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Old 04-28-2005, 02:50 AM   #1
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Default Re: I refuse to buy custom leathers online!

I don't know about Vanson, but Bates will send you a card so you can go into your local tailor or seamstress and have your measurements taken. You're still dealing with phone/mail/web ordering, but the end result is all good.



They made a jacket for my wife that way and the fit is perfect. If you've ever helped a woman shop for motorcycle gear, you know that a perfect fit doesn't just happen.
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Old 04-28-2005, 04:35 AM   #2
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Vanson does the same as Bates, and I am certain other custom suitmakers do as well. On the other hand, if you are really nervous about it, you can always use it as an excuse for a ROAD TRIP! to your chosen suitmaker!
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Old 04-28-2005, 05:03 AM   #3
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I have experience with Vanson, and they do a great job. I have heard excellent things about Bates and Z Custom as well.



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Old 04-28-2005, 06:01 AM   #4
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Nutsosane, I'm 6'3", 210lbs. I wear a 45-46 long dress coat. I would really recommend taking a look at the Roadgear Jacket from my first post. The XL fits me great with the liner in, and there is plenty of room with it removed.
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Old 04-28-2005, 06:25 AM   #5
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Call Z Leathers at 714-890-5721. These are the people who actually worked at Bates leathers before Bates was bought out. They are superior quality to Bates and they understand custom fit and road racing protection. They also cost less than Bates.They are 100% made on the premisies so custom alterations are no problem, they are very good about alterations and won't try to convince you that the suit fits when it doesn't . More than I can say for their competition.
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Old 04-28-2005, 07:13 AM   #6
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Where are you?



Helimot is great (the best in my opinion) and in the bay area.
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Old 04-28-2005, 08:18 AM   #7
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i am 250lbs 6'0" use bates always a great fit had some z leathers which did not last sill have bates boots & leathers that are 30yrs old

by the way some of bates emp have been with for the 30yrs i have got leathers from them
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Old 04-28-2005, 11:13 AM   #8
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Another vote for Bates. They've been doing longer than any of the other's mentioned. I bought my first Bates jacket in 1967. It lasted a long, long time.
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Old 04-28-2005, 02:03 PM   #9
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I am 6-5 and I had my leathers made by Barnicle Bill in Alabama. I had a seamstress take the critical measurements and I can say they fit like a glove. Much better quality than any thing I see @ the track. He charged me a little extra though, as he had to kill a small calf because one cow was'nt enough. Don't know if he's still around. Try Google
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Old 04-28-2005, 04:12 PM   #10
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Im 5-11 220 lbs with an "uncommon " shape. Off the shelf just dont work, i ordered a custom 2 piece Dirt track suit from Advanced Leathers in Md. he sent a detailed measurement diagram and form. my wife measured me.......leathers fit great. i wouldnt hesitate to order leathers from a reputable company by mail or online.
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