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Bell RS-1 Helmet, Firstgear TPG Rainier & Escape

We've been riding in the Bell RS-1 Helmet, Firstgear TPG Rainier jacket, and Firstgear TPG Escape pants everywhere from off-road to in the rain, to show you how it performs over the long haul. Putting real gear to the test of real world use and abuse - that's "Bandit Tested!"
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Bell RS-1 Emblem Helmet - "Bandit Tested" Video Review






Bell RS-1 Emblem Hi-Viz Review

Tester: Troy
Bike: KLR-650
Test Duration: Sept. 19, 2013 - Current

bandit tested bell rs-1 helmet

  • Paint/Graphics: Hi-Viz; clean, bold, not too crazy.

  • Weight: 1575 grams; feels extremely lightweight.

  • Fit/Comfort/Shape: Very true to size, like wearing a pillow when I ride. Padding is soft and comfy.

  • Interior Volume/Sound: Very quiet. Lower neck roll makes it a pleasant ride.
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  • Shield Details: Smooth operation. First-step opening is perfect. Extremely easy to change.

  • Venting/Airflow:Great venting. I can actually feel each vent working.
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  • Retention System: Typical D-ring, but love the magnet that keeps the strap up.

  • Overall Impression: I truly love this helmet. I normally wear Shoei, but the fit and finish on this is spectacular.


Firstgear TPG Rainier Jacket and Escape Pants - "Bandit Tested" Video Review






Firstgear TPG Rainier Jacket Review

Tester: Troy
Bike: KLR-650
Test Duration: Nov. 4, 2013 - Current

bandit tested firstgear rainier jacket

  • Sizing: Fit according to sizing chart. True to size.

  • Styling: I personally like this in the Day-Glo/Hi-Viz. The colors are broken up though!

  • Fit/Comfort: Perfect fit. The wrist gaiters are a big plus. No bunching up or flapping in the wind.

  • Armor/Protection: D30 that's removeable and can be placed where it fits best
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  • Vents/H20 Liner: Decent venting. The vents are placed where they work! Keeps me dry in the rain.

  • Zippers/Pockets: Zippers function great. Never stuck or caught in fabric. Pockets are perfect; not all over the jacket
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  • Functionality: Jacket is purpose built! Not your everyday jacket. Function is thought out well.

  • Overall Impression: Excellent adventure/dual sport jacket. Great for layering. The collar was bothersome at times, but not a deal-breaker. I love wearing this jacket.


Firstgear TPG Escape Pant Review

Tester: Troy
Bike: KLR-650
Test Duration: Nov. 4, 2013 - Current

bandit tested firstgear escape pants

  • Sizing: Very true to size and sizing chart. 34-short fit perfect.

  • Styling: Low-key styling.

  • Fit/Comfort: Fits perfect over pants/jeans and doesn't get caught on footpeg.

  • Armor/Protection: D30 in hips and knees. Removeable and can be placed where it fits the best.
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  • Vents/H20 Liner: 2-way zipper allows decent side ventilation and they keep me dry in the rain.

  • Zippers/Pockets: Zippers have worked perfect and just the right amount of pockets.
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  • Ease of Entry/Exit: I like these pants a lot, but feel the zipper could be a little higher in the hip to make entry easier.

  • Overall Impression: Great pant. Purpose-built to a T.



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