Thank you for the tip-off on the group buy off advrider michael. I had been looking at this gear with interest for awhile. This sealed the deal.
My motoport cycleport gear arrived this morning. Shipping weight was 12 pounds.
I ordered the marathon jacket custom with two map pockets and a reflective strip. The jacket has a wider reflective strip on the back and a strip along the sleeves. I did not order the liner or quad armor.
I completed the set with a pair of ultra ii overpants and kevlar gloves. The pants had hip armor added with velcro patches.
A close inspection shows detailed stitching and sizing is spot on. The coloring of yellow reflectors on black offers significant contrast and should be visible under bright conditions. The stretch kevlar is immediately comfortable and light - I am impressed at how light the gear is.
Adjustments for the jacket can be made at the wrist and two straps on the arms. An elastic band and velcro strips keep the torso snug while the bottom is adjusted with another strap.
The pants have a belt and huge elastic for the waist with a flap to protect the tank from scratches. A large velcro tab on the bottom adjust for any size of boot while a higher one keeps the thighs tight.
The gloves have a wrist strap and a velcro tab at the cuff.
I haven't owned fitted gear and the difference is immediately apparent. The armor stays in constant contact with the skin throughout a range of movement. The jacket has vents under the rear reflective strip and along the arms. The zippers are quite large and material shouldn't get caught in them while the velcro is very strong. The gear should be better fitted once worn for more than a few minutes and the adjustment should fit any size changes over the years.
The gloves feel light and fit... like a glove. The gloves are not preformed so there is some bunching to grip the throttle. There are additional patches of material where the glove meets the throttle and on the fingers. I did not find the additional material too grippy. The knuckle protector has vents and all joints have a patch for protection.
The armor coverage is impressive. I don't find the jacket bulky at all and if I opt for quad armor I can send tri in to have it sewn on. I did not opt for sacrum armor under the assumption it's a pain in the ass to sit on I'm sure I would change my tune with a tailbone injury.
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The material should flow some air and a treatment should allow riding in light rain. Kevlar doesn't absorb sunlight allegedly so black shouldn't be bad in the summer. Bring it on.