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post #76 of 94
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Originally Posted by Ponyboy312 View Post

Armored hoody?  That sounds wicked (I'll be googling it later).  You gotta post an update when you get the hoodie.

Got this in tonight, so here are my first impressions and pics:

There are people for whom something like armored hoodie is an oxymoron, and it's not valid motorcycle gear unless it's $500, made of leather and says Dianese in huge letters across 80% of the visible surface area. Move along, move along, nothing to see here.

If you're of a more flexible mindset and can encompass the concept of an armored hoodie, the GoGoGear version seems a pretty good way to go for $120. The chief features of a garment like this are impact protection and abrasion protection. As almost every hoodie I've seen is a plain black zip front 2-pocket job, what makes them span a price gamut of $60 (BiLT) to $160 (Finn Moto, w/shipping from Oz) is the amount of each's protection. The Bilt hoodie is a black cotton hoodie with Kevlar sewn only into the elbows and shoulder, around the foam armor for minimum abrasion and impact protection. The Finn Moto black cotton hoodie has full Kevlar lining, and armor at the elbows, shoulders, and back and appears to offer the maximum.

The GoGoGear black cotton hoodie falls in the high-middle zone, with full CE-rated armor like the Finn Moto, but no Kevlar lining on the front areas: only the back of the torso is covered, and the sleeves are lined from shoulder to cuff at the rear/outside of your arm. This makes sense, as few people go down the asphalt face-first on their torso with their arms out to the side like they're on a slip-n-slide, but some people will want to cover every eventuality (however, those people most likely wouldn't get any sort of armored hoodie).

With that in mind, the GGG hoodie seems as well-made and sturdy as a cotton hoodie can be. The shoulder and back armor are sizable, and the elbow armor goes down the sleeve to protect a good portion of your forearms. It essentially feels like the entire garment is there to hold the armor to your body - the back protector fills almost the entire back of the hoodie, then you've got the shoulder armor, and then the elbow armor runs halfway to the cuffs, so you feel armor over a lot of your body; I was especially aware of the back armor. The elastic at the waist and wrist is tight, with the clear idea of keeping the garment - and therefore the armor - in place. The fit of the Large that I had delivered is spot on, always tricky for me as I wear a 34" sleeve length.

In terms of features, the outside is your basic black zip-front hoodie in appearance - it could be from anywhere if you removed the small, red/black label - with the standard two front hand-warmer pockets. The sole extras are two zipper-controlled under-arm vents to help with air-flow/cooling. I suspect I'll need them, as first impressions are this thing is warm. The inside has a vivid red mesh comfort liner and a large GoGoGear logo below the collar/hood. Even if you could ignore the armor, you won't be accidentally grabbing your plain old fleece hoodie by mistake. The hood is double-lined so it won't blow around as much as a regular hoodie. There is only a single pocket for a cell-phone inside, and it's for a phone; my cheap T-mobile pay-as-you-go phone fits fine, but I can't see a smart phone like those from Apple or Blackberry going in easy as the pocket is pretty narrow.

Overall, it looks pretty good and should work nicely with my other low-key gear like Kevlar jeans and TCX sneakers. Here are the pics:

inside out to show armor

inside pocket and liner

outside
post #77 of 94

Great review!  I may want to get one b/c I really don't like having to wear obvious moto gear (i.e. my RSD ronin) everytime I go out for a ride and want some protection.  This seems like a nice middle of the road for short trips to the gym, grocery, etc.

 

And because it deserves saying again..Great review!
 

post #78 of 94
Ordered a pair of the AGV Corsicas. Hopefully they fit...the reviews were complaining about them being too small, but from what people were writing, I think they are used to to very loose fitting and vanity sized pants. Somebody said they were a 38x32 in Lee Relaxed Fit or something and that these were too tight...I would imagine that the true waist measurement on those Lees is 40 or more.

Also picked up some D3O knee armor to fit inside and a new tach cable (I've been riding around without a tach for a month or so).
post #79 of 94
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Originally Posted by Ponyboy312 View Post

Great review!  I may want to get one b/c I really don't like having to wear obvious moto gear (i.e. my RSD ronin) everytime I go out for a ride and want some protection.  This seems like a nice middle of the road for short trips to the gym, grocery, etc.

Exactly! I think the chief benefit of more casual gear is you actually wear it for those trips where lots of people don't bother because suiting up seems like more hassle than riding a few blocks at 25mph is worth.
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

Ordered a pair of the AGV Corsicas. Hopefully they fit...

I suspect they will - please post back and let us know. Like you, I got the impression the Corsicas are cut to fit like normal jeans, where most are relaxed fit or loose fit to suit the cruiser crowd.
post #80 of 94
If anyone's interested in a twice-soaked pair of the Maple Moto jeans for (relatively) cheap in a tagged size 32 (fits larger), let me know.

They're well-made but simply too big for me at this point.

I've had them hemmed and removed the pocket stitching and patch but other than that, they're in good shape.
post #81 of 94

WTF!???  I've been wanting a pair of maples for a good minute now.  I finally gave up and copped a pair of Ironhearts....and now there's a pair for sale.  Day late and a buck short...

 

Are they the slims or the regulars?  Hemmed to what inseam measurement?  Do you have any pics?

post #82 of 94
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Originally Posted by Ponyboy312 View Post

WTF!???  I've been wanting a pair of maples for a good minute now.  I finally gave up and copped a pair of Ironhearts....and now there's a pair for sale.  Day late and a buck short...

Are they the slims or the regulars?  Hemmed to what inseam measurement?  Do you have any pics?

Which Ironhearts did you get?

They're the regulars. I'll have to double-check the inseam measurement when I get home but they're probably around 30 or 32".

No pics yet but I'll post up some when i get home tonight.

I'm also willing to sell them without the Forcefield knee and armor pads if you already have some that you wish to use in the pockets.
post #83 of 94

I got the 634 XHS.  No rush on the measurements bro.  I'm not in a position to cop them tomorrow anyway.  Gotta wait till next month for my next clothing purchase...which I should do anyway since I just called myself getting my riding jeans. 

 

 

...who am I fooling, I might still cop. :P  Keep me posted bro, but if you decide to keep or end up selling, its all good. 

post #84 of 94
I bought the AGV Sport Corsica kevlar jeans and a set of D3O knee armor.

The jeans feel fine. There is a bit of senseless distressing, but they are the most inoffensive motorcycle jeans I have seen (barring things like Maple). The insides look pretty similar to the sliders that epb posted--supporting the story that they are made in the same factory--only difference is that the mesh comfort liner is present on both the front and back of the leg. Color is a not-beautiful electric blue...but it will be fine for its purpose.

Cut is reminescent of a 501. The reviewers weren't kidding when they said these ran small/without vanity sizing. My 34x34 is on the edge of fitting. If this were raw denim or some 501STF (post shrink), I would certainly expect them to stretch and fit comfortably, so I am going to keep them and see how it goes. I'd say the thighs are maybe a bit tighter than a similar fitting 501. I think the 36x34 would be too big.
Assuming they stretch a bit, they should be comfortable straddling the bike. Only other issue is I would have liked a hair more back rise...if you are going to be bent over a bike, you want your backside to stay covered. This might be a non-issue if I add a zipper to mate to my jacket.

The D3O pads fit great in the pocket. On me, they seem to be in just the right spot and there is no room to move around in the pocket and get off center. The pants are slim enough that they stick in place--you can tell that I have them in, especially when sitting, but its not terrible and its better than no armor. The D3O knee armor are fairly wide and tall though, I can see how a narrower/shorter insert might drift in the pocket and not provide protection like some of the reviewers complained about (the obvious solution is to take some thread and baste-stitch an outline around the knee pad in its proper position...doesn't have to be pretty so anybody should be able to do it by hand in 15 minutes).
post #85 of 94
OTC - thanks for the write-up on these. They definitely sound like the next pair of sub-$100 jeans I'll go for.
post #86 of 94
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Originally Posted by Ponyboy312 View Post

I got the 634 XHS.  No rush on the measurements bro.  I'm not in a position to cop them tomorrow anyway.  Gotta wait till next month for my next clothing purchase...which I should do anyway since I just called myself getting my riding jeans. 


...who am I fooling, I might still cop. :P  Keep me posted bro, but if you decide to keep or end up selling, its all good. 

Hey - I'm gonna keep them in the end. When I laid them out to take the pictures, I realized that they show a bit more wear than I'm comfortable with selling them at.

I just dropped them off to have the waist taken in and hemmed (again).

They're good jeans but I wouldn't buy again. The whole shrink-to-fit thing is a pain in the ass, both from a sizing and finish perspective.
post #87 of 94
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post


Hey - I'm gonna keep them in the end. When I laid them out to take the pictures, I realized that they show a bit more wear than I'm comfortable with selling them at.

I just dropped them off to have the waist taken in and hemmed (again).

They're good jeans but I wouldn't buy again. The whole shrink-to-fit thing is a pain in the ass, both from a sizing and finish perspective.

Yeah.  The company, Maple, is pretty new and they seem to be working out the sizing kinks on this first run; I've heard others complain regarding the sizing.  At first blush, it seems that they overcompensated for the anticipated shrink by making the waist too big.  I'd love to see some pics of the denim (and/or fit) if you find the time.

post #88 of 94
Here're some initial pics I snapped:

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Sorry I don't have any from when they were new.
post #89 of 94

Nice..and thanks.  I see you were able to get those over-the-top arcs off the back pockets.  The look decent, I see why you decided to keep them.

post #90 of 94
Just gonna leave this here in case anyone ever comes searching for a Maple Moto jeans review.

This is an email I sent to the owner of Maple outlining some issues I had with them:
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Dave,

Hope all is well with you. I purchased a pair of the Maple 1941 jeans earlier this year from Revival Cycles and was hoping you'd be open to some feedback on them.

First off, I'd like to commend you for launching these. As you rightfully identified, there was a gap in the market for a pair of motorcycle jeans that not only provided protection but also looked good off of the bike.

I also commend you for going the raw selvedge route. As you well know, raw denim has taken off in the last 5-10 years and is very appealing from both a look and feel perspective.

But this is also where I feel Maple Moto jeans unfortunately fall short and why I hesitate to recommend them to my fellow riders. I've owned many pairs of raw denim jeans and all of them have been sanforized. This allows to me purchase them online with a decent idea of how they will fit once the initial wear-in and stretch has taken place.

My Maple jeans, on the other hand, were my first pair of unsanforized shrink-to-fit jeans. And after going through 2 separate hot soaks, my pair still doesn't fit close to what the stated post-shrink sizing should be. I purchased a size 32 with the understanding it would shrink to a 32 waist - it still measures closer to a 34. I understand that there may have been a sizing issue with the first run (from which I may have received my pair) but the uncertainty still exists with shrink-to-fit. I have since sent them to be tailored through the waist to get the sizing right.

This also leads to my second point: Indigo loss from soaking. One of the hugest selling points of the Maple jeans was their raw nature and look. After the 2 hot soaks required to shrink the jeans, they've lost a fair amount of indigo dye and no longer look close to raw. The dye has also run all over the stitching as well as the selvedge and interior.

The combination of the above 2 points negate the appeal of the jeans. Had I known of these issues, I would've considered buying a smaller pair and then dry cleaning them rather than washing. I'm not sure if you've received similar feedback from other users but have you considered swapping to a sanforized denim?

I think it would help eliminate the issues I outlined above. I'm obviously not trying to tell you how to run your business but just some food for thought.

I'm happy to discuss further with you should you wish.

Cheers,
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