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Old 03-10-2007, 09:18 AM   #1
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Default Re: Track leathers for a Tall Guy?

Call Vanson Leathers and have them custom cut. You'll pay more but the fit will be outstanding and the quality will keep you very happy. It will be worth it.
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Old 03-10-2007, 10:20 AM   #2
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I agree with this, with one caveat. vanson makes really good stuff, but it takes a while to break in. If you wear it infrequently the breakin may stretch over a couple of seasons. One more thing. if you do have vanson do something like this and it doesn't fit somewhere, send them back for adjustment right away. vanson is also good about that. a poor fitting, stiff set is just downright painful. i tried to break in/stretchout a wrong measurement once and it broke me instead

i wear kangaroo for racing but vanson cowhide on the street and i don't see any need to switch out for a long time. initial cost is only one way to calculate value. i think the most important measure is cost per wear. for the trackdays i think you'll want to get the upgraded armor.
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Old 03-10-2007, 11:35 AM   #3
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I'm 6'3" and wear 2pc Dainese that zips together. Due to the fact the knee pucks are still new, I have worn my 1pc Roadcrafter with a Bohn back protector to a track day as well.
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Old 03-10-2007, 11:36 AM   #4
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I got my stuff from Z-leathers. Pricey, but well-made and fit perfectly with no break-in.



My stuff is for the street. Too many years of freezing my butt off, and the comfort factor in the wintertime makes it worth every penny. Admittedly, I'm from CA, but we get down to the 30's in the early morning, and wearing leathers keeps the pain away.
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Old 03-10-2007, 12:28 PM   #5
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I got a Z-leathers suit too for racing. Very nice! It came to about $1200 or so (depends on options etc.) Much cheaper than vanson and most other custom leathers.
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Old 03-10-2007, 01:18 PM   #6
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Default Re: Track leathers for a Tall Guy?

Alpinestars makes tall sizes in their Track pants now. They'll zip to any jacket with a 360.



I'm 6'3" 180 lbs, and have a long torso. One pieces are hard to do for us tall guys. I've found that the 2 piece offerings (or jacket and pants combos) typically have more trunk room that a comparative one piece.



If you have the money, I take the other guys' advice above and would go custom. Personally, I'm sick of buying gear on the internet, but there's no local dealers that sell anything other than shoddily made Joe Rocket crap. I have a ton of stuff that just doesn't fit. Grumble.



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Old 03-10-2007, 05:00 PM   #7
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I'll loan you 20 pounds and we can both be 200 even.
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Old 03-10-2007, 05:12 PM   #8
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Have you thought about a textile alternative to leathers? I have an Aerostich roadcrafter suit that they say protects almost as well as leather. Plus it's waterproof.

They're easy to deal with for an internet outfit. They are at aerostitch.com. Good luck!
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Old 03-10-2007, 06:32 PM   #9
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I'm 6'8" and an anabashed track junkie. after wearing illfitting 2 piece suits with the lycra connecting/zipper strip stretched to it's limits for a number of years, (there are no "tall" off the rack 1 piece leathers, by the way) I ordered a custom sized suit from Spyder LeatherWorks. the price was more than right; full featured: vented, speed hump, custom dyed color & design, patches & custom graphics, Bohn back protector sewn in (I supplied) ce armor; all for about half of what I would have paid for a Vanson. This is her 1st year of production, after doing repairs for quite a long time, as well as waranty work for a number of major retail brands, she's doing a limited number of suits this year (20, I believe) at greatly reduced prices, in exchange for extensive rider feedback. I should be receiving it in a couple weeks, look for a review of them at TrackdayMag.com in the next month.

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Old 03-10-2007, 06:33 PM   #10
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Motoport in California sold Kevlar one piece suits with removable pads, at least they did when I bought mine. They are cheaper than leather of the same overall quality. I bought mine in Oceanside, CA. they had a demo of one that had protected the rider from a 100 mph spill at Willow Springs. No torn seams, a couple of worn spots, and the rider got a few bruises.



You might check to see if Motoport (I think that's the right spelling) is still in business.



They make bulletproof vests of that stuff, you know. Furthermore, the Kevlar can be cleaned up in your home washing machine..
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