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10 hours ago, Darrell Wesh said:

I have a lot of Klim gear but I continually push the Marrakesh because of its comfort and low profile good looks as well as stretch fabric versatility (you can layer very easily with it). Most people don’t want to wear moto-jackets because it’s either uncomfortable or looks out of place/bad. 

Someone once reviewed the Marrakesh and said it felt like wearing yoga pants for the upper body lol. 

Thanks @Darrell Wesh. The Marrakesh sounds great. Right now I'm leaning toward getting a Marrakesh and pairing it with something like this (Forcefield Elite Chest Protector):

 

forcefield_elite_chest_protector.jpg

 

The other option I'm considering is getting the Fox Flexforce and then finding a light jacket with some kind of abrasion resistance. Is all the armor in the Marrakesh removable? I'm thinking I might have two setups, one where I use the Marrakesh and this chest protector, and another where I use the Marrakesh without the body armor (if it's possible) and the Fox Flexforce. I would have considered getting the Fox Flexforce by itself, and I guess some folks ride around with just that on, but does it really have any abrasion resistance at all?

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1 hour ago, Reggie510 said:

Thanks @Darrell Wesh. The Marrakesh sounds great. Right now I'm leaning toward getting a Marrakesh and pairing it with something like this (Forcefield Elite Chest Protector):

 

forcefield_elite_chest_protector.jpg

 

The other option I'm considering is getting the Fox Flexforce and then finding a light jacket with some kind of abrasion resistance. Is all the armor in the Marrakesh removable? I'm thinking I might have two setups, one where I use the Marrakesh and this chest protector, and another where I use the Marrakesh without the body armor (if it's possible) and the Fox Flexforce. I would have considered getting the Fox Flexforce by itself, and I guess some folks ride around with just that on, but does it really have any abrasion resistance at all?

Yeah all it’s armor is removable 

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Many thanks for all the replies, plenty for me to think about :)

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You know all those armour outfits you can buy? The ones that are like exposed armour all over your body? Well they all seem to be like a see through mesh type material with the armour attached to it?

Is there a proper jacket that has that kind of body armour all over it? Cheers (does that all make sense?)

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2 hours ago, Retrovertigo said:

You know all those armour outfits you can buy? The ones that are like exposed armour all over your body? Well they all seem to be like a see through mesh type material with the armour attached to it?

Is there a proper jacket that has that kind of body armour all over it? Cheers (does that all make sense?)

Yeah I think I know what you're getting at. I've done a bit of research, tried out a bunch of jackets, and the jackets I've found that have elbow, shoulder, back and chest protection have tended to be too bulky and inflexible for my taste.

I myself just put in an order for a Klim Marrakesh jacket for its purported comfort and good coverage on the elbows, shoulders and back. It doesn't have chest protection so I bought a separate Forcefield elite chest protector. I'll see how that goes. I'm also considering, in addition, to get the Demon Flexforce X2 D30 and wear that with the Klim Marrakesh with the armor removed.

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1 hour ago, Reggie510 said:

I'm also considering, in addition, to get the Demon Flexforce X2 D30 and wear that with the Klim Marrakesh with the armor removed.

Hmmm good idea. I have both. Although that sort of defeats the convenience of tossing on/bringing one jacket with protection. 

 

1 hour ago, Reggie510 said:

I've found that have elbow, shoulder, back and chest protection have tended to be too bulky and inflexible for my taste.

You will be very happy with the Marrakesh then. D30 conforms to your body and gets more flexible with body warmth so you barely feel the armor there. The 1000 denier stretch fabric of course is the showstopper and makes it the most comfortable moto jacket. 

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On 8/31/2019 at 10:54 PM, Unventor said:

@Gasmantle

Instead of the POC jacket I suggest to look for something called xion from Holland.

https://xionpg.com

 

https://xionpg.com/body-protection/longsleeve-jacket-pro-d3o/

 

This looks pretty good.

The question is, what to wear over it that as some abrasion resistance.

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Fot those that use the Demon Flex Force X2 D3O, how do they fit with wrist protectors?

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On 9/8/2019 at 12:46 AM, Darrell Wesh said:

Hmmm good idea. I have both. Although that sort of defeats the convenience of tossing on/bringing one jacket with protection. 

Yeah, I totally get that, and I have similar reservations. My idea at the moment is to use the Marrakesh with armor when I'm commuting/running around town and to use the Demon FlexForce + Marrakesh without armor when I'm cruising at higher speeds or off-roading. In terms of the second scenario, my preference would be to use the Demon FlexForce by itself, but it doesn't seem like it has a lot of abrasion resistance?

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4 hours ago, Reggie510 said:

Yeah, I totally get that, and I have similar reservations. My idea at the moment is to use the Marrakesh with armor when I'm commuting/running around town and to use the Demon FlexForce + Marrakesh without armor when I'm cruising at higher speeds or off-roading. In terms of the second scenario, my preference would be to use the Demon FlexForce by itself, but it doesn't seem like it has a lot of abrasion resistance?

Zero abrasion resistance. It’s designed for snow really. 

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Hi there,

I had my first "gravity adjustment" and hamburger-ed my Z10 to the ground.
My Macna motor vest (with elbow and shoulder-padding) worked fine - albeit with a slight color change to green ...
But my chest (and therefore so was I) was looking for air after this encounter ...

SO I added these to my guard-robe (:-)) :

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A bit colorful, but hey - live little ... longer.

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1 minute ago, Rehab1 said:

 

Sorry to hear this buddy! Wow you really got beat up! Unfortunately the bones you broke are hard to immobilize so the healing process is lengthy. I feel really bad for you! Prayers!

Yeah, it's a doozy alright. Thank you Dan!

 

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3 minutes ago, Rama Douglas said:

Yeah, it's a doozy alright. Thank you Dan!

 

For some reason you were the last person that I expected to crash. Best wishes on your recovery!

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:blink:  Oh man that sucks to hear that.  Hope you have a speedy recovery @Rama Douglas.  Everyone falls sooner or later.  It’s just the nature of defying the laws of physics on one wheel that really shouldn’t be going this fast at all when you think about it.  Some people luck out and ninja out of harm’s way,  but harm has a way of getting even eventually.

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9 hours ago, Hunka Hunka Burning Love said:

:blink:  Oh man that sucks to hear that.  Hope you have a speedy recovery @Rama Douglas.  Everyone falls sooner or later.  It’s just the nature of defying the laws of physics on one wheel that really shouldn’t be going this fast at all when you think about it.  Some people luck out and ninja out of harm’s way,  but harm has a way of getting even eventually.

Thanks Hunka! And yeah, I blame the Drum and Bass in the cans. Makes me ride more aggressively...LoL 😜

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I have this. https://www.lazyrolling.com/products/2019-armored-hoodie-by-lazyrolling

 

I really like it and it's keeps me decent hot. Also very stealth look. I have the version I linked to, but the 2020 version should also be absolutely fine. Just remember to buy the pads that their also selling :P

Edited by Legend27

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I got this as a standby once weather gets cold enough to justify wearing it, ill likely add the bright vest n chest armor addition.

In the meantime been wearing that Chinese armor vest guard under numerous names from Amazon lol, much comfier in hot humid weather. I do find the irony of having spilled twice when I decided to leave it off by chance. Wrist guards work. Always walked away with a tingly nipps if anything, n just feeling I was hit in the chest with a 2x4 so far.

Edit: I just tested wearing the Chinese armor vest over the slate jacket and does feel snug, I like it, though new problem is getting a size larger wristguards and elbow pads to wear over jacket/elbow pads now. Here I was feeling it's cool enough, as soon I took it off I'm actually sweating underneath. Dang it is breathable under all that!

 

Edited by giggidditygiggiddity
edit: the pilot slate is meant to cool but I think my body just heats up alot thus my reasoning it really needs to be air cold. I was surprised the add on visibility vest is about $65usd, where the slate jacket is just $99usd, it has foam on the back/elb

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