Review: Scorpion EXO 1000

I have had the EXO 700s for about 4 years now and needed to get some new helmets, one of them was the EXO 1000. It is the latest update from Scorpion and the higher end from the EXO-700. I got the Matt Black version as I like the Matt finish for the Scorpion Helmets from previous experience. Its a little bit different then the EXO-700s, a little better lining, better airflow, overall a great helmet.

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Good fit
  • Removable Lining
  • Reasonable price
  • Never Fogs up
  • Very Good Airflow & Ventilation
  • Very Good Matte Finish

Cons:

  • A bit on the noisy side
  • A bit heavy compared to the Arais and Shoei

Overall:

Scorpion have been upgrading their helmets over time and this time around they came up with the EXO-1000 at the same time I was looking to upgrade my four yearold Scorpion Helmet. The Scorpion EXO-1000 helmet is a great helmet to have if you can’t afford the expensive Arai’s and Shoeis. There is nothing missing from this helmet in terms of quality and features. It fits very well with a comfortable and removable liner, and I love that the Matt Black version with the tinted visor does look very stealthy. What I love about the helmet and I take for granted sometimes is that the screen never fogs up, when I wear my Arai helmet I forget that it fogs up until it happens. This is a great quality helmet with lots of features for its price, there is a bit of problem with a bit of noise at high speed and that its a bit heavy in comparison to the Arais and Shoeis. I wouldn’t get any helmet other then Scorpion in this price range, and if you are looking for a higher end helmet then I would go with the Arais and Shoies.

Link: ScorpionUSA
Price: $300
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Sidi Stivali StreetBurner

Riding gear is very improtant to me since its the one thing protecting you when needed and I think bike gear is extremely cool. I have been using my Daytona Racing Boots over 7 years at this point, and I was thinking about getting another set for quick use. Protection to my legs and ankles is very important to me so I have always been a little bit skeptical about getting different boots. I saw the Sidi Streetburner a little while back and decided to try it out. These more like quick riding sneakers and not full on boots, they will protect to a degree but not to the extent that I am used to. These boots get a four out of five because they are extremely comfortable, slip on very easily and its a simple mechanism to tighten it, and I love the aggressive look of the boot. One major point is that they are very easy to walk around in, it feels like normal shoes rather then the armor lined biking shoes that I am used to, and the cool ventellation on the shoes is excellent and I can feel it when I’m riding. For $250 I think they are great boots but keep in mind that they won’t protect your ankle or shin in a crash, thats the only reason it gets a four out five. Other then that I really do enjoy using these boots for a quick ride around town.

Link: Amazon Sidi Streerburner
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Picking Materials for Dishdashas

Now this is an art form which I have not even come close to perfecting. The summer dishdasha is a very simple and easy matter to choose, I pick the Japanese nonwrinkle type and it works great for months of nonstop use. But the winter dishadahsa is a complex matter with multiple materials and different uses. So that usually takes me a lot of time to pick and choose and get second opinions, honestly I’m the lazy one and my brother does most of the work. One other factor that has taken longer this year is that we even haven’t had a winter this year, its back and forth, but in my case I switched to winter mode and I won’t go back to summer until it gets really hot. There were a few cold days in the morning on the way to work so I decided then to make the switch.

There are some days where its a little bit warm but when it gets a bit chilly I am very happy that I am in winter gear. I honestly do love wearing a winter dishdasha even though its a hassle to choose what to wear in comparison to summer dishdashas, with summer dishdashas you just open your closet and pull one out, no choice in the matter, a very simple process. But in winter you have to choose, black, grey, brown or any other combination and then there are the shirts. Its a tedious process and time consuming, but I honestly love winter dishdashas, they can look good and feel regal while keeping you warm.


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Nike DeLoreans Gone in a Few Hours!

I don’t think there wasn’t a kid of the 80s who didn’t love Marty McFly! How cooler can you be then having a flying skateboard and a time traveling car with doors that flip up. I remember watching those movies vividly as a kid in the theaters in London, I loved every moment of them and I loved how funny Doc Brown was, always getting electrocuted. I ordered the 25th Anniversary BluRays as soon as they came out, and I was thinking about these shoes since it was a cool interpretation of the DeLorean. Turns out I didn’t have a chance compared to the lines of nerds who were ready and waiting for these shoes, every store from Boston, NY, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Washington, and a few others were sold out within hours. There were even some stores that were promised to receive a quantity but didn’t get anything, these shoes flew off the shelves. Within a few hours the limited stock of these shoes were gone, it seems the nerds were out to kill.

Link: Gizmodo


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Adidas – Clima Cool

Its a line from Adidas that is meant as breathable sports wear for use during work outs and sports, and the sneakers are just as good. The best part is they are flexible, light and don’t stick no matter what. I wear them when working, and I wear them under my bike gear because its getting a bit hot these days. I have always been a fan of Adidas and their products are always of high quality, so finding this line of clothing and sneakers has been very useful and comfortable.

Climacool sneakers are the best sneakers I have bought, they are light and easy to walk in. I have had them since last year and whenever I go for long walks they are the most comfortable, even for running they are great. But if you step in a puddle the water comes right through and you can feel it. The best part is that you don’t feel your feet getting hot, or after wearing it all day your feet don’t ache. I have a flat foot so if I sear normal shoes my feet start aching after sometime but after switching to these shoes I don’t feel that anymore and I’m one very happy customer

Good Points:

  • Comfortable
  • Light
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Easy to Walk In

(I can’t do pull ups even if my life depended on it)

Bike Tip – Helmets

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How to decide what helmet to get. If you talk to any person who rides motorcycles they always have a favorite which they usually stick to. You want to make sure whats on your head is going to protect you at the time you take a fall, you also want it to be comfortable. Keep in mind that I wear my helmet in the heat and most times, you want the material inside the helmet to be comfortable and doesn’t cause your skin to be irritated.

How to Pick a Helmet:

  • Comfort (head fit, and shape)
  • Comfort (helmet lining)
  • Price
  • Look
  • Racer Afiliation

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My most preferred brand based on comfort when wearing them for long periods, and the results when I had a few mishaps and my head is one piece. At the top is Arai, then Scorpion, and also Shoei at the top of the list. Really hot helmets, that protect your head while making you feel comfortable and you look good.

Helmets:

  • Arai
  • Shoie
  • Scorpion
  • Soumoy
  • AGV
  • KBC
  • HJC
  • Bell
  • BMW
  • Icon

Where to Buy Helmets Online:

Vital – The Most Comfortable Slippers I Have Ever Worn

I don’t really go shopping for clothing too often even less for shoes, I buy something and use it for years before I get something new. I have had an issue with my sandals for the past year and after asking what is the most comfortable sandals for daily use with the dishdasha I was recommend Vital. I have had these sandals for about four years now and they were supposed to be changed at least a year back but I decided to go this week to see what I can find something new.

I found the store just opposite Office Depot in Avenues, and there were more sandals then I knew what to do with them. I knew what I didn’t want, I hate the shiny leather type, and I was looking for something that I can wear everyday and go to official functions with. I tried one grey and one brown one, and they were so amazingly comfortable, I wasn’t expecting it to be. The leather was so and the sole was perfect, it was so good I ended up buying three pairs, one brown, one medium grey and one black. I will be abusing these sandals for a while, and they were 59 KD each for a total of 177 KD, it was a bit on the expensive side but I know I will be using them for years. The leather was really soft, it was so comfortable I asked the salesman to throw the sandals I was wearing and wore one of the ones I just bought right away and walked out with a bag with two pairs, while wearing the third pair and going to buy a small original yogurt from Pinkberry.


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Arai RX7-RC – F1 Spec

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Arai is one the best quality helmets and always at the forefront of design and technology with their helmets. Now they just released a new helmet called the RX-7 RC, it has the shape of the new RX-7 GP but constructed from the Arai’s Formula One-spec race helmet, the GP-6 RC.

No official details have been released for this helmet but carbon fiber helmet is made the same way as the Formula One spec helmet. Its called RX-7 RC for Racing Carbon, same as the GP-6 RC with all the nifty features. Based on factory rumors it takes about 22 hours to make one helmet, and its priced right around the GP-6 RC, so expect the RX-7 RC to be around £2590. I love when Arai takes these risks in design with the highest quality in mind.

Ghetrity

Now this is a service that has come in handy on Friday, I’m the type of man that only buys cloths when necessary and that point is usually when they no longer resemble clothing. I have been using the same chemaaq for a while now and I got a few new ones because my brother bought them for me, but in my case I don’t have a clue where to get new ones. So I was in a predicament since I have worn my chemaqs to death and I don’t wear qitras because they are too light for me.

My friend recommend ghetrity so I called them up and gave them my address Thursday evening, and then at Friday 2 pm they came to the house with a sample of every white chemaaq they had and I was surprised of the variety, I’m even lucky I knew the size and I don’t even know how they base those measurements.

There was Givenchy and Dunhill chemaaqs, that was surprising since I thought Givenchy had a fashion line and perfume, and Dunhill had a men’s fashion line and cigarettes. Seems that chemaaqs are big business and these fashion companies are involved, then he opened a box which matched the ones I was wearing exactly. I asked how much that one was, turned out to be 9 KD and so I asked for six pieces, the guy went and came back 30 minutes later with 6 pieces, I paid and he left. Now that couldn’t have been more convenient, I didn’t even have to leave my basement. What more could you ask for, decent prices, great quality and selection, and quick service and all at the comfort of your home.

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