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Well I've been an Alpine Stars guy for as long as I've ridden but recently my friend bought the jacket I wanted, even though I'm hardcore brand loyal I like to be different more ( :nono: no need for any input from the peanut gallery Reaper :stfu: ) so I've been looking at stuff not many people have I'm curious how good the quality their gear is, this is the jacket I'm looking at, not too sure it'll go good with my Sil/Black 954....hope my attachment works, never put one up before :idunno:
 
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I think their stuff is a little flashy, but some of it is acceptable. What pisses me off about the company is that they market to squids and stunnas. Ever seen the ad in the magazines for Icon where the photo is the rear view of some jackass on a Gixxer with a flattened rear tire and a pile of shredded belts on the ground? I guess their gear is "burnout tested" - lol.

Edit: Oh yeah, I did try one of their pairs of gloves last summer and they were pretty shoddy, so I guess I can say I speak from at least a modicum of experience with the company. FWIW
 

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I've tried some of their jackets on before. It was a nice jacket, but I honestly wasn't too impressed with the quality, and it was way too flashy for me.
 
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MrX954 said:
Well I've been an Alpine Stars guy for as long as I've ridden but recently my friend bought the jacket I wanted, even though I'm hard core brand loyal I like to be different more ( :mono: no need for any input from the peanut gallery Reaper :stfu: ) so I've been looking at stuff not many people have I'm curious how good the quality their gear is, this is the jacket I'm looking at, not too sure it'll go good with my Sil/Black 954....hope my attachment works, never put one up before :idunno:
I love Icon products. They are some of the best quality gear around. I have had a pair of their gloves for well over a year now and they still look as good as the day I got them. I was just out checking their jackets and have to say that they are also very well made.

I'm not sure what items Chain thought were shoddy, but I have two pairs of gloves, the recon pants and the Super duty boots and I love them all. Haven't had any seat time on he pants year but the gloves and boots are very high quailty and really work well on the bike.

I was also checking out their helmets over the weekend and I decided my next helmet will be a Icon Mainframe Halo. I've also got my eye on the Neo Daytona jacket as I was able to try on a view jackets as well.

I like Icon because they make stuff for us street riders. Personally, I don't always want to look like I took a wrong turn of the race track when I ride my bike. Sure, their looks may not be for everyone, but their quality is top notch in my book.
 
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BigKahuna, thanks for the info :thumb: , I think I am going to go with their jacket just wanted to get some opinions from fellow .org-ers. A friend of mine has the same boots as far as I know he likes them also, I was thinking about picking up a pair of their gloves as a "test" to at least get a feel for their products before dropping the cake on a jacket, if I could find a replacement shoulder pad for my Alpine Stars jacket I wouldnt be in such a hurry to find a new coat.
 
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MrX954 said:
BigKahuna, thanks for the info :thumb: , I think I am going to go with their jacket just wanted to get some opinions from fellow .org-ers. A friend of mine has the same boots as far as I know he likes them also, I was thinking about picking up a pair of their gloves as a "test" to at least get a feel for their products before dropping the cake on a jacket, if I could find a replacement shoulder pad for my Alpine Stars jacket I wouldn't be in such a hurry to find a new coat.
Well, their gloves specifically are very interesting. They include such features as pure Titanium threads in the major wear areas, Nomex layers to protect against heat build up during contact with the pavement, and even ceramic impregnated palms to decrease heat during a slide.

They're jacket elbow and shoulder armor is all CE approved as well as anatomically correct right, left shoulder pads. something I never even though about before. This is only Icon's second year in production and I'm very satisfied with what they have to offer to date. I've only used their more expensive gloves, $80 on up and haven't tried the lower models, so I can't speak for their fit, or quality. I have found that their sizes are a little strange and I recommend trying them on before you buy if at all possible.

There jacket inner liners have elastic around the wrists. What a cool idea, I've never seen another jacket that does that. Keeps the air out even more I bet.

Next jacket, Neo Daytona for sure!
 
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MrX954 said:
Well I've been an Alpine Stars guy for as long as I've ridden but recently my friend bought the jacket I wanted, even though I'm hardcore brand loyal I like to be different more ( :nono: no need for any input from the peanut gallery Reaper :stfu: ) so I've been looking at stuff not many people have I'm curious how good the quality their gear is, this is the jacket I'm looking at, not too sure it'll go good with my Sil/Black 954....hope my attachment works, never put one up before :idunno:
I've got Icon gloves and love them. Took the removable liners out for a trackday. Put 'em back in for those cool, foggy days on the coast. $80. :)
 
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BushrodW said:
I've seen the gloves "in the flesh." They were a little too shiny for me. YBlingMV

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Yeah, I agree, Icon is trending towards the bling, but my patrol gloves are not at all flashy, 'cept for the yellow color. I like to wear brightly colored gloves as well. Good for getting attention with gestures, obscene and otherwise. Looks like the "Patrol" gloves may be discontinued, tho. Should order another pair while I can. The feel is good and the removable liner makes these very versatile. For the $ I highly recommend them.
 

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Chain said:
What pisses me off about the company is that they market to squids and stunnas.

I feel the same way, Chain. On the other hand, it seems like the fact that the company is marketing its gear towards that crowd has made it "fashionable" for riders who normally wouldn't wear gear to wear it.
 

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I wouldn't buy Icon, all that I've checked out is pretty low quality looking stuff to me. It's flashy looking, and better to wear than nothing, but not high quality from a safety standpoint.

I've seen a few threads on their gloves blowing apart and stuff like that.

YourBlingMayVary...:rotfl:
 
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luvtolean said:
I wouldn't buy Icon, all that I've checked out is pretty low quality looking stuff to me. It's flashy looking, and better to wear than nothing, but not high quality from a safety standpoint.

I've seen a few threads on their gloves blowing apart and stuff like that.

YourBlingMayVary...:rotfl:
I've seen one thread were the Icon T-Max glove was torn, I assume that is the "blowing apart and stuff" you're talking about. The guy crashed into the back of a big truck. Who knows what might have happened to the glove probably got caught on something on the truck as it didn't look like road damage. The guy never complained about any rash on his hands, only a sore finger.

I have used these gloves for well over a year, not just looked at them in the store. I don't know how you can look at gloves like the Ti-max series and say they are not good quality. Sure, they aren't for everybody, but that doesn't mean they are any less safe. When I first got the Ti-Max gloves, I thought the may be a little much, but after wearing them I found I didn't want to take them off.

I don't think that Icon is particularly marketing to stunters. I think Icon is making real world products for the street rider. Not all of us feel the need to wear full track gear on the road, especially when riding to dinner, movie or work. Icon makes protective gear that are more casual for the everyday rider. Everyone I know who has Icon products love em.

Damn, I sound like a Icon spokesman here.
 

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BigKahuna said:
I don't think that Icon is particularly marketing to stunters.
I have no opinion on the quality of Icon products, as I have never sampled them, but when your ads depict riders doing stunts, you are undeniably and directly marketing to stunters.
 
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Pete said:
I have no opinion on the quality of Icon products, as I have never sampled them, but when your ads depict riders doing stunts, you are undeniably and directly marketing to stunters.
I haven't seen this ad you speak of, I'll have to go through my mags to try to find it. All the other Icon ads I've seen don't depict stunting, they basically show their product. I really don't understand why so many people have such a dislike for a company in which they have never used their products.

How many people really give a crap if an advertiser shows a guy doing a burnout or a wheelie in their ads. That's part of the sportbike mystique and most riders do those kind of things anyway and a lot of manufacturers use those images in their ads.

I'm not at all a "stunter" and I appreciate what Icon is trying to do. Bring more real world street products to the market rather than gear that was designed for the track.
 

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Bigkahuna, there are many places on the net that talk about bikes, and it's not just one instance I read that left me unimpressed.

You wore the gloves for a year? Did you crash in them? If you did, how long did your hands drag?

I actually think the stuff looks kinda cool. But I'm a racer (or was I guess), I've seen all kinds of gear fail, and that gives me a different perspective. There are tons of seams, rivets all sorts of shit, and that stuff hurts the integrity of the base leather. This will make the glove fail.

Icon's shit is not made to be great in a crash. It's made to look great and be decent protection. Good marketing strategy on their part, it works for Joe Rocket too.
 

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BigKahuna said:
I haven't seen this ad you speak of, I'll have to go through my mags to try to find it.
I just threw out a bunch of old mags, or else I'd point you to an issue. I don't guess you've ever looked at the videos they host on their website, replete with implied evasion of the cops for illegal street antics.

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I really don't understand why so many people have such a dislike for a company in which they have never used their products.
Simple, because of their advertising, and the crowd they cater to, a crowd I have great disdain for.

BigKahuna said:
How many people really give a crap if an advertiser shows a guy doing a burnout or a wheelie in their ads.
I don't know how many, but I do, and I'm here so I'm giving you my opinion. Deal with it.

BigKahuna said:
That's part of the sportbike mystique and most riders do those kind of things anyway and a lot of manufacturers use those images in their ads.
I don't concur that there is a "sportbike mystique." IMO, that's just riders making more of it than there is just to inflate their egos. I have not seen other manufacturers of riding gear with stunting in their ads, but I'm not saying there aren't any.

BigKahuna said:
Bring more real world street products to the market rather than gear that was designed for the track.
You'll get no contest from me on that one.
 
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