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Old 05-28-2013, 09:42 PM   #1
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So they got these for $200 still, anyone actually own a pair? Are they complete and total , or would they be OK for someone's first set of leathers?
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:46 PM   #3
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cheap stuff, i wouldnt buy it.
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Con: Zippers are weak and tend to tear apart...buddy of mine have one and he wore it this past sunday.
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I did what you are talking about.
The first set of leathers I bought were Frank Thomas, which is about the same quality IMHO. I knew every time I wore them that I wasn't as well protected as if I had bought the good .
As soon as I could I bought some better leathers and kept the FT as back up. Finally sold them since I knew I wasn't going back.

My advice, buy the good to start and you will not only be happier but safer every time you wear them.
That said, you don't have to spend $1,000. I got Fieldsheer and was ok with them. There are as many opinions as there are so study up, read the reviews and make your choice, just avoid cheap, cause you WILL want to replace them.
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I have a bilt suit and it's held up great for the 10 or so times I've worn it. My only real complaint is that the legs are really long and bunch up in boots. The knee armor extends pretty far down so it's sort of a balancing game. I'd rather crash in a brand new suit for 200 than have bought a 200 dollar used suit that was already crashed in and torn up. The lifetime warranty helps if you bust a zipper or something but I've never had a problem.

It's a fine first suit but if you plan to be wrecking often I'd get something a bit more durable. For me I wanted it for occasional hill country trips and infrequent track outings. I can't argue with it for the 200 bucks or whatever I paid.
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cheap stuff, i wouldnt buy it.
Guess Ill chime in then. I was attracted to the bilt leathers due to the cheap price. I did a little research and the bilt leathers are something like .2 mm thinner than, say, an a* suit (1.2 mm vs 1.4 mm leather or something) Not sure how big of a deal it is. Umayrs suit (a*) feels sturdier than my bilt leathers - not a night and day difference, but still sturdier. If you can, save and get something better. If you're on a budget, I would say they will be fine until you upgrade. Overall the quality is not horrible and nothing has fallen apart yet. The zippers are not great quality. All stitching is still intact. Leather feels sturdy enough to survive a few crashes. However, I have not crashed in them so this is just my opinion. Overall I would give them a 3/5 rating. Fine for the street rider and novice track rider - again, just my opinion.

Edit: I posted without reading all the responses bc I'm lazy. Read them all and agree with what everyone above says too.

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With the specials you can find online for various vendors, especially with Teknic going out of business, look elsewhere.
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Better than nothing or textile or kevlar but, it will only last for one crash: seams will open up on you. A friend of ours wrecked at turn 6 wearing that brand at up to 70mph. A seam on the back opened up but he didn't suffer any injuries. You do have to upgrade as you get faster though, as much as you would upgrade your bike.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:58 AM   #12
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I had Frank Thomas and they did the job. Bilt would certainly be better than a mesh jacket and jeans
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Bilt is CG's in house brand. It's very inexpensive and it shows in the lack of quality leather and stitching.
Dainese used to be good quality, but had to lower their quality in order to meet CG's price point, who is now their largest distributor.
Neither brand are anything I'd recommend.
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So they got these for $200 still, anyone actually own a pair? Are they complete and total , or would they be OK for someone's first set of leathers?
Several reviewers on CG's website have reported zipper failures
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im just a poor guy trying to ride as safe as i can. i have a two piece frank Thomas set that fits well but i know its not the best. one day i will buy some better stuff but for now im stuck with the cheaper stuff.

bought some bilt gauntlet gloves over a year and a half ago for my first track day and i still wear them often. held up great, gonna upgrade soon. lets hope i dont test them before i do.
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Bottom line is: you get what you pay for. There is a reason that a 1k$ suit costs a1K$. If all you could afford is the bilt suit then by all means buy it. Please dont skimp out on safety gear if you dont have too. If you can afford a better quality suit and you decide to be cheap and buy a cheap one thats on you. Buy what you can afford compfortably. Think about it man this suit is going to keep you hyde off the asphault. Also to mention higher end suits have better ce armor. cyclegear throws sales all the time and you can buy a nice entry level alpinestars for around $600. That suit coould probably be crashed multiple times. You never even mentioned what you need the suit for? If you dont frequent the track then might i suggest a nice two peice.
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Bilt is CG's in house brand. It's very inexpensive and it shows in the lack of quality leather and stitching.
Dainese used to be good quality, but had to lower their quality in order to meet CG's price point, who is now their largest distributor.
Neither brand are anything I'd recommend.
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The zipper on mine broke after about 10 trackdays, but CG replaced the suit. I avoid taking it off and putting it back on again as much as possible during a trackday to avoid breaking it again, but I've done about 20 trackdays (without crashing, I'm slow) and they're ok for the price I guess.
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