Norrick
 
 
 
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    December 12, 2011
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 Nolan N85 Helmet - Solid
Nolan N85 Helmet - Solid
Nolan N85 Helmet - Solid Colors The N85 is the new full-face street helmet by Nolan fairly small, with a bold, sporty design. The result of accurate volumetric tests, this helmet is equipped with a perfectly integrated sunscreen (VPS) inside the shell. The quick-change/tool-free visor mechanism operates only with the visor in the open position avoiding accidental opening while riding. Features Lightweight aerodynamic polycarbonate shell with built-in spoiler Nolan's VPS (Vision Protection System) actuates internal sun shield Fully removable, washable Clima-Comfort Interior, treated to be anti-fungal and anti-microbial Removable cheek pads Removable chin curtain Dual top vents with exhaust in rear spoiler Chin vents direct air to face shield to help prevent fogging Optically correct, push button quick change shield offers UV400 protection Included Pinlock-ready face shield with clear Pinlock insert Nolan micro lock retention system Meets or exceeds DOT standards
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
very good with a couple exceptions
PostedAugust 19, 2012
Customer avatar
Norrick
From San Jose
State:CA
Rider Type:Hyper Miler
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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Average
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round
Round
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
consider the price before you really hold the negatives against it.
The helmet is made in italy, however, the top vents feel extremely flimsy, in a way that makes you think they will flip open or closed on their own with regular use in short notice. They just snap open/closed with friction. I'm leaving them open and not touching them. There is no rubber on the top vents as pictured, its plastic bumps as shown in the video review.
The helmet is loud, but it feels like it cuts through the air nicely, no buffeting experienced. I also own a Shoei Qwest in large, and this helmet fits my head perfectly, albeit slightly looser than the Qwest, probably due to the fact this helmet has more of a round shape internally (i have a round head).
There are nice recesses where your ears are, so besides the cushions on your brows and cheeks, its like you're not wearing anything. The visibility is exceptionally good, the optical quality of the clear shield will make you think there is nothing there until you scratch it or a bug smashes into your face. The tinted visor is incredibly greasy from the box, lots of windex, the key is a good absorbent rag (no paper towels). The visor mechanism could come down a little further but its still very useable.
A chin curtain is included, I found it somewhat difficult to install (thought I was going to break it).
The helmet doesn't feel particularly heavy or light, its very average. The chin strap binding system (along with the internal sunglasses) makes this helmet incredibly convenient for practical every day use (commuting, a quick ride to the store, riding at night and suddenly traffic slows down and you're hit with construction flood lights from the side of the road... etc.
I'm very tempted to pony up the $ for the nolan bluetooth system, but I'd feel more comfortable if it was cheaper, or if I was installing it on a helmet that was substantially higher quality. Don't get me wrong, the helmet is a great bargain, and its better than most cheapy helemts you'll find in the brick and mortar shops, but its still a budget helmet.
About the ventilation, i do feel the air being pulled away from my scalp, which I usually don't feel on other helmets, so they did a good job with that. The wind from the chin vent gets pointed directly at the inside of the windshield so its not shooting directly into your face like some other helmets. You get the second hand wind from the windshield basically, and its a soft flow, keeps you cool when its hot but won't blow on you so much to make your nose runny (am I the only one that happens to?). Rode it home from san francisco to san jose in the cold and it kept my breath from fogging up the inside nicely.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Woodcraft Clip-Ons with Risers Woodcraft 2-piece split clipons are specially designed to make installation and removal a snap. Our 2-piece design is race proven and makes it easy to service your clipons below the triple clamp without having to disassemble the entire front end. Special attention has also been taken to save weight wherever possible on these clamps. The bars themselves are 12 long and are easily adjusted to whatever custom width you desire. Racers no longer have to worry about replacing an expensive complete clipon assembly after a crash - these risers use an inexpensive universal handlebar. These clipons have either a one, two or three inch rise over a conventional race clipon. This clipon will give you the ability to have a race style clipon assembly with the option to get the bars up higher for rider comfort. The rise on the Woodcraft clamps is measured from the bottom edge of the triple clamp to the top of the bar clamp. Some stock bars already have a rise with the stock clipons, so if you want a rise OVER the stock amount you need to get an estimate of your stock rise first and add up the stock rise and your desired additional rise. For fitment information please consult Woodcraft's Clip-On Sizing Chart . Note Please consult the Woodcraft Clip-On Application Guide before ordering.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
well constructed but odd looking
PostedAugust 4, 2012
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Norrick
From San Jose
State:CA
Rider Type:Hyper Miler
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
at first you might think theyre ugly, but the more you handle them the more you appreciate the quality of the machine work. the clip ons feel substantial (i have a 2 inch riser on mine). They feel durable, but I can't say whether they will withstand a fall.
The two piece design allows you to install them without removing the top triple tree, but one set of screws is hard to reach from behind the forks so really all you can do is set up the correct ring spacing on the back side and torque it on the front side.
The fastners are not the best quality (zinc plated variety), definitely use a high quality allen head socket set or you will strip them with those cheapy L shaped allen wrenches.
I used these clipons to transform my upright riding position versys into a street fighter styled bike similar to duc monster. just do some research to make sure you buy the correct size corresponding to your bikes fork diameter at the top triple.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Spidi T-Winter H2OUT Gloves The Spidi T Winter H2Out is a winter glove with built-in waterproof and breathable H2OUT membrane, making it ideal for touring, urban use and commuting duties thanks to its great versatility. The sleeve is made of neoprene which provide ease of use and lightness, while the knuckle padding is Spidis own Powertech technology all these along with padding on the side of the small finger make this glove a versatile and very comfortable solution for any kind of biker.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Warm-ish
PostedDecember 26, 2011
Customer avatar
Norrick
From San Jose
State:CA
Rider Type:Adventurer
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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
The gloves are warm in a strange way, its like they feel warm when you're wearing them, but when you take your hands out of them, they are cold.. but still a huge improvement over my a-stars sp-2's. They keep my hands from going otherwise numb. The lowest temps I've used these were high 40s low 50s, it makes the ride bearable (freeway, 65mph).
Air flow is rated poor, but thats what you want, keep the wind out.
Haven't tested the water-proofness yet. The gauntlets are slim, as shown in the video. The velcro strap on the wrist does't feel as secure as it ought to. Tightened down I can still pull the glove off my hand. I had to return a pair because the stitching came undone where the velcro wrist strap met the gauntlet.
The knuckles feel substantial enough to help in a fall in terms of abrasion and impact, but there is little to no feeling of reinforcement when it comes to bending the fingers (breaks, sprains).
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Shoei Qwest Solid Helmet Aerodynamic Shell Design Aerodynamic properties are maximized through extensive wind tunnel and professional riders feedback Dual Layer EPS liner enhances impact absorption and ventilation Five shell and six EPS liner sizes present increased fit options that help to comfortably fit most head sizes Molded air spoiler to reduce drag and lift as well as diminish weight pressure on the neck while riding at high speeds Ventilation System Upper Air Intake Vent is positioned to maximize air volume into the helmet interior Large upper intake vent positioned to maximize performance in high wind conditions Easy to operate large lower intake vent Lower air intake/defroster vent reduces shield fogging and increases ventilation Rear/neck outlets allow for effective air exhaust Breath guard and chin curtain included Lightweight Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus (AIM+) High performance fiber materials are combined with extremely elastic organic fibers to create a shell structure that is ultra lightweight, rigid and resilient Interior System 3-D center pad and multi-layered, polyurethane foam cheek pads Cheek pads are replaceable or removable for maintenance Eyeglass compatible interior Standard Chin-Strap Clip neatly secures chin strap CW-1 Shield and Q.R.S.A. System Q.R.S.A. (Quick-Release Self-Adjusting) base plate allows for tool-less shield removal and installation. Spring-loaded base plate pulls the shield back to contact the window beading evenly and ensures a proper seal Scratch-resistant coating 99.9 protection from harmful UV A and B rays Optional, CW-1 Pinlock prepared shields are available to accommodate Pinlock Fog Free Inserts The CW-1, three-dimensionally curved shield is both wider and taller than the CX-1V it replaces Optional, CWF-1 two-dimensional Pinlock equipped racing shields with tear-off posts are available A pre-set lever can easily lock the shield in place to prevent the shield from opening unexpectedly, as well as prop the shield open to increase airflow Additional Specs Construction AIM+ (Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus Multi Fiber) Weight 3.644 lbs / 1,653 grams (approx, for Size Medium Solid Color) Standards Snell-M2010, DOT Please Note The vents on the Brilliant Yellow helmet are black, not yellow as shown in product photo. Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good helmet
PostedDecember 26, 2011
Customer avatar
Norrick
From San Jose
State:CA
Rider Type:Adventurer
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Very Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
Its the most quiet helmet I've owned (compared to an old icon, AGV ti-tech, and Nolan Trilogy). Its also light weight and has good air flow. The top vent isn't the easiest to actuate while riding, the flip switch is quite small.
Its not the most plush feeling helmet in terms of fabrics used for the padding, but its good.
Wish that they had a darker tinted shield available, its still see-through from the outside (bought separately).
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Icon Patrol Waterproof Jacket Whether your ride includes chilly mountain passes or a soggy morning commute the Patrol Waterproof Jacket has you covered. Representing our most technically advanced all weather riding jacket, the Patrol will go the distance with unmatched safety, comfort and weather protection. To keep out the wind and rain, the abrasion resistant nylon chassis is fully seam-sealed and includes waterproof YKK zippers and a quick action magnetic storm flap. Mounted within the chassis is a full complement of Field Armor CE approved impact protectors. A full 3M reflective graphics package provides optimum nighttime visibility. Six intake and exhaust ports provide ample mechanical ventilation while the removable Thermolite insulated liner helps keep your core temperature regulated. Externally, we added enough pockets to carry everything you need for distance rides and included a removable external hydration pocket to hold a 1.5 liter waterpack (not included). Yellow colorway meet U.S. military PPE hi-visibility specifications Icon relaxed fit Waterproof seam sealed nylon textile chassis Removable Icon CE field armor impact protector elbow and shoulder Removable Icon dual-density foam back pad Heavyweight ballistic impact panels YKK waterproof zippers Magnetic storm flap closures 3M reflective panels Multiple intake and exhaust vents Removable hydration pocket (bladder not included) Twelve storage pockets Removable Thermolite insulated liner Upgradable to Stryker CE back protector
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
not tested, fitting only
PostedDecember 12, 2011
Customer avatar
Norrick
From San Jose
State:CA
Rider Type:Adventurer
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 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
1 Size Large
Large
feels very well made, much thicker than I expected. Very comfortable.
I'm 5'11, 185 lbs slightly athletic build.
Using the size chart (measuring chest) put me at a large, it definitely would need a thick layer of clothing underneath to fit snugly. The arms especially are loose. It could work, if I wanted to wear a fleece under it but in m experience tighter fits give you more warmth than a looser fit with more layers.
My buddy squeezed into it just barely, he is about 225 and has a monstrous upper body (body builder almost). He looked like he could go up a size, but he could still zip it up and breathe. If I were him and it was his jacket I'd keep the large and it would fit a little better after its been worn in. Thats what I'm aiming for by going a size down.
The poor ratings for protection and airflow are just because I don't know yet so I can't say.
As for value, its a very nice looking and feeling jacket, but I'm sure there are cheaper options for at least a hundred less that do just as well of a job. So value is relative.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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