The Slatin SMG-1 is one of the best budget jackets we’ve ever tested. By Ken Conden (read original review here
Richard Slatin of Slatin MotoGear is a lifelong rider who saw a need for simple and functional gear at an affordable price. Slatin MotoGear is just Richard and his manufacturing partner, so there’s not much standing in the way of him creating exactly the garment he wants. And for a first effort, the Slatin MotoGear SMG-1 is excellent. It may be rather basic compared to high-end (and high-priced) riding gear, but for the money the features, fit, finish, and construction are quite good.
For $199 you get a simple but attractive 600-denier shell laminated with a waterproof and breathable membrane, so the chassis is both durable and weatherproof. Instead of cheap padding there is CE-approved armor at the shoulders and elbows, as well as a sturdy CE-rated back protector. It’s clear that Mr. Slatin understands the importance of quality armor in a riding jacket.
Those small gripes aside, the SMG-1 jacket is a good-looking garment. Contrasting fabrics and small pads on the upper arms, shoulders, and along the lower back add visual interest to the otherwise basic shape. The understated styling should appeal equally to adventure, sportbike, touring, and cruiser riders.
The SMG-1 can also accommodate all types of riders and riding positions. An extended back panel is designed to cover the lower back of riders crouching on sportbike, and the extra-long sleeves shield the wrists when reaching for clip-ons, dual-sport handlebars, or ape hangers. The sleeves are a bit awkward when off the bike, but the zippered cuffs, strap closure, and inner gusset do a good job keeping out wind on the road.
There are plenty of competitors in this price range, but if you want a jacket that functions well, is priced right, and is manufactured by a guy who you can call anytime if you have a problem or suggestion, consider the Slatin MotoWear SMG-1.
Slatin MotoGear’s SMG-1 Jacket