I went thru this same quiz when I bought my GPU, even looked at a couple side by side. In those 3 mid range suits, the only difference I could find was graphics and hump. Never did get the question definitively answered......
thanks for the reply bake. that's pretty much what i have surmised. how do you like your gpu? does it look like it could take a crash and still be usable? for some reason i thought you ended up with the tz-1.Baketech said:In those 3 mid range suits, the only difference I could find was graphics and hump.
For fitment, I used the sizing chart on the New Enough website, and also spoke with them on the phone. (There are other good places to buy, but I've had good luck with them in the past, and was trading in an old set of Vanson pants.)TCD said:also bake, what about fit? i think that the a* stuff seems to size on the smaller end. how did you go about fitment?
Here is my original review, its a bit old, but my opinions have not changed. It's a sturdy well made suit that costs a bit less because it has less flash. I am more than happy with it for my current needs of a few track days per year. With the money I saved, I bought a good quality back protector.Paul's Comments: The GPU suit is my pick from Alpinestars' line-up as being the "best suit for the money". Its construction is very similar to all their higher priced suits: it has GP armor throughout, heavy race-duty leather, and double/triple stitched seams. The knee armor is especially nice. The armor is a two piece design that is very heavy duty, yet articulates well for a good fit and easy movement. In this model suit, the black/grey suit is the only color of this model comes with perforated leather panels in the front torso for cooling. Two other features of this suit that are very nice: First, there is more room from neck to crotch in this suit which allows you to stand up without the usual uncomfortable pull in the crotch (you know what I mean if you've owned a one piece suit before). Secondly, the suit is built with a fully removable/washable liner--a great feature after hot sweaty days. In this price range, this suit is a super value.
My Akito is a size 56. Just to throw a wrench in your gears, I have tried on a size 56 AStars P1 suit and it was way to small on the torso. The pants fit fine but I couldn't fit my shoulders into the damn thing to save my life. If I were buying a Astars suit I'd probably go with a 58 or 60...more likely the 60 because as you noted before...the AStars stuff does run small...Right, Alex? :eyebrows: :rotfl:TCD said:thanks bake, that is great information. you have helped me decide on the gpu.
now, a couple final concerns about fitment. i am 6', 175 - 185lbs (i tend to vary :idunno: ). my waist is a 36 (which would put me in the 52 suit), but based on your height and weight and having the 56 suit, i'm thinking that the 54 size may be right for me. i've also got to keep in mind that my arms and legs are long and i don't want the suit to be too short.
now that i think about it, i think nh was wearing his 52 suit at grattan 1. he and i are about the same size (iirc). could you comment on this nh?
I'm 6' tall....about 6' 1/2" if you want to be specific and at Grattan weighed an even 200lbs.TCD said:thanks for all of the testimonials everyone! i looked at some old grattan photos and i think that i am just a bit taller than nh, so it looks like the 58 will be my best bet. thanks again and i'll let everyone know how it works out! :clap: