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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-15-2002, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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I need help.

I want to get my wife a suit for sport touring. She fits a medium Joe Rocket Ballistic, First Gear Kilimanjaro Jacket. The problem is the pants. She's 40yrs old and has had two kids. Any pants that fit over her "ample" hips are too long, putting the knee of the pant closer to her ankles than her knees.

Any idea of manufacturers that make larger women's sizes in short lengths? I've checked 6 stores in this area w/out success, it's getting so that I'm even considering chaps .
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-15-2002, 11:50 PM
 
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I had a similar difficulties looking for the pants for myself, being an overweight and relatively short (5'08") man. I've tried all brands imaginable and each felt and looked terrible.

Then I went to the bike store selling Ducatis and high end gear and tried on pants made by Spyke. I still do not understand what these Italian designers know which nobody else does but let me tell you: these pants alone make me look and feel like I've lost 20 lbs already. And because of not very popular size they gave me such a deep discount that you wouldn't believe.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-16-2002, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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Laura @ Newenough suggested HBL (Her Better Leathers) at
www.HBleather.biz. It's a shop that started out specializing in women's apparel
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-16-2002, 10:15 AM
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Or contact Vanson or Z Customs for custom fit leather pants. This may be the best option, as men's pants are almost impossible to get to fit women correctly.

Teknic just came out with a new line of women's gear as well. I"ve seen pics and they have good looking stuff.

Fieldsheer also has a line of women specific gear, I've heard nothing but good about their products.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-24-2002, 04:40 PM
 
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Or contact Vanson or Z Customs for custom fit leather pants. This may be the best option, as men's pants are almost impossible to get to fit women correctly.

Teknic just came out with a new line of women's gear as well. I"ve seen pics and they have good looking stuff.

Fieldsheer also has a line of women specific gear, I've heard nothing but good about their products.
Fieldsheer & Teknic has up to size 14 but do not have detailed size charts (waist/hips/inseam) so I would hope that the sizes are like average jean sizes.

Joe Rocket (ballistic pants) come in large (hips 41" and inseam 32") and extra large (hips 43-45 and inseam was 33-34).

Hope this helps
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-24-2002, 10:18 PM
 
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I haven't begun to look for pants. I FINALLY found a leather jacket (off the rack) that fit well for the amazon that I am. Bought the Gericke Tribal and absolutely love it! Will be interested in seeing what this thread uncovers.
Women's motorcycle clothing is almost an oxymoron unless you are looking for a leather bra and a set of chaps. The taller and more voluptuous the woman, the harder to find appropriate attire.The bottom line is that the current manufacturers need to realize that there are more women riders emerging and they ain't all size 6!

Good Luck, OldGixer! Let us know what you find!
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-25-2002, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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Belstaff makes textile lady's pants that are "fuller" in the hip area, and Vanson will do custom textiles. Both are double the price of 1st Gear, Fieldsheer, and Joe Rocket. I suspect I'll end up ordering a set form one of them, and having them altered. (The only place in this city that will work on waterproof clothing is a TENT manufacturer, if my wife finds out I had work done there, she'll kill me.)

If she rode her own bike I'd consider the Vanson, but she's only on the bike a few times a year.
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-25-2002, 05:02 PM
 
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(The only place in this city that will work on waterproof clothing is a TENT manufacturer, if my wife finds out I had work done there, she'll kill me.)
ROFLMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-25-2002, 05:11 PM
 
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...I FINALLY found a leather jacket (off the rack) that fit well for the amazon that I am...
I've seen Amazons on TV.. I wouldnt call what they wear leather jackets. j/k
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-07-2002, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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My wife tried on the Belstaff Ladies Atla. they fit!. Boy are they ever nice, BOY ARE THEY EXPENSIVE.

I guess that's another $200.00 I won't be able to spend on myself.
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