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post #1 of 14 Old 08-30-2009, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone have Kevlar riding gear?

I found this company that makes air mesh Kevlar gear. One piece suits too. Does anyone here have any from this company? If so, how do you like it?

http://www.motoport.com/UltraTrekAirMeshKevlarGallery

This one has horizontal yellow reflective stripes. http://www.motoport.com/_product_354..._Police_Jacket

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i have used my motoport 2-piece suit for over 75,000 miles in all types of weather with only 2 issues. The zipper pulls on both cuffs broke. I have easily put the pants/jacket on over 1000 times.

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Yes. I have the motoport 2 peice air mesh kevlar suit purchased this past spring. I've ridden in it daily since. I commute to work in it. I ride the twisties in it. It is fantastic stuff and the owner of the company is a fantastic guy.

I have ridden in temps exceeding 90 degrees with East coast humidity. In these conditions it is comfortable while moving. It is actually cool at temps lower than 75. It gets down right chilly in temps below 65. I didn't get the liners as I can bundle up on my own and have frogg-togs for the rain layer.

It is expensive but WELL worth it. I feel confident knowing that my skin will be safe wearing this gear. It is extremely well made. My only, and I mean ONLY, nitpick is the armor pouch on the GP2 pants in the upper thigh. The velcro closure tends to chafe if I don't wear boxer briefs. Solution - wear boxer briefs. Easy.

edit: I agree with the above poster - the zipper pulls are a weakness... not the zippers themselves, just the little bit of string used to make it easier to zip them up. The plastic doohickey is weak and I've had one fail. Solution, tie the string in a knot. Simple.

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Love this stuff...

I bought a pair of the Kevlar Street Jeans earlier this year they are very nice. I sent in a pair of my Carhartts to replicate in Stretch Kevlar. Took about 6 weeks and then both were sent back. Cost a bit over $330 because I got the reflective striping down the leg option as well. The stretch kevlar is amazingly comfortable and breathes very well even in hot weather. The jeans fit perfectly, almost an exact match to what I sent in. I say "almost" just because the waist ended up being a tad bit higher and the waist enclosure is velcro instead of a button which is actually nice because it will adjust depending on what I ate that day. Motoport is (as far as I know) the only textile pant that also includes thigh armor as well as knee armor. I personally took the thigh out for summer because it's a bit stiff and warm, but will probably put it back in come winter. While I'm not 100% in love with the thigh armor, it's nice to have it there as an option.

Anyhow, I now have the new Marathon jacket in HiViz on order being built now I should have it the 2nd week of Sep. Again in stretch kevlar. Having seen photos of crashes in this stuff over on Advrider, this is the only material I'm going to buy ever again. This Marathon style is a newer style for them, but it's still just a variation on their 3/4 ultra II jacket, which most people accuse of having not much in the way of style. Then again, the lack of what many consider "style" is a style too (see also: Aerostich)

If you are seriously interested in getting something from them, contact Motoport and they will send you some swatches of sample material so you can see the colors and get a feel for the material. IMHO, the AirMesh material is very tough and a little too stiff my my liking. Just going off the samples Wayne sent me, I'd compare the AirMesh to a window screen. The Stretch Kevlar material though, I find very soft and it will create a better fitting, better hanging kit. However, if you live in a VERY hot and humid environment, the AirMesh may be your only option.

All told, this stuff is the only gear I'll wear again. At a total of over $800 for the set I'm happy to pay for the added insurance of protective gear that won't melt into my skin in a slide. I've been reading waaaay to many posts over in the "Face Plant" section of advrider and have grown paranoid of cheap poly gear.

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I was also considering getting their gloves as mine are on their way out. Does anyone also use their gloves, specifically the Racing Glove? Their products seem great.
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I'v got Motoport, they are great in the heat, but you have to carry a liner for the cold and another liner for rain. So in the rain all the stuff in your pockets gets wet. I like my stich, better most of the time.

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If you do a search, you will find that people who wear motoport like their gear. You will also find a lot of reports from people who walked away from accidents while wearing the gear. Either people who wear motoport get in accidents more, or the gear really helps.

Last fall I looked into getting a jacket. I couldn't contact the company, they wouldn't return emails, and I basically gave up (that and there was a closeout on Olympia jackets for $129 ;-). My Olympia is almost a year old now and I am back in the market for a jacket. Motoport is expensive, but worth it. Just keep in mind, they are a little slow to work with unless things have changed recently. For me, I am thinking this would be my "Winter project" getting a new jacket for next year.

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may I suggest

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I'v got Motoport, they are great in the heat, but you have to carry a liner for the cold and another liner for rain. So in the rain all the stuff in your pockets gets wet. I like my stich, better most of the time.
what I do I hate liners, so I just carry a frogg toggs and slide it over on the outside better than any liner in the rain!

I have a darien as well as the motoport, and the motoport stuff is hands down better in a slide and their armor is way better(better coverage, thicker) I love motoport Police pants (they do not have the velcro at the waist like the street jeans) get them in stretch kevlar with at least 1 cargo pocket it will hold 2 20oz bottles(left thigh), and suspenders. Aero stitch just alters off the rack(and not really much at that) but motoport will fit you if you are not an off the rack kind of guy.

their gloves are not my favorite, they do not have pre curved fingers, and do not have the best feel, I really like sp1,or sp2 a stars for gloves, or if you have the dosh you cannot beat Held gloves period!!! held makes more sizes than anybody else including 3 finger lengths in every size! plus they are flat stitched outside so the have very little bulk in the fingers. palm sliders and kangaroo or treated goat on the palm side for a feel you can't get anywhere else Helds are pricey but they last for years and years and years.
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Have had their two piece for several years and like it. The yellow fabric across the shoulders of my jacket has faded in the sun but the kevlar mesh is TOUGH...not that cheezy polyester mesh crap. I have no doubt this material will protect your hide in a fall.
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I have the waist cut air mesh kevlar jacket and air mesh kevlar pants and liners for both. I've ridden down to 30s and up to 110s comfortably with this gear, a gerbing jacket, and a joe rocket sahara vest. LOVE the gear. I've had it for 3 years or so and have no complaints. Last month I just dropped a bunch more money upgrading my armor, adding an emergency information patch and sleeve pockets to the jacket, and adding hip and sacrum armor to the pants. Wayne is awesome. I am very lucky as I live in San Diego and have been able to make appointments to buy the gear and have it altered. I've seen crashed Motoport gear and am confident it will save my skin if I ever go down.
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