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post #1 of 18 Old 10-07-2016, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Entry level track gear. What to get? How much?

Wondering on what i should get for entry level track gear / cost?

Just found a Sidici full suit for $300, is it worth it?

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Better off going with Dainese or Alpinestars at 3X the price plus boots and gloves.

Any thoughts/opinions greatly appreciated, thanks.
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Depends how much you care about your body. I'm generally not one of those guys that thinks the more expensive something is, the better....but in this case it tends to follow that trend up to a certain point. A $1000 suit will be significantly better than a $300 suit. A $2000 one won't be quite as much better than a $1000 one though. Same with gloves, boots, helmets, etc.

I try to look for the things on sale.
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^^^^ what he said.

I usually tell people that asphalt doesn't give a damn whether you're entry level, intermediate, or advanced, if you go down at 120mph it's all the same to it. (Or any speed for that matter.) I'd suggest getting the best gear you can afford. The worst case is you keep it for years and enjoy lots of sessions in it. (I also tend to wear mine whenever I'm on the bike so I get a lot of use out of it.)

If you're considering spending somewhere around a $1000 on an off-the-shelf leathers you might want to consider going custom instead. I've seen a good custom suit from Hazardous Racing starting at $800 with the top of the line suit which uses Roo + Ray starting at $1400. That's not a bad price considering what you're paying for the big name brands.

Edit: I guess I should mention the reason I mentioned the custom suit is sometimes finding a suit that fits properly can be a pain. It seems manufacturers tend to make their suits to fit a body shape, kinda like helmet manufacturer's tend to make helmets to fit a particular head shape. The fit in the legs is perfect but the waist is too big or the waist and chest are perfect but the legs are too long, that kind of thing. I figured the price of a custom suit would be prohibitively high but was surprised to see it wasn't which makes it a decent option.

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My suit is an Alpinestars MX-1 if I recall correctly. Bought it on a clearance sale because that model was discontinued, but msrp on those when they came out was like $1400, it was their 2nd tier suit at the time with the GP Replica being their top of the line. I got mine brand new on sale for $750. Crashed in it twice so far and only had to replace a wrist zipper.

There are many good brands out there that are not quite as well known as Alpinestars or Dainese but every bit as good in quality or even better, for decent prices. If you're buying a $300 suit that's brand new, you're getting the bottom of the barrel stuff. I would much rather buy a used suit for that much that's in great condition because then at least you're buying something that's much better, it's just not brand new. Suits tend to sell for pretty cheap used. I've seen them sell in great condition for 30-50% of the cost of a new one sometimes. The only problem is sizing...you buy used, you're not as likely to find what you want in the size you want.

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You're in luck. The off season is one of the best times to buy gear. Look on CL as well as traditional sources (sportbiketrackgear.com, revzilla, ridersdicount, motorcyclegear, etc). Lots of closeouts and last year's models.

Good quality gear at a discount price is the way to go, in my opinion.
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If i were you, id start out with a two piece. Just think, if you gotta shit you dont have to play David Blain in a stray jacket
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If i were you, id start out with a two piece. Just think, if you gotta shit you dont have to play David Blain in a stray jacket
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I have a Sedici suit that was originally a $500 suit. I got it on a sale for 50% off. The quality seems very good, and I have seen others who have been down in theirs and the suit held up great! (They were able to continue wearing it as well)

I also wear a Forcefield back protector and chest protector under the suit.

For gloves I recommend the Held Titans. They are expensive, but they hold up like no others, and your hands are very important!

Boots, I have crash tested the Sidi ST Air, and they saved my foot/heal from being crushed when it ended up between the bike and a car (bent the rearset bracket). I got the Sidi Mag 1 boots now.

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Good friend of mine uses a sedici suit on all his track days and out on the hills. he's been down twice in it and still wearing it. seems to hold up pretty well. plus i think they have a pretty good warranty on it as well.
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The sedici suit is not bad. It gets lumped in with bilt gear because it comes from cycle gear but sedici is much better than built. I have friends who have crashed the sedici suit multiple times. I also have friends with crashed a thousand dollar A* suit and the seams burst open.

That being said if you can afford the dainese and its not causing you to skimp on helmet or hand protection then of course buy the dainese.
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Personally I'll only buy gloves with nice plam slider built into them. If you ever low side you'll be glad to have them. I really like the Racer High racer gl Best I've been using.

For boots I think it's pretty hard to beat A* SMX's. Comfortable as hell and basically 0 break time. Super protective as well. Kinda pricey but very well worth it. I'd stay away from the Cortech air Latigo. They're pretty uncomfortable and the ankle protectors literally fell apart from normal track and street use.
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Wondering on what i should get for entry level track gear / cost?

Just found a Sidici full suit for $300, is it worth it?

Or

Better off going with Dainese or Alpinestars at 3X the price plus boots and gloves.

Any thoughts/opinions greatly appreciated, thanks.
Buy a quality closeout suit, it will protect better/last longer. I don't cheap out on gloves, hands are very important. If you look at EU websites the gear is cheaper then here. I got my GP Techs for $199 from Amsterdam.

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Personally I'll only buy gloves with nice plam slider built into them. If you ever low side you'll be glad to have them. I really like the Racer High racer gl Best I've been using.
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I have those gloves, and after 6 months the seam on the middle finger came out. I heard from several others the seams come loose before it actually happened, but hoped mine would hold up......didn't happen. Hope your situation turns out better.

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First find your size,, it's winter in a lot of places so you might have time to wait for a member to sell.

Start trolling the Track and Race forums like STT an Wera..

I started with a two piece,, it's now my street gear. Found a one piece paid quarter the new price.
He bought it half off, and didn't fit. I paid half what he paid.

New enough, and STG have decent closeout's on gloves. Get very good gloves.
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