Motorcyclist Magazine Online's Review of the SMG-1 Winter Jacket.
Here's the news from Motorcyclist Magazine Online about our SMG-1 Winter 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."
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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."