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help shakey shop for a track suit. short people chime in...lol

shopping suits and wanted some feedback from the org

im about 5'5" tall my chest measures 44-45.5

waist around 31-34 at my fattest

inseam around 28-29
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Re: help shakey shop for a track suit. short people chime in...lol

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shopping suits and wanted some feedback from the org

im about 5'5" tall my chest measures 44-45.5

waist around 31-34 at my fattest

inseam around 28-29
Totally off your topic but you're not much taller than me.. It's surprised me the amount of shorter blokes who are riding..

But.... I have a 32" inside leg and a very short body

If I had your body height on top of my legs I'd be about 5'8".. which is how tall I've always wanted to be...

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Re: help shakey shop for a track suit. short people chime in...lol

I suffer the same problem as you; unable to find a suit that is comfortable all round, as I have short legs. In the end I bought a suit the fitted the top part and had the trousers altered by a local guy that makes and alters suits for club racers. Is now like a made to measure suit. Worth every penny!
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btw i weigh about 170-185

hey loopy at least with the long legs it makes the reach to the ground better
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Re: help shakey shop for a track suit. short people chime in...lol

Have you thought about a custom suit or a modified off the rack suit?
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Have you thought about a custom suit or a modified off the rack suit?
That's my thought as well. If you want to go the custom route, Barnacle Bill makes excellent suits for a really good price, not much more than you'd pay for a good off-the-rack.

Vanson is good, too, but custom is pricey. Check their website to see what they have, I know they will alter their off-the-rack stuff.

RS Taichi makes a good suit, as does Alpinestars.

Best bet is to try some on, not the easiest thing to do, as shops don't seem to stock very much. Or, find an online place that will work with you and let you exchange.
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Re: help shakey shop for a track suit. short people chime in...lol

I'm close to that size (about 2 inches shorter and a couple inches less round) and my JR suit fits pretty well. Its a 38. Its a few years old so I'm not sure if they still fit the same. The jacket has a bit of room around the midsection for me but the pants fit pretty snug around the waist so they might be a little tight on you even though they have an elastic band.

trying stuff on is your best bet. you might be able to mix and match pants with jackets if you're going with a 2 piece.

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im looking solely for a 1 piece. i havent looked to much into custom leathers as i was worried about spending a mint for my first suit. two off the rack suits im looking at are hein gericke celtic and the speed and strength twist of fate. both look of high quality. i plan on trying to find a place to try on a few.



i plan on using the suit on track days and when im just out riding.

i have a setup already for general use/commuting

the hardest part i see in shopping for a suit is that my chest, back, and arms are larger than average for my height. used to like to work out and lift weights back in the day...

even my calves are large for my size! its kinda weird
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I'm tellin' ya, check out Barnacle Bill. I think he can do a custom for around a grand. You'll pay that much for a high end suit anyway. It should fit properly, especially if you're going to do trackdays. Have you done trackdays before? If you do any NESBA or Absolute Cycle days, lemme know!
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Re: help shakey shop for a track suit. short people chime in...lol

You would be a perfect fit for a Fieldsheer size 44. Our measurements/weight are very similar, except i'm 5'11" with a 32" inseam. The suit was just too short through the torso for me and caused it to be very tight at the top of the shoulders. I sent the 44 back for a 46 and it was long enough, but also a tad loose. Good luck.
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Re: help shakey shop for a track suit. short people chime in...lol

exactly most guys my size are 5'10" or better.

according to speed and strengths size chart at sportbiketrack gear i would be a 44 also. there 44 has a 29 inseam. most size charts dont include any inseam information, which was why i started this thread. so inseam can be a problem either way...

btw how is fieldsheer? i have never really looked at there products
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I'm tellin' ya, check out Barnacle Bill. I think he can do a custom for around a grand. You'll pay that much for a high end suit anyway. It should fit properly, especially if you're going to do trackdays. Have you done trackdays before? If you do any NESBA or Absolute Cycle days, lemme know!

once i get a suit and some sidi vertigo's i want to do a track day. im trying to save up and get a 600 or sv650s before i hit the track, but who knows i am starting to get very comfy with the 929. yet another choice to make. i didnt want to track the 929 not only for learning curve but its just better to have a track bike and a street bike.

i will email barnacle bills. i was just looking at the webpage. looks like good stuff. im curious to what armor he uses?
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Re: help shakey shop for a track suit. short people chime in...lol

I just got it this winter, so I have not worn it much yet. It's good quality leather, well stiched, light weight and has good armor. I found mine on sale for $450 shipped ($600 retail), so it was also a great deal. It's hard to say for sure how it will wear over time or hold up in a crash, but I would buy it over again at this point.
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i will email barnacle bills. i was just looking at the webpage. looks like good stuff. im curious to what armor he uses?
Hmmm, not sure, but he'll let ya know! A lot of racers and trackday guys use him, and I've heard nothing but good things.
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Re: help shakey shop for a track suit. short people chime in...lol

Shakey - try arc-on Motorbike Leathers | Home.

They have fixed me up with a set of made to measure 2-piece for GBP480 shipped. Turn around time was just less than 4 weeks.

The jacket is PERFECT. I love that jacket. I really, really love that jacket. It is SO comfortable it's unreal. On the other hand the trousers aren't perfect, but I think that's because they used a bloke's geometry with my measurements, so I have a lof of room in the crotch area... LOL.

Ian, their main contact is a great guy and I am sure they can help you out.
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