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When I posted the previous thread it was late at night and got lazy (little drunk :)) not to put on the gear and take pictures of it. But I did this morning to show you what I was talking about with the jacket size.

So via Revzilla, my sizing should be around 40/50 or 42/52,
but the one I got from a friend (who is very similar in body size, a bit taller) which is size 48/58.


My shoulders are a bit more towards wider spectrum (as I used to do massive lifting back in the days), so the jacket fits pretty well with the upper body. But the area around the waist feels a bit "airy". I thought about two options.

1: Go to a family owned dealer, and MAYBE.... ask them very nicely to swap it out with a smaller size (jacket itself is very clean, BUT highly unlikely).

or

2: Buy a valcro patch and attach to the bottom valcro patch until I can feel it is tight against my body.

any thoughts?


(I bought this because, he has been trying to sell the bike along with the gear due to engagement. So he sold me this jacket (retailing about $480 + tax) along with a helmet ($180 + tax) and a gauntlet leather gloves ($150 + tax) all for $400. About $950 worth of gear, it was a good deal to let go of)
 

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the arm length seems a bit too long IMO. I am 5.6 155lbs. this is how it looks on me. I use 50eu or 40 us.
a 42 us could of fit me a bit more lose and relax. but the 40 was a bit better in the arms and not to lose on the bottom.
so maybe try smaller sizes


jackets should fit a bit tight in my opinion.
 

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the arm length seems a bit too long IMO. I am 5.6 155lbs. this is how it looks on me. I use 50eu or 40 us.
a 42 us could of fit me a bit more lose and relax. but the 40 was a bit better in the arms and not to lose on the bottom.
so maybe try smaller sizes


jackets should fit a bit tight in my opinion.
The generally accepted rule on jacket sizing, for optimum safety/protection in a crash, is that a jacket should fit snugly but doesn't need to be tight. In other words, it should be "fitted". That's WITH the liner zipped in. If you want to be able to add base layers for changing weather conditions you'd want the jacket to fit a bit looser to start with.

Adjusters on the arms and waist should be able to bring the fit in. If they aren't able to, then the jacket is too large for you.

European gear nearly always runs one size small, since riders there tend to be leaner and also tend to like more tightly fitted gear. Just how it is. So, when buying European brand gear you almost always have to buy one size up (sometimes 2, or even 3 sizes up), unless you like a tight fit. British gear is the exception, as they use inch measurements like the U.S. for clothing (they use a schizoid combination of Metric/English/Imperial for measurements. Metrics for many things, English MPH and Miles for speed and distance, liters for petrol/gas but the Imperial Gallon (=1.2 U.S gallons) for other liquids, Pints for beer, etc. Totally Wack, eh?).

The American body type is larger/stouter than most Europeans. Blame genetics, diet, portion size, whatever. I blame the Internet. :eek:

So, a Euro 58/U.S 48 sized jacket is actually the same as a U.S. 46, which would normally fit an actual chest measurement of 43" or 44".
 

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Sorry, but you look too funny in this jacket.
I can't imagine riding in this, sit on the bike, lean forward, and then see how much extra material you have in your chest, never mind anywhere else.
Don't be cheap, buy proper gear, or pay the price sometimes in the future.
 

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Arms look very "roomy" and lengthy. Mid section loox like an apartment (you could fit a family of 4 in there). I know it feels great when you get cool new gear at an awesome price and in excellent condition ( I'm a craigslist shopper), but your riding gear should always fit snugly to be effective. But not so tight that it pinches, restricts movement, cuts off circulation or otherwise takes your focus off the road or track. Bro, that jacket's jus too big for your build.
 

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Thank you guys for the through answers. I would rather take straight on answers which would eventually save my life from an accident than a really sweet answer. I went to the dealership/ gear shop today which I found that they were closed on Monday, so I'm going to check it out tomorrow. Hopefully, sell the jacket on craigslist or to them for pretty decent cost and maybe a better fitting jacket. Like I said from the previous post, safety is my #1 priority. :)
 

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There is another option.

Take the jacket to a tailor and have it taken in in the right places for you. I can't remember if you said it was textile or leather so not sure how hard it is on the textile versions.

Having a jacket, or full suit, modified for bodybuilder/weightlifters is pretty common. Especially calf and arm areas. This is the only real way to get a jacket to fit when you have a muscular build but have a short frame.

I know there are people out in Cali that will be able to do this. Unfortunately I don't have any names since I use a guy out on the east coast. Barnacle Bill is who I use. If you do use Bill, just call. He really doesn't use email.

He has done lettering, cleaning and repairs for me and is very reasonably priced.
 

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There is another option.

Take the jacket to a tailor and have it taken in in the right places for you. I can't remember if you said it was textile or leather so not sure how hard it is on the textile versions.

Having a jacket, or full suit, modified for bodybuilder/weightlifters is pretty common. Especially calf and arm areas. This is the only real way to get a jacket to fit when you have a muscular build but have a short frame.

I know there are people out in Cali that will be able to do this. Unfortunately I don't have any names since I use a guy out on the east coast. Barnacle Bill is who I use. If you do use Bill, just call. He really doesn't use email.

He has done lettering, cleaning and repairs for me and is very reasonably priced.

I have been looking into getting it tailored, but was unsure what the cost would be. And I know that the cost will vary person to person, shop to shop, and of course jacket to jacket, but in your case, how much did you pay for yours?
 

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It was $159 for the lettering, cleaning, and shipping.

Another forum member on WiRiders was quoted $250 for alterations. I am not sure what the alterations were going to be though.

It can't hurt to call Bill and just talk to him. He can usually give you somewhat of an estimate over the phone.

Of course, at $250 you might just be better off getting a different jacket.
 
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