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Old 1st October 2014, 11:09   #1906
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Purchased Cramster elbow protector and knee protector for a friend, we were not sure about price however it turnout to be easily affordable.

http://www.cramster.in/Products/Cram...d-6940326.aspx

http://www.cramster.in/Products/Cram...d-6940336.aspx

Anyone here using it, what is the effectiveness of material used.

I am thinking of buying a good jacket for daily use however the jackets are very heavy. Do you guys use these type of jacket for daily riding with in city limits? I know biker is always exposed irrespective of city limit or highway however the weight of jacket is my main concern.

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While a mesh / textile upper is fine, you definitely need a leather palm to provide real protection in case you come off your bike. 80 odd kph on 2 wheels is pretty fast, nothing to scoff at
Thanks from my side as well. Considering you too are based in Delhi could you please help me plan the right gear and where (not online) I can get them?

Gloves as you had mentioned would be Spartan Phaeton (where), Jacket (what and where), Tank Bag, perhaps RJays (where) and may be even a helmet (zeroed on Studds).

Even though I have more than a lakh km under my belt but after having left riding for more than 7 years, discussions here make me feel like a noob... goes with my status.
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Thanks from my side as well. Considering you too are based in Delhi could you please help me plan the right gear and where (not online) I can get them?
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I'm off to Banglore to pick up a mesh jacket and knee gaurd .
I'm planning to visit Orion Motors , the Dainese store and Let's Gear Up .
The jacket choices are Alpinestars Viper air , DSG Genesis or some affordable Dainese .
The knee guard will be Alpinestars Bionic Sx or Dainese knee guard .
Any other options and stores I should look for ?
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I'm off to Banglore to pick up a mesh jacket and knee gaurd .
I'm planning to visit Orion Motors , the Dainese store and Let's Gear Up .
The jacket choices are Alpinestars Viper air , DSG Genesis or some affordable Dainese .
The knee guard will be Alpinestars Bionic Sx or Dainese knee guard .
Any other options and stores I should look for ?
I visited Orion motors on Monday, they have a very good stock of almost the entire range of Alpinestars, The Alpinestars Bionic knee guards cost was around INR 3.6k.
The entire range of Products from Dainese are quite expensive. if your tight on your budget then I suggest you pick up the Alpinestars or from DSG, or even from Cramsters. They are serve the purpose and worth the bucks.
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Great to know that Orion motors has Alpinestars ,I'm looking t get the Bionic Sx knee guards ahttp://www.planetdsg.com/alpinestars...rds-p-987.html .

Dainese is expensive ,anyway going to have a look and see if its worth the premium over the Alpinestars .
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Great to know that Orion motors has Alpinestars ,I'm looking t get the Bionic Sx knee guards ahttp://www.planetdsg.com/alpinestars...rds-p-987.html .

Dainese is expensive ,anyway going to have a look and see if its worth the premium over the Alpinestars .
I am also looking at the same knee guards. Let me know if they are available at Orion when you visit them. Will be helpful for me.
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Thanks from my side as well. Considering you too are based in Delhi could you please help me plan the right gear and where (not online) I can get them?
Glad I could be of some assistance bud. Here would be my pick for the riding gear if I were buying locally and on a tight budget (not sure what your budget it, hence starting from the lowest. No offence):

- Jacket : Any of the Spartan mesh jackets that you can afford, including their 4 odd thousand rupee one (Atlas?). Just make sure it fits well
- Pants : Spartan mesh again. I do believe Spartan's stuff stands head and shoulders above the desi competition
- If pants are not an option, you can opt for a strap on knee guard from Cramster. Do not have any experience using it though. At a glance, it seemed Ok and will probably perform its duty. Budget permitting, you can look at A-stars Bionic as well
- Gloves : Something like the Cramster flux if on a budget. I personally did not like how the glove fit and felt, but YMMV. Else again, Spartan Pegasus is a good choice. For winters, Spend Rs 400 to buy a slik glove liner. I have the Cramster Tundra but can tell you from experience, in the REAL cold, these things give up in less than half hour of city riding
- Boots : At minimum, get yourself a pair of DMS boots from the army surplus store (Gopinath Bazaar) for around Rs 500. Search this thread on how to differentiate between the real DMS and designer fakes. I think the cheapest riding boot you can buy locally (not the crappy PSG stuff) would again be from Spartan for around Rs 7000. Bachoo motors also stocks some stuff called "Tarmac" for around Rs 5000, but (A) You will need to get it shipped from Bombay and (B) Never heard of this (Tarmac) brand
- Helmets : Studds is a good and sturdy helmet. My concern with them always has been that I have never found one that fits me well (too loose). But since you are looking at spending big bucks on a tank bag, I would urge you to swap budgets between the tank bag and helmet. Just adding a couple of thousand bucks to your budget gets you helmets with international certifications and a much better fit, finish and comfort. You should try "MT helmets" for around the Rs 4000 mark. Avoid LS2 helmets. And please please do not choose Chopra for your helmet purchase. Everything (sans DMS boots) that I have listed above should be available at Meandering. The owner (Rajiv) is pleasent to deal with and you can be rest assured that you are not being pawned off a fake product (unlike Chor-Pra)
- Tank bag : I use the Dirtsack tank bag, which doubles up as a tail bag for my KTM. Wonderful fit, finish and utility. You can try speaking to the company owner as well. What a brilliant fellow. My tank bag sees daily abuse, is packed to the rafters and has also been (unfortunately) crash tested. Good news though - the bag came out unscratched. Not a thread out of place. Comes with a very useful and bright rain cover also. Highly recommended. Available at Meandering again

Just a suggestion, always call the Meandering store before you go there to check upon stocks. My one complaint if any with these folks is that they are mostly out of stock, especially when it comes to Spartan's gear

Let me know how it goes man. All the best.

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Purchased Cramster elbow protector and knee protector for a friend, we were not sure about price however it turnout to be easily affordable. Anyone here using it, what is the effectiveness of material used.
I used the cramster knee guards for a day... and promptly returned them for a refund the next day.

The rivets popped out on its first day out and given my bad experience with their products I did not want to compromise on safety. So i got my money back and bought the Alpinestars Bionic knee guards which cost me 5 times more but was worth the price.

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I am thinking of buying a good jacket for daily use however the jackets are very heavy. Do you guys use these type of jacket for daily riding with in city limits?
I have been using a Cordura jacket for the last 4+ years. It is hot and sweaty but on the move it is ok. I just picked up a mesh jacket (Spartan Helios) and will be trying it on tomorrow for the first time. I expect it to be way more comfortable than the cordura jacket i was using all these years.

Buy a mesh jacket and you will find it easy even in peak summers.
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I am also looking at the same knee guards. Let me know if they are available at Orion when you visit them. Will be helpful for me.

The bionic SX is available in Orion motors ,9k .
I tried it on and felt uncomfortable in it ,as I'm not doing any hard riding now ,I picked up the vapor knee protector which is only 3.5k .

I picked up an Alpinestars Fednding Air jacket too , which feels snug ,light and of great quality .
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The bionic SX is available in Orion motors ,9k .
I tried it on and felt uncomfortable in it ,as I'm not doing any hard riding now ,I picked up the vapor knee protector which is only 3.5k .

I picked up an Alpinestars Fednding Air jacket too , which feels snug ,light and of great quality .
Thank you for checking out the pricing.

Do you think Bionic SX knee protector can be worn under the normal Jeans pants?
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Do you think Bionic SX knee protector can be worn under the normal Jeans pants?
I'm not sure about that .

The "Vapor"can be worn under the jeans but it does not offer the same protection as the "Bionic SX" .

Check this ,
http://www.outdoortravelgear.com/pro...ion-2014/black
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Do you think Bionic SX knee protector can be worn under the normal Jeans pants?
No sire; bionic...over the pant or the jeans.
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I have been using a Cordura jacket for the last 4+ years. It is hot and sweaty but on the move it is ok. I just picked up a mesh jacket (Spartan Helios) and will be trying it on tomorrow for the first time. I expect it to be way more comfortable than the cordura jacket i was using all these years.
So here are my impressions after riding with my new mesh jacket (Spartan Helios) on this last saturday.

I rode to Davangere and back with a buddy of mine and I must say this jacket is a lot lighter than the cordura jacket (Cramster Raptor) that I used to wear earlier.

When I started out early in the morning at around 6am, I instantly felt like I was in an air conditioned environment. I have removed the rain liner so ventilation was on full blast.

Through the 550 odd kms ride from Blore to Davangere and back on the same day, I felt very comfortable.

Davangere was hot and i was sweating when we stopped for fuel and coffee breaks but on the move, the jacket allowed for max air flow keeping me cool. The armor on the jacket (elbow and shoulder) is Knox and spine protector is foam and a lot thicker than the foam on the cramster.

The fit, feel and construction of the jacket is top notch.

The inside left pocket (breast pocket) has a microfiber lining for sun glasses and the right one is a waterproof pocket for mobile phones. There are 2 hooks in the jacket - one inside to clip on the bike keys and one outside for gloves (or vice versa). Zippers are YKK and operate very smoothly. Velcro quality is good too.

Overall a VFM buy.
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Overall a VFM buy.
Yes, Spartan always has been a VFM product. Just keep an eye on the velcro strap adjustment at the elbow. Mine got super elongated in last 38000 Km, that the elbow part is hanging loose these days.

Also keep an eye on the Jacket's zipper to see if it keeps coming down (unzip) on its own
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