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Old 01-20-2013, 12:44 PM   #1831
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Yea, some photo updating is in order especially on the Marathon mesh page!.More detailed photo's,collar differences,how pants and jacket zip together etc,etc,.
Would def like to see better photos depicting this and more...
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:56 PM   #1832
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I am reviving this thread to make my 2nd contribution to the Motoport experience. I posted back on page 117, post #1742 about my experience with my Motoport stretch Kevlar jeans and my hopes to add a jacket. Well, it came time to replace the 8-year old Olympia AST and I pulled the trigger on a custom stretch kevlar Marathon jacket. After the jeans had performed well during hot weather riding, I hope that the air flow of the stretch material, combined with the vents and a cooling vest (yet to be purchased) will allow a comfortable ride in the summer.

The jacket is made with the 'cool black' material. In the interest of reducing the material blocking air flow and because I never use them, all the cargo pockets were deleted. I added mesh elbow patches, 2 sleeve pockets, emergency information pocket and horizontal hi viz arm bands. Standard armor. Also added the mesh expansion panel for the zipper for summer riding because it's cheaper to get it when the jacket is made. Wayne himself called me when I had a question on jacket length. I wanted it long enough to stay put but short enough not to bunch. He was helpful and took time to help me understand what measurements I needed.

Most problems on this thread have had to do with fit, so I was concerned to spend the money but when it arrived, the fit was great! I wanted enough room for the electric jacket liner and a thin windblock layer but nothing else, so the fit with just a tee shirt would not be too bulky. It works will. And riding today in temps in the 50s and 60s and just a tee shirt let me know it flows air too! Felt good!

At the moment, I can't think of anything I would change. It has proven to be extremely comfortable and while any garment with that much armor can't be too stylish, I think it looks good. Everyone's first comment is always "we can sure see you!"

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Old 03-17-2013, 04:03 PM   #1833
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I am reviving this thread to make my 2nd contribution to the Motoport experience. I posted back on page 117, post #1742 about my experience with my Motoport stretch Kevlar jeans and my hopes to add a jacket. Well, it came time to replace the 8-year old Olympia AST and I pulled the trigger on a custom stretch kevlar Marathon jacket. After the jeans had performed well during hot weather riding, I hope that the air flow of the stretch material, combined with the vents and a cooling vest (yet to be purchased) will allow a comfortable ride in the summer.

The jacket is made with the 'cool black' material. In the interest of reducing the material blocking air flow and because I never use them, all the cargo pockets were deleted. I added mesh elbow patches, 2 sleeve pockets, emergency information pocket and horizontal hi viz arm bands. Standard armor. Also added the mesh expansion panel for the zipper for summer riding because it's cheaper to get it when the jacket is made. Wayne himself called me when I had a question on jacket length. I wanted it long enough to stay put but short enough not to bunch. He was helpful and took time to help me understand what measurements I needed.

Most problems on this thread have had to do with fit, so I was concerned to spend the money but when it arrived, the fit was great! I wanted enough room for the electric jacket liner and a thin windblock layer but nothing else, so the fit with just a tee shirt would not be too bulky. It works will. And riding today in temps in the 50s and 60s and just a tee shirt let me know it flows air too! Felt good!

At the moment, I can't think of anything I would change. It has proven to be extremely comfortable and while any garment with that much armor can't be too stylish, I think it looks good. Everyone's first comment is always "we can sure see you!"

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That looks great. I have a Marathon stretch jacket that was just too hot, so I sent it in and had Wayne swap out the arms for mesh. I'm anxious to see if it makes much difference.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:16 PM   #1834
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I love my stretch marathon jacket, and I think I can save you some money on the cooling vest idea. I originally bought one of those, but it is a heavy and slimy mess to wear. Instead, just wet down your base layer shirt with a water bottle, zip everything up tight except for your vents to adjust the speed of evaporation. I have ridden in some really hot weather like this, and only need to resoak the shirt every few hours. A wet bandana around your neck also does wonders. I am still amazed at how heavy this gear is when you pick it up (sort of like a suit of armor going into battle), but how the weight really disappears once you don the jacket and the weight is distributed so evenly across your upper body. I have the quad armor, which I think is quite a bit heavier in weight than the regular, so your jacket may not feel as hefty as mine. Great stuff, and as I add thousands more miles each year, no complaints.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:50 PM   #1835
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looks great I've got one that i'm working on with wayne. looks very similar but in the mesh. hope to get it back soon with all my custom changes and get pics up. I'm trying to combine all the features i liked from my rally 3, fg tpg, and klim adv rally. hoping it will be "the suit to replace them all"!!
I was wondering about making the fit tighter but it seems like it will work well.
thanks for posting the pics.
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:29 PM   #1836
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I wish my Motoport experience had been the same as HBarlows. All I can say is I'm extremely disappointed, and out a significant amount of money.

What exactly is the point of providing measurements to Motoport if they don't use them? I had to send the Marathon jacket back because it was waay too tight. They've had the jacket for a week, but I have yet to either hear from them or receive a refund.

I kept the Ultra II stretch kevlar pants but am increasingly unhappy with them. I commute to work on my bike and intended to use them as overpants. But they are too tight to wear anything but gym shorts underneath. The triarmor isn't loosening up, nor is the kevlar. I can't imagine trying to get the aerotex liner on underneath them and being able to sit on the bike.

Like I said above, I wish my experience with Motoport had been positive, but after dropping well over a grand and waiting six weeks, only to receive gear that didn't even remotely fit, I wouldn't recommend them or their gear.
So, here I am, 8 months after from my post above, with a status update.

The pants are now "comfortable," as long as I only use long underwear or bike shorts underneath them. Trousers or jeans won't fit underneath them, so I've just resigned myself to carrying my work trousers with me in my tailbag and changing when I get to work. "Tight" is an understatement if I try to use the liner.

The jacket, though: Ugh. I have had it with this jacket. I sent it back to Motoport for alteration (you get one free). They expanded the torso width and sleeve width by adding in a 1.5 inch strip of fabric. But the jacket still rubs me raw on the tops of my shoulders. And forget fitting my heated jacket liner underneath it. Not happening.

I am typically a men's medium size in shirts and jackets. If you're a smaller rider who might want to pick up a Motorport Marathon jacket in stretch Kevlar, shoot me a private message. I'm willing to entertain reasonable offers. I need the money so I can get a better-fitting jacket that works for me.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:16 AM   #1837
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Sorry to hear of your issues, smoore.

I LOVE Motorport gear and fortunately have had the exact opposite experience. I've had my Kevlar Mesh pants and jacket, as well as my liners and Kevlar race gloves for over six years, have put a LOT of miles on them and they look new! :) I had a very significant accident after ten months, hit from behind by an 18 wheeler, at speed, in a construction zone and sent flying in multiple somersaults. The bike was totaled but I walked away! Yes, WALKED AWAY!!! The gear was filthy but after cleaning a bit it was as good as new! :) Did I mention that I LOVE Motorport! :) I ride in hot South Texas summers and use the Motoport liners and my Gerbing liner for cold winter days. I have the shorter jacket that zippers to the pants and it all works great. I have the tri armor, which I like, but I'm strongly considering getting the tail bone armor that Motoport now offers and I 'might' go with the quad armor for that one piece. We'll see.

Again, sorry, smoore. Read Crashmasters horrendous wreck account, and those of others and there is no doubt that this is great, protective gear. Get with Wayne personally. The guy is very helpful in my experience.

PS: I concur with the poster above who recommended wetting your shirt versus buying a cooling vest. I bought a cooling vest and got rid of it. HEAVY when wet, not very cooling, and SLIMY! :) Wet your shirt every couple of hours and it works much better.

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Old 04-05-2013, 04:24 PM   #1838
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Again, sorry, smoore. Read Crashmasters horrendous wreck account, and those of others and there is no doubt that this is great, protective gear. Get with Wayne personally. The guy is very helpful in my experience.
I'm apparently the outlier in the grand Motoport gear experiment. My experience with their products and with Wayne have been much different than yours.

I'll grant you, they may make great protective gear. But if I'm not paying attention to my riding and my environment because I can't ignore how uncomfortable the Motoport jacket is, then it's sort of defeating the purpose, you know?

I'm extremely disappointed to be out so much money, with nothing but annoyance and an uncomfortable jacket to show for it. As a result of my own experiences with them, I cannot recommend them or their products, but again, I'm apparently the exception.

I'm selling the Motoport jacket. I have one person here on ADV who has said he is interested in it, but if he gives it a pass, I'll list it here first, then go to Craigslist if nobody here wants it.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:38 PM   #1839
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You're not the only one with negative motoport experiences.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:09 PM   #1840
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You're not the only one with negative motoport experiences.

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Old 04-08-2013, 10:22 PM   #1841
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Love it

Love my motoport gear, have a stretch ultra 2 with pants and a mesh marathon with pants, the stretch is my favorite in all but the hottest weather. +1 on the wet T-shirt underneath it works amazingly well. After trying rukka, aerostitch, BMW and klim over the years i've settled on motoport as the best protection AND most versitile.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:31 PM   #1842
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for me Motoport is pretty much worthless in cold nasty conditions. have not worn my Motoport all winter. one piece Aerostich Roadcrafter does a much better job with heated gear in cold, wet nasty conditions.

being drenched at temps just above freezing can be flat dangerous. not a good time to have a soaked cold wet suit with inner liners. recently purchased a BMW one piece rain suit to go over Motoport. have not tried it yet in rain. sure wish Motoport would offer a custom fitted Goretex outer shell. Klim has been experimenting with one for their mesh suit.

for moderate to nice weather and super hot 100+f conditions there is no better equipment than Motoport.

Tulsa, Oklahoma is located in the geographic center of USA. this means we get all four seasons with harsh summers and harsh winters with super nice spring and fall. have not figured out how to ride in extreme cold and HOT conditions with just one suit.

everyone rides in different conditions and ends up with different opinions.... above is mine after living with Motoport mesh kevlar for a season. your mileage will probably veri...

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Old 04-09-2013, 05:14 AM   #1843
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Motoport made me a custom outer rain shell from gortex years ago. Just ask them and they'll do the same for you.
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Old 04-09-2013, 05:38 AM   #1844
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Motoport made me a custom outer rain shell from gortex years ago. Just ask them and they'll do the same for you.
They do have an outer.

I bet if one asked wayne to put zippers on the outside of their jacket and on the inside of this for integration he'd do it.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:02 AM   #1845
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They do have an outer.

I bet if one asked wayne to put zippers on the outside of their jacket and on the inside of this for integration he'd do it.
Why would you need zippers to link the outer shell to the jacket?
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