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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-21-2004, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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I'm new to track riding and I'm looking for a little advice in shopping for some leathers...

What are the best brands & why?
What safety features are the most important?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of 1 pc suits vs. 2?
How much ventilation is adequate?
What features are really nice?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-21-2004, 08:29 PM
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Look for something with thick leather, triple stitching
a back protector and fits tight but doesn't restrict to much movement

One piece stay together in a crash, 2 piece can come apart

preforation is important, I wore a heavier shirt under mine when it was cold. Without it preforation I would over heat in the summer.

Get the best suit you can afford.


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If you're thinking about doing a lot of track days, I'd opt for a one-piece. Two-piece leathers are fine for occasional use and will work well on the street also. If you do opt for a two-piece suit, make sure it has a full-circumference zipper. As Ducman said, pay attention to the stitching... and make sure the suit is fully-armored.

Back protectors purchased separately might be of a better quality than those sewn into suits.

Another brand to throw into the mix is Syed (www.syedleathers.com) - for around $800 you can have a custom-fit, fully-armored, fully-perforated one-piece suit that will fit perfectly and last a long time. If you're not a perfect "off-the-rack" fit, I think you'd be better off going the custom route. Alterations are expensive and can quickly bump the price of a "bargain" suit by hundreds of dollars (and it's extremely important that your leathers fit properly in order to prevent injury).

You want a snug fit. They should feel most comfortable when crouched over in the riding position, not when standing up. A snug fit is important because you don't want to end up with a painful "snake bite" injury if the material was to bunch/fold up around your skin in a crash. You don't want the sleeves riding up your arm, taking the chance of leaving flesh exposed.

Just some things to consider.

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Also, don't discount a used suit. Try http://www.newenough.com . We all have heard great things about them. They are very honest in sizing and condition of their items. I'll be checking the site out soon for a pair of boots. Seems my last get off did some damage to the boots. Still useable, but starting to get tore up.

Oh, and spring for a good back protector. I don't know if I'd trust one in the suit and for about the same price you can have one you can put on with your other jackets.

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Thanks!! That's some great info!

Another quick ? Do the black & dark colored suits seem substantially hotter during summer months? If so, would you reccommend white or some of the lighter colors?
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I went with white because I didn't want to take the chance on being wrong in my belief that dark colors retained heat.

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Thanks!! That's some great info!

Another quick ? Do the black & dark colored suits seem substantially hotter during summer months? If so, would you reccommend white or some of the lighter colors?

You're going to sweat your ass off in the summer wearing full leathers regardless what color they are.

I've had good luck with Bruers AGV's he sold me 2 years ago.
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Dark colors do retain heat more than light colors. Good way to test this is set different colored candles on a window sill in the sunlight. A black one will melt faster than a white one.

I'd suggest buying light colored leathers. It also makes you easier to see if you ever wear them while street riding.

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I had a great experience with them on getting a suit for street and occasional track day use.
otherwise go with what kim said and get custom it is the best in the long run. once i loose some more weight i am going custom.
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