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Aerostitch Cousin Jeremy Two Piece Suit

The Aerostitch Cousin Jeremy suit takes the Roadcrafter shape and replaces the Cordura and Gore-Tex with a waxed cotton shell. Since being released in 2017, I’ve been hoping to get one of these in for a review as it is quite unique looking and the cotton should be much more flexible and break in better than Cordura.

In part 1 of my review of the Cousin Jeremy two piece suit I’ll go over the construction of the pants and jacket combo. Future installments will cover fit, comfort, protective details, and more. Check out first part now over at webbikeworld.com.

Bull-it SP120 Lite Riding Jeans Review

Since I unofficially seem to be the ‘riding jeans’ guy at WebBikeWorld it only makes sense that I bring our readers a review of some riding jeans as we head out of Winter. This time around I have a pair of SP120 Lite riding jeans from UK manufacturer, Bull-it.

Bull-it is unique among many riding jeans makers as they are the only ones I’m aware of that use Covec materials in their apparel. Bull-it and Covec are partners and are pretty closely intertwined so I’m not surprised that Bull-it apparel is the only riding gear one will find with this unique material.

Three views of the SP120 Lite jeans in “Basalt”

These jeans take the protective nature of other Bull-it riding jeans and places the abrasion (and temperature) resistant material only in the knees and seat areas. This provides good coverage but uses less material allowing for a lower cost of entry. It also reduces overall weight compared to the non ‘lite’ jeans.

Hit the link here to read the full review of the SP120 Lite’s along with a full set of detailed photos.

AGV K5S Helmet Review

I have handled a good variety of motorcycle helmets since I started riding in the early ’90s. I’m therefore a bit surprised to realize I’d never owned or tested a helmet from AGV. As part of my review process, I always read up on the manufacturer, even if I’m pretty familiar with them, in case there is some interesting fact I can bring to light.

Checking out the story behind AGV had me realizing how little I actually knew about this company. For instance, AGV founded in 1947 and the company made some very notable contributions to the motorcycle helmet world. They were the first put into production the fiberglass shell crash helmet in 1954 and they were the manufacturer of the first full face helmet worn at the Italian Grand Prix in 1969.

The K5 S represents the top end of AGV’s sport/sport-touring helmets with a moderately aggressive shape. The curves downward providing extra coverage up front. This particular example is mostly black with slim, angular graphics that make up the “Magnitude” colorway.

Being designed for sport touring, the K5 S has an internal drop down sun visor and the main visor is “pinned” for pinlock inserts. A clear Pinlock 70 insert is included so one can jump right into the fog-free goodness right out of the box.

Head over to webBikeworld.com for the complete review.

Alpinestars Copper Out Denim Pants Review | WebBikeWorld

I recently had the opportunity to review a pair of riding jeans, two actually, from Alpinestars. The Copper Out, their sibling, the Copper Riding pants are aramid reinforced denim jeans designed for the urban / commuter motorcyclist. I ended up receiving both pairs so my review notes the subtle differences between the two.

Three views of the Copper Out Jeans

Looking very similar to a pair of regular “blue jeans” the Copper Out jeans only have a zipper above the knee to outwardly tip one off that there is something different here. This knee zipper is where armor can be installed to provide impact protection to augment the aramid abrasion resistance in the knee area.

The Copper jeans eschew the external zipper and instead use an internal pocket for holding the same armor in place. Both jeans offer similar protection overall and include hook and loop fastener material near the hip for attaching armor (not included).

This brace of riding jeans are very well made and the fit is very true to the labeled size in the units I received. If you are looking for some riding jeans that are comfortable and should last a long time, have a look at my complete review over at WebBikeWorld.com.

The Thawdaddy Heated Vest

Last year I went on a search for a light and thin heated vest that would fit under pretty much any riding jacket I have. Most heated vests have some bulk to them and it makes sense. To be the most effective they not only need to produce heat but help keep as much heat as possible trapped near the body.

But what if you don’t need the “most” heat? How about just “some” heat?

In my case I wasn’t looking for the hottest heated gear out there. I had two goals. The first, augment my winter weather riding jacket with some active heating to allow riding in colder weather without significantly adding another layer. The second, extend the seasonality of my lighter riding gear and allowing me to wear more comfortable and less bulky jackets when it would normally be a bit to cold for them.

Enter Mobile Warming’s Thawdaddy battery-powered heated vest. The Thawdaddy is the smallest heated vest I’ve encountered and as such it meets my criteria for fitting under pretty much any of my riding gear. Of course small size and light weight likely means the electrical storage / heat generating properties of the vest will be compromised. But is it enough to reach my goals detailed above?

Click here to read the full review over at WebBikeWorld.com

The Shark Spartan Helmet – wBW Review

I really like Shark helmets.
There, I said it. I want to make it clear that I might have some bias towards these lids and I feel that bias is well earned. Shark may not be the most well recognized helmet manufacturer (in the USA, anyway) but they have been around a long time and their products compete well against their peers.

Recently I had the chance to review the Shark “Spartan” helmet for webBikeWorld.com and I leaped at the opportunity to handle a new bucket from Shark. The Spartan is their top helmet for sport touring, touring, and commuting use with a design geared towards upright and mild forward leaning riding positions.

Using a fiberglass shell, the Spartan offers lightweight while including comfort features like a drop down sun visor and a very comfy interior. This is all contained within a shell that shows the excellent paint and clearcoat finish that one should expect at the price point.

Head over to webBikeWorld.com to read the full review.

Neck Brace Effectiveness Study Published – CycleNews

CycleNews published an article December 12th regarding the effectiveness of neck-braces in preventing/reducing neck injuries in power sports related incidents.  The study comes courtesy of Great Lakes EMS Inc.  (Action Sports EMS)

Action Sports EMS’s business centers around the amateur motocross industry in several states. They have been collecting data since 2009 on injuries which fall into the criteria surrounding wearing (or not wearing) a neck brace along with cervical spine injuries and/or clavicle injuries, and /or death. 

EVS R4K neck-brace

The data is very interesting and CycleNews is hoping that publishing this data will help clear up some of the misconceptions around the use of neck-braces. Specifically they want to show how effective these devices can be at preventing and minimizing serious injuries. 

For my own part, I spent several months in 2017 riding with a neck-brace on the street. I was convinced to add this to my daily riding gear after reading a lot of anecdotal evidence from other riders at the ADVRider.com forum that neck-braces seem to have a positive benefit to injury reduction/mitigation. 

You can check out the complete article and data at CycleNews.com

Dealtime! – AGV Sport Compass Jackets for $99.00

I usually don’t get into the “Check out this sale!” thing but I just received a note in my inbox that MotorcycleGear.com (formerly NewEnough) is blowing out their remaining stock of the AGV Sport Compass jackets. This textile/leather jacket is one of my favorites as it combines the durability of leather in impact areas with the lighter weight of textile used in the rest of the shell. I reviewed this jacket back in January of 2017 for webBikeWorld so you can get all the details but I’ll sum it up real quick in case you want to waste no time getting in on this deal.

The styling, as you can see in the image to the right, is a sport riding cut combined with a classic brown textile material. The leather is buffalo leather which doesn’t lay as smooth as cowhide and it has a different texture than cowhide adding to the jacket’s unique appearance.

Shoulder and elbow armor is included but no back-pad comes with it short of the piece of foam that helps the pocket maintain shape. The shape is a bit wonky but I purchased a back-pad made from viscoelasitc materials I could cut to shape with some heavy scissors. Oh, and there is a quilted vest liner included for cooler days.

Sizing runs slightly snug. Frankly I like my gear to be snug so it can stay in place better in a crash. If you like a “fitted feel” order your normal size but go up one size if you prefer a more relaxed fit. Keep in mind that at the time of this writing there are only L, XL, and XXL sizes left.

Dainese Druid D1 Long Gloves Review @wBW

I’m giving a “whole lotta glove” today with not one, but two, reviews posted up in the past 24 hours with this  one coming by way of webbikeworld.com. In this review I take an in-depth look at the Druid D1 Long gloves from Dainese. These track oriented gloves offer good protection wrapped in high quality materials with robust construction.

These gloves have lots of hard parts as befitting this style of glove as well as some smart looking colorways giving these gloves a lot of appeal on the safety and style side of things.

Are they perfect? No.

There are a couple of issues that cropped up in my review but these can be somewhat subjective. Hit the link and view full review to found out if the Druid D1 Long gloves are right for you.

Dainese D1 Druid Long Gloves Hands-On Review

 

Rev’It Sand 3 Gloves Review

Product: Rev’It Sand 3 Gloves
Manufacturer: REV’IT
Made In: China
Sizes: Small to 4XL
Color(s): Black, Black/Silver, Black/Red, Sand
Price: $109.99 (USD) @ Revzilla

Introduction

Beating the Summer heat for the motorcycle rider is always a challenge. Protective gear can be stifling in the hot and humid Summers here in the Southeastern United States. Earlier this year I reviewed the Orsa  Leather MkII gloves from Knox that I have put to use for hot weather riding since 2017. Those gloves are very protective and look the part for sport riding gloves.

Always being interested in what the next new thing might be I started looking for a new pair of gloves for 2018. Back in 2017, REV’IT released an update to the Sand Pro gloves, the Sand 3. The description ticked all the right boxes and they were available in a smart looking brown color. Certainly the color won’t affect comfort or protection but they do look cool (in my opinion).

Let’s dig into the details.

The Rev’It Sand 3 Glove

The Sand 3 gloves take up the torch from the Sand Pro gloves as their mid-range off-road/street hybrid glove. These are a worthy successor to that popular glove and it ups the ante in protective features and the looks are nicely updated as well.

The Sand 3’s are available in four colors including black, black/silver, black/silver/red, and of course, sand. Sand being unique from the other colors as the leather for the palm and underside of the fingers is brown. It gives this colorway a distinctive look from the other black based designs but obviously does not offer as much visibility as the color choices that incorporate silver.

In the sand colorway brown accents are also found on the back of the hand in a diagonal strip of fabric as well as on small accordion stretch panels on the top first three fingers The diagonal strip has the REV’IT logo in it while the short gauntlet has the three-sided REV’IT graphic sitting on top of a three sided piece of TPU.

One of the unique stylistic and functional features of the Sand 3 gloves is the flexible TPU material used for impact protection in various places on these gloves. These protectors are made up of a matrix of hexagonal shapes in a similar fashion to REV’IT’s SeeSmart armor. This armor gives the gloves an uncommon look and combines good protection with good flexibility.

The Sand 3 gloves also offer a simple, but very welcome, feature in the form of a large red loop of fabric and the cuff opening. The heavy duty 1/2 inch (13mm) strap makes pulling these gloves on much easier. This strap provides good leverage and prevents wear on the cuff that would result from the repeated grasping and tugging required to put them on.

One last thing to note is that the tips of the forefinger and thumbs employ REV’IT’s Connect material for use with capacitive touch screen devices. Having been placed on both of those digits makes it easy to zoom on mobile devices which is very handy for using map applications.

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