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|04-29-2010, 05:22 PM||#1|
Multiple Gear Review
A quick short-term set of reviews from a riding n00b. Well, unfortunately, my stupid Knox Handroids are backordered until the apocalypse, so I can't say anything about them. Other than that, here's my gear and some review time:
Helmet: Scorpion Exo-400
Gloves: Joe Rocket Supermoto
Jacket: Scorpion Stinger
Pants: Scorpion Awe
Boots: Puma Desmo GTX
other: Ogio no-drag pack
#1 Exo 400
Best $100 I've spent so far - light helmet, breathes decently, not too hot, easy to change visors. However, the wind noise kinda sucks, and theres not many aero bits on it, so anything over 40 makes it hard to turn your head.
#2 Supermoto gloves
Well, they breathe well, and not bad for $30, but they run kinda small and still too tight across the thumb. I can't wait for my decent gloves to come in..
Badass jacket if ever there was one - moves a ton of air, very comfortable, fits great, and wows the crowds. In white, you're pretty visible, thats for sure. Fairly water-resistant, too. A note, though - it has a belt loop attachment point, but no zipper, so if your pants don't have loops, you're SOL.
They fit a little tight, but actually quite comfortable. They're not overpants like some people say, though. Pretty decent soft armor in the knees and hips, leather where it counts, lots of adjustment. Surprisingly waterproof, and the stretch panels and vent areas work great. As above, they have a zipper attachment point, but no belt loops. So if you get both, like me, you're screwed. Oh, and there's not much stretch at the bottom, so don't expect them to go over any boots with shin armor.
Very underrated boots - super comfortable, breathe well, waterproof, adjustable, and look great. You can walk around in them pretty normally, though I don't think I'd want to go too long that way. My only concern is that the zipper is kind of on a high-stress area, so if you're not careful, it might break eventually. Oh, and they fit like Puma shoes do, so if you've got wide feet or square toes, you may need to go up a size.
#6 No-drag pack
Well, exactly what it says on the tin - its a pack, and it doesn't add drag. What more could you ask for? OK, maybe a lower price...
Thats it, no crashes yet. I'll be glad to update when my stupid gloves come in, though
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|05-11-2010, 10:24 AM||#2|
More to add - and no, my Handroids are still backordered. First - some women's gear! I got some stuff for my GF and here's what she thinks:
#1 Icon Rogue Jacket
Fits a little tight, but pretty good build quality (for Icon). Leather on the shoulders and elbows, but the body is canvas. Feels nice, but questionable durability. However, they put some serious armor in the shoulders, elbows and back, so props to them. Not sure what the tensile strength of buttons is, since its held together entirely by them. Still, its apparently "really cute" and comfortable, so good job, and totally worth the clearance price.
#2 Icon Tuscadero Gloves
A different story here - comfortable and "cute", sure. But they're less armored than OJ's Isotoners, and probably not built as well. Those armored knuckles double-stitched in? Its just treated hardened leather, and the double-stitching is artistic. That said, the back of the glove is one continuous piece, which is good. But the stitching all around seems weak. However, I've seen crash reports from people wearing them and they're apparently fine, so what do I know.
Long story short, works for a scooter, but not sure how good it is for anything else. Anybody got boot/pant recommendations?
|06-01-2010, 09:58 AM||#3|
Finally got my Handroids in this weekend and got to ride a bit!
#2 Knox Handroid
Tight fit, expensive, back ordered - but easily the best gloves I've ever seen. To be fair, I don't have a set of Held Phantoms to compare to, but they blow every A* I've tried away. Kangaroo leather is like butter; The boa lace system I've used on ski/snowboard boots before, and its just as good here - these are not coming off, and they fit perfectly. The armor isn't bulky, and even though there is little apparent perforation, they move air really well and stay cool and dry. I suspect the gel knuckle armor plate is doing it. Also, even though it sort of looks like it in the picture, there is no A*-style finger bridge - I dunno why I thought there was, but theres not, in case anybody else had that impression. I love the thumb armor, the scaphoid protection system and everything. Awesome!
I want to thank sportbiketrackgear.com for keeping me updated on the delay and being seriously helpful with every odd question, pestering request, and everything else.