ARC FORGED ALUMINUM MEMLON-SHAPED LEVERS ARC levers are used by Ryan Villopoto, Eli Tomac, Jake Weimer, Wil Hahn, Blake Baggett and Adam Cianciarulo. ARC has risen to fame for its composite, unbreakable, folding Memlon levers, but for riders who don’t want nylon-style levers, which includes Blake Baggett, they have redesigned their forged-aluminum levers to mimic the Memlon shape. VERDICT: Factory teams will not run a product unless they have 100 percent faith in it, and ARC levers are on more factory bikes than any other levers. The aluminum levers feel just like the composite levers. DIGITS: $64.95 (forged aluminum); $69.95 (Memlon composite)— www.arclevers.com or (714) 543-0362. ALPINESTARS TECH 10 BOOT The revised Tech 10 is the fourth generation of the popular boot. It has a host of improvements aimed at performance. For 2014, Alpinestars redesigned the panels, buckles, straps, gaiter, shin plate and Velcro closure. The new Tech 10 doesn’t look much different from its predecessors, but it is better. VERDICT: The new Tech 10 has a slightly better feel than the previous generation, thanks to the cushioned footbed and revised torsion bars. Most MXA test riders liked the bootie, as it increased comfort, while everyone raved about the new buckles. DIGITS: $579.95—
2014 ALIAS A1 GEAR Last year the MXA test crew complained about certain aspects of the Alias A1 line. To their credit, Alias addressed all our concerns and made a pant that fits better, has more leather on the knees, is more protective and is roomier in the thighs. The new A1 gear is light and breathable. The Alias jersey was especially comfortable. VERDICT: What a turnaround! Alias went from having a flawed 2013 gear line to having one of the MXA wrecking crew’s favorites in 2014. It’s reassuring when a company cares about its products. DIGITS: $129.95 (pant); $49.95 (jersey)— www.aliasmx.com or (760) 930-1712.
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MXD LABS MOTO APP & CLICK MOUNT IPHONE CASE MXD Labs has developed an iPhone app that allows riders to use their iPhones for data acquisition. Additionally, they offer a hard plastic case with shock-absorbing insulation to hold your iPhone on your bike. Most MXA test riders were nervous about putting their expensive iPhones on their bikes, but we never had an issue. VERDICT: The app tracks speed, lap times, fastest lap, and allows the rider to analyze and share the data through Facebook or Twitter. We also used other available Apple apps, like Strava, to chart laps, speed and time. DIGITS: $44.95 (Click Mount); $1.99 (MXD app)— www.mxdlabs.com. ; www.alpinestars.com or (800) 727-8277.