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Leathers and boots???

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Ok, so this is an opinion question:

I'm looking into leathers and boots. I know that 1piece are preferred but I would rather 2piece cause if I need the jacket and not the pants, then I don't have to worry about buying two jackets.

But anyways, I'm thinking about AlpineStars two-piece cause of the replaceable knee sliders? Any thoughts or opinions? And exactly how does one go about fitting themselves for a 2piece suit?

I'm also looking into Sidi boots? But I am tossed between them and Oxtar. Which is better? Which has easier to obtain replaceable parts? And fitting for the boots, how do you recommend?
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Also remember that there is a bit of difference between a suit and a jacket. The jacket in a 1 piece suit will most likely be shorter than a normal leather jacket so it may look a bit weird if you use it for commuting purpose. Make sure you go to a store and try them on first. A 1 piece will always be more comfortable compared to a 2 pieces but I would have to say that a 2 piece suit is more practicble. You will also have to take into the consideration of the zipper length between the jackets too. Some offer zipper in the back while others offer zippers which completely zip up your jacket and pant. If you end up getting a 2 piece combo of suit/jacket/pant; I'd highly recommend getting a model with full circumference zippers.

As far as boots, I've not had any luck on infos regarding Oxtar but Sidi are much more popular and the reviews are more accessible. Just remember that riding boots aren't meant to be used to walk on as walking around will eat the sole of your expensive boots quickly. I actually have two pairs of sidi boots, a Sidi Scorpion boot for commuting and walking around school campus and another of sidi riding boot (forgot model) for twisties riding.
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Gas Man said:
Samuria... he already has a textile jacket for daily commuting. I believe he is looking for a total protection outfit. Something to wear when he knows he's going out to cause trouble.....

But in either way, the intended purpose of the leather is the first thing we need to know. Just in case I'm wrong...
I don't know about you, but I'd hardly consider a textile jacket the best choice for daily commute and ride around town. It's a personal preference for me but I would always prefer the better protection a leather would provide. I recommended a leather jacket and pant as opposed to a suit because it's more practical, especially for newer riders who may take a while before diving into the twisties and doing trackdays.
Gas Man said:
Samuri, I 100% agree. And that's why I don't own one! However, I think I hit his intentions right on!

Furthermore, with all the squids out their not wearing any type of jacket, a textile is just fine!
GM, I guess you're right.

Grafix, like I said before, most jacket from a 2 piece suit are somewhat shorter than a normal one. Make sure you try them on first to make sure you don't actually look weird (like wearing a jacket one size too small) when you walk out.
Grafixx01 said:
Roger wilco...I got Speedwerks helpin' me out with this so I think I should be ok. Don't believe they'll set me in the wrong direction...
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