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Olympia Airglide 3 Pants Designed to coordinate with the Olympia Airglide, Viper, Bonneville, and Bushwhacker jackets, this style can be worn as a stand alone riding pant or as full over pant. Constructed in authentic Dupont Cordura with ballistic nylon mesh panels, this pant offers maximum airflow with superior abrasion resistance. Two front zipper pockets and two rear snap pockets offer extra storage for personal items. Foul weather rides are never a problem as these pants are also equipped with a wind and waterproof liner that can be worn as a stand alone pant. Adjustable knee armor positions, stretch waist panels and EZ hem bottoms help riders achieve a customized fit Outer shell constructed in 500denier Dupont Cordura with ballistic airflow mesh panels. Waterproof liner pant Full side leg zippers Removable and height-adjustable CE approved MotionFlex armor at knees Cool mesh airflow lining Removable EVA compressionfoam at hips Custom Fit detailing at waistand bottom hem 3M Scotchlite reflective piping from waist to hem Relaxed tailored fit Four storage pockets 8 connecting zipper forjackets
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Good airflow, comfortable, convenient, but protection?
PostedMay 7, 2012
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From Omaha
State:NE
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
First, the good:
The pants fit true to size as overpants, even with the liner. If you don't want to wear pants under, you can probably go a size down. But there is not a lot of adjustment in the pants, if you're between sizes. The legs are fairly good sized, and I'd expect anyone other than professional body builders to have no problems with the legs being too tight assuming they had the correct waist size.
I don't see the point of the liner. With a mesh pant, it seems like wearing them in the rain is not a priority, but maybe that's just me (I'll throw a rain suit over the top, if I'm riding in the rain). I'd prefer to not have the liner and for the pant to be $20-30 cheaper.
The pants are easy on and off without removing your boots, due to the hip length zippers. This works well, and is the main reason I bought the pants. Definite plus for a commuter. If you plan to wear the liner, getting it on/off with boots is much more difficult.
The adjustable knee armor is nice and adjusting them is quite easy. The hip armor is simple foam padding, but something a lot of motorcycle pants don't include.
Now, the bad:
The side zippers are non-locking, and the ankle velcro is...not the strongest. The velcro is only a single 3/4" strip, and quite easy to not line up exactly. This makes it very easy to open, but I worry that, in a crash, the velcro will open as you slide/roll. If the velcro opens, the non-locking zippers seem fairly likely to open as well. That's just a guess, of course. Otherwise, the material and seams seem as protective as other textile pants I've seen/worn.
I'd prefer the pockets were just zippered passthroughs instead of actual pockets. I often find myself having to unbutton/unzip the pants to get to my actual pockets. The pockets are plenty big, especially in the back. But they are overpants, so passthrough pockets seem to make more sense.
Overall, I'd say they are ok pants, and definitely worth looking into, if you're a bigger rider and the ultraslim Rev'it/Alpinestars/etc. overpants don't work for you.
Rides: 2011 Triumph ThunderBird Storm
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Speed And Strength Twist of Fate Cool Core Mesh Jacket Features COMBINED FIERCE MESH AND AR-800 FRAME REMOVABLE, FULL SLEEVE COOL-CORE MOISTURE WICKING LINER KNOX C.E. APPROVED SHOULDER AND ELBOW PROTECTORS KNOX C.E. APPROVED SPINE PROTECTOR LOW RESTRICTION COLLAR DUAL STAGE KINETIC CUFF ADJUSTER MOLDED STRONG ARM SLEEVE ADJUSTER LOCKDOWN WAIST ADJUSTER BELT LOOPS FOR PANT ATTACHMENT 8 ZIPPER FOR PANT ATTACHMENT TPR LOGOS REFLECTIVE TRIM
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
First Impressions and more
PostedApril 25, 2012
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From Omaha
State:NE
Rider Type:Commuter
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
I've only recently received this jacket, but I've taken a few long rides with it as well as wearing it around the house to get a feel for it. Thus I can't comment on long term durability, but I will give you my impressions on everything I've noticed so far.
The sizing is a bit on the large size in the torso. I'm a fairly big guy and I wear a size 50 jacket and got the 2XL (50-52). I find the jacket very roomy. It's not billowy by any means, but I think someone wearing a 52 wouldn't find this overly tight. The waist might be even larger than the chest, but the side adjustments let you cinch it down 8"-10" total. I would expect smaller jackets have less adjustment, but it's still a significant amount of adjustment. The velcro adjustment seems to be fairly sturdy, and I haven't found myself having to re-adjust them.
Continuing on sizing, the shoulders and upper arms are nicely roomy as well. Again, not billowy, but someone with large or muscular arms shouldn't have an issue with their shoulders. The forearms/wrist area is quite a bit tighter. I have only barely muscular forearms, but even on the loosest forearm adjustment, the forearms are fairly tight, but not uncomfortably so. This does mean the the elbow/forearm armor is not going to flap around when you need it, but I'd have liked a bit more room and let the adjustment cinch them in place. Speaking of the adjustment, there are 3 snaps, each one about 1" tighter than the previous (I don't have an exact measurement, but rough estimate gives around a 5-5.5" interior diameter on the 2XL). If you have really beefy forearms, you can probably get another 1/2-1" due the the stretch in the fabric on the interior of the arm. The wrists are also fairly tight. I couldn't get my shortie cuff gloves under the sleeve of the jacket, but the wrist isn't uncomfortably tight on its own. I've also found the wrist zipper to either catch on the wicking liner or otherwise be difficult to close, possibly simply due to the wrist being tight. That's a minor nitpick though.
The Knox armor is of good quality and comfortable, as you expect from Knox. The built-in CE back protector is a nice bonus.
Regarding air flow, the jacket has it in spades. It's in the upper-70s/mid-80's here, and the comfort level difference between this and my vented leather jacket is drastic. I feel cool and the wicking liner seems to work well. The jacket does not poof out at all on the highway. I was also comfortable riding in the mid-50's in the early morning. Definitely does what I want it to in this department, but definitely just a 1-2 season jacket.
One odd thing about the liner is that the sleeves don't attach to the jacket at all. This is probably due to how they are extra long, extending a good 3-4" past the jacket sleeve (I believe this is supposed to be for tucking into your glove to wick sweat from your palm, but I haven't tried it). Since they are unattached, it's quite easy to pull the liner sleeve inside-out when you remove the jacket. This probably helps it evaporate sweat faster, but does mean you have to either hold the liner sleeve with your other hand when you take the jacket off (the liner sticks to your skin lightly when sweaty) or shove them back into the sleeve whenever you put the jacket on. The liner is only attached to the jacket by two zippers at the front and a snap loop at the collar. It is open at the collar and bottom.
The liner of the jacket itself is a standard jersey material with medium sized holes. I don't find it the most comfortable liner, but I think I'll be using the wicking liner most of the time, which is very comfortable.
For a <$200 jacket, the quality seems pretty good. All the seams are double stiched, but I don't see any hidden stiching. I haven't found any bad/missed stitching, but it's not easy to see stitching from the interior. The mesh material is soft, and the 800-AR in the impact areas seems like it will get the job done. I'm not sure if this jacket will survive more than one crash, but, for the price, I'm not sure what you can expect. The zippers are all very "chunky" so it seems like they will work fairly well. There is no YKK branding, so they're some knock off brand and long term quality could be suspect. Again, from my limited usage, they seem like they will hold up, but you never know.
As for other features, you have your standard small exterior hand pockets and a single interior breast pocket. It also has an 8" connection zipper. I don't use this, so I can't comment on what style it is, etc., but it looks to be the same kind of chunky zipper used everywhere on the jacket. There are also two belt loop snap attachments. The TPR logos are well done, although I would prefer the giant chest logo was on the back instead.
Overall, I'm very happy with this jacket and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a mesh, summer jacket.
Rides: 2011 Triumph ThunderBird Storm
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Icon Super Duty 4 Boots The fourth iteration of our industry defining Superduty boot pays direct homage to it's SD1 patriarch. The visually defining rubber nub interface and clean pattern lines keep the boot's appearance smooth while hidden ghillie laces reduce snag potential. The new bottom unit provides increased support, durability, and grip while layered foam increases comfort. The midfoot support strap, with upgraded aluminum buckle, provides increased foot retention. Finally, the reduced toebox height provides a greater range of fitment. The Superduty 4, the next step in motorcycle footwear. Durable leather upper Axialmetric steel shank Slip resistant rubber sole Footpeg interface arch Internal ankle protection Adjustable midfoot stabilizer strap Aluminum positive-lock buckle Low profile lacing system Shifter interface nubs
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Nice medium duty boot, possible durability issues
PostedApril 16, 2012
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WhoWantsToKnow
From Omaha
State:NE
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Footbed
Narrow
Wide
Wide
As others have mentioned, the boots are stiff out of the box, but break in reasonably well after you wear them a bit. They are not meant for long distance walking, but fine otherwise. I'm not sure what the 'footpeg interface arch' is supposed to mean, but they felt comfortable on my cruiser's pegs.
The toe box is slightly wide, but otherwise the fit seems to be standard.
The protection seems reasonable for a commuter boot or similar riding. The ankle has reasonably tight/supportive and the ankle bone cups fit well.
The metatarsal strap does a good job of providing support and holding down the laces, but I'm worried that the strap has durability issues. The clasp is fairly tight and takes a good deal of force to open, which is good as it won't open in a crash. But, the attachment to the boot leather seems to only be a couple of screws. I'm worried they may eventually tear through the leather, as you really have to pull on the clasp to open it which flexes the leather quite a bit. I think it would be better if it had a plate of some sort to spread the wear across more of the leather. The tightness of the clasp also means you have to push quite hard on the clasp to latch it, which can push these screws into your foot.
My other complaint with the boots is that the sole seems to be less non-skid than my other boots (TCX X-5s). On my first ride, I put my food down on dry pavement with no gravel, etc., and my foot was sliding along the ground a bit. It wasn't massive, and I could corrected it by making sure I pressed down rather than down and out when I put my feet out.
Overall, I like these for a spring/summer/early fall boot. They have a reasonable amount of airflow, protection, and comfort. They are reasonably priced for what they are, so I think I can still recommend them even with the possible durability issues.
Rides: 2011 Triumph ThunderBird Storm
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 U-CLEAR HBC100 Bluetooth Communicator
U-CLEAR HBC100 Bluetooth Communicator
UClear HBC 100 Bluetooth Communicator The World's 1st Boomless mike Helmet Communicator. UClear HBC100 is developed with patented Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Technology to filter out wind noise and ambient noise from the sound that motorcycles produce. Equipped with Class 2 Bluetooth V2.1 technology, UClear allows riders to enjoy Hifi Stereo music with Audio/ Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) and Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) . Using Array microphones technology embedded into the earphones, It eliminates the need of a boom mike which has to be placed near or close to the lips for good communication. U-Clear HBC 100 Intercom Features Make mobile phone calls Listen and wirelessly control your music Voice Command call pickup (Say Pickup or Hello) Helmet to helmet intercom Auto loudness adjustment Patented Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology Unique wind filtering technique effective up to 238KM/h Concealed microphones, does not require boom microphones Ruggedized weather resistant design Powerful speakers ensure clarity under noisy conditions UClear is designed to be splash, rain, dust and snow resistant Hassle free installation DSP Algorithm Features Adaptive beam forming technology, noise suppression and echo cancellation Intelligent sweet spot, directed towards speaker's voice Detected speech signal enhancement Environment and background noise cancellation Bluetooth profiles supported Hands-Free Profile (HFP), Headset Profile (HSP), Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Intercom Profile Kit includes Kit includes HBC 100 Control Unit 2 Velcro mounted stereo headset speakers with embedded microphones Clip style and double sided tape metal mounting brackets 100 volt AC charger and USB charging cable Optional Audio Kit includes all parts needed to mount the HBC 100 control unit to another helmet (speakers and helmet mounts) General Specifications Talk time up to 10 hours Standby time Up to 2 weeks Battery type Rechargeable Li-Po Charging time 2 hours Bluetooth design Version 2.1, class 2 (EDR) Design type Rain and snow resistant Operating temperature 14F (-10C) to 140F (60C)
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fine for phone use. Music is lacking. Hard to use w/ gloves
PostedSeptember 28, 2011
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From Omaha
State:NE
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Sound Clarity 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Use 
3 / 5
3 / 5
The UClear unit is a snap to install and setup. It paired with my phone immediately, and works well for receiving calls or listening to music. I have not used the intercom functionality.
Phone:
Call sound is of reasonable quality. Similar to most speaker phones I've used. Depending on how your helmet is laid out, you may have different results with the microphone placement. I use a Shoei Qwest, which only really fits the mics facing in one direction and the cheek pads are directly in front of the mic. This means I don't get ideal placement, but I am still intelligible to the person on the other end of the call. Voice call answering works fine. I have not tried voice dialing, due to issues with getting the button combination right while riding. Volume through the speakers is fine. I've had no issues hearing even at 60+ mph.
Music:
Note: I ride with 22 Db HearDefenders-DF ear plugs, so my comments are colored as such.
The speakers are designed to be low profile, and they are not ideal music speakers. There is no bass driver to speak of, so you have essentially no low end at all. Volume is loud enough to hear through ear plugs well, but it needs to be near the highest volume settings. Without ear plugs, it gets louder than you need.
The system pairs easily with a phone, and sound is generally not fuzzy at all. I get the occasional sound drop when I turn my head away from the phone in my pocket.
Concerns:
The attachment system is worrisome. The slide in clip doesn't really hold the unit at all. Normal use or riding won't dislodge it, but if you brush against in, the unit can pop out of the clip. I'd prefer a more of a locking mechanism to hold the unit to the clip.
The 'paper clip' style holder is fairly thick. If your helmet has a neck roll flush with the outer shell, you will have to use the adhesive clip. The clip is also curved, so, depending on your helmet shape, you may only get partial contact with the adhesive. I had this issue with the Qwest, but I was able to push the clip down and the adhesive seems quite strong so far. I probably wouldn't leave my helmet in the sun for long, however.
Wiring may be an issue if you don't have a fully removable helmet liner. The Qwest only has removable cheek pads, so I had to stretch the wire a bit to get it to work. I was able to run the wire up through the liner near the top back, but there is very little slack.
Operation of the unit with gloves, especially winter gloves is problematic. Most of the functions require either multiple buttons to be pressed at once, or multiple presses on the same button quickly. Finding the right spot to press is not always easy. Sometimes it seems like you've pressed the right place/speed, but get either no response or multiple single press responses. It can take several tries to get a track change or pause (single button, double press) while listening to music, so I generally don't try to make outgoing calls (two button combo) while riding.
Overall, I'd say it's a decent headset if you want to avoid a boom mic and it's not too expensive. There are probably better headsets out there with a mic.
Rides: 2011 Triumph ThunderBird Storm
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Klim Tactical Short Say goodbye to the days of chafing and other riding maladies associated with loose-fitting riding shorts. The Klim Tactical Short is designed to keep your equipment stowed properly and to wick moisture away from your skin to ensure maximum possible comfort on your ride. The saddle area is constructed with a high-tech triple-density chamois that will help absorb riding vibrations and cushion your ride. PORON XRD Extreme Impact Protection material is embedded in strategic locations to help absorb impacts. On impact, the PORON XRD high-performance molecules create a unique protective shield that can repeatedly absorb up to 90 of the most intense force. PORON XRD EXTREME IMPACT PROTECTION MATERIAL ON SIDES AND THIGHS AND OVER TAILBONE PADDED COMPRESSION SHORT MOISTURE-WICKING POLYESTER MATERIAL 4-WAY-STRETCH SPANDEX SOFT ELASTIC WAIST SUEDE TEXTURE CHAMOIS CROTCH MICRO-INJECTED LOGO TAG-LESS ARTICULATED DESIGN MATERIALS SPANDEX POLYESTER PORON XRD EXTREME IMPACT PROTECTION MATERIAL
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfortable on bike, not for walking around.
PostedAugust 24, 2011
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From Omaha
State:NE
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The Klim Tactical shorts are a great, low profile pair of armored shorts. The provide reasonable protection, but are invisible under jeans. They breath well, and the comfort seam on the leg keep them from riding up.
The padded seat is great for added comfort on the bike, but is uncomfortable while walking around.
The padding is non-removable. Whether the pads stand up to water/washing long term is yet to be seen.
As others have mentioned, the tailbone protector is small and might be a bit out of place. The other padding seems well placed.
If it weren't for the seat cushion, I'd say you could easily wear these all day. But, plan to bring a change of shorts if you're a commuter.
Rides: 2008 Kawasaki VN900C Vulcan 900 Custom
Yes, I recommend this product.
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SAS-TEC Back Protector Cutting edge SAS-TEC material is intelligent armor constructed from visco elastic soft foam smart molecules. It has earned the highest CE rating available (CE level 2), during an impact, the armor freezes and hardens, absorbing the shock and distributing its force over a large area to reduce the risk of fractures. The protector is not destroyed by impact, but reverts back to its original state and maintains its capability to protect from multiple impacts. SAS-TEC Armor has a soft and pliable exterior (as opposed to rigid KNOX armor) which offers a great deal of comfort and mobility. This protector is anatomically designed and fitted to provide superior spine and back protection as well as the base of the neck /between the shoulder blades. SC-1/11 fits Women's Turbine Jacket SC-1/12 fits REV'IT! Cayenne Pro Jacket and Turbine Jacket REV'IT Gore-Tex Jackets have different shaped back protector pockets depending on the size of jacket, see the size chart for fitment information SC-1/16 should only be used for XYL or larger Gore-Tex Jackets SC-1/11 Measurements (approximate) Height 15 3/4 Width (at widest point) 13 Thickness 3/4 SC-1/12 Measurements (approximate) Height 19 Width (at widest point) 13 Thickness 3/4 SC-1/16 Measurements (approximate) Height 21 3/8 Width (at widest point) 13 3/8 Thickness 3/4
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent protection, high comfort
PostedAugust 24, 2011
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WhoWantsToKnow
From Omaha
State:NE
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The SAS-TEC protector is a great choice for a back upgrade. The flexible design means you barely notice it's there. The venting should allow any perf or venting in your jacket to be mostly unobstructed.
Just make sure you get the right size for your jacket.
Rides: 2008 Kawasaki VN900C Vulcan 900 Custom
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Scorpion Stinger Phantom Jacket This top-line sportbike-biased upper-body protection system is taper-cut for a snug, wind-resistant fit and maximum clean aerodynamic penetration. Full leather powerstretch waist panels and Terramid Kevlar stretch panels in non-abrasion arm and neck areas ensure a great fit. Constructed of (1.2-1.4mm) race-weight leather and bristling with all the great Scorpion features youre looking at a lifelong relationship. Features Matte, titanium-tanned, drum-dyed, top-grain, race-weight (1.2-1.4mm) leather (aero-dimpled on the shoulders) with unique asymmetrical tattoo-inspired, screened graphics and embroidered trim Full-flow perforated leather provides maximum cooling in hot weather, and a removable KwikWick Thermoliner deals with cool conditions Race-fit tapered silhouette powerstretch waist panels and Terramid Kevlar stretch panels keep the fit snug and aero - and a belt loop at the waist provides optional hookup to jeans CE-approved ventilated armor guards all critical impact areas while it lets heat and sweat escape Exo-Stitch safety seams in critical areas and proven YKK zippers are designed to complete their mission in even worst-case scenarios
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good protection, venting, great style
PostedAugust 17, 2011
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From Omaha
State:NE
Rider Type:Commuter
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
The Scorpion Stinger jacket is a great choice for a vented leather jacket. The Phantom is very low key, and it's quite possible to not notice it's armored at first glance.
Sizing:
It seems true to size. The torso cut is straight. I wear a normally wear a 48-50 and the 3XL was great fit. Without the lining, it's perfect. The lining makes it a slightly tighter fit, but still fine. At 6'3", I probably could have gone with the Tall size, but the standard reaches my waist just fine (belt loop connector reaches, but might give a wedgie on a sport bike). Arms are good, even when reaching for controls.
The ventilation is great in an upright position (I can't comment on how it feels on a sport bike). There is plenty of exhaust from the side panels/shoulders. It could probably do with venting/perf in the actual back, so you will probably get sweat spots on your back and very minor parachuting at highway speeds, if it's big on you. That said, it's still plenty cool while moving.
I've not had a chance to use the wind proof lining, but the mesh jacket lining feels comfortable. Jacket is comfortable with both long and short sleeves. The lining does a reasonable job of wicking sweat, but I'd still recommend a dedicated base layer for a better job.
The CE armor pieces are all soft and flexible, so it is very comfortable. They are held in place by velcro pockets. The pockets seem snug and the velcro closures are at midpoint of the pocket, so I don't think you'd be able to replace the armor with anything inflexible (but, I haven't tried to). The back armor is the standard thin foam pad, and is zipped into the pocket with a zipper about 40% from the top. The SAS-TEC 1/11 back protector was a drop in upgrade for me, but YMMV based on jacket size (not sure if the pocket is the same for all sizes). I was not able to slid the Knox TP-2 in, so I don't think any inflexible back pad will work.
Comfort items:
The jacket has two zippered breast pockets (liner has pass-throughs for access), two hand warmer pockets, and a zippered stash pocket.
The waist adjustment is fairly minor. The side panels are stretch material, but they don't stretch a ton. If your belly is much bigger than your chest size, you may have trouble fitting this jacket (maybe 1-2" of stretch). Shoulder and elbow stretch panels work great.
The sleeve zippers are not locking, but there are snaps to keep them closed. Riding with the snaps closed and zippers open makes pseudo arm vents.
No zipper connect for riding pants. Only a single snap closure for hooking through a belt loop.
Overall, I really like this jacket. For <$400, I think it's a good choice.
Rides: 2008 Kawasaki VN900C Vulcan 900 Custom
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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The same great qualities as the Base Layer Long Sleeve in a short sleeve Base Layer fabric is 50 lighter than the standard cotton TShirt. After 60 minutes of exercise the Base Layer fabric releases 80 of its moisture after 30 minutes of rest, cotton releases only 40 of its moisture after 30 minutes of rest Made with compression garments that will hold your muscles in place longer and reduce body fatigue. Less chance for pulled and sore muscle tissue Two different layers of fabric Inner layer contains fibers that will wick the moisture off the skin quicker, creating a cooler inner climate. Once the moisture is separated from your skin the outer layer will evaporate the moisture evenly and fast Fabric is spun with wicking and antibacterial treatments
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Snug fit, but does what it's supposed to
PostedAugust 17, 2011
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From Omaha
State:NE
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
The MSR Base Layer Short Sleeve is not kidding when it says it's a compression fit. The shirts run very tight. If you're not a fitness fanatic, you'll probably not want to walk around in just this shirt. Everything is still tight right now, so it hasn't been 'stretched' out as of yet. I can't comment on if the tight shirt actually improved my fatigue level and comfort while driving. I didn't really notice a difference, but I always wasn't particularly fatigued. YMMV.
However, I've found the wicking action to be very good. After riding for a few hours, the shirt was very damp, but my skin didn't feel wet. After hanging the shirt up for an hour, it was dry.
The fabric has a very good feel. Not itchy at all. Seams were not uncomfortable. I do worry about durability long term. Due to the very tight fit, it's a bit of a chore to get on/off. I worry that something will rip eventually. I have not run the shirt through the washing machine, but I wouldn't recommend trying it, due to the thin material (I believe the tag says hand wash only, now that I think of it). This shirt easily fits under any other shirt/mid-layer you want to wear.
I'd say this shirt is comparable, albeit much tighter and lighter weight, to the cheapish wicking workout shirts I have.
Rides: 2008 Kawasaki VN900C Vulcan 900 Custom
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Alpinestars Roam WP Boots Synthetic upper with lightweight fabric inserts. Dual density lateral and medial ankle cups. Internal heel counter. Internal toe counter is layered under the leather. Injected high-modulus polyamide midsole contours to the foot and features a structured shank reinforcement. Waterproof and breathable Drystar lining. Instep and Achilles flex zones provide superior comfort. Rear reflective insert for added visibility. Removable anatomic footbed and multi-density EVA padding. Alpinestars exclusive vulcanized rubber compound sole with unique side wrapping design. Three adjustable Velcro straps for secure closure and fit. CE certified.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Run small and narrow
PostedAugust 15, 2011
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From Omaha
State:NE
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
Footbed
Narrow
Narrow
Wide
According to the standard size chart, 48 EU should be 13.5-14 US. Alpinestars chart lists it as 12.5 US. The length is probably a 13, but the shoe is very narrow. Probably would actually size as a 13 A or 13 B US. Shoes seemed to be quality products otherwise, so I can't fault them there. I'd recommend you order up a size or two or find a different boot, if you have a wide or even medium feet.
Rides: 2008 Kawasaki VN900C Vulcan 900 Custom
Yes, I recommend this product.
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The perfect blend of style and function this short, fully perforated leather summer glove incorporates a variety of protective features. Made from supple yet durable goatskin, the MONSTER features PU injected protective panels on the fingers as well as a leather wrapped composite knuckle. Additional Temperfoam padding on the palm provides adequate impact protection while silicon painted Clarino patches on the fingers provide extra grip for the precision feel that every rider demands. Also available in a Women's version. PROTECTION FEATURES Outershell goatskin, Clarino Insulation tri-fleece lining Protection carbon hard shell knuckle, Temperfoam padding at thepalm ERGONOMIC FEATURES Fit pre-shaped ergonomic fit Adjustability draw flap on cuff Features stretch lips at the fingers, short cuff
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great, well ventilated gloves
PostedAugust 11, 2011
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WhoWantsToKnow
From Omaha
State:NE
Rider Type:Commuter
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
The REV'IT Monster gloves are a great warm weather glove. They flow a ton of air and are fairly tight, so I don't think you could get an underglove on for cold weather riding without going a size up. They have been comfortable in temperatures in the 70s-90s.
They are very comfortable and break in quickly. They are definitely snug, but, after wearing them for a day or two, they slip on and off easily. Sizing: I have an 11" hand measurement and the 2XL gloves are just right. I don't have particularly long fingers, but my fingers do touch the fingertip seams. Speaking of the seams, although there are internal seams, they are fairly clean, and haven't been irritating.
The palm padding works well, but I'm not convinced the finger padding is effective. The knuckle plate is internally lined and you don't notice the hard plate while wearing them.
Overall: A good glove. I think they may be a bit pricey, but I like them.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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