Tips for rally gear (rider wear)?

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Sycamore, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. osteo

    osteo Motion is Life

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    Yup, what Sycamore said! the only jacket I know of (and there are clearly more now, watching the Dakar) that comes cut to fit the Leatt is the Acerbis Desertika (sp?).

    I had my mom take the scissors to my KLIM Valdez Parka a couple months ago and seam it, and now it looks like Jonah's! trust me, I was crying while she cut! as that jacket is not cheap. But, now it fits like a glove and it roomy enough to fit over my TekVest if necessary.

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  2. canadaler

    canadaler Been here awhile

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    I was the only guy on a Husky there, a 2000 TE610, team Ride On Time. (...and proud to say that Husky was the only brand that had a 100% finish rate in the P2D :rofl) Thanks for the offer, I'm in Cambridge and have already tried on both the Leatt and (what I think was an older style) of TekVest...maybe the newer ones are different...?

    The "Adventure" Leatt does not (from everything I've read...haven't actually seen one yet) have adjustable "tables" front and back. I've talked to three guys who race with the original Leatts and they all had to adjust the rear table down to the max in order to be able to tilt their head up far enough for downhills and "attack" position in the woods. I'd hate to buy the Adventure and find out that the rear table is too high and there is zero adjustment.

    Royal has the original Leatt's on for something like $425 now. I've tried one on with a helmet as well and it didn't seem too bad. Have to go back and check out the jacket fitting issue though.
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  3. osteo

    osteo Motion is Life

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    The only Tekvests that work with the Leatt Brace are gray in colour, I had the 2nd or 3rd original demo made for about 2 months to test I got it from Mr. Tekvest himself actually took it off his back when he returned from a Round Algonquin Ride, and now have one of the 1st production ones at my place. So, in short if it was black, it would not work with a Leatt. The production units I think are just now going on sale.

    As far as adjusting the height front and back with regards to vision, mine is adjusted the complete opposite in the back - all the way up. But there may be a few differences to consider. If they are using chest protectors/roost protectors and pressure suit style armour that might be the difference.

    One thing in the Leatt instruction manual is that it says it is supposed to be worn a close to the body as possible, so minimal layers under it. I tried wearing it over my Klim Jacket (enduro style jacket) and I found it to be sloppy and not nearly as supportive as it was without the jacket.

    Regardless, for that sort of money it is best to be 100% sure of fit.

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  4. canadaler

    canadaler Been here awhile

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    It was black...so an older unit.

    TekVest's site is still saying new models are "coming soon." No further information is available on them from the site. I'm guessing the new generation vests will be priced higher than the old ones...which ought to put them around the $300 mark. :eek1
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  5. Frgich

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    I have question for Inertia and Guymcfly regarding the KTM jacket. I bought Leatt sport brace and also the Acerbis Koerta pressure suit, but having some second thoughts about the jacket.

    I am considering of course two available options from Acerbis(Desertika) and KTM(rallye). I am 187 cm tall and 84 kg weight and usually buy jacket size L-XL(the Koerta is the L-XL size), but really don't know how much space pressure suit put on the size I usually wear KTM jacket vise.

    I don't have option here in Croatia to try any of these jacket, so have to order online. I ride mostly on road(90/10), but in spring will change my bike to KTM so will ride more in dirt. I need jacket that will be used mostly on the road and like 20-30 % later in the dirt.
    I think that KTM jacket is better for the adventure travelling kinda style, the thing that bothers me is the lenght of the Desrtika jacket which seems to me on the shorty side. Though Packmule told me that it is long enough but I don't wont to shell 250 $ and be sorry afterwards.

    Some input or advice is appreciated, thanks :thumb
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  6. trailtrick

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    you can run a leath brace in the outside o the valdez parka with out a problem
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  7. JayBo1

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    The KTM Rallye jackets tend to be on the small size so order one size larger than you normally would. My SHIFT enduro jacket is a L and my Rallye jacket is XL. It works great with Leatt brace and pressure suit. (I have Leatt Sport Carbon Fibre brace and Dianese pressure suit. I had to remove the top segments of the pressure suit spine protection to have it fit well with the brace).
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  8. Seth S

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    Depending on your body build you may find that the leatt fits fine over most jackets. I am able to put it on over my Rev-it jacket without any issue and I wear it over my 661 pressure suit.
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  9. Frgich

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    Thanks Jay, appreciate your answer. I usually wear L size but will order XL if I decide to go with the Rallye, still having second thoughts :ear

    2Trail Would not wear Leatt outside the jacket. I like to go with the regulation and if it is ment to be weared close to your skin with nothing to interfere with it, than I'll do just that. Thanks for the replay though.
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  10. osteo

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    Not to dissuade anyone, but if you can try on the jacket you plan on wearing with your Leatt (if already purchased) I would do so. Notice with this years Dakar, all the riders wear their jackets over the Leatt.

    Canadaler - actually the new Tekvests are over $400.

    Sycamore - sorry the the slight off topic conversations :freaky

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  11. Seth S

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    The problem with the leatt is that if you wear a jacket cut out for it then it acts like an air scoop and dumps all the rocks, cold air, stinging insects etc down your chest.
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  12. Sycamore

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  13. KimR

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    Unclear on pants recommendations. In-boot or over-boot. Padded or rely on under pant padding?
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  14. osteo

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    I've got a windstopper neck gaitor sort of thing I am going to try for the sandblast. It is fairly thin so we'll see how it works out.

    I've tried ordering this a couple times, but it is not available in NA. Anyone able to import??
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  15. Seth S

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    We have the Acerbis Desertika jackets which are ok but I dont like it enough to want to wear it for a long multi day event. As I said before I tend now to just wear the brace over the jacket....the whole fitting around the brace just isnt an issue....for me
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  16. Ooobah-Moto

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    Are there any concerns about the brace being any less effective, it being used over-top a jacket?!
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  17. Seth S

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    not really...as long as you have it fitted correctly. The brace can adjusted fairly extensively and you can use the arm straps or let it float. It helps to tuck it in under your spine protection but this doesn't always work.
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  18. Frgich

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    Hi Sycamore,

    I saw these threads and also contacted PackMule over PM about the Desertika jacket. I really am not sure which one to choose. In this moment I am closer to KTM Rallye for now, because I am kinda scarred that the desertika is more rally/enduro oriented, it is thinner than the Rallye I think also. I need primarily jacket for travelling long distance, and as a second for enduro riding.
    I am going to order a jacket in february from UK, so i have some more time to think about these two :ear

    ride on
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  19. Frgich

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    Just another one question popped up. The ones who wear the KTM Rallye jacket and the pressure suit, can you comment abut the space in the sleeves and the lenght of the sleeves?
    I have longish arms so don't won't do end up with the sleeves up to my elbow because of the pressure suite, thanks
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  20. Sycamore

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    if it's for touring / long distance, the KTM Rallye looks like it will do better. Seems heavier, more pockets, etc.
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