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    July 26, 2012
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Constructed of a combination of perforated textiles and goat hide Goat suede leather palm reinforced with an extra layer of goat hide in all high wear areas Thermoplastic knuckle protection panels Foam padding in the top of the fingers and back of the hand Perforated lining Double stitched in the palm area Adjustable Velcro wrist closure Elastic panel at the outer base of the thumb Vented on the knuckle area Reflective strips at the wrist area of the glove
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Summer Glove w/ wrist protection
PostedJuly 30, 2012
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Ddub
From Mesa
State:AZ
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
These are my summer glove in the triple digits of Phoenix, AZ. I have the white/gray version, they offer excellent ventilation and are extremely comfy (split knuckle protectors!). I normally wear a medium and the mediums fit me perfect. I would say after about a years time they stretched only a quarter of a size and haven't loosened up any more which is good. As mentioned about the tightness in the wrist, they have no stretch panels to facilitate getting on and off. This of course is a safety feature to ensure they stay on in a crash. The stitching is still flawless after two years, but there is some minor fraying on the mesh of the left glove because it alway catches on the velcro of my Roadcrafter jacket when adjusting the zipper (kind of irritating). I chose this glove because most other summer gloves do not offer any wrist protection (a common roadrash area) and others either don't have enough protection or ventilation (this guy seems to balance both of those).
Though it is hard to tell how much protection these would offer in a get-off situation...Would I trust them in a 40mph situation? Yes. Would I trust them at highway speeds? Maybe. I generally use these around town and ride the highways with the SIdi Power glove (originals) as they have decent ventilation at speed and are comfy with excellent protection.
Pros:
-After two years of use, when other summer gloves have given up, these are still in great shape.
-Worth the extra $
-Comfy and airy
-The right balance of protection and ventilation (for city use)
Cons:
-The mesh is like a magnet to any velcro surface, if my jacket had no velcro these gloves would be near perfect.
-Could be more protective with some reinforement areas, but may then loose some of their comfort (?)
Rides: 2010 Honda NT700 (ABS)
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Alpinestars Articolo 80 Sportivo Boots (Size 47/48)
Alpinestars Articolo 80 Sportivo Boots (Size 47/48)
The Articolo 80 concept combines functionality with sleek, contemporary styling. There is a hint of the boot worn by western frontiersmen that epitomizes the spirit of those looking to blaze a trail with a bike and a trend. Features Premium materials and state-of-the-art craftsmanship Supple full-grain Italian leather TPU protection on the toe and heel are designed to dissipate impact energy across the foot The heel protection, only partly visible, is molded with multiple densities of TPU to give proper protection, support, and fit without sacrificing comfort Padded and internally reinforced shift pad maximizes feel and channels flex in the vamp while making gear changing more comfortable Minimal sole reduces weight and maximizes flexibility, and the even tread pattern gives a more predictable grip
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style meets protection!
PostedJuly 26, 2012
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Ddub
From Mesa
State:AZ
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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I've had many compliments wearing these boots, usually asking how much they cost (b/c they look expensive, they are!) This boot fits a specific niche. For me it's the fact that I can wear a reasonably warm boot with decent protection into the office and be pretty comfy in them all day. The leather on these is quite substantial, yet very supple. The leather is also padded throughout for comfort and warmth. In my experience the leather doesn't scuff, the shiny toe protector does...but can be shined back to normal.
Pros:
-Warm
-Stylish/comfy
-Good protection at heel, toes (w/ slider), ankle (outside).
Cons:
-No ankle armor on the inside of ankle (only outside). (I think I would have rated 5 stars with the extra protection, but perhaps they would be less comfy that way...)
-Sometimes too warm (indoors). They breathe okay, my feet don't feel clammy.
-The whole sole is tapered for styling, this can make it feel a little less stable on rough roads, or if you can't fully touch both feet in the saddle. (not a huge deal tough)
-May not be comfortable for all foot types (think of a coyboy boot -made by Cadillac.)
I have the brown version of these, and the black version of the (tall) Gore-Tex version.
I wear a 42 in Dainese and SIDI. I have these in a 42 and fits just a hair on the larger side when I wear thicker socks. For some reason the shorter version feels better on the larger side(?...) and I have the (tall) Gore-Tex in a 41 which fit perfect with a dress sock (medium to thin socks).
Rides: 2010 Honda NT700 (ABS)
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Alpinestars Articolo 80 Alto Gore-Tex Boots
Alpinestars Articolo 80 Alto Gore-Tex Boots
The Articolo 80 concept combines functionality with sleek, contemporary styling. There is a hint of the boot worn by western frontiersmen that epitomizes the spirit of those looking to blaze a trail with a bike and a trend. Features Premium materials and state-of-the-art craftsmanship Supple full-grain Italian leather The toe protection includes a molded TPU slider to resist abrasion, and is positioned in a way that maximizes flexibility Anatomic, dual-density TPU ankle protection Elastic cuff adjusts the boot to fit a range of calf sizes Velcro flap weatherproofs the elastic cuff and secures the fit Minimal sole reduces weight and maximizes flexibility, and the even tread pattern gives a more predictable grip Waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex lining with gusseted zipper
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Wear to the office in cold weather...
PostedJuly 26, 2012
Customer avatar
Ddub
From Mesa
State:AZ
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Footbed
Narrow
Narrow
Wide
I've had many compliments wearing these boots, usually asking how much they cost (b/c they look expensive, they are!) This boot fits a specific niche. For me it's the fact that I can wear a reasonably warm boot with decent protection into the office and be pretty comfy in them all day. The leather on these is quite substantial, yet very supple. The leather is also padded throughout for comfort and warmth. In my experience the leather doesn't scuff, the shiny toe protector does...but can be shined back to normal.
Pros:
-Warm and tall (just couple inches under knee cap)
-Stylish/comfy
-Good protection at heel, toes (w/ slider), ankle (outside).
-Waterproof - Gore-Tex
Cons:
-No ankle armor on the inside of ankle (only outside). (I think I would have rated 5 stars with the extra protection, but perhaps they would be less comfy that way...)
-Sometimes too warm (indoors)
-The whole sole is tapered for styling, this can make it feel a little less stable on rough roads or if you can't fully touch both feet in the saddle. (not a huge deal tough)
-May not be comfortable for all foot types (think of a coyboy boot made by Cadillac.)
I have the black version of these, and the brown version of the (short) Sportivo.
I wear a 42 in Dainese and SIDI. I have these in a 41 which fit perfect with a dress sock (medium to thin socks), and I have the (short) Sportivo in a 42 and fits just a hair on the larger side when I wear thicker socks. For some reason the shorter version feels better on the larger side(?...)
Note: these look best casual with dark jeans and best office dress with a darker cuffed pant. I can upload some pics if you need.
Rides: 1975 Honda CB360T
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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