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Old 04-08-2011, 05:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Gear Recommendations for Short/Fat Guys?

Ok, so I'm going nuts here. Seems like every time I try and get a new jacket, it winds up either rediculously tight around the middle (AlpineStars, ok I should have expected that), hangs down to my ass when I'm standing and rides up my neck on the bike (Scorpion, Tourmaster, Cortech), and is way too long in the arms. Same problem with every pair of MC pant's I've bought. Sure, I can hem them up, but that tends to leave the kneepad pockets down around my shins.

I'm only 5'6", so not really a midget by most standards, although I've got a 28" inseam which makes the pants situation almost impossible. And no amount of working out seems to be dropping me below 215lbs. But it seems like everybody builds their gear for guys 6' or taller and built like a marathon runner.

Anybody know offhand of a company that makes gear with short length jackets and pants with a shortened inseam where the knee protection is positioned right? While I make enough to support my motorcycle habit for the most part, it seems like I'm blowing a lot of money trying to find gear that'll actually work for me.

I'm seriously considering going with a set of Bohn/Knox type armored underwear set. I figure that way the armored bits will at least be riding in the right spots and I can get away with leathers that might not be quite perfect. The other thought is doing a freakin' garage sale of all my stuff and get fitted for a custom 2 piece suit by Vanson or something similar.
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe both Aerostitch and Motoport will custom size gear for you if you are willing to pay the price.
Olympia advertises that their pants can be shortened up to 6". I have a pair (that I had to shorten) and they are nice. The knee armor is adjustable so it it was easy to move up for a proper fit.
Motorcycle Gear has a "hard to fit" section that you can search for short inseam pants. If you call them they have good customer service that might be able to give you some ideas on jackets.
If your budget is more limited and you are willing you might look at womens jackets. Don't freak, women are told to wear men's gear all the time and I can tell you as a 5'6" female the jackets sure as heck don't fit me! A whole lot of women's gear is just the same pattern as men's but cut down in size.
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ride with shorter, fatter guys. May not be comfy, but you'll feel better
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I was also going to mention Aerostitch as having custom alterations on their gear. And I was also going to mention women's gear. I wear both mens and womens stuff. The pants (womens) are the right length for shorter inseams and the arms and bodies of the jackets are shorter. There are all kinds of womens stuff these days that doesn't look like it's for women. My First Gear jacket looks exactly the same as the mens jacket. My new Triumph jacket does, too.

I also have 2 mens jackets, so whatever works for me I go with. There are very few women's boots that fit me and no gloves do. Both my street boots and motocross boots are mens.

As long as it's not pink and doesn't have flowers on it, no one would know. My neighbor is about 5'6" and wears a womens jacket on his Harley because it fits him right. I also gave him a pair of chaps that I never wear that fit him, too, even though they were technically womens.

Check out First Gear's line of women's gear. None of it is feminine looking. I personally don't like pink or anything that tells the world I'm a woman on a bike, so I like their stuff, too. I find that when some men realize I'm a chick on a bike, some try to follow me. That can be, well, creepy. If you want to follow me into a gas station or parking lot to talk to me, that's fine. But, please don't follow me home!
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I have the opposite problem, I tend to have a long body, but an thin(ish) with average inseam. I found a jacket that fits me in the arms which is pretty hard sometimes. The matching leather pants fit too, but the joining zipper makes me hunch over, so I had to extend the connection.

Have you tried a cruiser type cut, those guys tend to have larger middles....


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Check out FirstGear as well. Their overpants come in different lengths and circumferences. Same thing with some of the jackets.
I've had good luck with their products over the years and use the gear almost everyday.
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Try your phone book , your looking for leather goods etc , some old dude working out of a little shop etc. They can usually tailor make you a good quality outfit at a reasonable price that will last for years. I am 5, 10 so dont have too many problems but Kevlar jeans with some Alpine Star knee guards works a treat for me , has saved my knees 3 times now with just slight tears to the knee area.and flog your current gear on Ebay not garage sale . Good luck.

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First Gear makes pants in short length. I've got a 29" inseam and the 'short' lenght overpants fit fine.

When I was a much heavier person (about 225 lbs) FieldShear had the best fitting jacket.

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Now that you point that out, Gerry, I do also have a FS jacket (mens) that is roomier in the waist than my Astars jacket is. For me that meant having to adjust the waist straps in as far as they would go, but it would be a better jacket for a bigger person than the AStars jacket would be.
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