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    Motoport Kevlar Air Mesh Overpants Functional Overview and Durability Report

    Hello All-

    My new review focuses on Motoport's Air Mesh Kevlar Overpants, originally tested for the June 2012 issue of Motorcycle Consumer News. These pants are a substantial investment, so I put this together so you can see how they've held up after years of abuse!



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    Readers should be aware that the zipper on the right leg opens up completely, like the zipper on a jacket. This allows those of us with bad balance (that's me) to only have to step into the left leg. Once that's done, just wrap the pants around your rear end and the right leg, connecting the zipper halves at the waist, and pull it down. Much easier for me than trying to find something to sit down on, or to lean against, and put them on like conventional pants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beemerdood View Post
    Readers should be aware that the zipper on the right leg opens up completely, like the zipper on a jacket. This allows those of us with bad balance (that's me) to only have to step into the left leg. Once that's done, just wrap the pants around your rear end and the right leg, connecting the zipper halves at the waist, and pull it down. Much easier for me than trying to find something to sit down on, or to lean against, and put them on like conventional pants.
    I didn't know that myself. Never tried it that way. My zippers, at least, seem to stop at the very top and bottom. Am I missing something?

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    Moshe K. Levy
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    1973 BMW R75/5 / 1987 Yamaha YSR50 / 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer / 2015 BMW R1200RT

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    Quote Originally Posted by moshe_levy View Post
    I didn't know that myself. Never tried it that way. My zippers, at least, seem to stop at the very top and bottom. Am I missing something?

    -MKL
    My riding buddy, who turned me on to this gear, had been using them for 5 years. He didn't know either. In fact when I told him about it, he denied it, even though he checked his pair of pants. I had to show it to him, before he'd believe me.

    Try running both sliders of the right leg zipper all the way to the top of the pants and hold them there with your left hand on the zipper pull of the bottom slider. That ensures that the zipper is pulled all the way up. Then pull down on the right side of the zipper where it's open. I bet it falls away. Presto, you only have to put your left left through a pant leg to get them on. Then you wrap the seat of the pants around your butt, fasten the right leg zipper and zip it down the leg. While you're bent over, zip the left leg down. Now you're dressed! lol.

    It might help if you take a jacket with double zipper sliders and turn it upside down. Basically that's what the pants are.

    I first saw this with the Aerostitch suits, thought it was a great idea, and called Wayne at Motoport to ask if he could customize a pair of his pants for me. He'd already thought of it and had it in production.

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    BTW Moshe, the belt buckle goes under the flap with the motoport badge to protect the paint on the gas tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beemerdood View Post
    My riding buddy, who turned me on to this gear, had been using them for 5 years. He didn't know either. In fact when I told him about it, he denied it, even though he checked his pair of pants. I had to show it to him, before he'd believe me.

    Try running both sliders of the right leg zipper all the way to the top of the pants and hold them there with your left hand on the zipper pull of the bottom slider. That ensures that the zipper is pulled all the way up. Then pull down on the right side of the zipper where it's open. I bet it falls away. Presto, you only have to put your left left through a pant leg to get them on. Then you wrap the seat of the pants around your butt, fasten the right leg zipper and zip it down the leg. While you're bent over, zip the left leg down. Now you're dressed! lol.

    It might help if you take a jacket with double zipper sliders and turn it upside down. Basically that's what the pants are.

    I first saw this with the Aerostitch suits, thought it was a great idea, and called Wayne at Motoport to ask if he could customize a pair of his pants for me. He'd already thought of it and had it in production.
    Ha! What do you know! Learn something new every day. Re the buckle, I have heard this before, but I keep mine on the outside. I just find it easier to get in and out of, and I'm not touching my RT's gas tank (which has a tank pad on it anyway..) Granted, yes, the "right" way to do it is to have the flap covering the buckle.

    -MKL
    Moshe K. Levy
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    1973 BMW R75/5 / 1987 Yamaha YSR50 / 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer / 2015 BMW R1200RT

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    Quote Originally Posted by moshe_levy View Post
    Re the buckle, I have heard this before, but I keep mine on the outside. I just find it easier to get in and out of, and I'm not touching my RT's gas tank (which has a tank pad on it anyway..) Granted, yes, the "right" way to do it is to have the flap covering the buckle.

    -MKL
    Those of us with more ample portable 'emergency food supplies' need the flap and the rubber covered snaps to protect our gas tanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beemerdood View Post
    Those of us with more ample portable 'emergency food supplies' need the flap and the rubber covered snaps to protect our gas tanks.
    lol... noted, my friend, noted.

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    1973 BMW R75/5 / 1987 Yamaha YSR50 / 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer / 2015 BMW R1200RT

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    Thumbs up MP Jacket & overpants

    Have had the Kevlar Air mesh jacket & pants for 3 years....fabulous build....excellent company to deal with....could be my last warm weather gear I ever buy!!!!
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