How do your Motoport Jacket/Pants fit?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by scubasimon, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. Phil Y

    Phil Y Adventurer

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    "No more annoying straight pads ." To speed up the process, I took out the pads and tied rubber bands around them for a couple of days. Good winter project. Knee/shin pad required two-way bend but most others merely needed to be more "well-rounded."
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  2. duck

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    I've had the Kevlar jeans for about a year and a half. The top part is a little tall so I have to pull them way up and use a belt to keep them in place above my hips. I don't really mind this though because I figure I'll be a little better protected in a get-off.

    My knee armor rides low and that's always bothered me a bit since I'd kind of like it in the right place in the event that I need it. I'm in CA with a bike for the holidays so plan to ride down there next week and have Wayne move the knee armor up a bit.
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  3. MitchNJ

    MitchNJ Lets Ride!

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    Yea Motoport provides superior protection however it becomes useless if its uncomfortable or cut wrong. My jacket is a bit large but the shoulders are not cut proportionally to the rest of the jacket! It looks big but feels too tight around the shoulders!!! Wayne is a nice guy but after 2 attempts I'm getting the feeling he's not playing with a full deck of cards or doesn't really care! Last time I buy a jacket online.

    Will see how he does this time.

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  4. TallRob

    TallRob Long timer

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    Buying online is always tricky with made to order clothing...Always best to send in your best fitting jeans and jacket so they can replicate the fit or go there in person for the ultimate perfect fit.
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  5. HalB

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    buying clothes online is like marrying a Russian Bride!

    After the same research you guys did I went for the motoport pants. I thought I would start with the pants and if happy go for a jacket. I still don't have a jacket.

    the plusses: the pants are very solid, appear well made, nothing cheap anywhere, solid construction. I got the quad armour and feel well protected. the stuff is stiff as heck, just short of chain mail, but over time it is getting quite comfortable enough given the heft and bulk.

    the minuses: the fit. It has been a hassle. Wayne is a nice enough guy, but I followed his instructions to a T, sent in my own jeans and the pants I got back seemed like off the rack for a guy 6" taller. the knee pads topped at the bottom of my knee cap. I figure it's not just where the pad is riding, but where it is standing. Because if you have an off, your leg could be straight and then your knee pad is useless. I finally decided to have them re-fit where it made sense not according to Wayne's world. It cost me shipping and $75 to fix what should have been right in the first place. so so much for guarantee fit. My main beef is the pants look butt ugly off the bike (OK, I will live with it,I'm too old to care but vain enough to have liked something sexier). Maybe it is the quad armour which is extra thick relative to the regular tri-armour, but chunks of it are sticking out all over the place. you can see this in the pictures below. I have sent these to Wayne, but seem to get esoteric responses implying I don't know how to adjust velcro. Hey these are "custom fit". Maybe I need to cut chunks of the armour down. Any advice would be appreciated.

    you can see when I sit on the bike, everything fits better into place, so maybe I shouldn't complain. Still it does not seem right that the top of the thigh armour is folding the fabric so much at the hip. you can see this in the picture.

    Will I get the jacket? Not sure. What else is out there with this kind of quality, but looks prettier?

    advice appreciated.

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  6. HalB

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    more pix

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  7. HalB

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    looks ok riding

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  8. HalB

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    it's the thigh fold at the hip that is annoying. also can see where I had the knee pad raised to, white markings.

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  9. bsquarewi

    bsquarewi wee-nie

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    The number one reason is that they focus on safety first and pretty much only. Their jackets are made with the priority of having the largest contiguious pieces of material with limited stitching. I've emailed Wayne a few times in the past asking if he could do a jacket like some other brands and pretty much every time he's pointed to the design having too many seams or small pieces of cuts which are failure points. Arerostich suits seem to take this same approach of less stitches, larger pieces of material and they aren't exactly blowing people away with their design either.

    I personally love my Motoport Kevlar jeans but I will admit that I do have to basically force myself to wear them rather than throwing on a pair of Draggin Jeans.
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  10. inmate-n00b

    inmate-n00b Ciao, Marco

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    yup.....your gear is only good as its weakest link, many times the seams/stitching.
    Plus, we don't all want to look like ewan and charlie :lol3
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  11. CamoGreg

    CamoGreg Can you see me?

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    Received my Motoport gear on Friday.
    Promptly took off on a 300 mile Saturday to try it out.

    In the interest of science...here's a few pics today:

    WTF? Is that self timer thing working......d'ohhh!
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    My previous favorite jacket:
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    Full Motoport suit:
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    Wayne seems to take a beating in here at times.
    My experience so far has been exceptional.


    Notes on my gear:

    GPII jacket. Stock tri-armor in grey/black with the sleeves changed to black also. Right arm pocket added and liner.
    Ultra II overpants. Stock tri-armor and liner. Cargo pockets removed.


    First impressions: To reflect what many have said, the build quality is excellent.
    The stretch fabric is different to anything I've ever wore...But it's cool and I like it.

    I was prepared to spend a few bucks on gear this time around. I seriously considered BMW's Rallye 3 set-up.
    Had I had a response to a few of my sizing questions in a timely manner, I may have bought BMW.

    In the mean time, I read all I could on motoport.
    I also have a few friends who own the gear and the answer to my usual question of "would you buy it again?" was a resounding YES!
    Although many claimed they would steer clear of bright colors next time due to fading.

    I currently own :
    Hein Gericke leather jacket and pants.
    First Gear Kilimanjaro and HT overpants.
    Cortech GX Air jacket and pants.

    Each of the above does well in it's designed climate range. But falls short as a multi climate touring set-up.
    The Kilimanjaro/HT setup is good for cold weather.
    The HG leather feels protective but very limited in temperature range.
    My previous favorite was the GX Air with liners.
    To be honest, I didn't ride in hot weather with protective pants...jeans only.
    When touring, the GX Air with it's 2 additional liners, heated liner and packing the HT pants was my best option.


    I'm happy with the fit of my Motoport gear. I rode for the first time Saturday. It was extremely comfortable.
    I'm not a big fan of a 3/4 jacket. The GPII is ideal for me.
    I also prefer an overpant. Once I get to a destination, I like the flexibility to quickly unzip and step out of my gear.

    Two problems with overpants: 1, they're bulky. 2. they're usually hot.
    Motoport has seemed to solve the hot problem. I'll take the bulky along with the protection.

    As others have posted, I do feel very protected. I especially like the chest and rib protection of the jacket.
    I once walked away from a 60mph deer hit mostly unscathed. But I did bruise my ribs. This jacket just felt good having armor there.

    I rode in temps ranging from 70 - 88 on saturday. Pretty much ideal riding temps so not really much of a test in the extremes.
    I will say that I was very comfortable. The gear fits well when seated on the bike. The stretch material seems to flow a good amount of air.
    I'm sure I would have been hot wearing the HT pants.
    The knee armor in both my HT and Air pants was never comfortable on the bike. There was always some type of pressure and on long trips, it was annoying.
    The tri-armor was very comfortable. The knee was exactly where it should be.

    High temps are coming to the Hell's Canyon area. I'll post up once I've been out in the hot. Cooler temps won't be here until fall, but I do ride at elevation often and sub-freezing temps aren't that uncommon crossing Lolo or the beartooth in the summer.

    So far... I'm pleased. I spent a great deal of time measuring and re-measuring.
    The fit is just right.
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  12. frog13

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    Last May (2012) I ordered a Marathon stretch jacket and stretch over-pants.....the fit was great...especially the pants.I found out that the stretch jacket was a bit warm in the SW Ohio humidity SOOOOOOO,this past January (2013) I ordered a mesh Marathon jacket (received it on Feb. 1st....WOW!.) for the humid times and will use the stretch for the cooler fall/winter times.I also had Wayne shorten the sleeve length by 1.5" and the total front length by 2".This seems to fit a bit better....of course,were talking about two TOTALLY different types of material here!.I shortened the jacket length so it would not rub on the bike's seat or any other finish.....the mesh material is COARSE!. The fit is great....Wayne and company do a great job!......if anyone has any doubts about measuring,what they want the garments to llok like etc.....CALL them,they will stay on the phone with you and assist you in all ways!.:deal:D
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