Big and Tall Equipment Reference

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by jwalters, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    Hello Folks,
    The longer you hang out at this great site, you can't help but notice trends in threads and common questions cropping up month after month. Being 6'8" tall, I've noticed this with fellow advrider's looking for gear that fits big and tall riders.

    To help out, I've decided to start a thread where I will maintain a curated list of gear that big and tall folks have had good luck with! I am not limiting this to any particular height, size,weight, etc. I am also not limiting this to touring gear, motocross gear, or road racing gear.

    I've given some thought to the information I want to have on this list. It's a trade off between a useful list, and having too much information to maintain. This is a work in progress and we can collect more information if people find it useful. But for now, if you are big and/or tall and have gear you've found worth recommending, send me a reply to this thread and I'll add it to the list. Here is what I am looking for.

    Model:
    ie Balistic, Darien
    Available Sizes:
    if known, provide the size of the product you bought and if possible the available sizes
    Custom Alternations: Will the vendor do custom alternations? Y/N
    Buyer info: your height, weight, chest, shoe size, whatever is useful information for the product. This is simply meant to help buyers size up the gear and get a rough idea if a product is in the appropriate size range. As we've all seen a XXL in one company is different than in another.
    Comments: Anything else worth mentioning.

    And if you find this useful, please let me know!
    Jesse


    THE LIST
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  2. Big Lee

    Big Lee Been here awhile

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    Excellent idea Jesse, at 6`6" myself I`ll be keeping an eye on this thread.
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  3. BIG-Khol

    BIG-Khol budgie rustler

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    great idea ...can you include if vendor will ship to the uk
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  4. Bonebag

    Bonebag ADDvrider

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    :lurk I'll be watching this as well...my buddy runs 6'8 400 lbs...

    NOTHING for him in the market..Aerostich is the closest but they...although better than most..still only cater to the XXL crowd. A 5X Joe Rocket fits him..if he wants to call it a short sleave jacket:lol3
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  5. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    Thanks for the words of encouragement. I can't do this without your input as well! Keep the recommendations coming. I hope someone starts a thread for the vertically challenged as well! Both extreme body types have oddly similar problems finding gear and bikes!

    Bonebag, check out my Racing Suit/Trackday Vanson suit thing. Your friend can always go with a custom made leather jacket. It took me 3 hours to do all the measurements for the full suit. It was a pain in the @$$ but when the suit was delivered it fit. I am sure the same is true for the jackets. Of course, it isn't cheap.
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  6. Daaayo

    Daaayo wanderin' round n round

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    Great start JW and thanks a bunch for doin' it! I'll be watching also.

    JACKET:
    Make: Motoport (Cycleport)
    Model: Air Mesh Kevlar Waist Cut
    Available Sizes: s- xxxxl
    Custom Alterations: Yes
    Buyer Info: 6'6", 230 lbs. 46 chest, 36 waist, 37 inseam, 37 sleeve
    Comments: Love the jacket! Huge range of comfort from 100 degrees to 38 degrees so far. With no liner it is cooler than wearing just a t-shirt. With rain/wind liner comfortable in rain and temps down to 50. With quilted liner and rain/wind liner down to 38 (with long sleeve "technical gear" type t-shirt underneath.
    Had to get it custom made. Long story but short version: It took a couple of returns but finally got it right and it works awesome!
    Also bought the Air Mesh Kevlar Pants with the wind/rain liner. Had them custom made and love 'em too!

    Thanks again for the thread JW!:D
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  7. Daaayo

    Daaayo wanderin' round n round

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    Where have all the tall people gone??? I keep checking back for helpful info and... nutin'.
    Anybody have a good onlline source for tall street clothes that they can recommend?
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  8. djg

    djg Been here awhile

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    I have personal experience with three companies able to fit my 6' 3", 230lb frame.

    Fox Creek Leather. Top quality leather jackets, pants, and yes, chaps. Jackets listed up to size 60 long, pants waist to 54", will do custom fitting.

    Everyone knows Motoport will custom make you any size. I got a perfect fitting jacket first time following measuring instructions, and perfect fitting kevlar jeans by sending in a pair to copy.

    Brosh in Israel was very happy to custom make a Coolmax jacket with longer sleeves. Service was very quick and friendly.
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  9. Cranky Beaver

    Cranky Beaver Adventurer

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    After being frustrated for years trying to find gear that fit I finally hit the jackpot.

    Rukka Air jacket and pants, no special order or custom work necessary, fits great ( 6'4", 228# on a 67 year old tired frame).They have American and European sizes, go to a stocking dealer to try on.( Premier Moto Gear in Albany, Or.)

    Boots are Sidi SRS they have sizes that will fit Shaq.

    Still looking for MX pants for inside the boot wear?

    This stuff is pricey, but a one time investment.You only live once go for it!


    950 adv. bent,dirty and ridden
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  10. KingRat

    KingRat Stroppy.

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    UK: try GLF Accessories in Flitwick.

    Held and MJK gear to 7XL off the peg, and MJK made to measure.

    They do the show circuit and mail order. :thumb
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  11. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    I'm a pretty outspoken goon at 6'7" and a slim 220 right now and love this idea.

    I'd add to the list the BMW Rallye 2 Pro in addition to the Cycleport stuff.

    I personally have the Rallye 2 Pro, Cycleport Air Mesh kevlar, and a set of Vanson leathers (Volante). I could not have done better with any of this gear.

    For a full review of the Rallye 2 Pro and Cycleport suits, search on my screen name. Vanson needs no reiview.

    Well done jwalters for doing this.
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  12. Daaayo

    Daaayo wanderin' round n round

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    Does anyone know where to get tall sized long underwear???
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  13. Siorc

    Siorc Tiger Shark

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  14. Siorc

    Siorc Tiger Shark

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    For motorcycle-specific wear, I've been very happy with FirstGear. Not everything they make comes in tall sizes, but then I only need one shell/cold-weather jacket and pants, and one mesh jacket. 20,000 miles plus on my Kilimanjaro suit; always dry except some water getting blown up over my relatively short boots in really heavy rain.
    P.S. 6'4", 185 lbs.
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  15. dave10450

    dave10450 Adventurer

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    Here is list of gear I have used.



    Boots<o:p></o:p>
    Make: Oxtar
    Model:
    Infinity
    Available Sizes:
    Size 48
    Custom Alterations: N
    Buyer Info: I have a size 14, regular width
    Comments: I’ve had these boots for 3-1/2 years and they’ve been great.
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    Make: CruiserWorks
    Model:
    Commando
    Available Sizes:
    Size 14
    Custom Alterations: N
    Buyer Info: I have a size 14, regular width
    Comments: I wore these boots regularly for about 6 months. Top of left boot starting to wear because of shifter. Lost waterproofing in this area. Comfortable boot.
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    Pants
    Make: FirstGear
    Model:
    HT Textile Overpants
    Available Sizes:
    Size 36 long
    Custom Alterations: N
    Buyer Info: I am a 36” inseam and waist with regular pants
    Comments: Worn for 3 years and has worked out well though waterproofing has not been 100%. Inseam not quite long enough when sitting on bike.
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    Make: Johnson Leather
    Model:
    Overpants
    Available Sizes:
    custom
    Custom Alterations: Y
    Buyer Info: Johnson Leather is located in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">San Francisco</st1:place></st1:City>.
    Comments: Love these! Had custom made. I was measured in shop. Hip and knee armor substantial and location is perfect. Length is perfect.
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    Jacket:
    Make: FirstGear
    Model:
    Z Pilot
    Available Sizes:
    Size 48 tall
    Custom Alterations: N
    Buyer Info: I normally take a 44L suit jacket, 37” sleeve length
    Comments: I’ve had this for about a year and really like it. Sleeve length is perfect.
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  16. Daaayo

    Daaayo wanderin' round n round

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  17. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    Thanks everyone. If possible, please try and add comments as Daaayo and Dave10450 have done. Makes it much easier for me to incorperate it into the list. Thanks again, I think this will be a big help in the future as we get more information posted.
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  18. BIG-Khol

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    for anyone in the uk try JTS of Coalville . they have coats upto 10xl and pants up to 60inch waist . also make gear for the tall ones wi long versions in all their stuff. i have used their gear for years and have no complaints.

    www.jtsbikerclothing.com
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  19. Liamderthal

    Liamderthal Braaaaiiinnnss!!!

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    Great thread. :thumb

    Here's a list of my experience with tall-sized gear, starting with boots.

    -Boots-

    Make: Alpinestars
    Model: Tech 4 AT sole
    Available Sizes: Size 14 (Euro 49)
    Custom Alterations: N
    Buyer Info: (Liamderthal) Size 14 shoe, normal width.
    Comments: Great fit. Plenty of toe room, even with thick socks. Also fit larger calves pretty well. Can still be found on closeout at RockyMoto

    Make: Oxtar
    Model: Jupiter
    Available Sizes: Size 14 (Euro 48)
    Custom Alterations: N
    Buyer Info: (Liamderthal) Size 14 shoe, normal width.
    Comments: Older model of Jupiter (Jupiter 2 XCR is out now, and available at newenough). Fit is alright, a little tight in the toes for me.

    Make: Teknic
    Model: Freestyle
    Available Sizes: Size 14
    Custom Alterations: N
    Buyer Info: (Liamderthal) Size 14 shoe, normal width.
    Comments: Fits like a hiking boot. Lots of toe room. Ankle armor seems too low to fully cover my ankle. Found at Motorcycle Superstore

    More to follow...
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  20. jwalters

    jwalters Farkle Proliferator

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    Perfect! Thanks for the bit of extra effort and putting them in this format, it helps me a lot. Keep them coming!


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