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    Hello xBhpians, I am in the process of upgrading from a 150 cc commuter bike to a 650cc sports tourer. Presently I just have an oversized Studds helmet and nothing else. Never considered riding gear was necessary and my commutes were mostly in the city. However, I am considering to start breakfast rides, touring on the upcoming bike. So I need help to choose the riding gear. I have been reading/ watching videos about riding gear and now want to shortlist which gives me a rough estimate about the expense. I do not want to end up spending everything on the bike and then compromise on safety. Hence this early planning about the riding gear.

    This could be a fairly long post and I will try posting as much details as possible against each. Also the queries might seem noob to many and I would like to state that this is the first time I am purchasing all the gear and I am new to this genre.

    (a) Helmet (Size : M) : -

    Requirement :-

    (i) Double D ring fasteners.
    (ii) Low wind noise.
    (iii) DOT, ECE certification. (SNELL certification is welcome but does not allow internal sun visor).
    (iv) Internal Sun Visor (a good to have or else have to look for shades under the helmet or carrying double visor which I feel is not so practical).
    (v) Good build quality and paddings.

    Budget : - 8k (Approx)

    Shortlisted : -

    (i) MT Revenge 3 SV (double D ring, internal sun visor, DOT & ECE certifications). However not sure about the wind noise. Also the older models of Thunder 3 SV have Double D rings. So there are few old models lying at selected stores. Found one which is 2019 make helmet


    Query 1: - Can anyone provide some information about wind noise? Also can we buy a one year old model which has been lying around in the display of the store? Apart from this old model Thunder 3 SV in the store, I could find one online too which I am sure is an old model.

    Any other helmets which you all can suggest which meet my requirements?


    (b) Riding Jacket : -

    Requirements : -

    (i) Mesh jacket.
    (ii) Level 2 good quality armours for Shoulders, Arms, Back & Chest (KNOX, SAS-TEC).
    (iii) CE certification.
    (iv) External Rain coat (Good to have. Or else will buy an external rain liner)
    (v) Good build quality.

    Budget : - 8k (Approx)

    Shortlisted : -

    (i) Solace Sabre Mesh jacket (Level 2 good quality armours for Shoulders, Arms, Back & Foam Chest protectors which are upgradable to level 1 at extra money, 1000D cordura material on shoulders and arms but has less mesh in the front. Has a pocket behind for water pouch also). Price 8500/-

    (ii) Rynox Tornado Pro 3 mesh jacket (Level 2 Knox armours for Shoulders and Arms, Level 2 Safetech foam armour for back, Chest pockets available but armour has to be bought separately. Good amount of mesh in the front. No water pouch and only 600D cordura material). Price 8350/-

    Query 2: - How is Solace Sabre mesh jacket? Any users? Also I have read in the other forum that Solace has sold Sabre jacket with some other cheaper chinese armour and not Sas tec as mentioned in their website. Did anyone face such problems?


    (c) Full Gauntlet Gloves : -

    Requirements : -

    (i) Full Gauntlet.
    (ii) Good quality with protection.

    Budget : - 3k (Approx)

    Shortlisted : -

    (i) Aspida Ares Full Gauntlet (Decent protection but no sliders on arm etc). Price 3300/-

    (ii) Viaterra Grid (Good protection with Knox sliders and pinky finger bridge etc but very expensive). Price 5000/-

    (iii) Rynox is coming up with Full Gauntlet gloves this 24 Oct so I am keeping my eyes open for that too.

    Query 3: - Is the Viaterra grid worth the money? Somehow I feel viaterra products are expensive. Is the quality so good when compared to others that the amount is justified? I personally like the Viaterra Grid gloves but the price is making me think twice. Is there any other gloves which fit the bill?

    (d) Riding Pant :-

    Requirements : -

    (i) Ventilation.

    (ii) Good protection preferably Level 2 good quality armours at knee, hip.

    Budget : - 8k (Approx)

    Shortlisted : -

    (i) Solace Cool pro Mesh Pant (Level 2 Sas-Tec armours for Knee, Shin & Level 2 Visco Elastic hip protectors). Will buy this if I select the Solace Sabre Jacket. Price 8150/-

    (ii) Rynox Advento Pant (Level 1 Knox armours for Knee, Shin and Hip instead of Level 2 of the Solace). Price 7850/-

    (e) Riding Boots :-

    Requirements : -

    (i) Good Protection for ankle, toe.
    (ii) Water resistant.

    Budget :- 9k (Approx)

    Shortlisted : -

    (i) Ryo Raptor from Spartanprogear (I know its a compromise but may be will upgrade to better ones later). Price 10000/-

    Query 4: - I am presently in Goa and there are no stores which stock Solace gears. However they are ready to procure it on order and then I will not have any option to back off if I did not like them. I tried out Rynox jackets and they felt good and comfortable. However I have a query regarding fitting. The jacket feels extremely snug fit and tight with the internal winter liner and rain liner on. So can we bump up the size and take the next one? With out the rain and winter liner, the jacket feels good fit. I am sure the winter liner will be used very occasionally. The down side bumping up the size is that the armours tend to move around a lot which even after adjusting the straps.


    I am sorry to bombard with so many queries. Thank you.

    Ani
    Last edited by xBhp; 4 weeks ago.

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    Re: Query regarding purchasing new Riding Gear

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      Re: Query regarding purchasing new Riding Gear

      Long talk short.

      Thunder 3 SV is good enough, get it.

      Sabre uses Safetech Protectors which are an Italian brand, Tornado from Rynox is also fine. I won't look any further than Solace or Rynox in this budget. Whoever said Sabre has chinese armours has no idea of it.

      Coolpro is okay, so is Storm / Stealth pants. CE level 2 makes a better deal obviously.

      Gloves - Touring wise Rynox is definitely better. While Viaterra although a little less comfortable looks very safe and promising. I have tried the Viaterra, yet to personally procure a Rynox Storm 2 pair of gloves.

      Boots - Try to find a Ryo Trex.

      Goodluck.

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        Re: Query regarding purchasing new Riding Gear

        +1 on the Thunder 3 SV. I've been using the same since 2017 and am more than happy to recommend it to anyone. Just take care of the button in the strap because mine came loose after 2 years (I used the helmet daily).
        Originally posted by MidnightEvil Parth View Post
        Long talk short.

        Thunder 3 SV is good enough, get it.

        Sabre uses Safetech Protectors which are an Italian brand, Tornado from Rynox is also fine. I won't look any further than Solace or Rynox in this budget. Whoever said Sabre has chinese armours has no idea of it.

        Coolpro is okay, so is Storm / Stealth pants. CE level 2 makes a better deal obviously.

        Gloves - Touring wise Rynox is definitely better. While Viaterra although a little less comfortable looks very safe and promising. I have tried the Viaterra, yet to personally procure a Rynox Storm 2 pair of gloves.

        Boots - Try to find a Ryo Trex.

        Goodluck.
        :D

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