Olympia X-Moto Pants Designed to coordinate with Olympia's X-Moto and GT jackets, this style can be worn as a stand alone riding pant or as full over pant. Its Mega Vent Panel System allows it to transition from solid body, to adjustable airflow construction in seconds, while front thigh vent panels lay flat when placed into self storage pockets. An authentic Cordura shell with 2000 denier Cordura reinforcement insures maximum 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 waterproof / breathable liner that can be worn as wearable stand alone pants. Adjustable knee armor positions, stretch waist panels and EZ hem bottoms help riders achieve a customized fit. Features Outer shell constructed in 500 and 2000 denier Dupont Cordura MVS Mega Vent Panel system transitions the X Moto pant from solid body to adjustable airflow Waterproof liner pant Full side leg to waist zippers Removable and adjustable height CE approved MotionFlex armor at knees Cool mesh airflow lining Removable EVA compression foam 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 for jackets Leather reinforcement panels from inside thigh to hem bottom Comfort stretch knit at back of knees. Bottom hem cut to fit over street or off road boots
I've worn the X-Moto pant now in rain, heat, and cold, at highway speeds, and sitting at traffic lights. The last thousand plus miles leave me with this review: the pant is well on its way to being great but needs a few design improvements to get there.
If you are familiar with Olympia pants and liners, you may have experience with Velcro snagging the inner mesh fabric at your ankles. The X-Moto resolves this at the boots with a slick fabric change from ankle to shin. However, there is no such change at the crotch, and this Velcro will still snag, eventually show signs of wear and tear, and you will need to clean the prickly side regularly to keep it holding tight.
The full length leg zipper on each pant leg makes climbing into both pant and liner with boots very easy. The liner attaches at two points by each ankle and at three points around the waist. It is the waterproof part of this pant -- so keep it handy even while riding in warm weather or you'll be wet when it rains.
Pockets are the biggest loss for the X-Moto pant compared to other Olympia pants. The butt pockets button, and one each hand pocket zips. That's it. The zipping hand pockets are decent sized but have interiors made of an unsecured mesh. You won't access anything in these pockets with gloves on your hands.
The lengthy air vents on each upper thigh might work as pockets, but they unzip the full length of the thigh and then tuck in front of the knee clear to the ankle before finding a bottom. Anything put in these potential pockets will end up at your feet.
My biggest complaint with the X-Moto pant relates to the knee pads. When on my knees cooking meals at camp, messing with gear in the tent, or working alongside the motorbike, the knee pads rotate inward and expose my kneecaps to the ground. They're protected by the heavy fabric, but other Olympia pants' knee pads stayed in place with such uses.
Even more devastating is that this rotation also occurs while riding! And I feel like one of the most important protection areas of the pant is lacking. I'm constantly fixing the pad to stay centered on my kneecap after it crawls back toward the inside of my legs. If you need knee pads to protect you from your bike instead of the road -- this pant is your holy grail.
I'm working with the inner placement of the pads to see if an adjustment will fix the problem. I may just have to ride knock-kneed.
AFX FX-39 Dual Sport Hi-Viz Helmet Features A large-size FX-39DS weighs 1.59 kg or 3.5 lb An aerodynamic shell design constructed using an advanced lightweight composite poly-alloy A flip-up, flush-fit, quick-release, single-turn screw face shield with side covers. The shield itself is optically correct, compound-curved, scratch-resistant and protects against UV-rays There are several tinted shields available for this model Shield can be removed to allow open face riding or goggle use A helmet liner and cheek pads made with a hypoallergenic and anti-microbial nylon, all of which are removable and washable 9 points of ventilation with chin, side, forehead, top and rear vents Retention system is quick release Provides ample ear cavity space for speakers A clear coat finish to protect paint and graphics Comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty Includes flat black side-covers and screw plug for shield use without the visor DOT approved for use in the United States
I've used the AFX-39 for more than a month while touring the United States. The helmet has seen rain, cold, heat, night and sun. Overall, it performs at its price point -- neither above nor below. I really am curious how it performs up next to a five hundred dollar helmet.
As for fit, my oval head fits comfortably in a size small; after a six hour day of riding, I can feel the cheek pads pushing in on the sides of my mouth. Ear buds are quite comfortable inside the helmet -- until the helmet comes off. Then it's five seconds of wincing pain as ear bud and helmet smash against the side of my head.
What I like: this is my first helmet with a peak. I like it and have zero wind issues on an R1200 GS (with 6-inch windscreen extension). I like the yellow color, and I like the racheting chin strap.
What came close: the vents buzz at high speed and take a bit of practice to actuate with gloves. Plus, the head and face vents open and close in opposite directions. Removing the face shield is a chore and is not tool-less. Adjusting the peak is easy, though I wish it offered more protection.
What needs to change: the helmet should have a chin skirt to reduce wind flow at low temperatures. I stuff the loose end of the scarf around my neck up into the chin area. The venturi vents in the rear and at the neck should be optional open/close vents. The face shield movement feels cheap, and the face shield will not stay closed under certain wind circumstances. This is a plus in the rain because a slight opening keeps most of the fogging out.
What I dislike: I noticed significant discoloration of the helmet finish between the exposed surface and the surface beneath the peak (when removed). If I were to wear the helmet without the peak, it would look quite terrible. Hardware ships with the helmet to cover the face shield mechanisms that become exposed by removing the peak, but other areas are still exposed and look a different color.
Despite my mixed feelings, about this helmet, I am pleased with AFX customer support. They sent a new face shield lickety-split when I complained of optical anomalies in the one sent on my new helmet. I emailed photos showing the problem and avoided having to return the faulty part.
Alpinestars Durban Gore-Tex Pants Multifabric shell construction. Lightweight polyamide main construction. Lightweight protective polyamide inserts. Superfabric ceramic coated welded reinforcements. Medial lower end leather panel. Alpinestars patented Vector knee construction. Articulated rear panel for extra support and ease of movement. Extended air intake located on knee panel. 2 side external 100 waterproof pockets. Removable Paclite Gore-Tex membrane with micro-fleece inserts. Removable CE certified lightweight knee protectors. High visibility reflective stripes integrated in the design. Internal waist connection zipper for attaching to riding jackets. Removable bibs and braces. Fits Enduro/MX, Adventure and Touring boots.