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I need recommendations on a 1-pc leather riding suit for a track school, occasional track day, and periodic street duty.

I have no clue what to expect to spend. I would like something of fairly high quality, but I don't want to put myself in the poor house either.

One of the stipulations regarding suits for the local track is that riders are required to wear back protectors if their riding jacket or suit does not have one, so I'll need you to take that into consideration as well.

I'm a long-legged/long-armed 6'3" and weigh 220 pounds, fwiw. I don't want to wind up with something that hits me at the mid-calf and above my wrists if you catch my drift.

Thanks in advance guys!

-Jeff
 

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I do not own an Alpinestars suit, but if I had the money and the need for another suit, it'd be Alpinestars. I'm very happy with their quality and fitment on all of their products I own(quite a few). Very highly recommend them.
 
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I'm really happy with my Barnacle Bill custom suit - Really well made, comes with GP armor and sliders, breathes well, nice liner. Cost was under 1000, shipped. He made it to accomodate my back protector. So you get one that fit you, in the colors of your choice- as if you'd pick more than one... ( silver? You'll look like an alien !) :rotfl:

www.racingleather.com


Edit - I got the suit in 4 weeks. It cost about half of a Vanson or Helimot, or any other custom suit I checked out.
 
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In addition to the Alpinestars, other good brands are RS Taichi and Spidi.
Good custom suits can be had from Vanson, Z-leathers, and Held, to name a few, although you probably don't have time to get a custom made suit done before Grattan.

Check kneedraggers. If you want a used suit, check newenough.com

Vanson has off the rack stuff as well.
 
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I couldn't be happier with my A* GPU suit. It fits well, has plenty of protection, the build quality is superb, and the price was right. I compared this suit with the higher priced models and styling was the only real difference that I could see.

If money was no object though, I would definately get the A* S-MX suit.

Good luck with your search! :thumb:
 
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I just bought a A-Stars GPU suit in the group buy from Cal-Sportbike. I can PM you the price if you like. I'm happy w/ the suit. I doesn't have back protector, so I am "on the prowl" for one now. I was torn between the GPU and the P1, and styling was the only difference that I could tell. The P1 was about $100 more expensive, so I saved the money. Anyway, it's a good suit.

However, the AGVSport Aegis that I just sold b/c it was too small I actually think was better. It just felt thicker and more sturdy. Plus it had foam in the spine area, whereas the GPU has nothing but leather.

Something to think about. I think you can get the AGV suit for 505 from parts411.com


As far as fitment goes: well that is harder. There aren't too many places that carry a good selection of suits, so it is hard to know what will fit and what won't. That is just the risk you take. I have a short stalky/thick build, and the European stuff (like Alpinestars) runs pretty slim. So in order for it to fit you really well you need to be as skinny as ND4SPD. :D My GPU fits as well as any off the rack suit is going to fit me (I think). It is a little tight in the chest and quads, but had I gotten the larger size I think it would have been too long in the legs and arms. It's a trade off.

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After trying on some 40 different brand and size suits, it became clear that once I found a set I could stand up straight in, I could fit 2 other people inside. You may want to consider a custom set from Barnacle Bills or Z's as they both have good turnaround and excellent quality. Once you wear a custom suit, nothing else comes close.
 
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