Help racers- is this fitment too tight? (one piece)
Hey guys, I went to the local cycle gear, which is the only place in town that stocks leathers. I am 6'3 and a slim 185 lbs. I tried on size 46 Alpinestars suit which fit ok lengthwise, but it was a little baggy in the torso. I also tried a 46 Dainese which fit better and at the time I thought very well, with probably a few inches of extra circumference in the torso again.
They said they had a size 44 Teknic in the back that someone ordered and it didn't fit. I have heard about Teknics fitting tight and have heard advice about getting one size larger in this brand. So I thought, no way will it fit, but I'll try it on anyway.
To my surprise, after a little squirming, I slipped into the suit (The others went on and off pretty easily). It actually seemed to fit very well. The torso fit perfectly, not tight at all, though the legs were a little tight. The sleeves and legs came up a little short, but my boots and gloves will cover the gap no problem. I could stand almost straight up without it being too hard on the boys (it was still quite tight from neck to groin, mind you)
I sat on an employee's bike to see how it felt when in the position, and the only concern I have is that when in full tuck with arms forward, the stretchy areas of the suit (along the lower back and on the sides) feel like they are nearly in full stretch. It is very tight on the legs (I have sprinter's legs), but the stretchy accordion material on the knee still had a little give left, and it doesn't cut off circulation or anything. Also, the bottom of the accordion leather on the lower back was nearly touching the seat, most photos I see of racers on bikes have it positioned squarely in the lower back and not stretched too much. All the accordion pieces still had some ridge shape left, as well.
My question is: how much does a new suit stretch after it is broken in? Should one feel a lot of tightness in the tuck position from the new suit? I don't want to put undue stress on the stitching, that is my main concern. How tight should a new suit be, exactly? I never thought a 44 would fit, but looking in the mirror I look like a pro racer it fits so well. Again, on the bike, it is very tight but not really uncomfortable.
Sorry for the long winded post, but this is a huge purchase for me, and I want to make sure I get the right size. They "may" be able to order a different size (one up) and give me the same discount price, so I do have an option. Thanks for any help!!!
PS- my Motogp suit size 48 is for sale at a discount, brand new! ;) I can't post in classifieds yet.
Last edited by bchandler; 04-26-2008 at 05:14 PM.