Riding gear is a personal choice and my personal choice is All the Gear, All the Time (ATGATT). 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.
The suit’s shell is constructed of 600-denier Cordura with a waterproof inner membrane and 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 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
Richard Slatin, owner of Slatin MotoGear, 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. The 600-denier Cordura, CE-approved armor and SuperFabric form our three-part ‘Safety Triangle.’”
Slatin searched for an affordable, one-piece, easy on/easy off suit and found the marketplace lacking. He felt the gear in the $350-$500 range was low in features and the high end at $1,000-$1,300 was beyond the reach of many 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-and-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. In the California drought I wasn’t able to test the suit in the rain. Slatin says that while the Reissa membrane in the shell is waterproof, the suit’s YKK zippers are only water-resistant and a trickle of water can get through them, so he calls the suit highly water-resistant.
Pockets at the shoulders, elbows, spine and knees allow removing the armor for washing the suit and/or replacement, if you choose to upgrade with different armor of your own; a nice touch. Choose from black, gray, hi-viz orange and hi-viz green. The price point is $750, right in the mid-range of the marketplace.
Slatin MotoGear sells factory-direct. Check the website periodically for sales; at the time of this writing, the EZ-1 was discounted $200.
For more information, call (928) 775-9061 or visit slatinmotogear.com.