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post #1 of 65 Old 04-16-2005, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
 
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I'm in hell! (shopping for leathers, a tall man story)

OK, so I'm 6'3" tall, pretty long legged.

About 212 pounds right now.

Wear a 46 to 48 jacket.

Have a 34-35" waist depending on what's for lunch, lol.

Where the hell am I gonna get leathers w/o spending BIG bucks on custom Vanson or somesuch? I'm looking at the various manufacturers' sizing charts and many of the "tallest" suits show fit only through 6'1" ... and even then they're cut for guys with huge bellies.

Wtf?
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Re: I'm in hell! (shopping for leathers, a tall man story)

Grow a big belly...problem solved....

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www.trackoholics.com Kushitani leathers. Jim Sheldon can get good deals on the stuff. That's my next set, whenever I'm ready.
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Re: I'm in hell! (shopping for leathers, a tall man story)

Barnacle Bill's makes great leathers and are priced less than most of the other custom manufacturers.

Disclaimer...I own custom Vansons (worth every penny), but I've heard lots of good things about BB's.

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Re: I'm in hell! (shopping for leathers, a tall man story)

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Grow a big belly...problem solved....
No thanks.

Besides, I'd still have my long legs to deal with.

ND, I checked the sizing charts and it looks like I'll have the same problems.

RR - here's their website. http://www.racingleather.com/
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No thanks.

Besides, I'd still have my long legs to deal with.

ND, I checked the sizing charts and it looks like I'll have the same problems.

RR - here's their website. http://www.racingleather.com/
They can do custom as well.
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Re: I'm in hell! (shopping for leathers, a tall man story)

Bill is repairing my track only leathers now. Gp armor in the shoulders and elbow and replacing the zipper between the jacket and pants for $140 not bad. His custom leathers aren't bad priced either.

It's amazing how stupid some people can be.
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Re: I'm in hell! (shopping for leathers, a tall man story)

Same problem here at 6' 2" 180 lbs. It's either custom or two-piece for you, brother!
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Re: I'm in hell! (shopping for leathers, a tall man story)

Welcome to the world of "Pay to Play". At 6'5" and ~ 170 pounds there isn't a set of off the rack leathers that come close to fitting me unless I put in a crash test dummy alongside before zipping them up.

Now once you really decide to do this, I can recommend BB (as mentioned above), Kushitani, Z Custom (most excellent suits) or a few others. In regards to delivery time, you need to make a critical decision right now or you won't see them before September. Personally, I would avoid Syed, Fieldsheer and Joe Rocket, and remember that a set of leathers is not the place to save money. A poor fit (too big) can cause you grief in a getoff, while too small makes riding a chore.

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Re: I'm in hell! (shopping for leathers, a tall man story)

Buy the ones with the big belly so you can take Bacchus along for the ride while on the track.

Like a mama kangaroo and her joey is the picture I was going for before you chime in.
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Buy the ones with the big belly so you can take Bacchus along for the ride while on the track...
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Re: I'm in hell! (shopping for leathers, a tall man story)

Chain, you normally ignore my advice but if you listen to me once, do it now ...order custom leathers from one of the shops Abtech mentioned. I would add Helimot as a possibility but they may be priced higher than a couple of the others.

Poor fitting leathers can be torturous and ineffective. And you want to know you're wearing a quality suit should the need arise to test it. It's not that much more money for the good fit and peace of mind.
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Re: I'm in hell! (shopping for leathers, a tall man story)

Bend over for the custom leathers ya cheap Bastid!
I'll second Helimot. Not just because I bought from them, but because of what they did for me after I trashed the first set.

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I'll second Helimot. Not just because I bought from them, but because of what they did for me after I trashed the first set.
They went above and beyond for my wife and I on a few occasions.
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Re: I'm in hell! (shopping for leathers, a tall man story)

Odd sizes - Barnacle Bill - for sure. Custom made, 900- $1000 with full armor and sliders, shipped. Great product, great people. Every bit as good as any leather suit I've seen at whatever cost.
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