Lifestyle Product Review – Viking Cycle Ironborn Textile Jacket

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If you are like me, you appreciate getting quality for your hard-earned money. And if you ride a motor bike, you know how important quality bike gear and accessories are. A quality helmet, jacket, and pants for safety. Ideally you want quality, safety, functionality and good looks all in one package. If you are looking for a one stop shop for motorcycle gear, Viking Cycle has it all – jackets, vests, gloves, and more. Viking Cycle products have a strong focus on quality, safety, functionality, good looks and value. But Viking Jackets really stand out.

Overall Impressions of the Viking Cycle Ironborn Textile Jacket

The Viking Cycle Ironborn Textile Jacket is a top seller and great choice from their product line. It is well made and sturdy. The fit is just about perfect. I’m 6’1″ and 190 lbs. and a size large jacket fits me very well. There are several ways to further adjust the fit, including 2 straps on each sleeve secured by snaps, side straps at the waist, cuff straps at the wrists, and a neck strap. The zippers have large enough tabs that they can be used while wearing gloves. Overall, the jacket is fairly light and feels really comfortable on. The ventilation system is well thought out to provide cooling on those warm summer days. And the detachable liner is easily put back into the jacket for extra warmth on colder days.

If you are new to riding, or looking for an extra jacket, you can’t go wrong with the Viking Cycle Ironborn Jacket. And if you are going on a motorcycle tour, this is the jacket to get. Sure, there are lots of jackets out in the market, but this Viking Cycle jacket is superior quality and very affordable. There really is nothing not to like about this jacket! 

Pros

  • Looks great – you look the part when you where this jacket. It is very stylish and smart looking.
  • Functionality – there are pockets for everything and pockets for ventilation. There is a phone and earplug pocket with wire guide. A pen holder pocket and a large inside pocket for just about anything. There are 6 vent pockets – 2 on the front; 2 on the sleeves and 2 on the back. When it’s hot out, you can still wear this jacket in comfort.
  • Safety – this jacket is a well designed motorcycle jacket with safety in mind. It’s made to keep you safe with extra padding where needed and with a polyurethane coating to provide extra resistance against any possible road rash.
  • Price – at a price under $100, it is great value and you certainly won’t have any buyer’s remorse.
Girl on a motorcycle wearing a Viking Cycle jacket

Cons

  • It’s a motorcycle jacket – you could just wear it around town, but it really makes the most sense if you are getting on or off a bike.
  • Safety pads – the moulded safety pads in the elbows, back and shoulder seem a little thin compared to other jackets. That said, they are CE approved armor, and no doubt would do the job. The armor is just something to get your head around.

Summary

All in all, a great motorcycle jacket. I rate it a solid 9+ out of 10. It’s a really good looking jacket. It’s a highly functional motorcycle jacket with its pockets, vents, liner and safety features. And it’s a great value. You get it all with this Viking Cycle jacket! It is available in a variety of colors and trims. Get yours here – Viking Ironborn Men’s Motorcycle Jacket.

Travel Product Review – The Slicks Flexible Travel System

Carry-On Made Easy

While it’s great to travel, and to look forward to travelling, the worst part (at least for me) is packing. I dread packing. But I’ve just come across the answer to my packing prayers- The Slicks Flexible Travel System. It has it all. It’s carry-on made easy as a backpack and briefcase combined into one.

For as long as we’ve traveled, there has been our extra travel companion, like it or not, called “luggage”. Starting back with a “travel chest” (on a steamship and/or stage coach); then onto extra large suitcases and to where we are now (crazy for carry-on). If you have elite status with your favorite airline, chances are you have “free” first bag or 2, priority baggage (first on the baggage carousel when you land) along with priority check-in. If you don’t have elite status or you are on a shorter trip, chances are you prefer carry-on.

Slicks Bag as a briefcase

Carry-On with Slicks

I’ve got the Slicks Biz Bundle. It combines backpack, trip cover, wash bag and suitcover in one. It’s the Swiss Army knife of luggage!

The Slicks Pack is super sturdy and can be a back pack or a briefcase (store the back straps in the pack and use the side handles). The back pack on its own is perfect for trips to and from the office or campus.

The Trip cover is the wardrobe bag that attaches inside the Pack and has a place for the wash bag, laundry bag (included) and room for underwear, socks, shirts, etc. It also includes a shirt cover to keep shirts folded and not wrinkled.

The suit cover can fold 4 times to keep your suit or nice outfit wrinkle free and attaches inside the Pack as well.

Here’s the best way to see what I’m talking about – Click Here for the full Slicks visual tour!

Slicks bag fitting together
Slicks bag as a backpack

Carry-On Heaven

This modular backpack/suitcase has a place for everything and everything in its place. It will keep you away from the baggage carousel (worth the price alone) and keep you well organized. With all of its components and accessories, it provides great value. It’s carry-on heaven!

PROS

  • Looks great, well designed
  • Carry On
  • Perfect for a weekend away or 3-day trip

CONS

  • Not enough room for a weeklong trip or more than 3 days
  • Not ideal for checked baggage (but not what it’s meant for either)

All in all, a great piece of luggage and I highly recommend it. If you are interested in getting Slicks luggage, go to the Slicks website for more information and to order direct.

Safe Travels!

Mark

5 Benefits of Adventure Travel for Your Physical and Mental Health

There are many benefits of adventure travel for your physical and mental health. It’s important that you find something that will fulfill and make you happy. For starters, spending time in nature is known to be a great way to relieve stress and boost mindfulness. This is precisely why adventure travel may as well be the perfect option for those of you that are still seeking for that much-needed lifestyle improvement. If this sounds interesting, check out the following adventure travel benefits that can completely transform your life.

1. A stronger immune system

There have been plenty of studies in regards to the benefits of getting dirty outdoors for kids. However, the truth is that getting dirty a bit is also beneficial for the adults. Of course, it’s only natural that you want to keep yourself clean. But, allowing your body to experience a bit of dirt from nature on occasion can boost your immune system and reduce the risk of allergies and asthma.

2. Nature as a remedy

Obviously, you don’t always have to engage in activities that will result in you getting dirty. Walking and light jogging as a part of spending time outdoors are also great activities and a big part of adventure travel for beginners as well. What’s more, these nature-based activities are often recommended to people that have health issues such as heart disease, obesity, attention deficit disorder, and so on.

3. Sharp mentality and better memory

You may be wondering what do outdoor activities have to do with brain and memory boost. Well, hiking, walking, jogging and/or cycling while surrounded by nature can actually boost the hippocampus growth, which is directly linked to the sharper senses and improved memory. Luckily, there’s no age limit to your personal kind of adventure travel, so don’t waste any opportunity to discover the joy and benefits of it all.

4. Become more resourceful

It’s true that adventure travels are usually filled with uncertainty. However, that uncertainty doesn’t have to be bad. Focusing too much on making everything work according to plan is only going to drain you, and make you more stressed and angry when it doesn’t. And, let’s face it, things don’t usually go according to plan, and especially not when the plan is overly strict or when nature is concerned. This is a great opportunity to let go of the plan-making habit for every little thing in life, and enjoy the flow. Not to mention that these situations are perfect for letting your imaginative and quick-witted side shine through. Allow that resourcefulness to become a part of your daily life as well.

5. Dream and succeed

Spending time in nature on your adventure may seem like a big step now, but once you experience it yourself, it will quickly grow on you. It’s the healthiest addiction you can possibly have. If you’ve been enjoying a bike ride to the park so far, you may even find that a cycling tour is what you need for your next travel. Of course, just make sure that you have a good bicycle, enhanced with Rockshox high-performance products. One of the biggest benefits of making adventure travel a part of your life like this is the ability to visualize your dream, as well as the steps you need to take in order to achieve it. Natural scenery can seriously help you reflect upon your own wishes, powers, and personal goals.

Your adventure travel is not limited by the amount of true wilderness in your immediate surroundings or your stamina to hike or ride a bike. The will to explore your own self is more than enough of a motivator when it comes to embarking on your perfectly personal adventure travel. Therefore, go outdoors to come back with more confidence, fresh knowledge and discoveries, stronger dreams and a happier self.