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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 1st, 2006, 3:02 pm Thread Starter
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I asked this question over on the Apparel forum but it's not getting much notice. I need some new gear for when the weather warms up and I'm looking at a pants/jacket combo in perforated leather. You guys must know a lot about leather...what do I need to know?

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Fit will be the most important thing as many 2-piece combos are hard to find where both the top and the bottom fit properly. Also, some two-piece suits have full 360 degree zippers (if you ever plan to hit the track), but most have the universal 8-inch zipper to connect the top and bottom. AGV Sport makes separate jackets and pants, and I've had good luck with them quality wise. You might also check out the Kobe "dragon breeze" which is a perf'd two-piece available at www.1888fastlap.com. You can get them sized individually top and bottom. The Kobe is 1.7 mm cowhide though and fairly stiff, so you will take some time to break the suit in compared to most 1.2 / 1.3 mm suits.
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post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old Jan 1st, 2006, 5:10 pm
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I have Vanson perf gear. I can't comment on other gear. Vanson is very good. I have not had any issues. Of course it also helps that Vanson is 2 hours away from my house. I went to Vanson when I was in the market.
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I have a Vanson Perforated Mark 2 Cobra jacket and the Perforated Sport Rider pants. Vanson made them to my measurements and they fit great, very well made. But when it gets really hot out, I switch to a mesh joe rocket jacket and jeans.

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Mark up another vote for Vanson. I have the fully perfed jacket and pants. I bought a snap-in insulated liner that extends the temp range of the jacket somewhat. I like the conservative styling of the Vanson; sort of the blue blazer and khakis of motorcycle leathers.

I already had a cold weather suit already, otherwise I might have chosen the Cobra jacket which would probably be warmer in cool weather.

Check out www.newenough.com for ideas. They carry Vanson and several other brands; they have some good sales and closeouts also.
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My buddy's company ,,,, I have a suit that I've had for a couple of years great stuff . My Avatar has a pic of mine . Check out http://www.motophoria.com/Catalog/index.php
I just bought the G/F a suit . she ready for Track Days .
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I would also say go with Vansons, I looked at alot of diff brands over the years and used to wear a field sheer, but if you look at the quality of the perf, Vanson has many more holes per SQ inch and of course if you go with their GP armor and built in articulated back protector you are about as covered as you can get.

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I wear the Fieldsheer on the street. Check out www.ant-racing.com for good prices. Dave also gives a discount to k-bikes members. Great guy to do business with.
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Vansons is good stuff

I echo all the good stuff already said about Vansons. The only caveat I'd like to add is that you should be sure perf is what you want. Personally, I'm cold when riding with my perf Vanson's jacket if the temperature is anything below 70!
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