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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-29-2012, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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Shoei Helmets and Vanson Mesh Jackets

What can I say, they work well!

I got to field test my Shoei RF-1100 and armored Vanson mesh jacket and they both did their jobs admirably. I also recommend the gloves from Lil Joes Leathers.

I highsided on the local beltway at around 1 AM the other night and tumbled a bit on impact. Right shoulder on the jacket took the most damage. Suffice to say that I'll only be buying jackets from Vanson. The layer of leather between the armor pad and mesh made a huge difference. The ER nurses said that instead of checking out within a couple hours I'd have spent a few days in the burn unit if I hadn't worn that jacket.

The helmet got fairly scraped up too. From the location of the damage on the helmet, I'm really glad I had a full face. Anything less and I probably would have left my right cheekbone on the asphalt.

So, if anyone is looking for good gear, you can't go wrong with Shoei and Vanson.

Now don't be like me, and ride safe!
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Glad you're OK. Glad I haven't had to find out, personally, how well my Shoei works.
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Thanks for the info. Good to know. Glad you made it through OK! Hope you get back in the saddle soon.



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Thanks guys! My plan is as soon as I know the bike is GtG and I'm healed up enough, to jump right back on. Can't let a silly thing like road rash keep me away
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Glad you're OK! Don't forget to buy a new helmet before you ride again!

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Oh I won't. Not an option when you work for Uncle Sam. Thanks!
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Just curious, if you don't mind me asking, where DID you receive injuries and what protection did you have from them? Did the mesh parts of the jacket fail or did you get rash elsewhere?

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I smacked my right shoulder and knee pretty hard, but I've gotten pretty much full range of motion back in both. Jeans didn't really do squat as far as abrasion protection goes. So I've got a couple scrapes in my left calf, and a decent patch of mild road rash on my right calf.

The jacket held up really well where it was being worn properly. I basically landed on my right shoulder and slid a ways before I tumbled a bit. The mesh around the impact/slide area abraded away for the most part though, so nipple surfing would probably be none too pleasant. Since I had the wrist zippers zipped back for airflow, the sleeve and the foam/leather armor pad basically got bent backwards and the sleeve peeled up the arm, so I got pretty good patch of road rash. Think about 3x5"on the outside/top of my right forearm. But, again, that was because the zipper was open.

Beyond all that it was really just a general feeling of having picked (and lost) a fight with a moose for a couple days.
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Thanks!

You confirmed what I always suspected with the blue jeans. I've heard folks say they'd 'never ever ride without jeans' as if it was some sort of excellent protection, but I've banged my knees enough times as a kid in blue jeans to be leary of their crash worthiness. But it was probably better than shorts!

Sounds like the mesh did OK. I wear a 1000D Carbolex jacket whenever I ride, and sometimes think about mesh for the 85-99 degree days (believe it or not, above 99, being insulated keeps you cooler because air blowing across your body at temps higher than body temperature can raise your body temperature and cause a heat stroke! Read that in a book once and it explains why I always seem to be much more comfortable in my full gear than my t-shirted counterparts on the triple digit scorchers)

Still a little on the fence though as to how much protection they offer. Sounds like they cover the impact protection well. Landing on your shoulder and having 'full range of motion' that quick says something for sure!

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