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Old 03-02-2012, 06:33 PM   #1
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Why Icon is so successful

Why is Icon such a successful company with equipment that is just never as light, or as plush, or as efficient as some other brands?

Because they hired marketing wizards, things like:
http://iconmotosports.net/contact/busted-and-broken/

Are awesome.

They always have sick, edgy and interesting designs.

The videos the produce such as
are viral and awesome.

They build or promote or sell some SICK bikes such as http://www.rideicon.com/bikes.jsp

I dont wear a single piece of Icon gear, and they are my friend on facebook. I feel obligated to buy some just because of the amount of effort they put into the community and the excitement they create around their products.

So to all you who say "Icon" sucks, I just don't think you get it. I am definately going to get a Click image for larger version

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Old 03-02-2012, 06:42 PM   #2
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While their helmets are heavy and of cheaper quality, their graphics and ads definetly are bad .
I have a summer jacket of theirs and really like it, and now that you show me the motard helmet I really like it vs. the $600 shoei look alike.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:46 PM   #3
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I have a leather icon jacket and love it. I had purchased an icon helmet a couple months ago as my first helmet, bad choice on my part. Replaced it with an hjc rps -10 and made a huge difference.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:16 PM   #4
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I own 2 pairs of ICON riding jeans. I wish other mfgs would make riding jeans for us husky folks
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icon USED to make quality stuff. but, the quality of leather has gone down quite a bit since those days and now their stuff is marketed towards noobs and peeps that want to look "cool" over having a safe/quality product. sorry if that offends some of you but if you want, I'll bring my wifes gear that I bought years ago when they were new and compare it to current on the shelf gear of the very same design and you can see for yourself.
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:11 AM   #6
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Considering how an Icon carbon lifeform helmet kept my face from being scraped off, and a pair of Icon gloves keeping my skin on my hands from becoming a part of the road I'd say the "safe/quality product" statement is a pretty accurate one. The helmet also makes for an excellent flower pot after a crash haha.

I'm no Icon fan boy, I just really liked that helmet and the gloves were affordable, and it turns out they were worth more than I realized when it came to put them to the test.
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icon USED to make quality stuff. but, the quality of leather has gone down quite a bit since those days and now their stuff is marketed towards noobs and peeps that want to look "cool" over having a safe/quality product. sorry if that offends some of you but if you want, I'll bring my wifes gear that I bought years ago when they were new and compare it to current on the shelf gear of the very same design and you can see for yourself.
So you're saying the gear isn't as safe as the old gear based on how it looks? I know numerous people that have been down in Icon gear. They all replaced whatever was damaged with Icon again because of how well it held up
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I'm saying it isn't made with as good of material as it used to be
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:24 AM   #9
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You guys need to learn to read better. What part of "quality of leather going down" translates to helmets?
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:13 AM   #10
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Some of their new, less garish, stuff is appealing. Also, their marketing is much more entertaining than that of the other brands.
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I have two Icon helmets....meh. I wouldn't go out of my way to buy another Icon product.
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i current own an icon helmet and its looks nice, the material quality is middle of the road. I dont have a problem with there products in general. I wouldnt buy another one only because i think they are kinda like affliction t-shirts. The majority of people who own one are D-bags.
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I have an Icon armor vest
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:23 PM   #14
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I wear the Icon Pursuit series gloves. As a matter of fact, I just recently ordered two more pairs. Everything else of mine is A*.
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I own and use an Icon Variant. I really like the way it looks, but it's held up from wear and tear pretty poorly. Switching visors is kind of a at the best of times, but especially when one of the aluminum screws gets cross threaded despite being cautious, I ended up modifying mine. I think when I replace it, I'll try a different dual-sport/urban-motard helmet.

On another note, I've had issues with other entry level type stuff too, like my tourmaster jacket and fly racing jacket, all the junk is the same. , on the advrider forums people have issues with 700$ helmets and 1000$ suits, so motorcycle stuff is hit or miss, even with the 'good' manufacturers.
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You guys need to learn to read better. What part of "quality of leather going down" translates to helmets?
some people get hurt if you dis their mad tyte hardcore gear yo.
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I have a Icon Stryker armor vest and it probably saved me some serious hurt when i crashed at 65+ The thing held up great! ... I wouldn't buy a helmet from them cuz they are big and bulky and not my style... Also I love my Shoei.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:46 AM   #19
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Honestly I think icon jackets/pants/gloves are of decent enough quality to buy. Icon helmets wouldn't buy. Their helmets as have been said before are of medium quality and very heavy. The biggest thing you can do to increase ride comfort in terms of gear is lighter helmets. You could wear a 50lb leather jacket much easier than a 10lb helmet bc your neck muscles aren't nearly as strong as your core.

The only thing I don't like about icon gear is the fixed price thing (they force retailers to sell at msrp). A few other brands do too but the only benefit of doing that (for us consumers) is keeping resale value high. I used to ride in 2 icon jackets (not at the same time), jeans, and gloves. They were of good quality but never fit "just right". But they were all overpriced too.

From what I'm seeing right now. The best VALUE ($/quality) is scorpion.

And as far as the persuit perforated black gloves, cyclegear carries them in stock usually. (or used to at least)
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I have a Scorpion, Joe Rocket, and a Speed and Strength jacket. I love the Joe Rocket the best, followed closely by the Scorpion, the Speed and Strength is ok. I have worn Icon jackets, I'll put them in the Speed and Strength category. Decent, but not worth the price.
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