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Question Women and Off the Rack Leathers

Okay girls. I tried on a bunch of leathers at Laguna Seca this weekend, and I have some questions for you all that already have them. I am 5'11, 135 lbs. Yes, I'm skinny. I fit into a size 40 suit, but as I'm sure you have discovered, the leathers are made for men's girth as well as height. The legs fit fine, but the arms and chest were a concern. They were too loose. I've got a Dainese armor suit, (the kind that dirtbikers wear), and my husband suggested that I wear that under the leathers, but this seems bulky and even more uncomfortable than just the regular suit, not to mention it would probably impair my movement.

I don't want a 2 piece suit, and if I can help it, I don't want to special order one. My funds are rather limited. ($700 max)

As I'm sure I'm not the only one faced with these problems, I'm really curious what you all have done.

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Were you trying on men's suits? Did they have any specifically for women?

I don't have a suit but I have had problems in finding textile jackets for women that don't look like ass and fit well. Found http://www.bimoto.be/en/company/index.htm thru a post on this site and they have full one piece Dainese suits for women at amazing prices.

Good luck on the search....I'll be checking back to see what people have found!
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When you are investing in leathers, you will only do it once for a long time...so spend the little extra $$$ to get something that fits and is made well. Anyways, what is the difference between 700-1000...if you are getting something NEW!!! Trust me if you do any chrashing you will want them to hold up and not fall apart because they are used.

Try Competition Accessories. They have women's one pieace leathers ...new for this year. I bought the men's spidi one pieace last year and I'm very pleased compared to the other guys' leathers that aren't holding up and look like...s*it!!

Good luck in your search though!!!

Hope this helps
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Were you trying on men's suits? Did they have any specifically for women?

I don't have a suit but I have had problems in finding textile jackets for women that don't look like ass and fit well. Found http://www.bimoto.be/en/company/index.htm thru a post on this site and they have full one piece Dainese suits for women at amazing prices.

Good luck on the search....I'll be checking back to see what people have found!
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Women's suits... The elusive product that everyone says exists but few have seen. I think I'd have had more luck looking for yeti. Mota had one Dainese black suit, made for short women. Other than that, I tried on all mens. One guy actually told me that nobody makes womens leathers except for the two piece versions. I just nodded my head and left his tent.

I'll check out that link, thanks.
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My recommendation is for you to buy whichever leathers fit "close" to what you need. Then go find an alterations place that does leather work. Talk to them first to ensure they use the proper stitching/materials. There are a number of leather repair places around. Check with them.

It's damn near impossible for ANYONE to find leathers "off the rack" that fit like a custom set. However, a leather shop can alter it so it IS a custom fit!

I do alterations for "off the rack" leathers, but I'll charge you $500 'cause I'm a dick like that.
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When you are investing in leathers, you will only do it once for a long time...so spend the little extra $$$ to get something that fits and is made well. Anyways, what is the difference between 700-1000...if you are getting something NEW!!! Trust me if you do any chrashing you will want them to hold up and not fall apart because they are used.

Try Competition Accessories. They have women's one pieace leathers ...new for this year. I bought the men's spidi one pieace last year and I'm very pleased compared to the other guys' leathers that aren't holding up and look like...s*it!!

Good luck in your search though!!!

Hope this helps
I couldn't find any Spidi that I liked at the races, but I will look into them, thanks! I really liked the Kobe leathers. They weren't outrageous, they looked nice, and they fit pretty well. Actually, I think it was the Competition Accessories tent I had the most luck at. I picked up one of their catalogs.

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I know for a fact Spidi makes a woman's leather one piece that fits like a glove, at least on me (5-5 125) They aren't cheap, but since women are still considered new to riding, women's gear isn't going to be cheap. You want to look like a chick on a bike, get used to putting out some serious cash. Dainese I've heard makes a suit similar to the Spidi, but again just as spendy. Even buying two piece suits is going to push the price up to 800-900. Sucks being a woman huh? At least in the pocket book. Good luck chicky.
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Arrow Okay

I checked out the spidi stuff, and couldn't find any that would fit me that aren't one piece. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place? (Lockhart Phillips).
Ttiana, that site you put a link to is INCREDIBLE! Those prices are amazing, though US tax isn't included, and the good Lord only knows how much shipping from Belgium is. Unfortunately, a size 40 is hard to come by. So are colors that aren't either kawasaki green, red, or yellow. But thanks. That's my best lead!

I appreciate everyone's help!

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From what I've seen and read in the mags, I've heard that the Kushtani's are made for "skinny" people. You may want to check them out.
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From what I've seen and read in the mags, I've heard that the Kushtani's are made for "skinny" people. You may want to check them out.
they are WAY out of my price range.

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