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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-16-2006, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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leathers question

i am looking on doing my first track day at the end of this month, question is do you guys recommend a leather suit or separate pants and jacket??? and why one or the other?
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A one piece offers more protection because it's less likely to come apart and/or ride up during a slide.

A two piece can be more comfortable and easier to put on/take off.

Wearing just half of the one piece can also be a little tricky.
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A one piece offers more protection because it's less likely to come apart and/or ride up during a slide.
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I'd buy a one piece just for that reason, that is unless you plan on using the armor when riding on the street, then i'd get a 2 piece. Even with a 1 piece, you can still unzipper to the waist and let it hang off of you so you dont stay hot while in the pits waiting to grid up.

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I like my one peice. I have taken it off and worn it around my waist a few times but I've been told by a few trusted in the leather bus people that it's way hard on the zipper. I usually just hold mine up or take them off. Seems to work for me. I don't trust the whole two peice thing just because of the zipper in the middle. I don't know if they would split or not but I wouldn't want to find out either. I have a SPIDI set that I really like, they are very comfy and I've worn them on the street more than once when it has been cold or we were doing long rides. Good luck at the track

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A 2 piece is sometimes cheaper and you can use the jacket and/or pants seperately when riding on the street. I had a 2 piece JR Speedmaster for my first 2 years riding track and I crashed twice in it. The second crash was a nasty highside and the suit held up great. I was sliding for a good 150 feet or so and the suit didn't come apart. I did like the comfort of being able to take off the jacket in between sessions.

Since then I've gone to a custom made 1 piece from Syed. I'm a little dude and off the rack suits didn't fit me well. The 1 piece is nice and fits great but sometimes on those hot days I miss being able to take off that jacket and walk around.

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I got a 2-piece just because I'm a female and it's easier to go to the bathroom I'm not too worried about the zipper because I wear a back protector too.

I don't think I have ever seen a guy wearing a 2-piece at the track (but then again I've only been to 4 track days).
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2 piece suits are pretty safe, the one issue I had was the connecting zipper would some times ride up a little, and I slid on my belly where it actually rode up and exposed my skin to the asphalt once. Not fun... but luckly it only burned 2 layers of t-shirts and I didn't get rashed.

Also, it's hard as hell to get a full size back protector in a 2 piece suit. The tail bone protector doesn't want to stay in the pants. I always ended up just folding it back.

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2 piece suits are pretty safe, the one issue I had was the connecting zipper would some times ride up a little, and I slid on my belly where it actually rode up and exposed my skin to the asphalt once. Not fun... but luckly it only burned 2 layers of t-shirts and I didn't get rashed.

Also, it's hard as hell to get a full size back protector in a 2 piece suit. The tail bone protector doesn't want to stay in the pants. I always ended up just folding it back.
+1

I had the same situation happen to me recently, except I got rash on my belly. I could feel it happening, so I rolled over.....and over and over and over, ragdoll style. Happened at Putnam, nice abrasive track.

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I was encouraged to get a one piece for the track. I opted for a cheaper one at first,to give the track a try, and have since upgraded to a better brand.
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Get a 1-piece if you plan on doing lots of track days or go racing.

Otherwise, get a two-piece with a full-circumference zipper. Go perforated for summer comfort.

I was thinking about having Alexa put some buttons on the inside of my 1-piece, so I could make a pair of suspenders to go inside... so they can hang off me without having to stress the zipper.

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