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Old 05-10-2013, 12:45 AM   #1
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What are your guys opinions on what is essential for gear at the track. Going to pick up some leathers soon so looking for the rest of what I need. Have gauntlets already so any recomendations on brands, body armor, boots etc...
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50 views and no one can throw me bone here. Fine i'll ride nude!
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...... Fine i'll ride nude!
If you are a hawt chic, I'll ride behind you. I doubt that is the case, SO.......

Full leathers, the best you can afford
Boots, the best you can afford
Gloves, the best you can afford
A helmet, you guessed it, the best you can afford.

The leathers may want to rash you out, so so Lycra underroos might be good too.


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I LOVE alpinestars, just like he said though full leathers, gaunlet gloves do alpinestars, ive heard good things about sidi and i love alpinestars for boots as well. Dainese is also a top brand like a* . Those are the top two imo alpinestars back protector i like as well lol .

As for the helmet.. Arai and shoei are suppose to be best, I really like HJC (does just as good as my shoei), many people will tell you they love bell helmets on here as well.

if you need more budget friendly options then dainese,shoei, arai may not be the best choice
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50 views and no one can throw me bone here. Fine i'll ride nude!
other threads like this have been made, also check those out as well..

basically a whole section dedicated to this question and has been answered for the most part

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/fo...play.php?f=100
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each of the trackday orgs has a list of equipment they require you to have in order to participate... that is truly the bare minimum...
get everything you need and get the best quality gear you can afford...
most everything that has been said here i agree with except for tha astars gloves, not impressed with those holding up...you do not have the buy the most expensive stuff out there, but do get good quality... stay away from store brands.
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..... stay away from store brands.
Just say "Bilt" and be done with it
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Just say "Bilt" and be done with it
those would be fine for an 8 yr old on a stock crf50 doing tmgp...for his first track day if he had never riden before. they would also work fine for a childrens rock star at a walmart store opening concert.
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those would be fine for an 8 yr old on a stock crf50 doing tmgp...for his first track day if he had never riden before. they would also work fine for a childrens rock star at a walmart store opening concert.
I am willing to buy a pair of their britches, BORC size and see if they hold up to out on RR.....I bet the stitching flies out and gets caught up in Lucar's chain.


What BORC wants to end up riding home pantless?
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I see a lot of people at tracks with oversized leathers. While they may be more comfortable and allow you to be "loose", they aren't as protective in the event of a crash. Be sure that all leather protective gear - elbows/knees/shoulders - fit close to the body and in the proper place.
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Go to a local cycle gear and try on some stuff. Just make sure they fit on the padding. If your new to track days I recommend used gear in case you go down. Why ruin a new set of gear.

I love my sidi and hear alpine star are good too for boots!
Leathers- technic are good bang for the buck but Arlenness or ballistic are better and hold up in a crash.

You get what you pay for in regards to gear.

Hope it helps!

Know Ride Smart rents gear for new riders so if you just wanna use a pair and not buy to much do that!
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I'd suggest get good comfortable glooves and boots. Since those connect you to bike. Cheaper leathers I'd say ok, if need to save money, just get your own back protector. Rent leathers if first time get good deal. after that go used after on leathers. Get your own glooves and boots that fit and work nice for you. Helmet, I'm happy with a Snell rating from a reputable company. Hjc, scorpion as low as I'd go there. Field shear leathers I have are nice and weren't expensive.
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Once you're out of the lowest pricing tier fit is everything. Whether it is helmet, gloves, boots, suit, or armor make sure it fits you well by trying it on first and comparing the fit from different brands. If you aren't near a store that stocks a wide range, get your measurements and be prepared to return an item or two.

Also make sure that the gloves, boots, and suit work together. The boots should fit comfortably over the suit's legs, and likewise for the gloves' gauntlets over the cuffs.

You'll have a ton of fun regardless, but it will be even better if your gear isn't adding discomfort.
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essential gear? all of it.

helmet (full face, pref not expired)
leather suit (no busted seams, pref one piece)
gauntlet gloves
boots (over the ankle)
back protector (not necessary, but a good idea)

as far as brands, all the top manufactures will take care of you. i'd shy away from all the cycle gear branded stuff. can't go wrong with alpinestar, sidi, pilot, arlen ness, Ride Smart taichi etc.

if you want to attend a Fastline trackday, i'll see about getting you some gear to wear (and try out) for the day.
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i think a good question is your budget.

My first set of leathers, I searched ebay for a few weeks and came across a gently used set of good leathers for $150. Those lasted 3 seasons, many crashes and they are still perfectly safe to use (I lend them out all the time at Fastline trackdays). I also picked up a nice used pair of boots for $75 and found some good gloves for $50. These type of deals are out there, but it takes patience and hours of searching craigslist, ebay, etc.

The ideal gear would be top name brand full leathers, GP style boots and GP style Gaunlet gloves, neck brace, back proctector, and lid. That being said, most trackday organizations minimum requirements are any type of helmet, any types of gloves, leathers and any boots that cover your ankle. This minimum gear would likely be fine for most novice riders if you are on a tight budget. Chances are you riding the streets with this minimum gear or less anyways.
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basically a whole section dedicated to this question and has been answered for the most part

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I realized this last night and felt like a tard for not seeing the gear thread.

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I just peed a little.

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essential gear? all of it.

helmet (full face, pref not expired)
leather suit (no busted seams, pref one piece)
gauntlet gloves
boots (over the ankle)
back protector (not necessary, but a good idea)

as far as brands, all the top manufactures will take care of you. i'd shy away from all the cycle gear branded stuff. can't go wrong with alpinestar, sidi, pilot, arlen ness, Ride Smart taichi etc.

if you want to attend a Fastline trackday, i'll see about getting you some gear to wear (and try out) for the day.
PM'd you.

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i think a good question is your budget.

My first set of leathers, I searched ebay for a few weeks and came across a gently used set of good leathers for $150. Those lasted 3 seasons, many crashes and they are still perfectly safe to use (I lend them out all the time at Fastline trackdays). I also picked up a nice used pair of boots for $75 and found some good gloves for $50. These type of deals are out there, but it takes patience and hours of searching craigslist, ebay, etc.

The ideal gear would be top name brand full leathers, GP style boots and GP style Gaunlet gloves, neck brace, back proctector, and lid. That being said, most trackday organizations minimum requirements are any type of helmet, any types of gloves, leathers and any boots that cover your ankle. This minimum gear would likely be fine for most novice riders if you are on a tight budget. Chances are you riding the streets with this minimum gear or less anyways.
Not really worried about the cash just not going to spend $1500 on a new set of leathers. I am novice to the track, but definitely not to the streets. Been riding for good amount of time and ate my fair share of concrete and learned never to leave home without good gear. That's my main reason for asking the question. I'm all about safety.
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Forget to mention,but yeah your right. Sorry brother. I'm sure no one wants to see nuts and butts at the track.
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- fit close to the body and in the proper place.
truth...met someone today who has a huge scar on their shoulder from their loose leathers pinching them and tearing their skin.

Other than that...
make sure your suit is one piece...though 2-piece seems like a good idea, not best for track
SNELL helmet, not just DOT
boots..nothing that can catch on footpeg

I wouldn't go so far as to recommend any brands, you'll need to go and try them on to find out for sure if they are even for you.
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truth...met someone today who has a huge scar on their shoulder from their loose leathers pinching them and tearing their skin.

Other than that...
make sure your suit is one piece...though 2-piece seems like a good idea, not best for track
SNELL helmet, not just DOT
boots..nothing that can catch on footpeg

I wouldn't go so far as to recommend any brands, you'll need to go and try them on to find out for sure if they are even for you.
I wish I still had the luxury to go in and try on a few brands, but i'm in the middle of nowhere right now. I have a feel for most brands and have either worn or owned most, but i'm wondering whats really holding up for the guys on the track. For example I have a pair of sedici gloves that fit great, but the stiching sucks. It's opened on the end of a finger. This is the second time I have gone through the same problem with these. I warrantied them before, but it just happened again. Won't be going back to them.
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