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I need new safety gear. I'm a bigger guy. 42 waist, xxl 52" shirt, beer belly (allot invested) . Can anyone provide advice on what brands they use and if they are happy?

What do you wear and why?

I have alpine star boots, they're ok. I need pants protectors etc.

They're probably allot of us short on gear. This thread could kickstart people to get in gear.. Literally...
 

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I go all out with my riding gear and buy just the latest and greatest;). Warm weather, denim jacket, work boots, mechanics gloves. Cold weather, leather jacket, work boots, leather gloves, and turn on my Oxford heated grips.
 

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I have a four-year-old Speed&Strength riding coat...with three removable inside layers. It's a bit warm in summer; but below 70 degrees, down to freezing, it does the job. Waterproof, too.

I got it as a closeout - it was a patterned lime-green with reflective silver. A Power-Ranger coat. Fine...I don't care.

Riding pants: I have Bilt Kevlar jeans. So far I've been wearing ankle-height work boots. Wal-Mart riding gloves with knuckle protectors. Warm weather, I'll go with unprotected, vented leather riding gloves.

And one of two HJC helmets - modular or full-face. The full-face is quieter - good for long distance. The modular is easier to live with in town....easier to put on and take off; easier to get a honk off the canteen.
 

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Watch the clearance and close out racks. Just picked up a waterproof three season textile jacket with removable liner and armor for $70. My brother got his size XXXL off the same rack for $49
Found his size gigantic high dollar winter gloves on close out at another place for $39

Gear and the fit is where you find it. About my jean jacket and work gloves on some rides in warmer weather, I'm just rocking it old school ;)
 

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I was going to start this same conversation today!
I need some lower half protection mainly for the asphalt miles. The problem that I'm facing is that pants that fit my waist would have knee padding somewhere between my ankles and the arches of my feet. I've seen some manufacturers fit charts that include short sizes but I have not seen any vendors include short sizes in their offerings. Does anybody know if any of the manufacturers actually make short sizes and will any of the vendors make them available?
 

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I found an EVS chest protector that fits large sizes pretty well (I am a 48" to 50" chest depending). Draggin Jeans has some decent sizing options and they seem to work well, although I do not have a pair myself. I have started wearing padded compression shorts (EVS TUG02 Impact Short) under my standard jeans when my riding pants are a little fashion prohibited in town. They still run small at 2xl (I am a 42in waist). I wear entry level Answer boots and they are pretty decent for $100. I got a pair of Fox comp 5s for my son on closeout for $125, they are very nice, comfortable, great buckles, very good protection.

Helmet is GMAX 11D Fit my large and hard to fit head well and so far very comfortable and versatile for the $. XL fit where normally I need 2xl or bigger.
 

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Where are good places to look for closeouts on riding gear? I would like some basic protection but don't want to overdo it or sweat to death in the warm months.
Cycle Gear, Eagle Leather, any and every motor cycle shop. You can call the motorcycle shops ahead of time to save a trip. Ask about close outs and discounts on last years model.
Got the wife a brand new last years version Firstgear jacket for about half price.
 

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Thanks everyone. Any favorite brands?
 

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I have FIRSTGEAR Kilmanjaro jacket and pants. The jacket was a "get what you want" Christmas present from my wife. The pants had a busted zipper and so the store basically threw them in. Liners in both - I am a 12 month commuter in the Pacific Northwest and I love this gear. Pull out the liner and open the vents in the summer on the jacket. Pants are good overpants or primaries depending on what you are doing. There is a TON of gear out there in the classifieds and facebook groups where people buy good stuff, then never ride so they sell it off. I've picked up good stuff on fleabay as well. (Vintage Oneal MX boots!) Cyclegear has great prices on stuff - they often have killer sales too - and you can go into the store and try it on. My wife's and daughter's gear all came from Cyclegear. Check out the clearances on those sites too. As for helmets -- try them on in your local motorcycle shop then shop online if you are on a tight budget. Helmet brands shape their lids differently so you may be on size in one brand and another size in another brand. Figure out what's comfortable then go shopping.

Got a great BELL helmet for halfprice on closeout at motorcyclesuperstore.

Buy gear that you will wear -- wear gear especially on the road -- and live to ride another day.
 

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Good advice thanks!


I have FIRSTGEAR Kilmanjaro jacket and pants. The jacket was a "get what you want" Christmas present from my wife. The pants had a busted zipper and so the store basically threw them in. Liners in both - I am a 12 month commuter in the Pacific Northwest and I love this gear. Pull out the liner and open the vents in the summer on the jacket. Pants are good overpants or primaries depending on what you are doing. There is a TON of gear out there in the classifieds and facebook groups where people buy good stuff, then never ride so they sell it off. I've picked up good stuff on fleabay as well. (Vintage Oneal MX boots!) Cyclegear has great prices on stuff - they often have killer sales too - and you can go into the store and try it on. My wife's and daughter's gear all came from Cyclegear. Check out the clearances on those sites too. As for helmets -- try them on in your local motorcycle shop then shop online if you are on a tight budget. Helmet brands shape their lids differently so you may be on size in one brand and another size in another brand. Figure out what's comfortable then go shopping.

Got a great BELL helmet for halfprice on closeout at motorcyclesuperstore.

Buy gear that you will wear -- wear gear especially on the road -- and live to ride another day.
 
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