I had great difficulty choosing a size for gear that could not be tried on before purchased. It sucks that shops dont stock Alpinestars gear. When I ask them if they sell Alpinestars thay answer with yes but we dont stock it because it costs too much.
So I thought Id pass on my experience finding the perfect fit.....
I choose a Euro56 for the jacket and large for the gloves. The alpinestars sizing chart I found in the 06' Parts Unlimited catalog is what I used to make my decision. It proved to be very accurate. Unfortunetly I dont have a scanner so I cant copy it for you. But it says euro 54 would equal a us XL, euro 56 would equal half way between us XL and XXL, and euro 58 would equal a us XXL. After I placed the order I saw the sizing chart here http://newenough.com/protective_appa...rt_jacket.html
It got me very worried because my dimentions did not match up to a 56. Im glad I didnt follow it when I placed the order. I would not have been happy.
I usually wear a size XL. Im 5'11", Im 216 lbs, Im not very muscular and I have a gut. I was delighted to see that euro size 56 fit perfectly! I was very worried about the fit. Ive heard Alpinestars gear runs small so I went a hair bigger so it would fit better. Its still a tad tight on me but Im hoping to loose weight anyway. If you plan on getting the optional RC back protector (which everyone suggests but I havent reveived mine yet) I hear it makes it pretty uncomfortable. Ill let you know what I think when it comes in.
As for the Octane S-Moto gloves. I got a large and they are a bit tight. For referance, the Icon Supermoto gloves in large fit me perfect. So I got the same size for the Alpinestars. For some reason the pinky doesnt seem long enough. My pinky bends under the rubber teardrop shaped thing and its actually very uncomfortable when I make a fist. If it was a hair longer the fit would be soooo much better. Im going to keep them because I think the XL would be too big. They are 85% leather so hopefully they streach.
I have not yet ridden with them yet but I am hoping the airflow will be good.
I will post more info once I use them.
So far I love the stuff and I think quality and looks of them are outstanding.