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Old 08-03-2011, 09:31 PM   #1
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Track Suit Questions (1pc vs 2pc, Hot vs Cold) etc.

I'm going to start going to the track this month and so need to start looking at suits (even if I rent or borrow for the first time).

What do you guys recommend as far as one piece vs. two piece suits?

If you get a 2 piece do you guys wear the top with other pants when you ride around town?

What about when it's cold? Do you have two suits for the different times of the year since summer ones are vented?

Last, I have decided that I want a decent suit to start but don't want to spend $1,500+ for top of the line. Is there a general consensus at what price point you shouldn't go below if you're being prudent?

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Old 08-03-2011, 09:35 PM   #2
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I like a 1 peice at the track and a 2 peice around town, so If I want I can take the top off and look quasi normal when I want to/not on the bike.
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Never, ever, ever use a 2 piece at the track. It can come apart in a crash and give you a nasty road rash. The best suits are kangaroo. Otherwise get an Arlen Ness or Alpinestars (higher end). I got an Arlen Ness kangaroo on closeout. It crashes well from experience.

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I have a two pc suit. Only because I only had enough for the jacket at the time when I started riding, I later bought the alpinestars track pants when I did my first track day. If you have the money to buy it all at once, definitely go for the one pc.
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:24 PM   #5
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1 piece. perforated if its a preference (you won't be doing that many COLD trackdays).

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Ride Smart Taichi: awesome suits. kinda on the pricey side, have heard nothing but good things.
Arlen Ness: awesome suits, especially the kangaroo suits (pm user Cdill35 for more info on them). i personally have Arlen boots & gloves, and i reeeally like them.
Pilot: awesome custom built suits. contact John with south central race center for info and pricing.
CatWalkLeather: pm me or google for info. awesome service, and awesome custom built suits.

all that being said, i wear an alpinestars suit (trigger model) no complaints. fits me, and its comfy. moderately priced.

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1 piece. perforated if its a preference (you won't be doing that many COLD trackdays).

Brands of note:
Ride Smart Taichi: awesome suits. kinda on the pricey side, have heard nothing but good things.
Arlen Ness: awesome suits, especially the kangaroo suits (pm user Cdill35 for more info on them). i personally have Arlen boots & gloves, and i reeeally like them.
Pilot: awesome custom built suits. contact John with south central race center for info and pricing.
CatWalkLeather: pm me or google for info. awesome service, and awesome custom built suits.

all that being said, i wear an alpinestars suit (trigger model) no complaints. fits me, and its comfy. moderately priced.

Awesome info man, thanks.
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Never, ever, ever use a 2 piece at the track. It can come apart in a crash and give you a nasty road rash. The best suits are kangaroo. Otherwise get an Arlen Ness or Alpinestars (higher end). I got an Arlen Ness kangaroo on closeout. It crashes well from experience.

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BS! maybe a cheap suit with just a zipper in the back. a full circumference zippered 2 pc is solid. to the op. a 2pc worn seperatly doesn't work the same as wearing a jacket by itself. the jacket on a 2pc. is cut shorter that a standard street jacket. as far as hot/cold... I used to wear a windbreaker under my leathers when it started to get cold out to keep me warm. go with a perferated suit. if you plan on doing lots of track days get a 1pc. if you plan on doing just a few and plan to wear the leathers to weekend rides and such, get a 2 pc. that way you can sit and eat with the jacket off. plus, one pc suits are a pain in the to get on once you start getting sweaty.
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BS! maybe a cheap suit with just a zipper in the back. a full circumference zippered 2 pc is solid...

I think a more reasonable answer to that question is probably somewhere in between. Current 2pc zippers on track suits are pretty strong and not very likely to break, but it's still an additional joint that can seperate under the dynamic stress loads of an accident.

My personal opinion is that I would most likely never have an issue with a 2pc zipper breaking, but I'm "that" guy. The one with the really bad luck. For my own self assurance I prefer the 1pc.
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With a one piece, you never have to worry about misplacing the top or the bottom
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If you have the coin, get the one piece. They're required for racing, and that should tell you a little something about the added safety. Also, get a perforated. You might do 1 trackday a year where its cold enough that you might consider not wanting a perforated suit....might. Fieldsheer makes some good suits in the ~$800 range. Your best bet is to make the trip to Motorcycles Unlimited, and have them fit you properly. A lot of people can give opinions on what brands they "like" based on what they wear, but if you're not shaped like them, you can't wear that brand. I "like" alpinestars, but I just simply cannot fit into an a-stars suit because my thighs have too much meat. The fieldsheer is much roomier in this area. As is Joe Rocket.
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:41 AM   #13
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Meaty is not a good thing in an Ride Smart Taichi suit either.
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I have both 1 piece and 2 piece suits. I prefer the 1 piece for the track to eliminate the chance of a broken zipper, but I used to ride with the 2 piece at the track to. I use my 2 piece for street riding only.
I also wear the Teknic Suits myself. Some of the best around IMO. I've worn a lot of brands thru the years though and they all have evolved allot in comfort and protection. PM me I can get you a great deal on Teknic stuff or see my section Track Junkie Racing
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I wouldn't worry about cold weather when picking s suit. Remember global warming and this is Houston home of 365 days of riding season. the cold winter months are maybe 2 in a track season. I remember doing TWS (Texas World Speedway) earlier this year and it was 40 outside!! Man it totally sucked ...the parts that got cold where my hands and neck, I was wearing a perforated suit.
I have a BKS suit and love it. It's a top quality suit and if u catch it on sale the price is unbeatable. It was marked down from 999 to 699 and cycle gear had a 20% sale on anything marked down just be patient when looking....
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One piece and perforated. If its cold, wear an extra layer inside the suit. If your hands get cold, wear some thin silk or lycra glove liners. Ty Howard recommended I get a Komodo one piece. I did and love it.
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Never, ever, ever use a 2 piece at the track. It can come apart in a crash and give you a nasty road rash. The best suits are kangaroo. Otherwise get an Arlen Ness or Alpinestars (higher end). I got an Arlen Ness kangaroo on closeout. It crashes well from experience.

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1 piece. perforated if its a preference (you won't be doing that many COLD trackdays).

Brands of note:
Ride Smart Taichi: awesome suits. kinda on the pricey side, have heard nothing but good things.
Arlen Ness: awesome suits, especially the kangaroo suits (pm user Cdill35 for more info on them). i personally have Arlen boots & gloves, and i reeeally like them.
Pilot: awesome custom built suits. contact John with south central race center for info and pricing.
CatWalkLeather: pm me or google for info. awesome service, and awesome custom built suits.

all that being said, i wear an alpinestars suit (trigger model) no complaints. fits me, and its comfy. moderately priced.

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Teknic, spidi, fieldsheer, cortech, shift, a*, pilot, arlen ness, Joe rocket, speed & strength.

All have great suits. Just beware of bottom end stuff. I always recommend buying more protection than you can afford. After all, your body should be priceless, and it really sucks to pay 4-500 for a suit and it only last for 1 small spill, or fail when you need it most.

Think of it like you were buying a bullet proof vest. Would you go to Walmart and buy a cheap one? Me personally, I'm going to want peace of mind knowing it will work when I need it most. Don't skimp on your protection.

Go 1 pc, and layer in the winter months. You can't survive a hot Texas day without perforation. Just be sure to have a reputable shop size you and start looking for closeouts

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Another tip.
Tighter is better (except in the crotch). A loose suit will bunch and have wrinkles. In a crash the wrinkles will grind down as you slide and when you stand up your suit will have long, unrepairable holes in it.
A tight suit will have scuff marks but fewer and smaller holes.

Look at the suits the pros wear. Of course they are custom tailored and very expensive so, when buying off the rack, tighter is better.
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