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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-04-2009, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Altering leathers...

I bought a pair of Alpinestar Apex pants that fit my waist but are waaaay to long for my Mayan physique... the knee pads are on my shins!!!

Is there a local option for altering them or am I better off reselling them?

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Sounds like they might be way off but have you tried adjusting the armor up at all? They have a fair amount of adjustability.

I know the top of the knee armor in my Astar track pants was in line with the bottom of my knee cap when I first tried them on. I had no problem moving them where they needed to be.

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Yep, Alexa can for sure help you.

If the knee cups are at your shins when you're in riding position/squatting, (they'll always be low when standing straight) or if they're pushed way up with your boots on, then yeah, they're too big, and the bunching behind your knees will get uncomfortable real quick.

She'll probably (I'm guessing based on my limited sewing knowledge) have to take them apart from the knees down at the seams above the ribbing, cut them down, then reattach the legs to get the knees up where they need to be.

Chances are pretty good you'd have to do this with any other pants you buy. She does excellent work. Her shop is on the south side of Milwaukee, and for custom tailoring it's usually better if you go there in person so she can measure you. She can ship them back to you.

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I've used Alexa, she is good.

I've also used Jim Marcum and he is good as well.

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Originally Posted by ronhix View Post
I've used Alexa, she is good.

I've also used Jim Marcum and he is good as well.

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I've used both with good results as well. I like Jim since he's local, you can take things to him and try them on for best fit.

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