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Old 01-04-2013, 10:10 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Yea I've heard nothing but good things about scorpion helmets. I think my next helmet purchase will be one.
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I'd stay away from Speed and Strength. Same with Icon, they are more of a fashion company then actual safety gear.
I don't have any S&S gear, but I have several pieces of Icon gear, and have been fairly happy with them. They are definitely a fashion-conscious company, but that doesn't mean their gear isn't safe. I was extremely happy with the protection their leather pants provided me when I wrecked last year. I probably won't buy more Icon gear in the future, as I'm moving in the adventure/touring direction with my riding and gear... But don't simply dismiss gear because it's made by Icon (not to say everything they make is good gear though).

Yeahtoast, I'd rather have a stiff leather workboot than those super duty boots. If you don't mind stiff boots you can also get some off road boots from companies like Fly, Fox, Thor, O'neal, etc. that start at or below around the $100 price point. Off road boots don't offer much mobility, but they offer way better protection than road/race boots (at similar prices).

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I've used both icon and s&s gear. My icon helmet held up fine in a 35mph high side. No major damage to the shell or inside. I've been riding with a icon Daytona retro and a pair of there mesh/textile pants for a year or so and everything has held up fine. I'm also tough on my gear. Throwing it around and stuffing it in tail bags. No crash test tho. My icon merc long gloves are prob the best I've owned to date but I've never drop in the money for a pair of Knox or helps. After a year the gloves are still holding strong.

My s&s gloves fit great but the sticking came apart on the wrist. Not a hard fix but I only spend $20 on them. The one thing I liked about the s&s gloves is they were made to fit under the jacket rather then over. Not the safest to ride with I know.

Just for other reference tho. The icon back protector has saved my rear once and a buddy of mine from injury. I had a slow speed low side and my friend low sided at 55mph. He used it as a secondary back protection.

I've also crash tested a fieldsheer razor (I think) jacket three times and it's still holding up great.

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Originally Posted by Midnight_Ryder View Post
Yea I've heard nothing but good things about scorpion helmets. I think my next helmet purchase will be one.
Scorpions have a lot of nice features, but they are very heavy. I bought an EXO-1000, their old flagship model, on closeout for my girlfriend, and man that thing is super heavy. I love the pump up cheek pads and sun visor, the interior feels nice too.

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I've also crash tested a fieldsheer razor (I think) jacket three times and it's still holding up great.
Fieldsheer doesn't have much of a name over here - I see it more in British bike magazines, but every piece of Fieldsheer gear I have had has been well made and a good value. Same with TourMaster.

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