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Old 03-27-2006, 02:39 PM   #1
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Default Racing leathers, 2 piece suit vs 1 piece for big guy

I need to pick up a 1 or 2 piece suit to do a begginer track day this spring. I was just going to get and Icon jacket I had my eye on and a pair of pants from Dennis Kirk that were my size (husky )I noticed that alot of the jackets I like dont have a waist zipper which I assume is not ideal for something work at the track. So instead I am now looking at either a 1 or 2 piece suit.

The price is about the same between the two so I am looking to see what people preferences are. I like the seperates as I could always wear them seperate for casual riding (have a Teknic mesh jacket already), but don't know it I am just better off getting a suit and calling it good.
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Old 03-27-2006, 03:06 PM   #2
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Get a 1 piece suit. If you can spend $900, get a custom suit from Barnacle Bill. Stay away from any suit that is too cheap.
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Old 03-27-2006, 03:22 PM   #3
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I believe that most track school organizations will permit a 2-piece if it has a single, continuous 360 degree zipper. Some permit 360 degree multi zippers, however, a single rear zipper is probably out but definitely check with your organization. If you are "abnormally sized" in any way, shape or form, i suggest custom fitted leathers. I'm tall and i have custom fitted Vanson leathers since nothing out there off the shelf fits properly (even in a "tall" size) that way motorcyle leathers need to fit (snug, yet long enough sleeves/torso).
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Old 03-27-2006, 03:41 PM   #4
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I read that as "Racing leathers, 2 piece suit vs. 1 big guy"

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Old 03-27-2006, 03:42 PM   #5
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fatty in a onesie LOL

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Old 03-28-2006, 01:22 PM   #6
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Fat guy in a little coat....

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Old 03-28-2006, 01:29 PM   #7
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Two piece suits are more flexible, you can always use the jacket on the street.

Unless you wanna ride with a 1 piece suit all the time... which doesn't work..

Think Alpinestars GPU or TZ-1.
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Old 03-28-2006, 02:37 PM   #8
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1 piece FTW

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Yeah last night I added up the cost of getting a custom 2 piece from Vanson and it got evil quick. If the track was in town and I know I would be more apt to hit it more then once or twice a season I would do it, but with track record for actually going to things like that I may hold off. What I really need to do is drop 20 or 30lbs, that would make things a lot easier.
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Yeah last night I added up the cost of getting a custom 2 piece from Vanson and it got evil quick. If the track was in town and I know I would be more apt to hit it more then once or twice a season I would do it, but with track record for actually going to things like that I may hold off. What I really need to do is drop 20 or 30lbs, that would make things a lot easier.
Vanson is currently having a $75 off sale on individual jackets and pants. I last went direct to the factory in Massachusetts a few years ago to be fitted and they were having a similar promotion and they accomodated me with the discount even though i was getting custom fitted. IT helped offset the custom tailoring costs a bit.

http://www.newenough.com/product_group_mens_vanson.htm

There are other custom leathers companies and perhaps one is closer to your location. You can always go to a tailor to have all your measurements taken and send it to the company but it's nice to be able to show up there in the flesh and have them do the measurements. Most will take the garments back if the fit isn't spot on but only if they took the measurements themselves.

In addition to Vanson, there's:
Bates Leathers
Barnacle Bills Racing Leathers
SYED Leathers

Look at it another way. If you're as fed up as i was with extremely ill-fitting off the shelf leathers, it's worth the peace of mind knowing that you have proper long term comfort and protection. See, it's not totally about comfort, an ill-fitting set of leathers is also dangerous. If they are too loose, they are at risk of moving around and sliding up in a crash and exposing your skin to the ground rather than staying snug and taking the slide. Additionally, there is what is called "leathers burn" where a too-loose fitting article actually moves around your skin violently enough in a crash that it gives your skin a nasty brush burn because it isn't snug enough to stay stationary on your body.

A quick anecdote about your leathers getting a little tight over the years:

A friend of mine justifies loosing some of the winter pounds by being able to fit back in his full leather suit. He had it fitted when he was in good shape but every spring he finds himself with a few more pounds than when riding season last ended. He calls this process "thinning the leathers." It's always the same story every first ride of the spring.

Joe: "Oh man, the old leathers are feeling a aweful tight this year. I guess it's time to thin the leathers!"



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Old 03-28-2006, 04:34 PM   #11
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cheapest ones I have personally seen were from Reflex gear, somewhere in the $700-800 area for a custom suit, with no extra charges for hump etc. Next cheapest I found was from XES, $999 (licensed racer pricing) for a fully custom suit, no extra charge for patches, names or hump.
Syed and NJK suits are around 1200-1400 with Z customs, Helimot and Zooni similarly priced, albeit a little higher depending on options (being the biggest factor) I went with Syed because of their fair pricing, theyve been around a while, have had good reviews on motorcyclenews.com and every person I have asked whos had em loved em. Ku****ani suits look great but I havent had a chance to do research on pricing etc, but they look on par with the higher end suits out there...same goes for RS Taichi, dont know what the pricing is like, but they look really awesome as well.
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