22.02.2017 updated 2 years review: Bergans Airojohka Mens jacket

I have used this jacket for about 2 years.

This is not a cycling specific jacket, but a sports jacket, but I think it its good for cycling.

The arm zippers:

To close them while riding, you have to do the bicep bodybuilder move, which will hold the jacket in the sleeve in place while you zip it up, do it carefully of course.

Pros:

  • excellent fit, which you can see in the video above.
  • Good coverage. I went with size XL, size L could fit me, for walking, but I went with the XL so I had full coverage, so the when my arms are down my hands are inside the jacket, but when having it on when riding and moving in all directions and stretching my arms and moving my upper body backwards, the jacket covers everything, and I don’t get wet.26429134494_b9afe8dc82_b
  • well placed venting zippers, so when I began to be too hot, I just unzipped them and I stayed the perfect temperature.but when wearing a backpack you can’t fully unzip the zippers, but that is not a big deal.26429093764_582e974c2a_b
  • the hood fit perfectly under the helmet, and it has adjustment i the back head and 2 in the front, but it is not in the way of the helmet adjustment which is great.25540285094_bae8fc92a8_b
  • Excellent fit, perfect for mountain biking.
  • the adjustments are placed in the perfect spots.
  • 2 big front pockets
  • I can wear the POC elbow pads without any fit issues.
  • the front of the hood is stiffer than the rest
  • you can roll it and put it in your backpack, it takes little space. so its perfect for me, as the weather can change from warm summer weather to cold and rain weather the same day.
  • I have ridden in -9 Celsius with only Swix base layer and a jersey under this jacket, I stayed warm, but I also did a ride in -11 Celsius I stayed warm but if I was still too long I felt bit colder, so if I am very active, I won’t get cold in -11 degrees, but, if your activity is not intense, another jersey should do fine.

Cons:

so far none

Durability: Updated 22.02.2017

 

The jacket fabric:

I crashed few times, but the latest crash, loogI jumped a root over a root and landed and my back twisted and I lost control, and my bike went to the left I went on the right and, the jacket’s sleeve landed on the gravel covered asphalt, I got a small hole, on the left sleeve.

The Zippers:

2 of the lower pins in the zipper, bent so I had to bend it back, but it came back to being bent few times, I don’t know why this happened, maybe in one of the few crashes I had.

Conclusion:

This jacket is perfect for any use, in my opinion, no matter if you run, ride, or ski.

 

Flickr album

Product pages: http://catalog.bergans.us/clothing/jackets/shell/Airojohka-Jkt-Green-Tea-Lime-Navy-L-163309-p0001052230

http://nettbutikk.bergans.no/kl%C3%A6r/jakker/Skall1/Airojohka-Jkt-MidnightBlue-Yellowgr-XL-163315-p0001052346

I found this German review: http://ich-liebe-berge.ch/test-bergans-airojohka-jacket/

Review: POC Joint VPD 2.0 Elbow

I have used these pads for several months, and I think they are good.

The Joint VPD 2.0 elbow offers much more secure fit than POC Joint VPD Air Elbow, because of the dual strap system.

When taking the pads on, make sure you have them high enough up your arm, to provide as secure fit as possible, if not the pad might slide off when you crash backward, I use the top adjustment strap to the max.

Pros:

  • Very easy to put on and off.
  • Comfortable, does not restrict movement.
  • Dual strap, which I think is absolutely necessary with this kind of pads.
  • Durable, strong materials used & well stitched, so taking them on and of won’t wear them out.
  • if you damage the stitching, you can just sew it together, proper materials used

Cons:

  • even thou the padding has ventilation holes, the pads are hot and sweaty.

Verdict:

Priority on protection.

Even thou the pads are hot and sweaty the protection the provide is definitely worth it, absolutely recommended.

http://www.pocsports.com/eu/joint-vpd-2.0-elbow/20393.html?dwvar_20393_color=Uranium%20Black&cgid=Mountain%20Bike%20Armor#start=6

 

you can buy it here:

https://www.amazon.com/POC-Joint-Elbow-Uranium-Medium/dp/B00A9ERRLM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487120232&sr=8-1&keywords=POC+Joint+VPD+2.0+Elbow

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=POC+Joint+Elbow

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/no/en/poc-joint-vpd-2-0-elbow-guard-2017/rp-prod93571

Kan kjøps I disse butikkene:

https://www.prisjakt.no/product.php?p=1456819&gclid=Cj0KEQiA8orFBRCEpODivaOft_EBEiQAy3mlffVQ8QYQYX3A7ZbFBbXP5YVgvX9zUO9jkyQ19YcWGXkaAujc8P8HAQ

Review: 2017 Five Ten Freerider ESP

I have used these shoes for 3 months.

The shoe is  flexible the right way(up) but not too flexible, but won’t bend down(very important if you ride hard & ride on  gnarly trails and jump, this result in a shoe that is very comfortable to walk in, the Impact  shoes much stiffer, but they are still quite comfortable to walk in, I even played soccer with them once, but definitely not ideal for that use, obvious reasons.

But the Freerider ESP is comfortable when running, the sole bends as much as running shoes upwards, I think the Freerider shoe is a well thought out shoe.

I have seen reviews of this shoe, saying that they will not be so warm on very cold days, but I assume they did not wear wool sock, Like I do, I have not had any issues with cold feet with these shoes. of course there is a limit to the isolation,I wear size 44, and there is room for 2 pairs of wool socks.

I have used the Freerider esp down to -11 Celsius, with 2 wool socks, I stayed warm.

Pros:

  • The laces don’t wear out, after months of use they are like new, unlike the 2015 Impact shoes.
  • The long tongue that extends higher than the shoe it self.
  • Very easy to tie and untie, when tying the laces, i bend my legs down and tie the shoe, with few millimetre of room between the laces and the tongue, which gives perfect tightness,without Hurting , and when doing it this way I know it’s going to be right, if I do it this way, I can tuck the laces on to the side.
  • the shoe laces don’t untie if you tighten them properly.
  • Easy to take off, the tongue won’t restricts you from taking the shoes on and off fast.
  • The Tongue stays in place.
  • waterproof, there is no way water will come in,(unless it gets in the upper part of your socks).
  • the tip of the shoe is stiff, I hit some hard surfaces, few times and I did not even feel it.

Cons:

  • maybe reinforcing the shoe lace holes for more durability, other than this I can’t think of anything, Time will tell how long this will last.

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Verdict: Recommended

The Freerider ESP is the most comfortable winter shoes I have ever used, I have used winter boots and winter shoes from several brands, none of them can compare to Five Ten.

So far it’s the only proper winter cycling flat/platform shoe.

I think the Freerider shoe is a well thought out shoe.

I will, of course, update you on further developments.

 

Kan kjøpes her:

Norwegian stores:,Norske butikker.

https://bikeshop.no/WebPages/Produkt/ProduktInfo.aspx?plid=88271&WebSiteMapNodeID=1000001

 

Can be bought here:

https://www.rosesykler.no/article/five-ten-freerider-eps-high-flat-pedal-shoes/aid:878545

https://www.bike-components.de/en/Five-Ten/Freerider-EPS-High-MTB-Winterschuhe-Modell-2017-p51077/

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/no/en/five-ten-freerider-eps-high-mtb-shoes-2017/rp-prod152877

https://www.amazon.ca/Five-Ten-Freerider-High-Mountain/dp/B01LX6PB2J

AUBURN:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Five-Ten-Freerider-Winter-Mountain/dp/B01KA7VTG6/ref=cts_sp_1_vtp?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_p=1212178027&pf_rd_r=636NW0KFH22CJ2XETPTZ&pd_rd_wg=74luu&pf_rd_s=desktop-detail-softlines&pf_rd_t=40701&pd_rd_i=B01KA7VTG6&pd_rd_w=JngdN&pf_rd_i=desktop-detail-softlines&pd_rd_r=636NW0KFH22CJ2XETPTZ&_encoding=UTF8

Midnight

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Five-Ten-Freerider-Winter-Mountain/dp/B01AU87SHO/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1487459969&sr=8-4-fkmr0&keywords=2017+Five+Ten+Freerider+ESP

http://www.zappos.com/p/five-ten-freerider-eps-high/product/8731570

https://www.bike24.de/1.php?content=8;product=185863;menu=1000,18,58 (does not ship to all countries)

Core black:

https://www.bike24.de/p1185877.html (does not ship to all countries)