Updated Review: 2016 Fox Rampage Pro Carbon Full Face Mips helmet

Since the first version in of the review in 2017 I have had a lot more experience with this helmet, there are some flaws that should need to be addressed.

I have used the helmet since summer 2016 and now it’s spring.

This helmet is probably one of the most popular & reviewed helmets out there but here is my review. I was so satisfied with this helmet I ordered the exact model for the second time.

I will never do mountain biking without a full face helmet,even For just commutes I use this helmet.

Pros:

  • Very comfortable & secure fit, This is the most comfortable helmet I have ever worn so far.
  • Good air flow, the ears stay cool, and every thing else, but of course the motofoam in the front of the chin guard will, of course give less air flow, so on really hot days you might notice the extra heat, but it’s not huge difference for me.
  • double D-ring
  • doesn’t scratch easily.
  • the carbon shell makes this a very durable helmet, unlike helmets with plastic shells, that dent just by hits from some small branches, the carbon shell won’t crack or dent even if the bike the back of it in a downhill fall.
  • the inserts are easy to remove.

Cons:

  • at 1100 grams the helmet is not light, but I got used to it quite fast, and it doesn’t effect me much, but a lighter helmet would be nice.
  • The cheek pads/inserts wear out, they get compressed and get too thing, so the helmet will eventually wiggle, I noticed the chin guard  hitting my face. so after few months I have to swap them for new cheek pads/inserts. a better solution is needed.

Fox worn out Rampage Inserts_2833
Fox worn out Rampage Inserts_2837
  • After few months of use I noticed the MIPS has cracked, I noticed this after taking the helmet off, this happen only on one of the two helmets I got.
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The glue failed to rubber skirting, the adhesive is not strong enough to hold it, Fox helmets had problems with this in the past. when you hold the helmet on the chin guard & you will flex the skirting in many directions which loosen it up. but of course, you can glue it back, it’s an easy job

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But fixing the chin guard skirting is quite easy:

2016 Fox Rampage Pro Carbon Gluing on plastic strips_1678edit

the next step is to use tape to hold the strips in place.

2018 the  stitching on the strap sleeve tore

March 2018 the plastic visor bolt failed on both helmets, one time it was while riding on the a trail.

So I eventually secured the visor with Gorilla tape.

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Some of the paint cracked near the visor mount.

I have not had any issues with this helmet apart for the chin guard skirting.

Here is me wearing the helmet with 100% RaceCraft Plus Goggle, with the old camera setup.

2016 Fox Rampage Pro Carbon & 100% Goggle

I eventually switched to chin cam, which I managed do do with zip ties and the male part of the GoPro mount.

wool mic cover GoPRo 4 Session_20181224_122111

I used a  2014 model, the shell got loose. and the strap sleeve had damaged button, but this must have been someone in a store that managed to damage it, but with the 2016 helmet I have not had any issues with the buttons, which I was not sure about would hold up, but so far they did, But magnets might be better. If there is anything else I will update you on it.

Flickr Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskRdE8c9

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Revised Review: 2016 POC Resistance Strong Gloves

Since I first wrote this review in 2016 I have improved this review, more & better pictures, improved text, and more details.

Pros:

  •  no more twisted strap, like on 2015 Index DH glove
  • more air flow than the DH index glove provided by the holes in the palm
  • I stay cool even in 25 deg. Celsius
  • comfortable
  • true to size, I have 21cm knuckle size, and the medium fits me perfectly. I went from Index DH gloves in large which was a bit too bit too big, to this glove.
  • Durable ceramic-coated SuperFabric® with abrasion-resistant properties, this actually works.

Cons:

  • the impact protection is silly thin, they won’t help on a proper impact, I tested it with hitting my hand harder and harder on a stem.
  • Because of the holes on the palm, the durability suffers when you get something (pedal pins for example) stuck in the holes you can tear the fabric, but this is also caused by the fabric’s weakness.but if you do it can easily be fixed if you got some sewing skills.
  • the triple dots on the fingers wear off fast because they are glued on.

Holes got bigger.
  • The Stitching failed on one pair, They were Only used one day, I put these on today and the stitching came loose.
    • the glue holding the Velcro to the rubber strap failed of some pairs of gloves, but you can easily fix this with a sewing kit. Sadly I got an inconsistent quality of the stitching on these gloves with the gloves I got.
    • after many months of use, the glove stretched and had to be sewn in the palm to fit me properly.
    • the picture below shows a new glove:

    Photo Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskCuD9Ar

    Verdict: 

    But if you want longer lasting palm to get the Index DH glove instead, but it will of course not be as cool as the Resistance glove, but the durability of the palm must be improved.

    I still use my Index DH gloves in size L, for colder days, I wear them over fleece gloves in size M, which works well.

    I will look into other gloves, like Mechanix for example, they got full finger padding and knuckle padding.

    Product page: http://www.pocsports.com/en/product/2556/resistance-strong-glove

    Kan kjøpes her/can be bought here:

    https://www.amazon.com/Resistance-Strong-Black-Gloves-2016/dp/B01F1H7FGS

    Norge/Norway:

    https://www.oslosportslager.no/produkt/resistance-strong-glove-sykkelhanske-herre-40061.aspx

    2016 Fox Racing 360 Cauz jersey review

    The rear of the jersey has a mesh, so you back will be a lot cooler, I have noticed a difference, when riding with backpack, perfect jersey for hot summer days.

    Jerseys like these are a lot cooler than not wearing any thing, because sweat goes in the fabric off your body, and tries up, and air cools you down.

    the jersey don’t have any uncomfortable stitching or labels.

    The jersey I got have blue & white color livery, so it’s quite visible.

    Sizing:

    The jersey has a perfect fit, and works well with body armour.

    The jersey has a excellent fit, my Size Is XL, I use L for Alpinestars,L/G for Mavic

    I definitely recommend these jerseys.

    Review: POC Joint VPD 2.0 & POC Joint VPD 2.0 DH 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.
    • I rode down a fast down a hill, and my elbow joint slipped, causing me to hit my elbow in a tree fast, it did not hurt.
    • 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: 2016 Alpinestars Racer Braap

    Sizing:

    I use size L for Alpine Stars jerseys, with Fox I use XL, Mavic Size L, Swix base layer I use Medium.

    Some videos:

    Pros:

    • No itching label at the neck or itching stitching.
    • Comfortable against the skin
    • Good fit. No issues with the jersey arms sliding up.The jersey fits well over Poc elbow pads or probably any other protective padding.
    •  

    Cons:

    after some months of use the the label on the inside started peeling.

    After a while all the jerseys developed a tear in the front at the top, I don’t know if this is due to washing, or just wear from riding, or something to do with these these jerseys. ( need to take pics of it)

    this review will be updated.

     

    Verdict: Recommended

    Some More pictures:

    Review: 2016 Five Ten Impact high

    2016 (top) vs  2015

    2015 vs 2016

    Almost waterproof, the fabric part on the front and sides is waterproof(not tested with a pressure washer or firehose).

    I have ridden these shoes in wet & winter conditions
    ButIwanted to test it even further and up close, so I tested the 2016 FiveTen Impact high shoes,w ith water from the sink on full, the fabric part is waterproof
    but the issue is the lip gives small gaps even when properly tight
    so when the shoe moves there will be water there and come in.
    so you will only get little bit wet in the worst  wet conditions.
    I got mine from chain reaction cycles,b ut the first time I tried i had to return them,t he stealth sole was not properly glued on,b ut the second time I received a shoe with properly glued sole,l ater I ordered Freerider ESP,F from Bikeshop.no and they were perfect:-)

    Pros:

    • the tongue stays in place, which makes the shoe more comfortable than the 2015 model.
    • better laces than 2015 model
    • the shoes only have holes for the laces in one place, unlike the 2015 model, which had fabric looks under the leather part and holes in the leather, but the 2016 model have holes that are reinforced with metal rings, which means there the issue with fast wearing laces is gone.
    • As stiff sole as the 2015 model
    • the shoes will fit with high feet with fat toes.
    • Even more durable than the 2015 model, the new design ahs strong fabric, so the issue with the side of the shoe wearing, won’t happen,
    • Good price
    • the sizing is the same as 2015.
    • Easy to tighten the laces, much easier than 2015 model, and re-lacing will be much easier if you need to, this is because of the big lace holes with metal rings.

    Cons:

    • apart from No reflective stripes or logos.
    • not 100% water proof, but pretty close, But if you need this Five Ten Freerider ESP got gutted tongue which offers 100% waterproofing, I have them and I love ’em. make sure the tongue is straight, and make sure you have it as tight as you can without causing discomfort when you want to ride in the wet/and or rain if you have not got the ESP shoes yet.

    Verdict:

    Is it worth upgrading if you got the 2015 model? Yes I think so,the improvements are significant, but Fiveten offers replacement soles so if you worn out your  old shoes you can fix them later.

    this is a good shoe even better than the 2015 model, I absolutely can recommend this shoe.all the pros of the 2015 and none of the cons.

    I love FiveTen shoes, in my opinion they make the best mtb shoes on the market, but I see more brands releasing new platform shoes, but none of them can compete with FiveTen yet.

    FiveTen shoes Flickr group

    Review: POC Resistance Strong shorts

    New closing system:

    These shorts use 2 buttons instead of one button through a hole.

    The pockets are smaller than in the trail vent shorts, a small wallet or keys will fit perfectly.

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    As you can see the Cat s 50 phone hits perfectly inside the pocket.
    • Zip pocket at leg works well as phone pocket

    Durable material used in the the seated area.

    2016 POC Resistance Strong shorts- front  - riding
    • light weight
    • True to size fit
    • good breathability, the short is made of a thin material in the thigh and front area, and with Super Fabric on the sides. these shorts are a huge improvement in terms of cooling over the trail vent shorts.
    • perfect with knee pads
    Poc Resistance strong shorts Medium-black_20170322_150209340
  • good adjustment & sizing, the sizing is perfect for me, I am 32 in waist and 26 in the hips, and I use the adjustment straps to the max both on the Poc Trail vent and Resistance shorts.
  • smooth YKK zippers
  • the material with stripes is the stretch material
  • The VPD padding does not compromise comfort.
  • strong threads/stitching
  • This one is half con and half pro, the huge Sony xz premium phone with Love Mei case just fits in snug, but but could be bigger, or maybe or have two sizes one on each side, but the zipper is a weak piont, also having phone in there is wearing holes in the fabric.

    Sony Xz premium with Lovemei case inside phone pocked on Poc Resistance strong shorts_20170710_193244

    Cons:

    • And of course white will look dirty
    • the VPD padding could be wider and longer.
    • only 2 colour choices
    • better zippers are needed, stronger zipper, with strong zipper grip.
    Poc Resistance strong shorts  broken zipperDSC_0324

    I had to use a zip tie to fix the broken grip.

    Poc Resistance strong shorts phone pocket zipper fix with ziptie C_0163

    .

    Poc Resistance Shorts buttons & hip adjustment _0931_DxO
    Poc Resistance Strong VPD shorts_20181016_170935Edit
    Poc Resistance Strong Shorts zipper damage_0513

    eventually the zipper failed on all of the shorts.

    worn out Zipper_2559Edit

    Conclusion

    Because of the fit, comfort, and protection, I recommend these shorts.

    These shorts are one of the best shorts you can get.

    In my opinion, these 2016 shorts are the best shorts for use.

    Flickr Album: https://wp.me/p60aTF-1h7

    http://www.pocsports.com/en/product/2629/resistance-strong-shorts

    Kan kjøpes her/can be bought here:

    Norge/Norway:

    https://www.fjellsport.no/ (utsolgt nå jeg skrev dette/sold out at the time of writing)

    https://www.x-life.no/ (utsolgt nå jeg skrev dette/sold out at the time of writing)

    http://www.outnorth.no/ (utsolgt nå jeg skrev dette/sold out at the time of writing)

    https://no.coolshop.com/produkt/poc-resistance-strong-shorts-cycling-clothes/AF4E6P

    https://no.coolshop.com/produkt/poc-resistance-strong-shorts-cycling-clothes/AK4ZT5

    https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=150827;menu=1000,18,12

    https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=150831;menu=1000,18,12;page=203