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    ok guys on my quest to make it on the track for September next on the list is gear. i got a set of alpinestars smx-6 boot and gp plus r gloves. so with that i will need a set of leathers and a new helmet. right now im focused on leathers. what would be a good dollar point to start at. i see some suits as low as 300 bucks and the go up to 3500. i dont want to go to cheap and not get good protection. im looking at the 800-1000 dollar range. i see some good sales right now. what should i look for in a good suit.

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    After my crash in ten at round one, I will never not own a suit with out shoulder sliders. My ac joint still hurts. Just my .02 but any name brand suit your OK.

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    Your target price range puts you into a bunch of good off the shelf size options. Custom will run you a bit more, but depending on your build may not be necessary. If you're wandering NHMS this weekend look me up and while we chat about your EX troubleshooting I can show you what a suit at the bottom of the barrel looks like vs higher up the food chain.

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    Re: leathers

    As with helmets, fit is #1.

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    Re: leathers

    Post up your size (height/weight/chest), plenty of guys here have old/extra suits, and since we're all localish, you could try some on before you buy.
    Don't forget you also need a back protector.

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    I have a Dainese back protector for sale...just saying

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    PM Number9. He was talking of some really good deals on suits being shipped out of Europe. Stateside, I have always found ridersdiscount to have really good prices.

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    Re: leathers

    Buy used if you want a good deal.

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    Re: leathers

    I did not buy new sight unseen until I had several used sets of the same brand, and knew exactly what fit me. One-pieces are tough to guess at fit! After breaking my collarbone I'm wondering if the airbag suits might have been a wiser investment. I did get some rash from a suit that was too large and twisted on my arm, grinding through the stretchy layer (of the suit AND my arm...)

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    Re: leathers

    Quote Originally Posted by carsick View Post
    I did not buy new sight unseen until I had several used sets of the same brand, and knew exactly what fit me. One-pieces are tough to guess at fit! After breaking my collarbone I'm wondering if the airbag suits might have been a wiser investment. I did get some rash from a suit that was too large and twisted on my arm, grinding through the stretchy layer (of the suit AND my arm...)
    That sounds shitty.
    I'm going to Cycle Gear in Connecticut to try on a few suits.

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    You will DIE if you don't wear ______________ suits. You will also die if it's off the rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    You will DIE if you don't wear ______________ suits. You will also die if it's off the rack.
    Oh....well....ummmm what if it's not off the shelf and from a box? Will I still die??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnpewpew View Post
    Oh....well....ummmm what if it's not off the shelf and from a box? Will I still die??
    A box!? Now you've stepped in it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnpewpew View Post
    That sounds shitty.
    I'm going to Cycle Gear in Connecticut to try on a few suits.
    Cycle gear will have Sedici and Bilt (their two entry-level "house" brands)

    Seriously, used suits are the way to go - I wear a top-of-the-line Astars suit that retailed for $1500 that I got for like $400 with no damage. Even if you pay $50 for a professional cleaning/conditioning it's still well worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattR302 View Post
    Cycle gear will have Sedici and Bilt (their two entry-level "house" brands)

    Seriously, used suits are the way to go - I wear a top-of-the-line Astars suit that retailed for $1500 that I got for like $400 with no damage. Even if you pay $50 for a professional cleaning/conditioning it's still well worth it.
    Ya I will look into the used market. I just have no idea how things will fit.

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    Premium Motorcycle Leathers, Jackets, Gloves, Textile Gear and More! has custom suits for very reasonable price. He's a member on SVRider as well.

    I got my two-piece at Revzilla when things went on closeout at the end of the year.

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    If you are serious about racing and plan to do it for a season, go to Vanson. Go there, get measured and get a custom made suit. They are extremely well made and have the best built in armor that will absolutely help you in a wreck. I still have the suit I bought in 1996 when I first got on a track and had countless crashes and always walked away. It has been repaired two many times to count and most of the repairs were done while racing LRRS at the track for free. Listening please BEFORE EVERYONE HERE STARTS BASHING them, customer service is not their forte but quality is. They are made in the USA and in New England, at least the custom suits are. I have nothing to do with them either just love the quality.

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    I'm right over the mass line if you want to try my suit on. It's a Joe rocket size 46.

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    Re: leathers

    So, yeah, if you haven't caught on, asking about leathers can be like asking a motorcycle forum which oil is best... Common thread among most of the posts is get something that fits right first and foremost. If you get that right you've covered a lot of the bases.

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    Re: leathers

    Got an email from Vanson and they have a 15% off sale going on. If you go to the Fall River store, they usually have a rack of used suits for sale you can try on. Bought my first suit there, used.

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    Re: leathers

    I'd echo the suggestion about going used first and figuring out what you like before dropping the coin on a brand new suit. You may figure out you like a certain fit better, a certain type of aero hump, certain mix of leather and stretch fabric etc. There's a lot to it, so give your wallet the benefit of easing into it and having the ability to change your mind.

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    Re: leathers

    ok gona look into used suits. anyone got a used suit they are willing to sell. size 56euro

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    I rented a suit from Seacoast @ the track, don't know if that is still happening.

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    Vanson and others can be negotiated with on overstock, especially when they're having a sale. This is a good route to consider if you fit well in an off the rack size. Best to do that in person so you can verify fit, then bust out the Yankee trader in all of us.

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    Re: leathers

    Another place to look: Motorcycle Apparel and Gear Swap Meet Public Group | Facebook

    Post up what you're looking for, see if you get any hits.

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