Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Motoport Suit Has arrived - First Impressions

Back in 2012, I bought an Aerostitch suit and have worn it for two trips to the West coast and one the the East coast from the Toronto area. I bought it because it was waterproof and did not need liners. It has been great, but feels a bit like a suit one would wear on a snowmobile. It fits over jeans but is not too bulky otherwise.

I came home from a trip to Ottawa to find the Motoport suit had arrived. The neighbors had kindly took delivery. No duties and taxes - I am told a letter will arrive! Overall, the box seems to weigh about half of the 14 pound weight of the Stich, including a pair of jeans I sent down for sizing. That is very welcome.

It's mid May and I am yet to ride.

So, I am sitting here in the Man Cave, watching the 65 inch TV with the Motoport jeans on. Liners installed. So, this is equivalent to the Stich, fully wind and rain proof. Without the liner, the Motorport suit is a mesh suit. Does not seem to be mesh like my ancient Joe Rocket mesh jacket, it is a textile product advertised as superior to leather.I believe it! The armor has seemed to mold to my legs as advertised, I am yet to ride with this suit.

The liner has two loops and snap closures at the bottom of each leg which fit into loops in the bottom of the outer garment. At the waist, the liner and outer garment zip together.. So, this makes this configuration of the suit like the Stich. Without a pair of jeans under the suit, it is less bulky.

Sitting down

Well, we need to, sometimes.

The outer suit has a zipper fly, as normal. The liner has a similar zipper. It is hidden behind a velco flap that ensure water proof closure. When both are released, the pants can be lowered. Since the knee armour extends from knee to ankle, getting clear of the seat is just possible. 

And, zipping up takes a while.

Comfort

Really, the jeans plus liner would be comfortable, as advertised, in cool weather, to walk around with all day. Instead of underwear, I plan to use cycle shorts or equivalent so I can take off the pants and remove the liner if I need to. Overall, I feel this combo is a bit more comfortable than the Stitch.

Remember, this is a mesh suit, so without the liner, it will not be windproof as the stitch was. I will report on this difference later.

Jacket Liner

The jacket liner zips in like the pants liner.  If you put it on and add the jacket it is easy to zip the left side to the jacket and then zip the right side. There are snap straps in both arms to attach to the bottom of the arms. Another at the back of the neck and two at the waist of the jacket. With these all fastened, the jacket and liner are integrated. Does take a bit of time, especially the first time.

This is a well thought out system.

I think the weather is still cool enough to support riding with both liners in place. Advertised as comfortable up to 80F which is in the future.

The weather tomorrow is forecasted to be good riding so I am looking forward to a nice ride.




4 comments:

  1. Look forward to ride impressions. Our weather has been terrible here, not inspiring me to ride much at all. Its almost June and I am wearing winter gear when I ride.

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    1. Bad weather and various chores here have kept me from riding. Maybe tomorrow...

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  2. No selfies of you wearing the gear?

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