Well the textile (read; poly) transition continues (read; to Kevlar). Last year I bought some Motoport custom built (for me, using an old pair of my jeans) Kevlar riding pants. These are simply the best fitting and protective pants this rider has ever owned! I needed some new Summer gloves (again ) and checked their site www.motoport.com to find they now offer Kevlar racing gloves. Ordered on Wednesday and got them Saturday. Interresting sizing system...you trace an outline of your hand and fax it to them, they send you the perfect glove.
These fit me like...well, a glove. They are very light in weight but substantial in the protection area. What's more, they are VERY comfortable with no binding points or irritation. Watching expectantly for some Winter gloves.
Next will be the Ultra II Air Mesh Kevlar Jacket. I know that some here will look at the pricing and flinch. Think about this; they come with a seven year warranty and a lifetime repair guarantee. If you crash and Motoport can't fix the damage, they will replace it...for LIFE. When they get dirty, you remove your junk (Tic Tacs etc) from the pockets and toss the whole item in the washer (armor and all). I go through a pair of gloves per year and pants/jackets last about 2 years (if I am lucky...normally the seams are beginning to give out in one year). In seven years, I will spend more than I did at motoport and for gear that really does not fit my odd Celtic body well or offer even close to the protection level. Now consider the luxury of actually being able to wear this gear with nothing under it but skin and not have to worry about poly burns if you fall. IMHO Motoport Kevlars have become the textile that exceed the protection previously offered only by leather.
Motoport has been a good customer experience for me for extreme quality custom built gear. Disclaimer: Law Dawg has zero financial interrest in Motoport. He recieves zero discounts for raving about their product. He simply wants to share the joy of a well built, protective, product that actually fits (with good customer service as well).