So much gear, so many threads; here's mine. I've been on a quest for waterproof, vented, protective gear that fits. I live in the desert, but apparently I'm absolutely unable to get rain gear out and put it on in time -- and I can't find rain gear that fits anyway. One or two close encounters with hypothermia convinced me that I should wear rain gear -- and I still don't So waterproof in the outer shell, and I'll suffer being hot. In the hottest days down here, there's mesh gear. It'd be relatively easy if it wasn't for the fact that I'm a bloody mutant; 6'7 and I've managed to get my weight down under 200lbs again (and I was 230 at my heaviest ever) with disproportionately long arms and short stubby legs. I've tried various brands and never found anything that actually fit me (the Kilimanjaro I've been riding in I swim in the chest and belly, and the arms are only just long enough). BMW stuff is close, but still too big by the time it fits my 7' wingspan. 'American-fit' gear is right out. OK -- so Aerostitch. Except I'm too far outside the norm to adjust to fit, dammit. \ And inner rain liners? No thanks. That ruled out the Spidi 'slim', though it was damn close. Rev'it doesn't fit and doesn't make talls. Rukka's the same. Stumbling around on here, I found Stadler (http://www.stadler-bekleidung.de/). Feedback was good, their stuff was good, and then someone said that they did custom. Gore-tex Pro-shell, decent vents, and custom? It was time to start saving some shekels and ask them how much. Unsurprisingly, the answer was 'a lot'. There doesn't seem to be much else out there though that was even going to be close, so I took the plunge. They were absolutely excellent in answering my flood of e-mails, questions, and helping me sort through their products and get the right one -- and when I was on the fence between the Track Pro (leather and cordura) or the Force Pro (super fabric and cordura) pushed me towards the latter -- which is actually cheaper. They sent out a sheet, got a slew of my measurements, and determined that I was going to have to have custom. (This is my shocked face, typing). I ended up ordering the Force Pro jacket and Ace Pro trousers. They break my 'no black in NM' rule, but I decided I could live with that. Once we got that out of the way, and sent off the bank transfer, it was time to settle in and wait. Buying stuff from Germany was less difficult than I expected, with the exception of the aforementioned bank transfer. No credit card here, so the money got shuffled off and over. They were bang on on their manufacturing time; 10 weeks was what I was told and it was just under that. So at the end of September it was shipping out, supposedly to be in my hot little hands in 10 days or so. That, of course, was not to be -- 2 months to the day later, I finally got the little notice in the mail saying that they were awaiting my signature for collection. That was yesterday, so this morning I went to pick the stuff up. First -- the gear itself. It has GREAT SWATHES of superfabric. The entire outside of the arm, a significant proportion of the back of the jacket, portions of the chest. The knees of the pants, the hips -- all the key slide areas. The rest is high density cordura, along with keprotec stretch panels for comfort. It has chest and underarm vents (my preferred configuration), with the former being backed by a 3D panel to ensure that the airflow isn't stopped. Rather than just zippering open, they have a pull back and snap open panel that exposes a relatively small area. I've ridden in over 100 degrees in my Kili with a lesser vent system and survived, so I'm not too worried about it, except for the black. We'll find out how that does next May. The trousers have a Gore Lock-out as a vent on the calves, so we'll see how that works. The armour is Knox and SAS-TEC, with a solid back protector (HOORAY) as well as the usual elbow, shoulder, hip, and knee. There's a relatively limited amount of reflective piping; I'll get some pics later and add them to this. Stitching and manufacturing appears to be great -- as you'd expect from the price, which is WELL into the Rukka ballpark (though cheaper than the Armas). It's surprisingly light and flexible, and full of nice 'attention to detail', from a hold back snap on the collar to concealed adjusters for the arms. It even looks pretty good on; no more dork in an inflatable jacket look, at least for now. It's amazing how nice it is to have gear that fits. It moves well, and they got it right first time, out of the box. Armour that stays in place and doesn't flop around. There's enough space in there for a heated vest, which will pair well with my EXO2 gillet for the cold days. It's reassuring to have a decent back protector, so I don't wear my track one (which I am admittedly terrible at). There's a 300 degree zipper between jacket and trousers, so I anticipate it working well as the temperature continues to drop. Of course, I haven't got to ride in it yet, other than to drop the Mutley at the stealership because the radiator decided it was more of a sprayer than a cooling device. Photos and more to follow.