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Old 01-26-2011, 08:48 PM   #1
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I guess I've been living under a rock, cause I'm not to familiar w/ Frank Thomas. How do their jackets compare to other name brands? Are they a CycleGear product?
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Not top notch quality, but better than nothing. I've got a frank Thomas jacket, dont wear it anymore though. Was my first piece of gear. Yes it's a cycle gear brand
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I used their products before, right now I have an XTi II textile and it's great, and while is not a CycleGear brand, they are the distributors in the US (the brand is british).

Do they compare to Dainese or A*s? absolutely not, but they are way more than decent, as far as value goes, they are hard to beat.

I also have a set of their sport boots and love them, they may not be as high quality as other brands, but at least on my feet, they are comfy as .

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Based in the U.K. Just two years ago it was hard to find their products without threads coming loose. Their gear is getting better and better every year. I just recently picked up one of their mesh/leather jackets and it fits me better than anything i have tried on in a long time.
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I have the gloves, leather pants and boots and am happy with them.
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Frank Thomas is a UK company. It's sold in all types of shops in the UK and overseas. Cycle Gear has exclusive rights in the US. I have an XTi II suit and gloves. Quality seems good to me. I think they carry a two year warranty

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I would not hesitate to buy their gear.
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Although it may not be the quality of A*, the quality of their gear is much better than the Fieldsheers and Icons of the world IMO.

Good bang for the buck. My suit is thick and double stitched, and I've heard stories of them holding up pretty well.
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Although it may not be the quality of A*, the quality of their gear is much better than the Fieldsheers and Icons of the world IMO.

Good bang for the buck. My suit is thick and double stitched, and I've heard stories of them holding up pretty well.
I would put Frank Thomas below Fieldsheer for crash survival, actually. The quality of their stitching is getting much better, though.
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I would put Frank Thomas below Fieldsheer for crash survival, actually. The quality of their stitching is getting much better, though.
To each their own. I tried on a fieldsheer leather 1pc and it felt like a mesh suit. Paper thin, on par to a Rhino. Maybe some of their other stuff is better, most brands have a heirarchy of quality. Hence why Puma and REV'IT have made it onto motogp riders.
Either way, both are mid-pack along with Teknic (prob the best of them).

Besides the Arlen Ness, Komodo, A*, Custom suits (etc), leather holding up is dependant. Go read some reviews about people lowsiding in a $1100 Dianese suit at 35-40mph and they tear apart at the seams. Some of the midpack brands listed above, allowed their riders to walk away after a 70mph highside. It's luck of the draw, dependant, or whatever, if you're not buying the very few "proven brands".
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i think it all comes down to how much you value your own safety/protection, i personally wouldnt recommend their stuff but i am a bit biased to Alpinestars lol
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i think it all comes down to how much you value your own safety/protection, i personally wouldnt recommend their stuff but i am a bit biased to Alpinestars lol
In what ways would you not recommend? Please be specific.
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mine has hold up just fine and it was one of the most comfortable jackets i tried on
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i have seen 2 riders go down wearing F.T. gear and the stitches came apart on gloves, pants, and mesh jackets. It was a minor accident, i can only imagine what would have happened if it was a major accident. Again, it is your skin and your body but if i had the choice i would rather buy something that has been race proven rather than go for value when it comes to safety and protection, one thing for sure, you will never see Rossi, Stoner or Lorenzo wear Frank Thomas.
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I went down a few months ago in my frank thomas leather jacket, only at 30mph but my shoulder took the initial impact and I slid on that shoulder. Thanks to the external armor on the shoulder of the jacket, my shoulder wasn't hurt, and the jacket is a little roughed up but the stitching actually held and is still holding. I had heard things about their gear falling apart but not any first person accounts of going down in it. Even though I wasn't going all that fast, I was impressed that it held. Also, I've run mine through the dyer on low heat now probably 15-20 times and it hasn't done any damage.
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^^according to FT headquaters, you would have to land at a specific angle and speed for the stitches not to fall apart so you are one the the lucky ones^^ lol
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^^according to FT headquaters, you would have to land at a specific angle and speed for the stitches not to fall apart so you are one the the lucky ones^^ lol
I'll be getting a new jacket in spring I hope, it will be my first NEW jacket, and I really like the way A* and dainiese fit. they're just so expensive, but it should last me a long time.
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