Review: CyclePort Air Mesh Jacket and Kevlar Pant
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Thu Oct 08, 2009 5:55 pm quote
This is a rather long post, but I summarized the results in the next few paragraphs.

I have the Olympia Moto Sports gear: GT Air All Seasons Transition Jacket and the Menís Airglide 2 Mesh Tech Over Pant (http://www.olympiamotosports). I have found this gear to be very versatile and comfortable. However, I became interested in the CyclePort gear based on feedback from some fellow riders. That gear can be found at http://motoport.com/.

I purchased the Kevlar Air Mesh Jacket and the Ultra II Kevlar Pant. I chose the option for the Quad Armor upgrade. Since I didnít find a detailed report of the gear, I thought I would post my initial review.

Summary for those of you who donít want to read a lot:

Overall impression: Good

Pros:
Excellent Protective Features
Well constructed
Reflective tape easily seen at night

Cons:
Heavy apparel (but you donít really notice it when wearing it)
Needs a breaking in period
Wonít fit in your scoot storage
Pants to Jacket Zipper difficult to connect
Jacket with thermal liner is tight in the arms

Description and initial impressions:

I selected the Air Mesh Jacket for use during most weather conditions: summer to winter temperatures. The air mesh material is rough to the touch, but it provides great protection while still letting the air flow through. I have a TourMaster mesh jacket that feels like nylon, too baggy, and little protection. The CyclePort jacket beats this hands down.

For the pants, I elected to go with the stretch kevlar and not the air mesh. The pants do not have an insulated liner option, so I chose fabric that does not have as much air flow. In addition, the Air Mesh is rough to the touch and I saw posts that the Air Mesh pants scratched some paint on motorcycles.

Both fabrics are a Kevlar blend designed to have a high abrasion strength and tear threshold. I have worn the gear under a variety of temperature conditions: 50 to 75 with just a wicking T-shirt and light shorts underneath (no liners in the gear), low 40Ďs with the thermal liner in the jacket, no liner in the pants but wearing light cotton kahkiís, and waterproof liner (thermal omitted) in the mid 60Ďs. The only time I approached being uncomfortable was when I was riding in the low 50Ďs with no liners and just a T-shirt/shorts on. I was chilled in the arms and chest, but not so bad that I couldnít ride. The pants kept me warm throughout the ride. I did have trouble connecting the jacket to the pants with the connecting zipper. The starting point of the zipper is around my right side, and you hsve to lift the pants up to mate with the zipper connection. It is awkward positioning.

The instructions say to wear the gear without the liners for at least two hours to ďbreak inĒ the armor. My initial break in period was about 4 hours of riding. I found the armor stiff, particularly in the back of the jacket. However, the next day I went to ride, the gear felt comfortable. I can see that over time, the armor will mold to my body shape, but even though clearly stated on the web site, I didnít appreciate the break in that would be required.

The Quad armor is as advertised. It is soft enough to provide impact protection, but not too soft that it fails to do the job. In fact, it is much better (to the feel) for protection than the C-E armor in my Olympia gear. (I know, feel is not a scientific test of armor protection, so donít chide me about that.)

Putting on the pants seems awkward at first, because you have to put your left leg in the partially opened pant leg, then wrap the right side and leg around you and then zip up the entire right leg. The pants are heavy, and the waist is constructed higher than where I wear my pants, so they tend to drop down a couple of inches. I understand the high waist, because it gives overlapping coverage with the waist jacket, but it is difficult to keep the pants up so that the knee armor fits. The knee armor (particularly the left leg) tends to rotate to the outside of my leg; something that needs to get fixed. Iíll let you know how my conversation with CyclePort (Motoport) goes on altering the pants. Even with these minor deficiencies, the pants are comfortable and provide great protection from the kevlar material to the armor for the shins/knees, the thigh, and the hip padding (hip padding is not armor). The only thing I wish I had was butt armor to wear at work, but that is another story altogether.

The website advertises that the gear can be put in a washing machine, armor and all, to clean. When you get the instructions, however, they say to only wash it in a front loading machine (which I have). I assume that they would need to be washed by hand otherwise. Given the construction of the gear, Iím not sure why you canít put it in a top loader unless it is the weight of the gear that could cause problems during the spin cycle.

The following pictures show the features of the gear.

All in all, Iím pleased with the purchase. The gear is pricey, but is definitely made to protect. Iíll report back regarding any corrective alterations to the pants.
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Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:41 pm quote
Great write up! I'll have to check out that quad armor when we meet up...is it stiff or flexible?
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Fri Oct 09, 2009 1:49 am quote
It is flexible, but not takes some pressure to bend. The "break-in" period is to help mold the armor around your body contour.
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Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:12 am quote
I have the Motoport jacket...

Love it....light, comfy...

$$$

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Molto Verboso
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Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:08 am quote
I have the same outfit. The quality is outstanding. The Jacket is wonderful after break-in. I hate the Pants. They are bulky period. I do not wear them unless for a long trip with highways...

My jacket is black with a High-Viz Green tape.

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Molto Verboso
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Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:16 am quote
I just realized I have the Ultra II Airmesh which is a 3/4 legnth Jacket. Really like it!
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Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:39 pm quote
I have the Riva A/X model that I am looking to sell. I bought it in a package deal when I got my Fiance's Riva and it is just to big for me. These jackets run real tight. It is a XXL but would comfortably fit someone that normally wears a L or XL. It also comes with the liner. PM me if you are interested.


Thanks,
Steve
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Sun Oct 11, 2009 1:30 am quote
Appriciate the write up...am considering same.
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Thu Oct 22, 2009 3:25 am quote
I have the Ultra II Air Mesh jacket and pants and like the protection of all. The exterior feel is rough but hey I'm on the inside so I don't care. I don't have issues with my pants riding up though yes the jacket and pants are heavy if you were to carry them around by hand but are well balanced and you don't notice the weight when they're worn. To deal with the weight of the pants, I put suspenders on them so it's easier to zip up the pant legs. I do not regret the money spent on my gear, I feel very protected. I've worn them in 109 degree heat to 20 degree. Toreador Pants
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Wed Jun 23, 2010 12:26 pm quote
smrf, do you have the liners for your jacket/pants, any tips on sizing?
- how your measurements compare to theirs to size
- how that compares back to using it
- with/without liners?
Molto Verboso
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Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:16 pm quote
I've placed two orders with Cycleport now and am thrilled with their products.

The original order was placed with the 2 part liner for the jacket and the single windproof/waterproof liner for the pants (as advertised on their website).

A year after my original order I decided to buy a second jacket with more specific special order things on it I wanted (more pockets, longer back, etc). I mailed them back my original liners so they could fit the zipper to it and therefore the jacket liners will work in either jacket and also I wanted them to make me a second pant liner. They don't recommend or advertise the sale of insulated pant liners as they said they had too many people complain about being too warm but I'm almost always colder than the people around me and in the winter my legs were still cold with the single windproof/waterproof pant liner so I had a second pair made (which is a single layer windproof/waterproof and insulated). Again, sending them my original liner allows for the new liner to zip into my old pants.

As for measurements...follow the directions provided by them (don't go by any number on clothes you currently own) on their website or by email as I don't figure you want to call them to get the instructions and if you do follow the instructions the items will fit great!! The measurements are taken quite similarly to getting a custom suit made.

My measurements were taken when I weighed about 120 pounds and over a course of 1.5 years I gained 50 pounds and than loss 40 (yup still need to lose some) but the setup has always fit during the weight change without feeling too bulky when I'm average weight nor too tight when I was at my heaviest. The only thing I couldn't fasten at my heaviest was the collar snap on my jacket.

The only thing I added (after market) to my pants were suspenders, as I don't have hips to hold them up and hate to tighten the belt snuggly as belts in general give me a stomach ache.

Everything fits well whether worn with the liners or not. I've also used just the liners for a windbreaker type jacket/pants combo when camping...so all the components are really worth their money.

The only thing I recommend for the pants and pant liners is for you to mention you want them to make them go up higher than standard so it's easier to get in/out of them. I have poor flexibility so sometimes I'll start tipping over when putting them on but when I mentioned it to them prior to the making of my second pant liner they said easily solved by having the zipper end higher up on the thigh.

The gear from Cycleport is expensive (BUT WORTH IT) compared to off the rack stuff at your local cycle shop but quite comparable in price for custom from almost any brand. ALSO, if you didn't read my other thread I was recently rear-ended on my scoot two Sat's ago and though my scoot setup kept him from being dropped or me from being ejected I bounced around and body slammed by backrest and handlebars. It put my back outta whack but NO bruises and I feel confident it's due to the QUAD armor of my Cycleport gear.

More questions, let me know.
deepfraught wrote:
smrf, do you have the liners for your jacket/pants, any tips on sizing?
- how your measurements compare to theirs to size
- how that compares back to using it
- with/without liners?
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