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breaking in leathers

other than just wearing them, how do you guys break in a new set of leathers? I've done about a 1/2 dozen trackdays in my new set, and they are still really tight and stiff. especially in the crotch. No joke, I can barely move my legs far enough to stick my knee out.

so do you guys have any tricks? leather softener or anything like that?
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You need a larger size or some that are cut different. I can move around in mine just fine and they are new.




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other than just wearing them, how do you guys break in a new set of leathers? I've done about a 1/2 dozen trackdays in my new set, and they are still really tight and stiff. especially in the crotch. No joke, I can barely move my legs far enough to stick my knee out.

so do you guys have any tricks? leather softener or anything like that?
Do you still have that two piece?? Cuz i've got the same problems with my A* track pants.

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You need a larger size or some that are cut different. I can move around in mine just fine and they are new.
He said leathers, not chaps...damn Harley guys

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Do you still have that two piece?? Cuz i've got the same problems with my A* track pants.
yeah, two piece Joe Rocket speedmaster.
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Wasn't someone selling a 1 peice AGV on here for 175 buckarooskies? Buy that motherfucker. Thats a steal.

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is a one piece cut different in the legs?
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is a one piece cut different in the legs?
I think all brands have a slightly different cut.

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awesome, thanks Nick
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Write down that phone #. You never know, that mite be a violation of CLSB policy. You can never tell around here.

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IF they are as you say, you have the wrong size.

Leather doesn't stretch real well, if it did, it would make a lousy track suit.

Get some nylons or a lycra suit, those stretch much better. Otherwise, get some leathers that fit you.

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Get "The Pouch". This is a custom mod to your leathers, specially made for those with a big sack. Feeling the pinch? Feeling like Rossi, where you have to adjust your boys every time there is a camera on you? Well, the answer is "The Pouch". Send for your measurement kit. In this kit, you'll find calipers, a ruler and a rubber band. Caution, do not leave the rubber band on after performing the measurement proceedures. Or you may no longer need "The Pouch".

Also available is the "The Cage". Keep racking your pods on the tank? Tuck 'em into "The Cage". Made of titanium and delrin plastic, this item will perform as a "nut slider". Similar to frame sliders, it will take the brunt of the punishment when you land your stoppie. Keep everything comfortable and protected, and avoid cussing inside your helmet as your items get pushed, pulled, twisted and skidmarked.
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one trackday in 90+ temps works even better than peeing in them.

+1 on Lithium. You can get the 'roo MotoGP suits for a ridiculously good price.

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Try Underarmor or some equivalent spandex/nylon pants, I had a hell of a hard time moving around at first in my suit until I used those. If you still have problems, the suit is just too small down there

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Try Underarmor or some equivalent spandex/nylon pants, I had a hell of a hard time moving around at first in my suit until I used those. If you still have problems, the suit is just too small down there
yeah, I wear under armor. that helps with putting them on and taking them off, but not much beyond that.

I guess I'll try a one-piece suit from another brand. I'm going to contact Lithium to see what they reccomend, but does anyone know if certain brands fit certain body types better? My old suit was a teknic, and it was too big in the waist and chest, and a tad too short. the JR suit is the perfect length, and good thru the waist, but too tight in the legs, and too big in the gut.

I'm 6'1", 225. I'll probably be down to 210 or 205 by track season. 34 waist. 46-48 chest.
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You need a larger size or some that are cut different. I can move around in mine just fine and they are new.
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You need a larger size or some that are cut different. I can move around in mine just fine and they are new.
+1 My new sit fit like a glove from day one, with full range of motion.

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Call or e-mail Vanson Leathers. They can make you a custom suit that fits you properly.
Their web site address is vansonleathers.com
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I'm 6'1", 225. I'll probably be down to 210 or 205 by track season. 34 waist. 46-48 chest.

What size and what brand suit did you get?

Some suits, like Vanson, to take some break in time. And it is easy to break in a suit if it's wet. A shower and a ride will break it in. But it will be screwed if it is just too small.

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You might need a custom suit.

My suit doens't fit 100% correctly; the crotch-to-neck measurement is too short. But if I were to go one size larger, the legs would be way too long, as they are already a little bunched up in the knees.

Granted it's a bitch to get on, it's comfortable while riding, and that's all I care. Nothing is loose so the armor will stay where it's supposed to be in get-off.

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What size and what brand suit did you get?

Some suits, like Vanson, to take some break in time. And it is easy to break in a suit if it's wet. A shower and a ride will break it in. But it will be screwed if it is just too small.
it's a joe rocket speedmaster, 2 piece, size 48.
I've ridden in the rain with it on, and it's seen it's share of sweat. I've also been wearing it around the house this winter, doing my knee rehab stretches and shit. yet, the legs are still pretty much skin tight.

I'm pretty sure it's just not the right size. and part of the problem is that the inner thighs and crotch don't have stretch panels like you see on some one piece suits. I got a great deal on it, so I should be able to sell it without losing much, and try another brand one piece, or a custom.

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I rent suits, and, seat of the pants, I'd say you'd be a size 50.

I'm a firm believer in Vanson Suits. Custom is only $150 more than off the rack. They have custom gloves too now...which were great for me as I've got long, narrow fingers with a lot of flex...I usually have to buy gloves in XXL but my fingers fit in M.

Good inner pannels don't stretch a whole lot. A little, yeah, but it needs to have some integrity to hold the suit together otherwise it will just tear apart around some sensative areas.

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What size and what brand suit did you get?

Some suits, like Vanson, to take some break in time. And it is easy to break in a suit if it's wet. A shower and a ride will break it in. But it will be screwed if it is just too small.
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Are you ice riding this weekend?

Seriously though, riding in the rain breaks in a leather suit or leather jacket really nice.

Same thing with a new pair of ice hockey skates. Soak a pair of socks in hot water, put the socks on and go play. THe skates mold to your foot.

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Army boots too. Stand in a bucket of warm water for five minutes. March for the day. Broken in instantly. Warm water usually works better, that's why the shower is good.


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