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    Teknic Lightning


    Any one have any experience with the Teknic Lightning Two Piece Suit?


    Sports cut; better anatomical shaping for improved all round comfort
    Top quality non-perforated cowhide outer shell construction; 1.2 to 1.4 mm thickness for abrasion and tear resistance
    TASC (Teknic® Advanced Seam Construction); rows of hidden stitching providing maximum seam strength
    Knox® CE approved KFP1 armor in shoulders, elbows and knees
    Knox® CE approved TP2 back armor
    Advanced elbow pocket secures elbow armor into the outer shell
    Knee stretch panel allows better knee movement
    Safety wrap seat lined with second layer of leather
    Full motion arm system, a panel of stretch Cordura that extends from the cuff to the chest of the suit with no seams
    Teknic full motion leg system, a 1pc stretch Cordura panel from the crotch to the calf
    Rear kidney stretch panel in pants
    Comfort collar system, a 1pc neoprene collar
    Standard Teknic style knee sliders
    Genuine YKK® zippers throughout for better zipper life and burst strength
    Full circumference YKK connecting zipper makes this suit race legal
    Rear exhaust perforations
    Silver Airtex lining is antibacterial and non allergenic





    I have the feeling that when just wearing the jacket, it is going to be really short and sitting way above the belt line, when I want it just below the belt line.

    What do you guys think?

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    I bought a teknic chicane from newenough back when I started doing trackdays. Was comfortable enough and I rode with it for two years before crashing this march down at VIR (see avatar).

    The leather held up fine but the suit was made from several panels of leather sewn together, and the stitching completely blew apart at all the points that touched the ground. This was in a relatively low speed crash, ~20-30 mph.

    Now, the lightning in the picture is the step up from the chicane and appears to be made up of fewer pieces of leather, nevertheless the whole incident has made me wary of teknic's stitching and I wouldn't buy another teknic suit.

    The model I replaced it with was a relatively cheap AGV but it was made up of solid pieces of perfed black leather and while I haven't crashed it yet, I believe it will hold up better simply because it is a solid design without the strips of various colored leathers like the chicane. When it comes to suits I'm now a believer that less stitching = teh win.

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    Teknic Lightning

    Do you think a jacket and pants combo, not an actual 2 piece, would be better?
    Or, again, does it depend on the stitching and jacket?

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    Teknic Lightning

    a true 2-piece is obviously built to match up to eachother, so in that aspect, a 2-pc would be better... however if you're gonna go on street rides & wear just the jacket, try it on by itself to make sure the jacket is long enough. Typically the jacket that comes w/ a 2pc is a little shorter than your average street jacket.

    I've got an Alpinestars GPU 2-pc & love it (i'd love it even more if it wasn't at fukin Jane's house )

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    Teknic Lightning

    So you find that your jacket from your 2 piece is long enough for normal street use?

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    Teknic Lightning

    I got a Teknic Chicane 2 piece for like $230. It fits well and appears well constructed although I have been told they are cheap POS. ( I wish someone woulda said something) It seems like it is good enough for the amount of trackdays I do, I haven't tried just the jacket but I would think it would be ok alone.

    Another note on sizing, I think they run a little small I thought I would fit in a 44 but a 46 was MUCH better (plus I can get it altered, easier to alter to smaller than larger) So you might want to get one size bigger.

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    Teknic Lightning

    I have an older version of that suit.

    The jacket is way short to wear without the pants.. I never wear it alone.

    They are track leathers period.. no good for the street. (Only one pocket doesn't help)

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