Whilst itís hard to beat the look and protection of a 1 piece leather suit in real world terms 2 piece leathers make a lot more sense. The option to unzip and remove your jacket after a hot summerís ride or a tough track day session is something is something that a one piece suit just canít offer.
Most 2 piece leathers come as a jacket and trouser set and you canít mix and match them with rare exception. However most quality manufacturers will also offer leather jackets and pants in separate ranges which will all go together which can make them a lot more comfortable for everyday use.
If you have a textile jacket and plan to wear it with leather trousers then garments from the same manufacturer should have matching zips.
The hide should be between 1.2mm and 1.4mm thick unless the suit is made of Kangaroo then itís accepted that the hide can be as thin as .8mm without affecting quality. All crash areas should be at least triple if not quad stitched and an overlay panel should ideally be placed on the area as well. A lot of people will sew a name plate on these areas as its safety and advertising in one go. Expect to find good quality knee and elbow armour as well as Kevlar impregnated stretch panels. Shoulder armour is now sometimes replaced by a hard ego skeleton plate as this offers the 2 piece leather suit a chance to slide rather dig in. It is rare to find any form of hip armour in this type of gear as this is uncomfortable in a racing crouch. Always check and see if there is a pocket to fit some armour if you wish. The connecting zip should have a circumference of at least 270 degrees. Some 2 piece leather suits will have a small connecting zip as well as, or instead of a ĺ length one. This obviously doesnít offer as much protection. Also be aware that very few zips match different brands, so itís best to buy the jacket and trousers at the same time.
The other thing to do when youíre buying a 2 piece leather suit is to try it on your bike. The suit will give and shape itself to your body like any leather garment but its best if itís good from the start. If youíre looking at a 2 piece leather suit because of the protection it offers then youíll probably be wearing a back protector as well. Make sure you try the 2 piece leathers on.
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