Customer & Magazine Reviews of Slatin MotoGear Products
CUSTOMER REVIEWS & COMMENTS
(Magazine reviews follow, below)
About your Tailbag:
"I received my Tailbag last Friday (quick service, thanks), and rode my sport bike on a 200-mile trip over the weekend. Mounting the Tailbag was easy and straight-forward, taking only a couple of minutes. As my bike doesn’t have bags, the Tailbag held a few personals, and I added a few wrenches and tire-patch kit. There was plenty of room left over. When I stopped to eat, my helmet still fit into the Tailbag. The Tailbag was easily uncoupled from the bike and was easy to take with me. It has a luggage-style carrying handle and a strap to sling fit over my shoulder; giving me options how to easily take it with me. Easy to do and when resuming the ride, it was easy to re-secure to my bike. The Tailbag has proved to be a valuable addition to my bike, adding needed storage and helmet-carry space. Also, I found the same materials and features on the more expensive tailbags. I really thank you for having this product at such a low price. It’s a quality product that delivers on its materials, construction, and features at a great price. Thanks, Slatin MotoGear!”—John W.
About your No-Drag, Carbon Fiber Backpack:
12/01/2019: "I received my backpack from you mid-last week. I work and go to school, and my cruiser is my only transportation, even in rainy weather. I've tried other backpack, but they failed for one reason or another; such as weather, low storage space, lack of comfort, etc. I've now used your backpack for work and school and it is waterproof, it does have no-drag, and it does have lots of features, including carrying my stuff and helmet inside. Its the same as an expensive Ogio. I haven't been able to afford an Ogio, but with your backpack, its like having an expensive Ogio for less than half the price. Thanks." Bob C.
About your Four Season Jacket:
I could not find a place to make reviews on your web site, so I am sending this email instead. If you recall, I ordered the size 40 pants, which were too large. I called you and you offered to exchange for another size.
Turn-around was rapid and I tried out the size 38 pants today. They fit great
and are just as comfy as regular jeans, and the armor is hardly visible and is not felt in walking nor riding. The pockets for the armor are very tight, but I think that this is deliberate so that the armor does not move around when it is needed.
Short of actually crash-testing the pants, I can't attest to their effectiveness,
but I can say that they are very comfortable in moderate (65 degree) temperatures
and I have no doubt that they provide more protection than cotton jeans and bare hands. I feel much more confident that I will minimize injury in a warm-weather crash, when it is too hot to wear my Aerostitch suit (which is nearly half the year in Tucson).
In summary, your prices are remarkably affordable, the quality of your products appears to be excellent, and your customer service is the best I have ever encountered.
I will be referring many friends to you for their riding gear."
Bob Miller, Tucson, AZ
About your Motorcycle Kevlar Armored Jeans:
Just wanted to let you know that I received your shipment and all is good. The "Bullet-Proof" Kevlar Armored Jeans fit great. Thanks for working with me. Now I just need some riding weather!"
About your Jacket and Jeans as a combined set...
"I’m impressed with the creativity and effort you’ve put into the design of your suit. My only problem is that it’s only a one piece jumpsuit style.
Any possibility you’re working on a two piece design?
I’ve been riding in Roadcrafter suits for the past 10 years, had 4 wrecks to test them out and they passed with flying colors. Started out with a one piece and it was great, but cumbersome when just stopping for a bite to eat. Their two piece is just as safe, more comfortable and when making short stops, easy to just take the jacket off and hang on a chair. I’m an IBA member, ridden two IBRs and generally ride 30-40k miles per year. Thanks for getting into the market."
About our EZ-1 SuperFabric & Armored Mesh Jacket:
Just wanted to let you know that I received the shipment and I'm very impressed. The jacket fits perfect and the materials and construction are first rate.
Thanks for making a great Jacket at such a great price!"
MAGAZINE FEATURES AND REVIEWS
Rider Magazine, Sep.2019 & Dec. 2019 Holiday Buyer's Guide
Featured: SMG Biker’s Bag
Heavy Duty Magazine (Australia) January, 2018
Rider Magazine; February, 2018.
Hot Bike Magazine says: The Slatin MotoGear SMG-1 Superfabric Four Season Jacket offers a ton of features with quality construction all while being friendly to your wallet.
Rider Magazine, October, 2017
Made a mistake in the size?
No Problem, Easy Exchanges!
About our $99, Kevlar-Lined, CE-Armored Blue Jeans...
"SuperFabric, Super Jacket"--Rider Magazine, April, 2017
Motorcyclist Magazine Online's Review of the SMG-1 Four Season Jacket.
Here's the news from Motorcyclist Magazine Online about our SMG-1 Jacket..."The Slatin SMG-1 is one of the best budget jackets we’ve ever tested...There are plenty of competitors in this price range, but if you want a jacket that functions well, is priced right, and is manufactured by a guy who you can call anytime if you have a problem or suggestion, consider the Slatin MotoGear SMG-1."
The SMG-1; A Jacket for All Seasons
Removable Insulation Liner
The Style You Want
The FeaturesYou Need
You can customize it; here's what one customer did with his SMG-1:
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Rider Magazine, October, 2016 (>LINK<)
"Riding gear is a personal choice and my personal choice is “All the Gear, All the Time.” I’m also a belt and suspenders guy; if I’m wearing all the gear, I want the best protection I can find. Recently, I got the chance to try the one-piece EZ-1 Powersuit from an Arizona company called Slatin MotoGear.
It’s a one-piece suit; the outer shell is constructed of 600 Denier Cordura with CE-approved articulated armor in the hard contact points. The high impact and abrasion areas---knees, shoulders, elbows, etc---are also protected from impact, sliding friction and abrasion wear-through by the application of SuperFabric. SuperFabric is a custom proprietary resin-impregnated armor technology applied to textiles that offers an additional layer of nearly-indestructible protection against abrasion and scuffs.
Richard Slatin, owner of SlatinMotoGear, says “The SuperFabric is so smooth and tough that, if the wearer goes down, some of the impact energy can be dissipated by sliding. That leaves less energy to be transmitted through the body. 600 Denier Cordura, the CE-approved armor, and the SuperFabric form our three-part ‘Safety Triangle.’”
Slatin searched for an affordable one-piece easy on/easy off suit and found the market place lacking. He felt the gear in the $350-$500 range was low in features and the high end at $1000-$1300, was often beyond the wallet reach for a lot of riders.
“We talked with a lot of riders and they wanted a feature-rich suit that’s big on features and small on price.” Slatin made his own wish list and the result is the Powersuit.
Getting into the suit is standard for all “onesies.” The left leg unzips up from cuff to the chin while the right leg zips down from the crotch to the cuff. Enter the suit with the arms first then run the zippers. It’s quick.
The arms have “flutter tabs” that tighten the sleeves in the bicep and forearm region; nice for freeway speeds. The pants cuffs are length-adjustable with a clever hook-loop arrangement eliminating expensive tailoring. There are five outside pockets, six zippered vents, and a weatherproof electric cord portal for heated garments. The large inside chest pocket plus one dedicated for a cell-phone are nice touches.
The armor pockets at the shoulders, elbows, spine, and knees allow removal for washing and/or replacement, if you choose to upgrade with different armor of your own; a nice touch. Choose your color from black, grey, Hi-Viz orange or Hi-Viz green. The price point is $750, right in the mid-range of the market place."
October, 2016 Cycle World Magazine, page 18:
"Slatin MotoGear's EZ-1 SuperFabric Mesh Jacket offers a lot of cool for not a lot of money."
"Here’s an important caveat, however: When riding in very hot weather wearing a ventilated jacket, you need to stay hydrated. The constant flow of hot air around your upper body might help keep you more comfortable, but it also can cause sweat to evaporate at a much higher rate than usual, and that can lead to dehydration. Either carry water or a legitimate rehydrating sports drink with you on the ride or stop occasionally to buy one along the way.
It’s no accident that the EZ-1’s MSRP is a surprisingly low $159. The company’s owner, Richard Slatin, personally works directly with the factory to control the design, production, and quality of his entire line of riding gear, and he then sells the products himself rather than through a third-party distributor—a classic case of eliminating the middle man. Slatin also has deliberately sized his jackets a bit on the large side to fit what he calls a “more mature” rider who is likely to have slightly greater “circumferential dimensions” than a typical younger rider.
Whether that proves to be a wise move or a regrettable one remains to be seen. But in a market that already serves up a fair number of hot-weather riding jackets, the EZ-1 SuperFabric Mesh is a legitimate player. With its combination of high-quality materials, excellent crash-protection features, and good ventilation capabilities topped off by an exceptionally affordable price, it offers a lot of cool for not a lot of money."