Originally Posted by motorman587
Not for me. I looked hard at these this last fall when I decided to get better protection than the polypropylene coated products I was wearing. I read a Dr.'s account of how he had witnessed polypropylene coated polyester products melt into crash victim's skin in the E.R.
Plus, people complain that Roadcrafters are hot above 85 degrees. I wanted something that I could wear year round without having 2 sets of jackets/pants or 2 separate suits.
I went with Motoport Ultra II Air Mesh Kevlar. I also had them send me a few samples of the material as well as their Kevlar stretch material. It's supposedly the only textile approved for FIM racing. I also purchased the winter & breathable waterproof liners.
The Air Mesh kevlar is significantly cooler than my polyester mesh gear because the air actually gets through the mesh, and the armor has holes drilled into it so it partially gets through it as well. I also bought a phase change vest from a company in FL, but it was too late in the season to use it by the time I received it.
What really made me decide on the Motoport Kevlar over Olympia, Rukka, or Aerostitch was the combination of better protection/coolness in the heat. I had also read testimonials of people who have crashed in their gear both on the track and on the street ( one guy at over 130mph). The guy who crashed at 130 was told by the police & EMTs that he wouldn't have survived had he not been wearing what he was. I'm sure you'll read similar testimonials on the other brands, but I don't believe their armor is as good as Motoports ( it exceeds CE standards) or they are as cool in the summer.
Motoport's website is way outdated, but I was very impressed with their customer service. They will do custom sizing and also custom colors, or little things like adding an extra zipper for a small fee.
I'm sure you'd be very happy with an Aerostitch Roadcrafter if you crashed in it, but living where you do, I think you're going to roast while wearing it.
If you'd like to read more about it here is a link to a thread in ADV Rider
Also, if you crash in a Motoport & they can't fix it, they will replace it for free.