Me: 6'1" (73" / 185.4cm) @ 170 lbs (77.11 kgs), slim/athletic profile
Suit: Alpinestars GP PLUS V2 Pro (Black/White/Fluo Red/Fluo Yellow), size 54 (EU) https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...s-v2-race-suit
MSRP: $1199 (I paid $930/shipped via motocard.com)
edit: by "shipped" I apparently meant shipped PLUS $147.15 in taxes/duties charges per UPS.. DID come on a lengthy trip from Spain tho so...
Didn't see any review threads/posts on this particular suit so thought I'd make my own to include a break-in review and video. I was gonna go custom this time but I didn't read anything new on current custom suit companies and figure i'll make that my next step when im ready to move on from this suit in a couple years. NOTE: the following is purely my $.02.
For break-in, there's a few options I could take...
1) I'll be doing a mix of a good drunken movie night with a hard sleep-in (1 night) when the next day is projected to be nice and warm. When im good and safely sober, i'll soak it in the shower inside and out (with warm NOT HOT water) and go burn a tank of gas while wearing the suit so it's decently dry outside and a humid sweatbox inside. After I get home, i'll rinse the inside and towel dry the outside then proceed to liberally apply good conditioner to the outer leathers (I recommend Lexol
or good cowboy boot conditional) and let air dry outside until the inside is decently dry and maybe wear it a bit longer for another movie and a couple beers. Now the full suit should be good and dry but conditioned. This is simply what I like to do.
2) Ignore the above
. Maybe wear the suit for an hour around the house (maybe watching a race on TV to get into character) and ultimately wear the suit while dealing with its "growing pains" at a good hot track day as the suit breaks in and apply some conditioner at the end. Done. If you've never had a NEW 1pc race suit before
, you'll read all types of old and new school methods... some are more "right" then others. Cowhide leather will shrink but it's good to conform the leather to your bodily profile ASSUMING YOU BOUGHT A WELL-FITTED SUIT
. You want to be sure of your suit size of THAT suit before you buy, so try to sample via cycle stores in your nearby city first before getting the better deals online. In order to keep the structural integrity of the suit, you're gonna wanna make sure you also take care of the leather (hence the conditioner to avoid internal drying and cracking). Honestly, SEAT time is the best way to break it in
... your body heat combined with the moisture (sweat) and natural skin oils will do everything you're wanting naturally, but it mostly helps when it's being broken in during the RIDING POSITION
. You don't need it to fit and conform like a glove in standing/resting position
, you want it to be perfect in RIDING position
. The perfect suit will fit like 2nd skin without a bunch of excess leather flapping in the wind causing drag. I also recommend to break in WITH your gear inserts (chest/back protectors), but maybe someone's heard differently?
Feel free to chime in if you have your own customary way of suit break-ins. I know a guy with an Aprilia
that buys a new video game with every new suit and plays it on the edge of his couch/seat from start to finish of the game
! The suits I've owned that were 2nd hand were originally from guys that were my height/build so they didn't need much of a break in. After a track day I'd thoroughly rinse them off inside and out and let them air-dry before folding up the suit for storage and they always seemed to be fine... still do. Also, I'd love to hear any further advice or if anyone disagrees or has an alternate perspective.
Also, if any readers are female, have you ever worn and been comfortable in men's suits, or strictly female? Asking for a female rider friend that could use a suit.
Again, my $.02. This post will be updated as updates are available. The suit's been ordered, I'm simply not in the ol US to officially track and review it yet... btw Happy July 4th yall, from the middle east