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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 12-06-2007, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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Leather Gear help

I need leathers for next year and they just might be worked into my Christmas list. However, I have no idea what to look for as far as fit, price, and quality are concerned.

Here are a couple of my current thoughts:
*I want two piece that zip together. I just think it would be more comfortable and more versatile. Plus, I don't see that it costs more to have two pieces instead of one.
*I am not opposed to 'male' leathers if they fit correctly, but I have not had good luck with male pants in the past. I'd even buy female pants with a male jacket if it got me the duo that would zip together. While a few companies are starting to come out with 'female' fitted gear there aren't many options yet.
*I think it's essential that I be able to try this stuff on before buying because I am so concerned about the fit. Being able to buy local would be awesome but price is also a concern when internet pricing is typically cheaper.

So... is there a certain brand, style, or place I should check out for this stuff?
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As for buying online, go try on as much as you can at stores, then remember what it was and everything and buy it online.
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Cycle Gear stores are all over the place ......they have many different brands to choose from( including the ladies) and if it's not in stock, they usually get it in 3 days. They have a .com too .........

http://www.cyclegear.com/
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Cycle Gear stores are all over the place ......they have many different brands to choose from( including the ladies) and if it's not in stock, they usually get it in 3 days. They have a .com too .........

http://www.cyclegear.com/
Find a cycle gear and get them to order what you want and then find your size and style, then say you dont want it. Order it on the internet for cheaper. I don't feel bad for f*cking over cycle gear, it's a chain store.

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Find a cycle gear and get them to order what you want and then find your size and style, then say you dont want it. Order it on the internet for cheaper. I don't feel bad for f*cking over cycle gear, it's a chain store.

That's exactly what I did !
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How about brands and specific versions? Even online I have had a hard time finding leather pants and jacket that have the 360 degree zip feature. Seems like females aren't allowed on the track!
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How about brands and specific versions? Even online I have had a hard time finding leather pants and jacket that have the 360 degree zip feature. Seems like females aren't allowed on the track!
a* is good stuff - remember don't go cheap for the track, leather can burn through, seen suits that have and gave rash to the rider.

http://www.ridegear.com/rg/item/F-25...ece-Suits.html


(I wear the men's version of this suit in a one piece and love it)
http://www.ridegear.com/rg/item/F-44...ther-Suit.html


A* makes a one piece now for women too
http://www.ridegear.com/rg/item/F-53...her-Suits.html

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checkout newenough.com, especially the closeout section. I purchased all my leather gear there using their fit guides. Everything was perfect. They are also testing a 90day same as cash promo wiht paypal.

also, newenough helped me handle a warranty issue with my pants in a matter of an hour.

have a look at webbikeworld.com for reviews on all bits of gear and accessories. They have posted a lot of reviews for womens gear lately.
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checkout newenough.com, especially the closeout section. I purchased all my leather gear there using their fit guides. Everything was perfect.

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How about brands and specific versions? Even online I have had a hard time finding leather pants and jacket that have the 360 degree zip feature. Seems like females aren't allowed on the track!
Teknic "Venom" has a 2 piece with full zipper feature.. the do run SMALL!! get a size larger than you would normally wear.
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If you ever make it out to the east side of the state, two places to go for a good in-store selection are Rec Leisure in Farmington Hills or Sportbike Track Gear in Shelby Twp.

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If fit is that high on your list (and it should be) then go custom. A set of two-piece custom leather should be no more than $1200 if you don't get too crazy with the colors and graphics. And you'll know for sure that it fits you.
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How about brands and specific versions? Even online I have had a hard time finding leather pants and jacket that have the 360 degree zip feature. Seems like females aren't allowed on the track!
A* especially has some nice ladies jackets. And if you're going to mix and match, only one piece (pants or jacket) needs a zipper. They almost always come with the mate so you can just have a tailor sew it to the other piece.

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If fit is that high on your list (and it should be) then go custom. A set of two-piece custom leather should be no more than $1200 if you don't get too crazy with the colors and graphics. And you'll know for sure that it fits you.

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Even with all the help the only real options I've seen so far are by Teknic. There is the Venom and the Vixen. I like the Vixen better, but I think it only comes in the pink version... ugh. Pink does not go well with red which would mean new side covers . I checked Alpinestars too, but there prices are a lot higher and I don't really recall seeing a female 2pc that jumped out at me. Along the custom lines, I did see an ebay store that does custom leather 2pc suits. You send them all the measurements and they do it up for you. It just seems like there would be more options out there. At this point I will start looking for the Teknic Vixen in black. I might need some overseas help with this!

Edit: Braveheart is an awesome movie!
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Edit: Braveheart is an awesome movie!

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Braveheart?? Thats Monty Python baby!!! He RAWKS!!! African Swallow...

Anyway...

The A* Stella suit is an awesome ladies suit, i think you can find it for under $600 and the fit is phenominal while providing the same protection as the mens leather suits.

Also, depending on how tall/big you are, you may also find a lil boys suit to meet your needs. I have a friend on the small side who went that route and loves it!!
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Sweet. I see a couple of Stella's on ebay; TX-1 and Octane I believe.

A little boys suit would definitely not work. And while I currently have a men's mesh jacket and used to have a men's textile jacket, I just don't think the men's pants would fit properly (the Icon jeans I have are horribly uncomfortable since the rise is so high).
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A* is good stuff, I've always heard good things about the Stella suit. Let me know how it is if you get it, and I'll have to start saving.

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