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Leather Suits - 1pc v 2pc

26th July 2017

Leather Suits 1 piece vs 2 piece
Hello and welcome to Alex's Blog. This week I want to highlight the differences and the benefits of leather suits - which is better 1 piece suits or 2 piece suits?

There is no question of the benefits of leather clothing on the bike - its highly durable and abrasion resistant but what is better a 1-piece or a 2-piece?

Firstly when buying leathers you should choose your gear wisely...it's the only thing between you and a skin graft. Buy the best that you can afford, without breaking the bank, to save your skin and protect vital areas.

There is not one steadfast rule to buying kit because its such a personal decision. This depends on the bike, the style you like, bike usage etc. If you're using your leathers for commuting you may not want a racing 1 piece suit, but similarly if you go on a lot of track days you may want something that can be used as both a racing protective suit but also a touring option, but if you're just using the bike for track days then you will most likely just want a one-piece race suit.

Motorcycle suits are set for a sports bike riding position. They will feel strange when stood straight or just sitting as they are made shorter at the front and longer in the back so when in the riding position everything is positioned perfectly. Suits are also constructed for competition use and are ideal for track days - so remember this when trying a suit on and its always best to sit on a bike when buying a suit.

So which is better for you?

Two-piece suits tend to be better for touring/adventure bikes due to the riding position being more upright plus these are more versatile to zip to a textile jacket instead etc.

One piece suits tend to be perforated around chest and stomach to try to keep upper body cool. This is because they are more likely to be used as race suits so won't need to be as versatile for commuting etc. Amazing for summer riding as well as track days and racing.

Two-piece suits have zipped vents throughout so also have the cooling abilities for summer - whilst these vents are good they aren't as effective as full perforation.

A one-piece suit is harder to get into and remove than a two-piece so simple things like going to the toilet are easier in a two-piece.

2-pieces work with sports bikes and some two piece items sold seperately are designed to look like suits making these more versatile but obviously a 1-piece is designed for sports riding so you know this is fully suited to that. If you've also got a sports bike a lot of people like to go for the full effect. Another thing that 2-pieces offer is that they often have pockets that 1-piece suits don't with the obvious benefits (change, keys, phones etc.)

On two piece suits the jacket detaches which obviously makes this more comfortable when off the bike so you can take the jacket off when you get to destination. With a 1-piece you don't have this option aside from half undressing which can be constricting to walk around all day....but does this matter to you? A lot of people feel safer in a one-piece suit and would rather have this peace of mind.

Another thing to consider about suits is can you get in one? Suits are sized solely from the chest size with the waist measurements being around 8-10 inches smaller than the chest size ie. a suit with a 46” chest will have a waist of 36-38” – a one piece suit doesnt neccessarily fit all people.  If you're tall you may find it "drags you down" as the ergonimic design can be uncofmortable and on the shorter side. Similarly if you're skinny or rather rotund you may find that, again, a one-piece won't be for you.

Two-pieces can be a jacket and jean combination (sold seperately) or a 2 piece suit which is sized as a one piece. For a 2 piece combination jacket and jeans you can, by definition, match top and bottoms which could be of differing sizes, so it is more forgiving and may be better for your shape. Plus you have the option, for example, if you have long legs to get a longer length in the trouser with a regular jacket etc. To suit the shape of your body's idosyncrasies. Fit is important - it shouldn't be baggy as this will always get bigger with time and wear (like your leather shoes do!) There's no point having armoured inserts if there's room for them to twist round to where they're not needed and then not offer the protection you need where you need it in a crash.

Suits sizes vary by style/manufacturer – one brand and model may fit you perfectly yet you couldn't squeeze yourself into another in the same size by a different manufacturer. This is definitely worth keeping in mind. You may drool over the latest Alpinestars suit but it may just not fit you. This is another reason why you should have a good try on. We have 30 stores nationwide open 7 days a week with a great range so why not? Suits ideally should be fitted professionally  we have an instore ditty “shoulders, forearm, elbow, hips and knees".

With all this in mind here are some great 1-piece and 2-piece suit options available at the moment from J&S Accessories Ltd online and instore.

One-piece suits:


Frank Thomas Qualifier 1 Piece Suit
Frank Thomas Qualifier 1 Piece Suit

Alpinestars Orbiter 1 Piece Suit
Alpinestars Orbiter 1 Piece Suit

Alpinestars Xelos Monster 1 Piece Suit
Alpinestars Xelos Monster 1 Piece Suit

BKS Tiger Double Zip 1 Piece Suit
BKS Tiger Double Zip 1 Piece Suit

Two-piece suits:


Dainese Avro D1 2 Piece Suit
Dainese Avro D1 2 Piece Suit

Alpinestars Orbiter 2 Piece Suit
Alpinestars Orbiter 2 Piece Suit

Alpinestars Claw 2 Piece Suit
Alpinestars Claw 2 Piece Suit

Berik LS2-8323 2 Piece Suit
Berik LS2-8323 2 Piece Suit

Two-piece combination suits:

Alpinestars


Alpinestars GP Plus Jacket
Alpinestars GP Plus Jacket

Alpinestars GP Plus R V2 Leather Jacket
Alpinestars GP Plus R V2 Leather Jacket

Alpinestars Shadow Monster Jacket
Alpinestars Shadow Monster Jacket

Alpinestars Gp Plus Jeans
Alpinestars Gp Plus Jeans

Alpinestars Missile Jeans
Alpinestars Missile Jeans

BKS Tiger Jacket and Jeans


BKS Tiger Jacket
BKS Tiger Jacket

BKS Tiger Jeans
BKS Tiger Jeans

Dainese Velostar


Dainese Velostar Leather Jacket Black, White and Red
Dainese Velostar Leather Jacket Black, White and Red

Dainese Delta Pro C2 Pants
Dainese Delta Pro C2 Pants

Dainese Velostar Leather Jacket Black and Anthracite
Dainese Velostar Leather Jacket Black and Anthracite

Frank Thomas Dynamic


Frank Thomas Dynamic Jacket in Black
Frank Thomas Dynamic Jacket in Black

Frank Thomas Dynamic Jeans
Frank Thomas Dynamic Jeans

Frank Thomas Dynamic Jacket in Black and Red
Frank Thomas Dynamic Jacket in Black and Red

Frank Thomas Dynamic Jacket in Black and White
Frank Thomas Dynamic Jacket in Black and White

Frank Thomas Dynamic Jacket in Black and Blue
Frank Thomas Dynamic Jacket in Black and Blue

Frank Thomas Fusion Sports Jacket and FTL401 Leather Jeans


Frank Thomas FTL500 Fusion Sports Jacket
Frank Thomas FTL500 Fusion Sports Jacket

Frank Thomas FTL401 Leather Jeans
Frank Thomas FTL401 Leather Jeans

Frank Thomas Qualifier GP


Frank Thomas Qualifier GP Jacket
Frank Thomas Qualifier GP Jacket

Frank Thomas Qualifier GP Jeans
Frank Thomas Qualifier GP Jeans

RST Blade II


RST Blade II 1845 Jacket
RST Blade II 1845 Jacket

RST Blade II 1846-7-8 Jeans
RST Blade II 1846-7-8 Jeans

RST Tractech Evo II


RST Tractech Evo II 1425 Jacket
RST Tractech Evo II 1425 Jacket

RST Tractech Evo II 1444-5 Jeans
RST Tractech Evo II 1444-5 Jeans

Until next time, stay safe.

Alex