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Old 12-03-2008, 10:31 PM   #1
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Went to Cycle Gear and EX Imports today since it's the closest options I have to go and try on gear.

Was unable to find gauntlet style gloves to try on that I wanted. My question is if anyone here uses A* GP Tech gloves for everyday commutes. Also, stumbled upon Held Phantom gloves that are supposedly better than the GP Tech gloves. I should be a size Small or Medium.

Also, I am looking to try on A* RC-1, MX-1, and SMX in size 40/50. Did not get a chance to try it on, but tried on Dainese Delmar Perforated jacket. That thing was bliss compared to the A* that I tried on. Might start looking at Dainese jackets too.

Anywhere in Houston where I can try both gloves on? Feedback on the items would be nice as well if you have any.

Definitely getting SIDI Vertigo Air boots though, as they were the most comfortable of the Pumas and A*.

Helmet, still a toss up between X-Eleven and RF-1000.

Thanks in advance, had a lot of fun looking at gear today.
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Went to Cycle Gear and EX Imports today since it's the closest options I have to go and try on gear.

Was unable to find gauntlet style gloves to try on that I wanted. My question is if anyone here uses A* GP Tech gloves for everyday commutes. Also, stumbled upon Held Phantom gloves that are supposedly better than the GP Tech gloves. I should be a size Small or Medium.

Also, I am looking to try on A* RC-1, MX-1, and SMX in size 40/50. Did not get a chance to try it on, but tried on Dainese Delmar Perforated jacket. That thing was bliss compared to the A* that I tried on. Might start looking at Dainese jackets too.

Anywhere in Houston where I can try both gloves on? Feedback on the items would be nice as well if you have any.

Definitely getting SIDI Vertigo Air boots though, as they were the most comfortable of the Pumas and A*.

Helmet, still a toss up between X-Eleven and RF-1000.

Thanks in advance, had a lot of fun looking at gear today.

have you gotten your bike yet?
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Not yet. Getting gear first and then bike.
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but what if you got the gear and couldn't get the bike you wanted...then you wouldn't be stylish and you wouldn't be able to accessorize properly!
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:29 PM   #5
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.........or you could just go solid black, then accessorizing isn't an issue.
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:32 PM   #6
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A* gloves are the shiznit. I use the GP-2's on the track and to commute only on really cold days. Otherwise it's A* shorties (forgot the model) for all regular commmuting.
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Old 12-04-2008, 07:33 AM   #8
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but what if you got the gear and couldn't get the bike you wanted...then you wouldn't be stylish and you wouldn't be able to accessorize properly!
sounds like he's got his priorities in line, vs bike and no gear.

Helds are nicer then Gp+
i wore GP+ for street/commuting, after a while they came apart at the seems from off/on.

it's all about priorities, yes the guantlet style is the safest, but the least practical. so you have to decide where priorities lie safety over convenience or vice versa.

don't think anybody stocks held in town. i want some helds.

if you want top flight leather jacket, try www.vansonleathers.com i think NW honda and wild west honda stock them. try and get some sort of reflective piping

sidi FTW

odds are the X-11 prolly has more wind noise then the RF1000

earplugs are the key

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I like the RF-1000 designs better but will probably get the X-Eleven since it vents better. Read up on that as well and I'll either have ear plugs or headphones on while riding. Just trying to decide which one now.

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Lots of Kangaroo leather and venting. Wish I could try both on to compare though. Still deciding between A* and these.

I'd really like to be able to try jackets on too, but this one I'm still debating. Does Motorcycles Unlimited have any of the A* jackets to try on?

One more concern was when I tried on the Sidi boots yesterday. I adjusted the calf part to the fullest, but it doesn't give a snug fit. Foot fits correctly though. Should I be concerned?
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more venting = more noise, so it's a trade-off

i don't recommend MP3s or any of that nonsense for riding, concentrate on riding.

held > A* anyday

well they may not fit perfectly, none will. the only boots i'd recommend over sidi is daytona boots $$$$

place carries all the above:

http://www.helimot.com/

and is a good shop in general, all top flite gear.
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more venting = more noise, so it's a trade-off

i don't recommend MP3s or any of that nonsense for riding, concentrate on riding.

held > A* anyday

well they may not fit perfectly, none will. the only boots i'd recommend over sidi is daytona boots $$$$

place carries all the above:

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and is a good shop in general, all top flite gear.
I have never ridden with the RF1000 to be able to give a comparison, but the noise really isn't that bad with the X11. The ventilation is FANTASTIC! With all 4 of the vents open, I can feel air moving across the top of my head just rolling down the driveway!

I agree with RacerX. I feel that if you're REALLY into riding, the sound of the bike is all you need. Music is too much of a distraction. I have heard small sounds riding that hinted about a problem with the bike that I NEVER would have heard with headphones. You won't hear car brakes locking up or other important things either. If it's just you on an open highway somewhere, then more power to you, but in town,........never.

One last thing to think about............ It's VERY cool that you are into safety with all of the gear, but if you put yourself in harm's way by not being able to hear anything around you, you have defeated the purpose.
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Point taken, thank you for the advice.
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For the Techs I can't find cheaper than $240, and that's expensive.

I got the GP Pro gloves (which is almost the same as the tech except the stitchings backwards) from Motosport.com for $180-free 2day shipping and tax included. The'll last forever, you really do get you moneys worth out of them.
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Motorcycles Unlimited should be able to get you a good deal on Alpinestars gloves. They carry Sidi boots as well. The Held Phantoms are some nice gloves as well.
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I have a Teknic lightning jacket for sale if you want to save a ton of money! It's blue/black/white size 42
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No go, I'm a size 40. Thanks you though.

Might stop by Motorcycles Unlimited after my MSF course Saturday.
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For the Techs I can't find cheaper than $240, and that's expensive.

I got the GP Pro gloves (which is almost the same as the tech except the stitchings backwards) from Motosport.com for $180-free 2day shipping and tax included. The'll last forever, you really do get you moneys worth out of them.

I picked up some GP Techs for $171 after tax from a local vendor and site sponsor.


I had GP Pro's before, and I don't know about forever, but mine greatly outlasted what I expected. They survived 2 or 3 crashes, and 18,000 of 100 degree days, rainstorms, and freezing cold. Not bad for $120.
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