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Jackets for tall skinny people

I searched and saw a thread from 2009 related to this, not sure how relevant it is 3 years later though. I'm 6'3 170lbs and struggling to find a jacket that fits. Does anyone have any pointers? Or better yet, does anyone know any sites that have a return policy where I can order something, have it shipped to me, try it on, and if it doesn't fit I can return it for free? That would be awesome but I can't seem to find return policies on a lot of sites.
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If theres a Cycle Gear in your area they usally have a good selection. You can try the fit there and order from them or someone else on-line. Also if you order through Cycle Gear with out trying it on. They will send it back for a different size at no cost to you... http://www.cyclegear.com/eng/storeSe...oreLocator.cfm

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Also try www.motorcyclegear.com which has useful product descriptions above and beyond what is provided by the manufacturer. You can also call motorcyclegear at 806-832-5190 (press 1 for apparel) and talk to a real human being (who probably rode a motorcycle to work) for suggestions.



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I have a similar problem. I received a very nice Technica jacket from my son in law. He hurt himself at work and now my daughter won't let him ride anymore. I have to work on that once he gets healthy again. In the meantime I have his killer riding jacket. Only problem is he is 6'4" 250lbs and I'm 5'11" 185lbs. I plan on taking it to a tailor and see what he could do to tighten it up a bit for me. I'll let you how it works out. If it's not too expensive (presuming it is possible to begin with..).
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Tailoring is definitely possible, my uncle did it recently. The question is really how much it costs. I'll have to ask him next time I see him
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Revzilla has a good return policy as well as the aforementioned Motorcycle Gear. I can personally vouch for MG, and hearsay on Revzilla is very positive. Revzilla also has videos for most of their gear, and they usually include a sizing breakdown.

Regarding specific gear, the European manufacturers are a good place to start as they generally have a slimmer fit. Start with Alpinestars, Rev'It, and Dainese. Spidi may also be an option; don't know much about them, though. I'm not quite as tall (6'0") and nearly as skinny (165) as you are, and the Astars jacket I picked up this spring is as good a fit as I've been able to find so far. That was an M; a summer jacket of theirs also fit well, but in L.

[EDIT] Seeing as you're in NJ, you could probably go to the Revzilla retail store. It's in Philadelphia.

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Motoport is your answer. Custom gear. IMHO - the only way to go.
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http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/teiz-navigator/

Teiz do custom fitting at an off the rack cost. They also use more abrasion resistant materials. See reviews of their gear on advrider.com
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http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/teiz-navigator/

Teiz do custom fitting at an off the rack cost. They also use more abrasion resistant materials. See reviews of their gear on advrider.com


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I'm nearly the same size as you, 6'2" @ 180lbs. I just got an Icon Contra in a Large, and it fits perfectly. I also have a large size firstgear messenger coat that fits ok, but feels big around the chest.
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any european brand is going to suit you well, i would recommend dianese or Rev'it! (i use Rev'it!)

they are generally made for more slender body types. Whereas Olympia or First Gear are made for more america body types, large and round.

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What's your suit size? I've got an Acerbis Matrix- it's black, in great shape, just washed in Nikwax and waterproofed. It's branded as an XL, but I'm a 42L and it fits almost perfectly. I bought a new First Gear and don't need it anymore. 3-layer system, outer jacket, waterproof liner, insulator. $100 shipped?
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Thanks for all the input. I think I've pretty much made up my mind, I really like the Icon Motorhead in black/green (http://rideicon.com/product_details....11944&rank=120). Obviously I wouldn't order from their store. RidersDiscount has it for a good price and that's most likely the avenue I'm going to take. I just with I could exchange it for free if it doesn't fit (have to pay shipping )
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Thanks for all the input. I think I've pretty much made up my mind, I really like the Icon Motorhead in black/green (http://rideicon.com/product_details....11944&rank=120). Obviously I wouldn't order from their store. RidersDiscount has it for a good price and that's most likely the avenue I'm going to take. I just with I could exchange it for free if it doesn't fit (have to pay shipping )
If you go with Riders Discount call or e-mail them. We get a forum discount.

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If you go with Riders Discount call or e-mail them. We get a forum discount.
And a pretty sweet one, at that! I'm definitely purchasing this in 2 weeks (next pay check)
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Not bad. If (ever) my motoport gear needs to be replaced...

However, a quick read doesn't indicate if the 'SuperFabric' can be repaired. So, unlike my mesh Kevlar gear, if I damage it, it can be repaired while the Teiz stuff would be a total loss. But hey, that's what insurance is for

Not trying to , just an observation. And for all I know, it can be repaired which makes my point pointless
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Not bad. If (ever) my motoport gear needs to be replaced...

However, a quick read doesn't indicate if the 'SuperFabric' can be repaired. So, unlike my mesh Kevlar gear, if I damage it, it can be repaired while the Teiz stuff would be a total loss. But hey, that's what insurance is for

Not trying to , just an observation. And for all I know, it can be repaired which makes my point pointless


They have a Thread on the Two Wheeled Texan Forum. So there should be some good info on it.
http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57191

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Also try www.motorcyclegear.com which has useful product descriptions above and beyond what is provided by the manufacturer. You can also call motorcyclegear at 806-832-5190 (press 1 for apparel) and talk to a real human being (who probably rode a motorcycle to work) for suggestions.
+1 on the motorcyclegear people.

Have used them for years. Good customer service, & good about returns/exchanges.
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I'm a huge fan of Revzilla, and have been unbelievably impressed by their customer service. Before moving to Philly, I ordered online and was able to return things for no charge (I think they may even cover return shipping). Now that I'm in Philly, I just head to the shop .

As for gear, I'm 6'4" and 180lbs so ran into the same problem as you when trying to buy gear. Cost was a concern for me so Revit was out. I read a bunch of great reviews on the Firstgear Kilimanjaro, but I felt like I was swimming in it. However, the Firstgear Kathmandu is a very similar jacket and is made for tall slender people. I have a large tall and find it to fit perfectly. It has a removable liner and I'm able to wear it from about 20 degrees F all the way up to 80-85 degrees. It does get hot at times, but there are a decent amount of vents. For the price, I couldn't find anything that beat it and fit as good.
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Thanks for all the pointers guys. I ended up getting an XL Icon Motorhead from RidersDiscount (forum discount was mmm mmm good!) and it fits great. Picture below.

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