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post #1 of 19 Old Nov 6th, 2007, 11:56 pm Thread Starter
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clothing for us big guys

I am 65 and 245 lbs has anyone had success finding riding gear that fits us big guys well. I have some First Gear clothing that has done fairly well for me but would like to branch out if possible.

In addition I am looking for any recommendations on winter gloves.


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Thought about heated clothing? http://www.gerbing.com/
For the big and tall stuff.. most mfg's have jackets in tall sizes. Pants may be a little more difficult. Most leather pants come in a 34" inseam, so if you need longer you may be out of luck.
Check New Enough and see what they have http://www.newenough.com/
They also sell on E bay and you can get good prices on their stuff if they happen to have it in your size. Also check the other sellers on E bay.
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Have first gear jacket (6'5" 230) fits great. I found some pants at Grass Roots BMW in Cape Girardeau, MO that fit great. (I don't remember the MFG, but they were Long and in various waist sizes.)
However, they were for cold weather riding only. I have been trying to find a light weight pant with a liner so I could use them for both.
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Thanks for the input I have bought stuff from New enough and had some good luck. I am a 36" inseam so I have had a great deal of trouble with finding pants.
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Check out First Gear HT overpants, they come in tall sizes. The are "waterproof" and with the insulating liner removed I find them comfortable up to about 80 F. With the liner installed I've been comfortable at temps well below freezing. They do not have CE approved armor, just foam padding, but you can buy the optional First Gear armor and it fits well.

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Just bought the First Gear Kilimanjaro Jacket and HT Overpants. Seem to be good quality. Am very comfortable on these cool mornings. The tall sizes stop at 2x. I am 6"4" and 285lbs. Went with the 3x and is long enough in the arms. The HT pants tall, stops @42. They are nice length. Velcro fastner at bottom keeps them from riding up. We are somewhat limited being Tall & Big with choices!
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Olympia makes about the best stuff I have been able to find. I am 6-04 and 250. Stuff fits great and the protection pads are adjustable to set them up where you need them.

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I have that same set up and it works great. My only complaint is that the pants are a little short when on the bike.
That is the first gear Kilimanjaro jacket and the HT overpants.

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Motoport does great suits and can custom make one to fit bigger folks.

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6' 4", 250 lb. I have a First Gear rain jacket and pants. Danaise Leather Jacket, Hein Gericke Full Lined Leather Pants and Boots and a synthetic pant and jacket set from BMW. They fit great.
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Who are they making the pants for ?

Im short with about 28" inseam. Can't find any pants either. I bet those Olympia Executives are sitting around trying to figure out why they can't sell their line of pants. Durrrrr......
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Im short with about 28" inseam. Can't find any pants either. I bet those Olympia Executives are sitting around trying to figure out why they can't sell their line of pants. Durrrrr......
Olympia pant are designed so the the bottom six inches can be easily hemmed. The zippers end six inches from the bottom and they put velcro there that can easily be altered...

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First gear Kilimanjaro jacket and HT overpants here, around 2 1/2 years old still going strong.
I'm very satisfied with both the jacket and the pants,
wear a Gerbings liner under the jacket for chilly rides,
rarely used the pants liner unless it gets really cold, both jacket and pants are waterproof.

The only complaint was the "huge" buckle on the pants it got in the way (due to my dunlop disease)
removed it and had the wife sew some velcro in it's place.


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Olympia pant are designed so the the bottom six inches can be easily hemmed. The zippers end six inches from the bottom and they put velcro there that can easily be altered...
Indeed, if you email Olympia, telling them the pant style and color, they will mail you a swath of matching material to sew onto the bottom.
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Thumbs up Aerostich

I am 6'8" tall and a wimpy 240lbs. I couldn't find anything that fit appropriately....

It might be a little expensive and a few hours of travel, but I went to Duluth, MN and visited Aerostich Hdqtrs. They will measure and tailor a jacket, pants, or whatever you need.... it was a lil' more money, but made me a happy camper.

Other than that...... I agree with the majority, First Gear was the next best thing.

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I would ditto the AeroStitch endorsment. I am 6'-10" and weigh 280 and have a Roadcrafter suit and also a Darien jacket and pants. Love 'em both and have been wearing my AeroStitches since 1990.

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Motoport does great suits and can custom make one to fit bigger folks.
I second Motoport. I am 6'3" and 310 lbs. I had them make me a jacket and it is almost too big. Never had that happen before. Usually they are too tight in the shoulders. They take several measurements to insure a good fit.

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Big Guys Clothes

I'm 6'4" 280-was 320...

Winter = Belstaff Discovery and Belstaff pants.

Spring & Fall= BMW Santiago full suit

Summer, First Gear Air w/ BMW Summer pants.

Heated= Gerbing jacket liner and gloves. They make big and tall and I think they will customize.

Boots= Whatever I try on and fits the size 14.

Helmet= Arai Signet GTR XXXL

Thermal under ware = Under Armor and silks from Cabelas in tall.

Socks = Sokz in XL. great socks.

Gloves = BMW summer and Winter, HELD for mid season, and Gerbing for cold. Also like Deer skin work gloves for really hot weather. They seem to breath.

I think Stich is a superb option too. These are just what I've found to fit. I tend to go to annual bike show in Atlanta and Daytona Bike Week and try stuff on.

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I second Motoport. I am 6'3" and 310 lbs. I had them make me a jacket and it is almost too big. Never had that happen before. Usually they are too tight in the shoulders. They take several measurements to insure a good fit.
nightcrawler921 you are right about them making them to fit and if you get the insulated jacket liner you can send it to Gerbing and they will wire it for you. that gives you a electric liner that fits too
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