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Old 03-26-2013, 10:35 AM   #31
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Update and Review,

After the Rawhyde course, I took a little break to enjoy some western skiing. Unfortunately, my pic count went way down and I also hit a flu.

After breaking off from the group to head back towards Vegas and Utah, I started to not feel too hot....well, actually, I felt very hot. I had my heated gear turned all the way up and was still shivering.

FACT OF THE DAY: If you are looking for a Starbuck in Vegas, you will have to go into a Casino. Garmin managed to direct me to 3 different starbucks....all in casinos. So, Wendy's it is. I called up to a town in Utah where 15 and 70 break off. Booked the room and said I would be up there in a few hours. After munching down some food, I thought I should probably check on the weather. Called back and sure as poop, it was snowing there. Change of plan. Which turned out to be OK with me as my temperature only grew from there.

Called in a few favors from the board and ended up in St George UT. Found a place to sleep and konked out for 13 hours. Got up and rented a car to hit the open road to Aspen. Spent one day laying in bed while my better 3/4 skied with my friends. But, I am firm believer that flu shots only make your immune system weaker, and I stand by that. One day later I was out on the slopes and enjoying some high altitude beer.

After that little break, I was ready to be home, so hoofed it across I40 and made it home in 3 days.

Gear Review:
- Olympia XMoto Pant and Jacket - after purchasing my heated gear, I realized that the liners of the XMoto were very redundant and just added weight. Plus, I was not a fan of the "rain" layer. Basically I turned it into a shell. It worked very well with sufficient pockets and the integrated, removable camel back is nice. The pants on the other hand.....well, they ripped one morning when my leg needed some extra "help" getting over the bike. I would not recommend the pants, but the jacket (shell only) was perfect.

Sidi Adventures - I love Sidi and they have saved my feet many times on the track. These are very comfortable and well worth the price. I do not have the rains.

Arai XD3 - no complaints except for loosing a screw on the visor.

Held Sambia - LOVE THESE GLOVES!

Gerbings heated gear - Worked well with no hot spots. The pant to boot liner connection is not very well thought out, as you have to connect them prior to stepping into your boot..but you have to have your foot halfway in the boot prior to connecting them.

Powerlet heated glove liners - Holy shite, these things get hot

Protection Review:

I am running mostly Altrider stuff and it worked well. The only issue is the foot pad. Sorry Altrider, but ya got this wrong on the S10. With the low clearance, I was hiting it over every little bump off road. We were on a stretch of Mojave Desert road "cruising" along and at some point, I ripped a screw out.

D66 - Love the larger bag, EXCEPT the plastic loops to attach the top to the bottom bag. It broke. these should be metal. I am not a fan of the top bag, as I think the circumference is too small.

Bags Connection dry bag - Great replacement for the top D66 bag, but again, plastic clips SUCK! and one broke on my second night out.

Givi E55 - Great top bag, but I can see where it may not enjoy the back roads and higher speed bumps. Easy access and the extra lights are nice to have.

Trax side cases - one was leaky, but I used dry bags in conjunction with the panniers. Fairly easy on and off and I was able to get in them with the E55 attached without issue

Stock black plastic heat shield from Yamaha - well.....it melts well
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