GAERNE SG- 11 BOOT
The Gaerne SG- 11 is crossbred from the SG- 10 and SG- 12.
It shares many of the features of both boots, including the
soles from the SG- 10 and the wraparound pivoting system,
memory-cell-foam interior and cam-lock buckles of the SG- 12.
Plus, the toe box is an updated SG- 12 toe box, which is slimmer and allows for a better feel in the boot.
VERDICT: We aren’t sure why Gaerne needs another
over-$500 boot (the SG- 11 price is the old SG- 12 price), but
we like what the SG- 11 has to offer. It is light,
durable and provides good protection.
DIGITS: $579.99— www.gaerneusa.com or (800) 426-0213. ❏
The M.Pac is a
foam bricks to
keep a rider
Weighing just under
11 pounds, the M.Pac is
designed to sit on the rider’s lap or truck tailgate to
blow cool air on the rider. Powered by a Black & Decker
18-volt power tool battery, it runs for five hours and can
be recharged in eight hours. If you race on hot, humid
days, this is a really cool product (pun intended).
DIGITS: $240.00—Look up MPAC-Portable-Air-Conditioner at www.facebook.com.
ARAI VX-PRO4 HELMET
The Arai VX-Pro3 was the
first helmet to ever
receive five stars
it now has been
joined by the new
VX-Pro4 on the five-star
list. Arai has a strict
based on the
belief that the
devoid of ridges.
Arai refuses to put
fad designs ahead of safety.
VERDICT: We love this helmet. We don’t love its
price, looks or weight, but we believe it to be one of the
best-made and safest helmets in the sport.
DIGITS: $599.95 to $609.95 (solids), $729.95 to $739.95
USED IT, ABUSED IT, MISUSED IT & LOVED IT
LEATT SHOULDER BRACE
The Leatt shoulder brace was designed to help riders
who are nursing the following shoulder maladies—
instability, impingement and rotator cuff issues.
VERDICT: The three neoprene compression straps
work to prevent excess shoulder movement, while the
EVA (a stiff and sturdy foam) shoulder cup protects the
area in the event of a crash. The brace feels uncomfortable around the pits but was hardly noticeable while
riding—although not every test rider liked the shoulder
cup. Leatt’s shoulder brace isn’t for every shoulder injury,
but it is helpful for some.
DIGITS: $69.00— www.leatt.com or (800) 691-3314.