Nicky Zarras | Managing Editor
A new motorcycle riding apparel product line, Mtech, has made it into the United States. Mtech was founded in 2001 as an offshoot of MASTOTTO, the European leader in leather processing and production. Mtech markets an adventure series jacket and pants. It is their most successful line. It is very handsomely styled with Italian design style influence. It has 12 pockets, seven of which are waterproof. The water proof membrane and removable quilted jacket make it a very versatile suit. It comes in a gray, black and blue pattern design and the all black design which I tested. This is a very high quality unit.
The shoulders and sleeves outer fabric is heavy CORDURA 500. This fabric has strong tear strength. There are elastic fabric zones in the arm holes and Cordura stretch areas on the hips and elbows. Internally are two removable Valtherm Technology liners which have a differentiated density honeycomb structure wadding, a padding that uses the micro-spaces created by thousands of small “cells” to form and internal “air chamber”. These air chambers increase breathability and help reduce trapped water vapor. The outfit uses Schoeller c_change™ technology (conformal membrane permeability) fiber which is 100% waterproof, windproof, yet breathable. At higher temperatures the fabric lets in more air to cool you and when the temperature is colder the fabric restricts air movement retaining body heat. It also has RefrACTION Technology that allows the black fabric color fabric to reduce solar heat affect at temperatures above 47F vs. normal black fabric. There is “CE” armor in the jacket and pants. The pants zip fasten to the jacket and have elastic support.
On the road the jacket is very form fitting and feels like a second skin. The jacket comes lined with two additional liners. The liners attach to the jacket via zipper and snap fasteners in the sleeves. With the heavy liner removed, the lighter one felt warm in the 65 degree Las Vegas sunlight, and felt very comfortable when the sun set. The jacket has vents in each shoulder, and two vents on the lower rear part of the jacket. There are adjustment snaps in the upper arms, and the sleeves close well over my racing gloves. There is a zipper snap to keep the wrist level zipper from opening. On the right side there is a vertical zippered pocket. Below it a standard pocket that zips and snaps closed. On the left side there is a horizontal zipper slot pocket, and below that a standard pocket that zips and snaps closed. Inside there are two waterproof zippered pockets. The collar is heavily padded and adjustable. There is “CE” armor in the elbows and shoulders and there is a back pad. There is a transparent pocket on the left hand sleeve, great for maps, ID or my garage remote. There is a waist adjustment that held well. There are built up areas in the upper chest and middle of the back. The jacket can be folded and fit within a side case bag.
The pants with their elastic construction zones felt like they were not there except for the weather protection. The pants come lined with two additional liners also. The liners zip at the top and have dual snap loops on the bottom to keep them from riding up when worn. They work well. The pants belt area has two position snaps and a wide Velcro panel on both sides to adjust the belt width. It held tightly and comfortably. The pants have four zippered air vents. The side pockets have zippers. There are two cargo pockets that close with zippers and snaps. CE armor in the knees and padding in the hip areas add protection. The bottom zippers close snugly around my off-the-road boots and have a two position snap to keep the bottom boot zippers from opening. A nice touch. The lined pants had great ventilation and were very comfortable in 65
degree weather without the additional liners. The pants are light enough that you don’t have to remove them when you stop at a rest stop. The main center zipper has an inner comfort liner.
This Mtech adventure series jacket and pants is a fine addition to the midweight adventure jacket market that 95% of the riders wear. The jacket can be worn separately as a winter jacket. Sizes fit the European profile. Here in America, I wear a size 44 jacket. My test jacket is a European size 60. You may want to go one size larger than normal since it has two inside liners. This is a very nice adventure suit. It is well made, stylish, and very comfortable.
In the USA this product is distributed by Jose Iglesias of Total Parts Distributors. He has a 14 day satisfaction guaranteed policy. His contact information is Total Parts Distributor, 2219 Hollywood Blvd, # 105, Hollywood, FL 33020, email: mailto:email@example.com, web: www.mtechgear.com and phone: (754) 400-8964.