontier jacket's chest pad pockets. So far, this SAS-TEC hip armor is working great in the role of chest armor for my Frontier.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Alpinestars Frontier Gore-Tex Pant
Alpinestars Frontier Gore-Tex Pant
Alpinestars Frontier Gore-Tex Pant Multifabric shell construction. Hydrophobic micro-twill fabric. Textured, highly abrasion resistant inserts External 100 Waterproof cargo pockets. 4-in-1 system incorporating the removable Gore-Tex and thermal liners allows the user to configure the jacket to their own preference. Jet ventilation system incorporating large ventilation panels. Removable CE certified GP-R knee and shin protectors. Integrated high visibility reflective stripes. PE protective padding in the hips. Internal waist connection zipper for attachment to riding jackets.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Great Alpinestars style, with fiddly liners, useless pocket, shifty armor
PostedOctober 26, 2011
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MilesPrower
From New England
State:MA
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
I purchased these pants recently to mate to my AStars Frontier jacket that I'd purchased earlier. The Size SM fits me perfectly (I wear 30 waist, 32 inseam Levis, Arcteryx, etc), and the pants are all day comfortable -- on and off the motorcycle. Velcro hip fasteners allow easy adjustment of the waist so with or without the two liners (one Gore-Tex, one quilted thermal), the pants fit me fine. Plus, they *look* great!
Unfortunately, the knee/shin pads shift around quite a lot inside their pockets, so they rarely stay in the right place. If I'm walking in these pants, the pads fall below my knee. When I'm first getting onto my motorcycle, I have to "wiggle" the knee pad up. Not good.
Removing the knee/shin pad from its internal pocket, it's clear why the pad never really stays in the right place. There's no connection between the armor and the heavy outer layer, and its pocket is made of an extremely light mesh, allowing the pad to float around inside the pant. There's no velcro or strapping holding the armor in place (like on my Kushitani pants, for example).
The pads do stay in place better when I'm wearing the pants with the liners zipped in. The liners, by the way, make the pants VERY tight around my thighs and calves, but the knees are still comfortable, as long as I shift the knee armor into place.
The outer pocket, which looks like it could be a useful cargo-style pocket, is too small for my low-profile wallet. Because it has a small, fiddly, water-resistant zipper on the bottom surface of a fold-down, velcro flap, the opening of the pocket is too small for my wallet -- and actually, too small for my hands to reach in! You can drop earplugs into this pocket, but good luck fishing them out!
The fold-down ventilation panels work okay. On hot days, I get a decent amount of air onto my thighs, but there's no ventilation for your lower legs, and without a corresponding exhaust for the air, I don't get much air at the back of my thighs or along my hips. But with that said, the ventilation these pants offer is better than non-vented pants, for sure!
And finally, as with the Frontier jacket that I purchased earlier this year (and also reviewed here at Revzilla), these pants have a very strong odor of incense. After thousands of miles -- dry and wet -- the odor has not gone away. My coat closet even smells like incense now.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Alpinestars S-1 Gloves Aimed at the Supermoto/Naked bike user, the S1 glove offers urban riders the best of both worlds extended cuffs offer addition protection around the wrist, while maintaining the flexibility and freedom of movement provided by a MX glove. Features Polyurethane knuckle protection which is complemented by three polyurethane ridges position on the first three fingers, providing the ultimate in abrasion resistance External foam padding is provided around the wrist, thumb and over the fingers for additional impact absorption Accordion stretch panel on the thumb allows for an excellent range of motion whilst providing an extra layer of padding over the thumb joint Pre-curved fingers assist with grip while reducing muscle fatigue Featuring a MX style wrist closure system for ease of use, minimum detailing and the ultimate in urban styling External seam stitching has been used to improved feel and comfort
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Most comfortable motorcycle gloves I've worn
PostedSeptember 12, 2011
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MilesPrower
From New England
Rider Type:Gear Geek
Gender:male
State:MA
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Small
Large
As soon as I put these on, I knew I wouldn't need to break them in. So I promptly did a 300 mile ride. These are by far the most comfortable motorcycle gloves I've ever worn!
They do get clammy in the humid, 85 deg F summer heat -- but that's a compromise worth making for the protection these gloves will hopefully offer in a crash. On the other end of the thermometer, these gloves are too vented for air temps below 70 deg F. Moreover, because they don't have full gauntlets and are half-open at the wrists, they do allow air to flow up your jacket sleeves.
Like all the AStars gloves I own, I had to order at least 1 size up to accommodate the length of my fingers. With other brands, I'm a solid size M. With AStars, depending on the model, I wear L or XL. My fingertips still touch the inside of these size-L gloves, but the material and internal seams are so soft, I don't find it annoying.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Alpinestars Women's Bionic Chest Pad The Bionic Chest Pad impact and vibration protection upgrade accessory for use in Alpinestars jackets and suits. Features Polymer chest plate backed with Bio-Foam to provide extra protection to the chest from impact and vibration Fits into Alpinestars 1pc/2pc suits, most leather and textile jackets Vented to maintain airflow cooling
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Doesn't fit in size small AStars Frontier jacket
PostedSeptember 12, 2011
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MilesPrower
From New England
State:MA
Rider Type:Gear Geek
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
I originally purchased these for my size-small AStars Frontier Jacket after a Revzilla customer support rep recommended that they would fit. No dice. The size-small Frontier's internal pockets are too small. The useless foam inserts I pulled out of the Frontier are significantly smaller than the Bionic chest pads. So I placed the Bionic chest pads into my MX-1 jacket instead.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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