Reviews

Preparing for my trip I was always curious about people’s opinions of gear they used on the trip. Did that idea which sounded great in the planning stage actually work out on the trip? Did it hold up through years of travel? I’m certain I will not be the last person to ask this question so I hope to write periodic reviews of equipment I am using. I also hope to update reviews to reflect my changing opinions over time as there is a huge difference between a few months of trial and a few years of hard use.

I have also made many more changes to my bike than typical travelers would recommend. I will use these reviews to track my opinion of these changes I have made and if they caused me problems in my travels (compared to a stock configuration).

NOTE ON RATINGS
The ratings I give are not impartial! These ratings reflect specifically how each piece of equipment performed for me on my bike during my own travels around the world. Everything here might receive a drastically different rating under different circumstances! A high overall rating also does not necessarily mean I like or recommend the product. An otherwise perfect product might have a critical flaw which makes it unsuitable for my needs.

Ratings will frequently be split into multiple categories depending on what makes sense for each product, then an overall rating created by combining these categories. I have made no attempt at standardizing these categories between reviews because I am reviewing a very diverse set of products. Instead, these categories are simply a way to reflect my opinion of different aspects of each product.

Review Date Brand Item Rating
2011/09/02 Caribout Cases 36L Pelican Panniers N/A – See Review
2012/01/08
(update)
Caribout Cases 36L Pelican Panniers N/A – See Review
2011/09/02 Vibranator Vibranator

 ★½☆☆☆ 

2012/01/08
(update)
Vibranator Vibranator

 ★★½☆☆ 

2011/09/02 Kawasaki KLR650

 ★★★★¼ 

2013/10/05
(update)
Kawasaki KLR650

 ★★★★☆ 

2011/09/21 Britannia Composites XS Twin Fairing

 ★★★¾☆ 

2011/11/14 Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2

 ★★★★¼ 

2013/10/06 Motoport Marathon Air Mesh Kevlar Jacket

 ★★★¾☆ 

2013/10/06 Motoport Ultra II Kevlar Pant

 ★★★¾☆ 

2013/10/06 Motoport Kevlar Racing Glove

 ★★★¼☆ 

2013/10/06 Sidi Crossfire TA Boots

 ★★★★¼