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July 21, 2005, 11:05 AM

I'm eventually looking to pick up enough gear to go to the track with (next spring). Currently the biggest thing left is leathers. Here's my question, I found a good deal on Alpinestars V-4 jacket. Could I zip that together with pants for the track, or is there something different I need in a jacket that comes w/ the GPU 2pc suit (or other like things)?
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July 21, 2005, 12:11 PM

If it is a new jacket, you should be able to find the matching pants to zip in no problem. If not then a custom shop can make some for you. Z-Customs comes to mind...
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July 21, 2005, 12:17 PM

I wouldn't waste your money on a 2-piece. Just save a little more and get a quality 1-piece.


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Dont put them on with out someone to help you out of them


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July 21, 2005, 01:22 PM

ok, I may have worded that poorly, my bad. I know it'll zip together with alpinestar pants. The question is, is the jacket (when zipped together) a worthy track jacket, and thus part of a good track suit?

Woody: You've been around a while, so I respect your opinion, but can you give me some more info? I know a lot of people wear two pieces at the track, so I figured it was fine. My boy Luke just wrecked at Summit in his 2 pc teknic and was good to go (other than the wacked knee, but no suit was going to do anything about that). I'm a bit of a budget rider, but I still try to get quality stuff (can't afford top of the line) so I try to get versitile stuff, eg. a 2pc that I can wear the jacket on the street. Help me out, why a 1 pc?
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ok, I may have worded that poorly, my bad. I know it'll zip together with alpinestar pants. The question is, is the jacket (when zipped together) a worthy track jacket, and thus part of a good track suit?

Woody: You've been around a while, so I respect your opinion, but can you give me some more info? I know a lot of people wear two pieces at the track, so I figured it was fine. My boy Luke just wrecked at Summit in his 2 pc teknic and was good to go (other than the wacked knee, but no suit was going to do anything about that). I'm a bit of a budget rider, but I still try to get quality stuff (can't afford top of the line) so I try to get versitile stuff, eg. a 2pc that I can wear the jacket on the street. Help me out, why a 1 pc?

That's cool, man. I certainly understand that. My 2pc worked well for me too. My only real issue is that the whole zipper system is just one more thing that can go wrong, or break, or heat up and burn you while rocketing down the tarmac. I've also found that the 1pc suits fit better.

If you're on that tight of a budget, then yeah, go ahead with the 2pc. You'll be able to wear the jacket alone on the street, and still use it at the track.

Good luck!


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Hoffa - I'm a newb on this forum but while track days allow 2 piece I htink most racing organizations require 1 piece. (I _could_ be wrong) If you wish to go that route perhaps 1 piece is better..


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Some track organizations require 2 piece suits to zip all the way around, not just across the back. Something to consider.


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ok, I may have worded that poorly, my bad. I know it'll zip together with alpinestar pants. The question is, is the jacket (when zipped together) a worthy track jacket, and thus part of a good track suit?

Woody: You've been around a while, so I respect your opinion, but can you give me some more info? I know a lot of people wear two pieces at the track, so I figured it was fine. My boy Luke just wrecked at Summit in his 2 pc teknic and was good to go (other than the wacked knee, but no suit was going to do anything about that). I'm a bit of a budget rider, but I still try to get quality stuff (can't afford top of the line) so I try to get versitile stuff, eg. a 2pc that I can wear the jacket on the street. Help me out, why a 1 pc?

That's cool, man. I certainly understand that. My 2pc worked well for me too. My only real issue is that the whole zipper system is just one more thing that can go wrong, or break, or heat up and burn you while rocketing down the tarmac. I've also found that the 1pc suits fit better.

If you're on that tight of a budget, then yeah, go ahead with the 2pc. You'll be able to wear the jacket alone on the street, and still use it at the track.

Good luck!
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July 21, 2005, 04:45 PM

I actually agree with Woody, Two pieces suck, I had one - hated it - they bunch up and are not comfortable riding fast. And they can tear hunks of meat off you if they are poor fitting and you crash.

But if you are on a budget, they are sufficient to get on the track with.
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ok, I may have worded that poorly, my bad. I know it'll zip together with alpinestar pants. The question is, is the jacket (when zipped together) a worthy track jacket, and thus part of a good track suit?

Woody: You've been around a while, so I respect your opinion, but can you give me some more info? I know a lot of people wear two pieces at the track, so I figured it was fine. My boy Luke just wrecked at Summit in his 2 pc teknic and was good to go (other than the wacked knee, but no suit was going to do anything about that). I'm a bit of a budget rider, but I still try to get quality stuff (can't afford top of the line) so I try to get versitile stuff, eg. a 2pc that I can wear the jacket on the street. Help me out, why a 1 pc?

That's cool, man. I certainly understand that. My 2pc worked well for me too. My only real issue is that the whole zipper system is just one more thing that can go wrong, or break, or heat up and burn you while rocketing down the tarmac. I've also found that the 1pc suits fit better.

If you're on that tight of a budget, then yeah, go ahead with the 2pc. You'll be able to wear the jacket alone on the street, and still use it at the track.

Good luck!
Woody makes a good point but one other use for the 2-piece is the street...it's nice to actually have a 2-piece in case you want to do some longer rides and have protection, a 2-piece is much easier to manage instead of a 1-piece.

As Woody said though, a 1-piece does have fewer "connections" so it will offer a little more protection. If you're on a budget, I'd say get the 2-piece if you plan on using it for the street as well. Also, you can rent leathers at some tracks so that may be another option for you.

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July 21, 2005, 05:29 PM

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Some track organizations require 2 piece suits to zip all the way around, not just across the back. Something to consider.
That's a good point. Anyone know if this jacket zips all the way around? Coleman's doesn't carry it so I can't go try it on and look at it.
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July 21, 2005, 09:37 PM

MOTOGP makes 1 piece suits that are good quality and very well priced. They're a new company but I've seen their gear. Well made and very popular. Try purchasing the 1 piece over a 2 piece. It'll save your hide in the long run. BECAUSE, each crash is different. What Luke might have come out of ok with a 2 piece suit can be a completely different story for another turn, a different type of crash, different suit maker, etc. So, if you're truely interested in getting on the track and being the safest you can be.....get the one piece. A nicely fit one piece. I've known people who had 2 pieces and in a crash, detached themselfs and had some serious roadrash. You'll always hear stories...thats my input.

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thanks everyone...appreciate the input
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