by Sev Pearman
If you have been thinking about a well-appointed, waterproof nylon riding jacket, but have been put off by their prices, check out Motophoria’s stylish Convector jacket; available in blue, gray, red and black.
Motophoria is a newer company based in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. The Convector features a Cordura® shell with leather reinforcement panels on the shoulders, elbows and forearms. The stitching is robust. There is removable CE-approved armor at the shoulders and elbow/forearm areas. There is also a removable foam back pad. Zippers are the ubiquitous big-tooth YKK. The jacket is sewn in Pakistan.
Other details include a padded, mandarin snap collar and snap waist adjustments. The two zippered hand pockets were too small for my XXL hands, even with my gloves off. There is also one zippered, inside breast pocket. The jacket has a sewn satin lining that includes the sleeves. Unfortunately, my arms would usually push the lining out past the sewn cuffs. This was annoying and looked dorky. Also included is a zip-out liner for warmth.
The Convector was comfortable for slow cruises and short blasts, but at sustained freeway speeds, began to ride up on my back. Further, the cuffs lack any adjustment and funneled air up my arms. Maddeningly, the cuff openings are too small to let you stuff your gauntlet under, and too large to permit you to slip the sleeve inside. I had to ride with wrist-length gloves. To be fair, our test jacket was too large for me.
The Convector has a name like a kitchen oven and lives up to it. There are two zip vents on the chest and one cape vent on the back. These passed a little air, but did not really cool, even on an unfaired bike ridden at freeway speeds. The Convector admits more air than it passes, so the jacket would balloon up. I had to settle for having the chest vents half-opened. The foam back pad was hot. Riding without it was noticeably cooler.
While I never caught rain while riding, I did try the hose test, courtesy of a friend’s 4-year old son. The shell was indeed waterproof, including the leather panels. We assume the leather is treated. Unfortunately, the somewhat sloppy fit admitted water at the cuffs and neck. Buying the right size would help, but the budget tailoring eliminates cinching details.
With an MSRP of $199.99 (slightly more for sizes 50 and larger) the Convector is a steal for riders who want a waterproof jacket on those days they don’t want to carry a rainsuit. While we love the excellent construction, smart styling and rock-bottom price of this coat, the lack of adjustments frustrated us. MMM recommends the Motophoria Convector as a “second” jacket but not as an “only” jacket.