Updated April, 2021

Wearing a one-piece leather suit can be such a commitment; they’re a chore to put on, you’re stuck in a racer-like position even when you don’t want to be, and what do you do when nature calls? That last reason must be why apparel manufacturers decided to make two-piece leathers. That, or lots of people just want to wear the jacket most of the time, saving the pants for sporty rides and track days. Two-piece suits offer nearly the same amount of protection as their one-piece counterparts, but they’re way more convenient for those who only see the track once or twice a year. Or never. As you can probably guess, two-piece suits consist of a jacket and pants that zip together in the middle via a circumference zip. Some jacket/pant combos out there connect via a zip connection that’s only six inches or so in length, in the back. We don’t trust them as much as a zipper that goes all the way around, and most sanctioning bodies won’t allow them on the race track. What we have below is a collection of dedicated two-piece offerings from a few of our favorite, trusted manufacturers.

 

Alpinestars Missile 2-Piece Race Suit For Tech Air Race – $1000

If you’re looking for an airbag suit, the Missile one-piecer represents the lowest cost of entry into Alpinestars’ Tech-Air compatible airbag system. Fortunately for those who require a two-piece, the Missile also comes as a jacket/pant combo, and the jacket is still Tech-Air compatible (the air vest is sold separately). Premium 1.3mm leather makes up the main chassis, with large accordion stretch panels at knees and shoulders. Stretch fabric on the sleeves and inner thighs helps provide the feeling of a custom fit and increases freedom of movement. The speed hump is sculpted for ideal airflow at track speeds. CE certified protection at the elbows, shoulders, and knees absorb impact energy.

The pants, like the jacket, are pre-curved and come with a calf-expansion gusset to better accommodate different body types. There’s a full mesh inner liner and a waterproof inner pocket to keep important documents safe. Natch, the jacket can be worn as a standalone item. Sorry ladies, the Missile is only available as a one-piece in womens’ sizes.

Bottom Line/Air bag means maximum safety

Dainese Avro D2 Two-Piece Women's Race Suit – $1150

The women’s version of the excellent tutu leather Avro D2 utilizes S1 bielastic fabric at the back of the knees, crotch, arms and back for a unparalleled flexibility. Inside, the Nanofeel liner is treated with Silver Ion antimicrobial technology to enhance comfort and ensure that the interior of your suit stays like new no matter how hard you ride (as in, perspire). On the hips, you’ll find Pro-Shape soft protectors certified to the EN 1621.1 standard, while composite protectors and co-injected shoulder armor are topped with  aluminum inserts. The suit itself is certified to the CE – Cat. II – 89/686/EEC directive. There’s one inner pocket, and of course a (nearly) full circumference zipper.

Bottom Line/Haute couture moto

Joe Rocket Speedmaster 5.0 Two-Piece Race Suit – $700 - $730

The least expensive option on this list, the Joe Rocket Speedmaster 5.0 two-piece suit is derived from the one-piece version – a very popular suit in its own right. Constructed from 1.2mm-1.4mm cowhide, it features titanium reinforcements on the shoulders and CE armor in the usual spots: shoulders, knees, and elbows. There’s a removable spine pad which can be replaced with an optional CE spine protector (sold separately). Complete with speed hump and ventilation system, the pre-curved legs and sleeves help the suit feel comfortable on the bike. Heavy duty YKK zippers keep everything in place and secure.

Bottom Line/Solid suit at a great price

Spidi Sport Warrior Touring – $1050

The Spidi Sport Warrior Touring Suit is designed for use both on the track and on the road. Certified to the CE prEN 17092-4:2017 Class AAA standard, the Warrior’s defensive weaponry includes shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee Warrior Lite Armor certified to CE Level 1 En 1621-1:2012. For those who want even more, there are internal pockets for both a back and chest protector. Constructed from 1.1 to 1.3mm thick bovine leather, flex panels at the knees, elbows, and ribs  keep you comfortable and prevent bunching and pinching. A pair of removable and replaceable knee sliders are included, and the suit’s speed hump provides optimal aerodynamics along with a pocket for a Hydroback bag and straw (sold separately). That’s a feature you’ll love on a hot day, and one none of the other suits on this list offer.

Bottom Line/Another fashionable and functional Italian

Vanson V932 Mark3 – Velocity Custom Two-Piece Leather Motorcycle Racing Suit – Price Varies

Custom-made leather suits are typically of the one-piece variety because usually only racers go the custom route. But if you’re after a two-piece that’s made to measure, Vanson will be happy to help. There are a few different options in the Vanson catalog for both men and women, but we’ll use the V932 Mark3 as an example, as it’s Vanson’s top-of-the-line custom single-zip two-piece suit for road racing. This custom made suit is constructed of a single layer of 1.4mm competition weight cowhide, Powerstretch, and PROperf leather. Little touches include shoulders and sleeves being rotated forward for easier reach to the controls, brass zippers, and raw edge leather at the wrists and ankles to reduce the amount of bulk in your boots and gloves. Vanson’s patented F.A.S. Armor (Floating Armor System), is located in the shoulders, elbow/forearms, knees and back pad. The Armor is constructed of closed cell foam padding with molded plastic inserts sewn onto the foam. The edges of the plastic are covered with leather for safety. The hips bear CE-approved armor, and Vanson’s patented floating system allows it all to move with the rider for maximum protection.

Bottom Line/Heavy-duty, made in Massachusetts protection

Aerostich Transit – $1864

Do we really need to be racing everywhere we go? No. Aerostich is famous for its textile Roadcrafter suits, but the Transit is as stylish and technical as it gets. Combining specially treated high quality leather with an integrated waterproof laminate results in a material called CORIUM+, which Aerostich claims provides exceptional levels of protection and comfort in all types of weather. This unique, supple, and luxurious leather doesn’t soak up moisture so it never gets heavy, and dries immediately after riding through severe rain. Meanwhile,  millions of micro-vents across the surface of the leather insure that  the moisture on your skin will evaporate right through, even with the jacket fully zipped closed. Aerostich says only the finest cows are chosen to be made into Corium+, quite an honor.

Design updates for the latest ‘3’ version include waterproof underarm vent zippers, a slightly larger pocket on the right forearm (perfect for toll-road money, house keys, etc.), a fold-away reflective cover over the dual-slider zipped back vent, and a near-full circumference (270°) pant-to-jacket zipper.

Bottom Line/A lot of dough, but one suit for all seasons – probably forever

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