4li2k73z Share your Vital activity on Facebook (More info)
close

Latest Product Reviews

RSS

Fox Racing V3 Flight Helmet 2015

Vital Review

“Tested: Fox Racing V3 Helmet”

C138_fox_15_hel_v3_fli_ora
While Fox has been a longtime player in the gear market, some of their safety equipment hasn't always been as top-of-the-line as their gear. In the past few years however, Fox has taken a new approach to their product line and have committed to relaunching the safety side of the brand, which of course includes their helmet line. Part of this relaunch included taking some of the already popular existing products, such as the V3 helmet, and bumping them up a notch. Fox V3 Helmet Features: Contains Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS). Designed with a composite shell utilizing carbon fiber, kevlar, Read More »

Leatt C-Frame Knee Braces

Vital Review

“Tested: Leatt C-Frame Knee Braces”

C138_cframe
Growing up racing, I was lucky enough to have parents that kept me in the best safety equipment possible. Because of this, I've been in knee braces since I was finally big enough to jump in to Asterisk's smallest knee brace, the Cell. Since then, I've never thought about running without them, especially after forgetting my braces one day and trying to ride without them. The downside to Asterisk's original Cell knee brace was its extreme bulk. Because of this, I'm always seeking a thinner profile brace, but without sacrificing the safety aspect. Thus my interest in Leatt's entry into the market, the C-Frame. Read More »

Fly Racing 2015 Evolution 2.0 Spike

Vital Review

“Tested: 2015 Fly Racing Evolution 2.0 Spike Racewear”

C138_fly
Fly seems to be growing more popular with each passing year, becoming a major player in the gear market. The Idaho-based company has a flair for creating products that cater to a broad range of consumers, appealing to both the younger crowd and the ever-growing vet segment. My first contact with Fly gear was about six years ago, and I’m glad to report that their products have improved significantly over that time period. I was presented with the opportunity to test Fly Racing's Evolution 2.0 SpikeRacewear about seven months ago, as we were riding the 2015 KTM 450 SX-F for the first time. Fly Racing Read More »

Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots

Vital Review

“Tested: Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots”

C138_tech7white
Besides a helmet, boots are considered the most important piece of safety equipment that a rider should invest in. For both of these items, there are numerous choices ranging from very cheap (less than $100 on clearance) to very expensive ($600 or more for the best-of-the-best). For many of us, such a large purchase is a dance between price, protection, and style. In an effort to provide the price-conscious shopper a quality boot that offers good protection with similar styling as its high-end brother, the Tech 10, Alplinestars offers the Tech 7 boot. Alpinestars Tech 7 Boots Features: Utilizes a molded dual-compound sole with Read More »

Motool Slacker Digital Sag Scale

Vital Review

“Tested: Motool Slacker Digital Sag Scale”

C138_motool
Article and Photos by Michael Lindsay Before my time at Vital MX, I was lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time testing suspension and learning from one of the best in the business, Ross Maeda from KYB and Enzo. One of the most standout lessons was about how important correctly setting sag is. To put it bluntly, if your sag is incorrect it can not only affect how the bike handles, but it also affects the bike's balance and how the suspension reacts. As an example, if the shock's sag is too low, it will place more weight on the shock, thus causing it to be softer. This also takes weight off the front and would Read More »

Troy Lee Designs Air Helmet

Vital Review

“Tested: Troy Lee Designs Air Helmet”

C138_2015_troy_lee_designs_air_vega_helmet_mcss
Review by Joe Carlino // Photos by Joe Carlino and Michael Lindsay In the moto world, Troy Lee Designs is synonymous with style, whether it's their top-of-the-line gear or their smallest little products. At the top of this list is their helmet line, which is known for the SE3. However, this is not their only helmet, as they also offer a lower-priced model, the Air. I've recently been looking for a good mid-range helmet to test out, so I decided to give the Air a few months of attention to see if it lives up to TLD's excellent reputation. Troy Lee Designs Air Helmet Features: Dual-density Shock Pad System and EPS Read More »

100% Racecraft Goggles

Vital Review

“Tested: 100% Racecraft Goggles”

C138_ohp_rcg_is
Review and Photos by Michael Lindsay Since I started riding as a child (about 18 years ago), it doesn't seem like goggles have changed a whole lot. However as you've probably noticed, the overall size of the goggles and their lenses have been increasing the past few years. 100%, in particular, took advantage of this change when launching as a brand. In the few years they've been around, 100%'s popularity has grown quickly. So this year, I finally grabbed a pair of their outrigger-style goggle, the Racecraft, to try them out for myself. 100% Racecraft Goggle Features: Outrigger frame design. 45mm goggle strap to improve Read More »

Nuetech Tubliss System

Vital Review

“Tested: Nuetech Tubliss Rear Tire System”

C138_tubliss
Review and Photos by Michael Lindsay The majority of my younger life was spent on a motocross track, and part of my pre-ride check list was ensuring my tire pressure was correct. At a younger age, 12 1/2 PSI seemed to suit me just fine and I never found a reason to try anything else (probably wouldn't have noticed much back then as I didn't care about much, such as my dirty, scratched up goggles for instance). As I progressed and eventually ended up on 250Fs, I found that a tad bit lower pressure could work well with certain tires, but this would typically end with a pinched tube. Later on, I pushed more into Read More »

ODI Emig V2 Lock-On Grips

“Great grips but left grip still spins”

C138_odi_g01_is

The Good: The diameter of the grips feel the same on both sides which I really like. The half waffle pattern works great. No glue, no wire, easy to change out grips if crash at the track.

The Bad: While they are easy to install, add an additional 15-20 minutes the first time to sand down the knurling on the left side of your handle bars as they will not slide over this on most bars. The small bolt on the left grip has to be VERY VERY tight to keep the grip from rotating. Tighten it down to the point were you think if you go any more it will break off, then go a little more. It will still rotate slightly.

Overall Review: Overall I like these grips. I wish there was a better clamp design on the left side grip, I fear you have to go way past the torque spec on that tiny bolt to keep it tight.  It would be ideal also if you didn't have to sand the knurling down on the left side of the bars.

ODI Emig V2 Lock-On Grips

Vital Review

“Tested: ODI Emig V2 Lock-On Grips”

C138_odi_g01_is
Review and Photos by Michael Lindsay Grips used to be a simple purchase on my part. I'd just grab a pair of half-waffle grips off the shelf and I was good to go. Personally, I would snag the hardest compound, just so I didn't have to change them as often. But in more recent times, I've grown fairly picky and prefer the softest compounds I can wrap my fingers around. Sadly, this often means I'm changing grips at a rapid rate, and even the smallest tip over can ruin a set. ODI's lock-on grips are quite popular amongst the mountain bike community, but have only recently caught on with the moto crew since they introduced Read More »