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Old 07-04-2010, 07:30 PM   #1
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I went and bought some leather track pants from cycle gear, and the brand was Frank Thomas. I knew nothing about the brand at the time , but later looked up some reviews. About the only thing that I saw was people that had crashed and had had their suits fall apart as a result. Does that brand really produce such POS? Just curious because I plan to start going back to the track soon.
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Old 07-04-2010, 07:32 PM   #2
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Na they are fine. Icon is the brand you must be thinking about :P lol
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I went down with a frank thomas suit at about 50 mph and it barely tore the leather up . I thought they did fairly well
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pants.. dunno, I do know, that some how I cracked the heel plate on a boot. Couldn't tell you how/when I did it... definitly wasn't due to a wreck.
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I went down with a frank thomas suit at about 50 mph and it barely tore the leather up . I thought they did fairly well
Thanks for the info. That was just what I was looking for
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It seems like the performance of leathers is is inconsistent.
I have read a ton of reviews of many different brands and ALL of them have horror/success stories. No doubt some are built better than others but all have their failures. I believe the reason lies in the details of the crashes.
In some cases maybe all suits would fail a given crash, in other cases maybe just a certain type of seam, for example, a double stitched seam vs. triple stitched, would fail.
As far as abrasion resistance is concerned, to a large extent - leather is leather, as long as the thickness is the same.

So how do you choose?
I believe you should buy the best you can afford AFTER you have researched the way they are made. Look for gusseted seams, internal stitching in high abrasion areas, type of armor in impact areas, double/triple layers, padding, sturdy zippers etc. and don't forget stretch panels and perforated areas for airflow.

Frank Thomas makes decent leathers for the price, I have a set.
Will they protect you during your next crash?

The only way to find out is to test them under the ambient conditions at that moment. My advice is don't test them or any other leathers.
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